Ahead of the Street Machine Nationals events, we get a unique opportunity to work with the staff at Street Machine Nationals to pick a winner for each of our title’s Gearhead Powerpack giveaways. For the upcoming Du Quoin show, the unanimous choice was Kyle’s 1968 Chevy II Nova.
Kyle is going to be at the show next weekend, but we wanted to give you a look at the car in case you can’t make it. We talked to him to get the story behind the build, as well as technical information, and we’re quite impressed.
We asked Kyle a few questions to get the story behind his passion for cars…
What makes you a Gearhead?
PPN: How did you get into cars?
Kyle: Born with it!
PPN: Do you work in the industry?
Kyle: I previously worked in a chassis shop.
PPN: What was your first car?
Kyle: 1986 Renault Alliance.
PPN: When did you purchase this car?
Kyle: About 4 years ago, only thing I haven’t changed yet is the paint.
PPN: Why did you buy this particular car?
Kyle: I traded my 71 Camaro drag car for it, wanted something more enjoyable for the family.
PPN: Did you build it or did a shop? How long did it take?
Kyle: I’ve done basically everything except the paint. It’s a continual work in progress, never satisfied!
PPN: What kind of trials and tribulations did you go through to get the car to its current state?
Kyle: Lots of blood, sweat, and beers!
PPN: What outstanding features make this “YOUR” car and different from all the others of that make/model?
Kyle: The color is pretty unique and the engine/turbos is what really gets noticed.
PPN: Who helped you get it to where it is today?
Kyle: My son Max, wife Amanda, and several good friends that have helped along the way. Chad Brock, Chris Mezo, Jon Zsido, Jeff Hayes, and I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting.
PPN: What future plans do you have for the car?
Kyle: Some brake and safety upgrades for the track, finish the forged 6.0 I’ve got on the stand, eventually tear it apart and repaint it the right way.
Owner: Kyle Avery
Vehicle: 1968 Chevy II Nova
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Engine: LQ4 6.0, Comp 235/.620 114 cam
Heads: GM 317, BTR springs and pushrods
Carb / Injection: Holley Hi-Ram intake, Holley Sniper 92mm throttle body, Bosch 210 injectors
NOS / Turbo / Supercharger: Twin VS Racing 76mm Turbos
Valve Covers: Avery Performance engraved aluminum
Ignition: EFI Source Gold Box computer
Headers: 1-7/8 up and forward turbo headers, CX Racing T4 elbows
Exhaust / Mufflers: Custom mandrel bent 3″ with Dynomax 6″ Round Stainless mufflers
Transmission: 4L80e, Jake’s transbrake, billet input shaft, forward clutch hub, PTC 9.5″ Non-lockup conveter
Shifter: B&M Hammer
HP/Torque: Never Enough!
Modifications: Competition Engineering weld-in subframe connectors
Rearend / Ratio: Ford Explorer 8.8, narrowed, USAlloy axles, Ford Racing Carbon TracLoc, 3.31 gear
Rear Suspension: Avery Performance custom triangulated 4-link, ViKing DA coil-overs, Explorer sway bar
Rear Brakes: Explorer disc
Front Suspension: Tubular upper A-arms, ViKing DA coil-overs
Front Brakes: GM disc
Steering Box: Iroc box
Front Wheels: Champion Stripster Black 15×3.5″
Front Tires: 165 R15
Rear Wheels: Champion Stripster Black, XV Single Beadlock, 15×8″
Rear Tires: Mickey Thompson S/S Drag Radials
Gas Tank: RestoMod Tanks, Billet dual pump hat, dual Walbro 450 pumps
Hood: Goodmark steel 4″ cowl
Paint Type / Color: Base/clear, Tripoli Turquoise
Gauges: 7″ tablet running Shadow Dash, Innovate SCG-1 wideband, Autometer fuel level
Air Conditioner: Vintage Air
Stereo: Sony CD, Kicker speakers
Steering Wheel: 13″ RJ Max Lightweight
Seats: Scat Pro 90, matching rear cover
Upholstery By: Avery Performance
Material / Color: Vinyl Black
Carpet: Black Loop