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ResurreXion ’72 Nova

The Speedtech 1972 Nova started out as a Super Chevy Magazine project car. Speedtech donated the front suspension parts for the article, but in time when they bailed out on the project. Blake at Speedtech was contacted and he bought the car from them. Plans included a total transformation, so the car was labeled ResurreXion from there on.

Centered around the Speedtech Track Time suspension package, intentions for the car were to build something that could compete like a race car but drove like a daily cruiser. To start out the Speedtech front sub frame was removed, cleaned up, and set aside. Then the rest of the car was stripped and blasted. A custom smoothed firewall backed by a custom transmission tunnel were installed to make room for the 6.0L LS engine and Tremec T56 Magnum transmission combination. Integrated frame connectors were installed to help stiffen the floor pan and the underside of the car was coated. The front sub frame was upgraded with ATS tall billet spindles, C5 hubs, power rack and pinion, Ridetech single adjustable coilovers, Speedtech Down Bars and Baer Pro Plus 14″ 6 piston brakes before being slipped back under the body. Out back Speedtech’s famous Torque Arm suspension was installed, supporting a sheetmetal 9″ Ford rear axle also with Baer Pro Plus 14″, 6 piston brakes, a Strange aluminum center, Tru Track 31 spline posi and spinning 3.89 gears. The suspension is finished off with Forgeline WC3 18″ Wheels sporting 315-30 and 275-35-18 Falkens.

Motorvation comes in the form of a 6.0 aluminum block wrapped around Manley pistons, Eagle rods, Comp Cams shaft, springs and roller rockers, then topped with an LS2 intake and run by an LS7 computer. Moving the spent gas along is Speedtech exclusive high ground clearance Stainless headers, dual 3″ Stainless tubing and Dynomax mufflers. This combination puts down 500 hp @ 5800 and 485 ft. lbs. at 5300 on the dyno.

With this drive train and suspension in place, it was clear the body had to live up to a similar standard. Body mods include a narrowed and sectioned Nova front bumper hovering over a reworked ’69 Camaro front valance containing driving lights instead of turn signals. Out back a ’69 Camaro rear bumper was tucked up close to the body, Camaro billet tail lights were worked into the rear panel and a custom rear valance was fabricated. A 2″ aluminum cowl induction hood tops the front while 1973 Nova doors eliminate the 1/4 windows. The body is sprayed gloss black and sports a flat titanium painted stripe and trim to match the wheels. Red pinstripes tie it all together.

Interior upgrades include a full road race certified cage to stiffen the chassis and provide safety. OPM road race seats are up front while the rear seats were custom built to match the fronts. Long cruise sound system duties are handled by Alpine with 1250 watt amplifiers, two 10″subs and two 6×9’s in the rear deck and two 5″ and two 1″ speakers in the dash.

Since ResurreXion was finished it has been run through the ringer participating in both road course and autocross events and was invited to run in the exclusive Optima Challenge in 2010. With several wins and many many road miles under it’s belt, RessureXion has proven that a car can indeed take on the personality of both a race car and street car in one package.

 

 

 

Location

4160 S. River Road,
St. George, Utah 84790

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