Sublime 1968 Chevy Nova SS Looks Like it Just Came off the Assembly Line

Published June 1, 2016

We can already say that we’re deep in the 21st century which imposes some new rules on any car owner. Precious few people remain loyal to that one car these days, and most of them change cars every 5 or so years. Furthermore, most people can’t resist the temptation, and usually never return to the same nameplate. Some of them even change badges on a regular basis. However, there are still a handful of people who never thought about such things. Bill Oertel from Kansas City, KS is one of them. Not only he’s a Chevy fan, but he’s been driving Novas for as long as he can remember. He’s owned more than 20 of them over the years, and this one reflects all of his experience with the car. 1968 Chevy Nova SS is something he’s been working on throughout his Nova-driving career. While we’re talking about Novas, feel free to take a look at these 7 Nova II resto mods as well.

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He acquired this 1968 Chevy Nova some 13 years ago after prolonged search across the country. As it usually happens, his dream car was stacked away only 20 or so miles from his home. He has his good friend John Findley, owner of Classic Specialties to thank for. He’s the one who actually found the car. In any case, Bill was content with its state for the next few years until he finally decided to resto mod it.

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Like any serious resto mod project, this 1968 Chevy Nova SS took a huge amount of research-spent hours before Bill finally figured out how to customize it so the car would suit his own needs and personality. He ultimately decided to replace the original 355 ci small-block engine, 4-speed tranny, and factory 12-bolt rear end with custom-built T&L Engines 383 stroker with Scat crankshift, I-beam rods, and Speed Pro pistons. T&L Engines from Stanfield, NC have done a remarkable job on this custom mill which is completed with Holley Street Avenger carburetor. New transmission is Tremec TKO 600 5-speed with Hays clutch, and rear end is now Moser 12-bolt.

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Bill also wanted improved handling and suspension for more plushy feel. That he achieved thanks to Heidts tubular upper and lower control arms, Monroe heavy-duty dampers, and Moog 6-cylinder springs. That’s the front end in any case. Around the back, he decided to install Monroe heavy-duty shocks. Of course, all that soft suspension wouldn’t mean a thing with stock interior, so Bill decided to pimp his 1968 Chevy Nova in a different way. Independence, MO based R&S Upholstery were responsible for Chevy Nova’s black Italian leather gut. 2006 Pontiac GTO buckets have found their new life in most unlikely of places, but they fit rather well with everything that was done on the car.

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One of the precious few things that remained stock is car’s paint. Bill’s 1968 Chevy Nova SS still features Axalta’s Butternut Yellow paint – courtesy of Kevin Smith of Paola Paint Works from Paola, KS. Bill didn’t want to disclose the amount of money he had spent on this ultimate Nova SS, but considering it’s been with him for 13 years already – whatever he spent was certainly worth it.


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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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