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Brian Anders' 1963 Nova was previously purchased by his father back in 1995. Since Brian has owned it, the original 194/3-speed manual has give way to a 283/4-speed combination. The engine has a Edelbrock Performer intake and carb, a Mallory Unilite distributor, ceramic coated Hooker Super Comp headers, 2-1/2" duals with 40 series Flowmasters. The 4-speed is a Muncie M20 with a Hurst competition shifter and linkage. The interior has been reupholstered and recarpeted but with the correct design and color. Weld ProStars with 225/60-15's out back and 195/60-15's up front take the place of the hubcaps. Future plans are for new paint and possibly a 383 to give the car a little more ummph.

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This 1963 SS Convertible belongs to J. Baldino. It has the standard six and a floor mounted automatic. He added the front and rear grill guards and the right side mirror. The top is white, but he likes to ride with it down whenever possible. This is his second Nova. His first Nova was his first car: 1962 hardtop which was the same color as the interior of this one.

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This is John Blancett's 1963 Nova. It has a 1964 grille on it now but the car was originally purchased by his parents when they got married over 390,000 miles ago. The current engine is a 355 small block with 9.25:cr. The heads have 2.02"/1.60" Manley valves and have been pocket ported. A Reed Cam moves Crane roller tip rockers (1.6 intake, 1.5 exhaust). On top is a 750-cfm Carter AFB and a Weiand Stealth intake. A Mallory Comp 110 electric pump supplies the fuel, with a Mallory ignition system creating the spark and Jet Hot coated Sanderson block hugger headers routing the exhaust. Power gets to the 3.73 posi rear via a TH350 with a TCI shift kit and 2500 stall. Good for mid 13's at the track.

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This is one of the rare 1963 Nova SS convertibles. It's owned by Shannon Carr. He says he has gotten the bug to get it totally redone although only real thing that needs to be done is a new paint job. He also says, "It is probably sacrilege but I intend to replace everything mechanically. I'm looking for late model Corvette/Camaro to do the EFI/700-R4 thing with it." The car still has original 194 Powerglide driveline in it right now and he's just waiting to get the cash together so it doesn't drag into a multi year project. Check out his webpage for more pics.

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This is Greg cathey's 1963 Nova.

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Greg Ellis owns this 1963 Nova with a 194 inline 6. Greg purchased this car in 1993 for his son when he was just 3 weeks old. Since then, Greg had stripped the car to bare metal and painted it in original Aqua using basecoat/clear coat. The power bucket seats are out of a 1994 Cougar and have power lumbar. The console is out of a late 80's to early 90's Blazer. They fit in the car perfectly although the seat mounts did have to be fabricated. The retractable seat belts are out of a late 60's Ford wagon. Greg used SEMs vinyl dye to change the color of the gray seats, and plastic console and seat belt housings with very satisfying results. This brand of vinyl dye is available at most automotive paint distributors. Then interior also features a delayed shut-off on the dome light, a trunk mounted CD changer, Vintage Air air conditioning and an electronic auto dimming rear view mirror with compass and exterior temperature readout.The exterior of the car is basically stock. Aother additions include front disk brakes from a 1967 Nova and a TH350 transmission. Greg and his son enjoy the car every summer and when his son turns 18 it will become his.

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This 1963 Nova SS is owned by Greg and Michele. It has a 350 V8 with 2.02 heads, roller rockers, MSD ignition and a 650 Holley double pumper. The trans is a Powerglide and it still has the stock posi in the rear.

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This is Rob Gunderson's '63 Chevy II sedan. Rob is from Washington state and likes the show circuit on the west coast, and goes to the drags a few times a year. The '63 post 2-door sedan is equipped with a stock 400 sbc bottom end, old camel hump (462) heads that he worked over (1.94 & 1.6 valves). It has a 1" tall Team G Intake, 700 Holley dp, Edelbrock Performer RPM cam, Hooker headers, 3" exhaust (exiting to the side behind the rear wheels), 3 chamber Flowmasters, TH400 trans with a 9.5" 3500 stall converter, Ford 9" (3.89 gears), and 26x9 slicks. Best times so far is 12.19 @ 111 mph.

The body is painted Corvette yellow and the interior is silver & black crushed velvet, with 2" black roll & tucks vertical in the centers of the 4 seating positions with yellow piping. Also, there are yellow Chevy bowties embroidered in the door panels and center of the back seat. You have to see the interior to believe it.

01/01/05 Update: The car has been painted with PPG DelStar Corvette Bright Yellow by Mike Jeffcoat of Bellingham WA. The body has had the peak side moldings removed & the holes welded, a fiberglass 4" cowl induction hood & the gas cap smoothed. Bold custom Magenta pearl with purple outlined flames & white pin stripping by Scott's Art & Graphics of Bellingham WA. The running gear modifications are a 550-hp 400 cid sb with Brodix heads, Comp-Cams hdy roller (304 dur .600" lift), Keith Black pistons (11:1 cr), Eagle 4340 H-beam rods, Hilborn stacked fuel injection modified for EFI, 3" exhaust with 40 series Flowmasters and 3" oval exit tubes. TH400 with a 3500-rpm TCS converter. Robert used a Chassisworks custom front end, Air ride Shockwaves & Wilwood 12" disk's all the way around. Air Ride 4-link to the rear end housing. Custom made Chassisworks Fab 9" rear end housing with 4.10 gears, custom 31 spine Dutchman alloy axles. The floor pan has been modified with weld in Competition Engineering sub frame connectors & tubular rear frame rails the wheel tubs have been widened 4" & are extended 6". 17x7 Colorado Custom Empire II wheels up front 4.5" backspacing with 205-17-40 tires & 17x10 Colorado Custom Empire II wheels 3.5" backspacing with 275-17-40 tires on the rear. All of the work was done on a custom body roll that I made. The interior has been sewn in Silver & Black crushed Velvet with vertical 2" tuck & roll and Yellow piping. There are Yellow Chevy Bowties embroidered in the door panels & in the center of the back seat. The trunk has been done in the same silver crushed velvet, a Yellow Chevy bowtie neon to light it all up. The Chevy II has won many awards from 1995 till the present. The car was on the cover of the August 2004 issue of Super Chevy Magazine. Also it was in the September 2004 issue of the Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette. The car has won 5 peoples Choice awards & Competitor's Choice awards. And over 40 first place class awards. And don't think it is all show and no go. Robert has taken it to Mission Race Way many times to play where it runs mid 11's.

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This is Daniel Harrison's daily driven 1963 Chevy II with a 4.3L V6 from a 1991 S-10 Blazer 4x4. He was able to use the 4x4 oil pan, the heads (after rebuild and porting), valve covers, dipstick, and exhaust manifolds. New parts include a V6/90deg version of L-79 cam (GM part #10051147), and aluminum 4 -bbl intake (GM part # 10134390), roller lifters, HEI distributor, Holley 390-cfm carb and Holley electric fuel pump thermostat. Once the engine was built, Daniel says the install was fairly simple. He moved the motor 1-3/4" forward so the HEI would clear the firewall. The 4x4 oil pan clears the center steering link. He used reproduction Nova V8 motor and frame mounts with a 1/4" steel plate between them. He then modified the Powerglide cross-member and the shift linkage to accept a 700-R4 trans. The vintage hubcaps are from a 1969 Buick Riviera but have with Corvette centers. The front has stock V8 springs and 1965 spindles shaved to accommodate disc brakes and 195/60-15 tires. The rear has three leaf springs and a 1973 10-bolt posi with 225/70-15 tires.

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Russell Heim. purchased this original Super Sport coupe in 1996 and was in need of a total restoration. The job was completed in 2000 and Russell says he uses it for car club events. It's Ermine White over Azure Aqua with black vinyl interior. It's powered by a 194 L6 and Powerglide with manual steering and brakes. It even has the original push-button radio which still works. Russell says it's a fun car and always attracts nice comments.

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Here is a beautiful and rare 1963 Nova SS convertible owned by Matt Heimerdinger. This was the only year you could get a convertible SS Nova because it was last year for the convertible and the first year for the Super Sport option.

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This is Nicholas Hoffmann's 1963 Chevy II. It's a 300-series with a 194-ci 6 cylinder and Powerglide. Nicholas converted the points to HEI and he said it made a big difference in drivability and MPG. Originally Autumn Harvest, it was repainted 1992 Camaro Teal. It still has the 4-lug bolt pattern he said he got the set of Keystone Klassics 18 years ago from a closeout for a song. He takes them off every winter and waxes them very frequently to keep them nice all those years. It's daily driven, even in the winter.

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This 1963 SS belongs to Willard Jenkins. An original factory SS built in Oakland, Ca. it was restored to original with the addition of a 350 V8 in place of the 194 L6. it's also now backed by a TH350 trans. Most of the trim and stainless are original to the car. The new paint is GM Bright Red, replacing original 948 Palomar red.

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John King purchased this 1963 Nova on February 5, 2002. It's a real SS with the original 194 L6 and a Powerglide with a column shifter. An aftermarket A/C system was installed some time in the past. The top is manual and in great shape. The interior and engine compartment are super clean.

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Vinny Lombardo is the owner of this 1963 convertible with straight six engine.

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Cecil Margosian did most of the work on this 1963 SS himself except for the House of Kolor paint which is Brandy Wine over a gold base. The engine started out as a 383 crate short block then he added Edelbrock E-tec 200 heads an RPM Air-Gap intake, GM .525" lift roller cam, Trick Flow 1.6 roller rockers and toped with a Holly 780 Avenger carb. Horsepower is estimated between 475-500. The trans is a 700R4 and the rear is a 12 bolt posi. Cecil said this has been an on and off project for the last 5 years.

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Christopher McNabb said the original owner of this 1963 Nova 400 was the proverbial little old lady who only drove it to church and the corner grocery store. It has the 194 ci six cylinder and a power glide transmission. The original color was white but nothing else has been modified on the car. Christopher already replaced the missing passenger side wiper and says he will probably return it to the factory white paint color and keep it stock as long as he can.

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mspatafore@msn.com sent these pictures of a 1963 Nova SS convertible. It's powered bu a 283 V8 and a TH350 trans and a 4.11 posi rear. Other touches include a custom interior (grey/purple tweed), Dakota Digitals instrumentation, Ididit coloumn, billet wheels, shaved body (door handles, emblems, firewall, cowl (no vents or wipers), glass bumpers and a custom trunk. 7 years to complete with my brother and son Jake.

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This is Ron P.'s 1963 SS convertible built in Willow Run, MI on the 3rd week of Feb. 1963. It came with 194 cid 6 cyl, a Powerglide trans, Ember Red, black power top, tinted windshield, black vinyl interior and bucket seats. It still has all that and original floor and trunk pans. The engine has been rebuilt and gets 25+ mpg. Ron drives the car on sunny days, because he said it's no fun riding in a trailer.


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Eric Pellegrom is from Holland in Europe and owns this 1963 Nova. The chassis is built with parts from Chris Alston, the rearend is a Ford 9-inch with 4.56 gears. The engine is an all aluminum Can-Am 502ci Big Block Chevy with ZL-1 heads, Dart manifold and BG Dominator. The trans is a Powerglide with a 9-inch converter. It runs 9.7 sec on the motor (no nitrous yet) and Eric competes in SuperGas.

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Frank & Cheryl Serafine purchased this 1963 in May of 2004. It had been restored to original condition including the stock 194 and Powerglide. As of July 2004 the drivetrain and suspension have been removed in favor of a TCI front clip and a coil-over 4-link narrowed Ford 9" rear. Mini tubs are also currently in the works. Future power will possibily be supplied by a 383 & 700-R4 combination.

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This 1963 Nova convertible belongs to Bob Singleton. Bob calls himself an original freak so this car is totally stock. Purchased in 1992 it needed paint, new front seat covers and never ending detailing. It has factory A/C, the original 194 L6 engine, Powerglide, power steering, power brakes and an AM radio. The top is manually operated.

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David Smith's 1963 Noca SS has had a full restoration of body and drive train. The 1963 Nova SS came with a 6 cyl. engine but Davids upgraded to a 350 V8 4-bbl and TH350 trans. The new engine and trans have less than a 1000 miles on themt. The suspension also was changed over to 5 lug and new front and rear springs were added. All of the brakes also were rebuilt. It has new tie rods and all new bushings. The rear end has 3.47 gears. Also a new gas tank and sending unit was installed along with new shocks front and rear. It has a new exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers and Headman headers. It has a progressive cam with a 650 cfm. polished Edelbrock carb. The body was stripped to the bare metal and Dupont two part URO primer was used. The basecoat, clear coat is great. No expense was spared on this restoration. The bumpers were replated, a new windshield was installed along with the new weather stripping front and rear. All of the weather stripping was replaced. The interior was also restored including new seat covers, carpet, scuff plates, headliner and door panels. An AM/FM radio with cassette was added with a CD changer and amp mounted in the trunk. The restoration cost was over 21k and that was not counting most of the labor.

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Jerry Stark Jr. is the proud owner of this original 1963 Nova Series 400 Sport Coupe with a 194 L6 with 3-speed. It is a numbers matching car that is bare bone stock bought from the original owner. He had the dealership put factory seat covers over the originals when bought. The seat covers were worn but when he took them off the original seats were like new. The car has 67,120 original miles and is all original down to the Cheverolet radio. The only option that the car has is the padded dash pad which suprisely enough does not have a crack in it any place. The original spare, jack, handle where all mounted in the trunk by the J-hook. Jerry is in the process of changing all the fluids and a tune-up before she is ready to go. Obviously this car has been well taken care of and stored in the garage most of its life.

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Dan Tate owns this 1963 Chevy II 300-series. Dan said it was in a back yard of a woman who told him her husband parked it there 10 years ago and he died 9 years ago. She told him she wanted $100 bucks an it out of my yard. So on the hook it went and straight to his house. Dan added a little gas, blead the brakes and got it on the road. 105K thou on the original 194-ci and Powerglide. They have since been replaced with a 350/TH350.

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Todd's 1963 SS has a 1968 350HP 327, TH350 with shift kit, HEI, aluminum water pump, Edelbrock intake, Holley 600 carb, Summit headers and 2-1/2" Flowmaster exhaust exiting behind the rear wheels. The body is all steel with new qtrs and new floor pans. Painted PPG Plymouth Prowler silver. 1970 Chevelle disc brake swap with all new components under the front end. All the side moulding was removed and smoothed for the clean look. 15" rallys with 205/60-15 tires on all four corners. Todd says the car was built with the stock look in mind with the intentions of being a daily driver but it rarly gets driven except on nice summer days. It's not a show car but it's a real fun driver that gets the looks.

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This is Jason Wing's 1963 Chevy II wagon. The engine is a 350 w/HEI backed by a TH350 trans and a B&M Mega shifter. The 3.73 rear is from a 1969 Camaro. The wagon rides on 205/55 front and 245/50 rear tires on 16" 1992 Camaro wheels. The front wheel well openings had to be opened slightly but you'd never notice. (Nice job.) Also, the front end was switched from 4- to 5-lug in order to mount the Camaro wheels. The other body modifications include shaved rear door handles, antenna, luggage rack and fender emblems. A sweet ride done for under $2,500 and with a lot of help from his friends.

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