Anthony F. Gelona

Year 1971
Make Chevrolet
Model Nova
Body Style 2-door sedan
Miles 85,000

Engine 454, standard bore
Heads 1967 square port heads 2.19/1.74
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
CarburetorHolley 800 CFM dual pump
Mainfold Edelbrock TM-2 Intake
Exhaust Hooker Super Comp 2" headers
Camshaft Chevy (crane) L-78 Solid Cam 520/246 114 cl

Transmission Turbo Hydramatic 350
Rear Axle Positrac 3.31:1, 12-bolt

Paint Type Dupont, Metalflake, and House of Kolor. Custom job by Tony's Cars: "double dip" urethane over lacquer.
1971 Chevrolet Nova
October 7, 1996: The Nova is no longer for sale; I am keeping it.

July 25, 1996: I hate to say it, but "I have to sell my Nova." It's a 71 that I saved from the crusher. It originally was a 307 with a Power Glide. I installed a 454, TH-350 transmission, 3:31 12 bolt rear end, P/S, P/B, and put a custom paint job on it (along with tons of other stuff).


  • '77 454 standard bore
  • 1967 square port heads, 2.19 intake/1.74 exhaust
  • Edelbrock TM-2 intake manifold
  • ARP rod & main (all specs available)
  • Total Seal moly rings
  • All clevite '77 bearings
  • Chevy (Crane) L-78 solid camshaft, 520/246, 114 cl
  • Double springs with dampers
  • Cam Dynamicks full roller chain
  • Harland Sharp Roller Rockers and 3/8" push rods
  • PC Seals, FelPro, Mr. Gasket
  • Melling high-volume oil pump
  • MSD 6-AL 2 (with rev. limiter)
  • HEI (worked)
  • Hooker Super Comp. 2" headers
  • High torque mini-starter
  • Extra heavy duty radiator

1971 Chevrolet Nova engine One of my special things is engine detail work. Making something look good with a lot of bucks is easy. Making something look good with less bucks is a bit harder.


  • Turbo Hydramatic 350
  • B&M shift kit
  • B&M star shifter
  • 12" 2,200 stall converter
  • Large transmission fluid cooler


  • 1967 Chevy 12-bolt rear end
  • Positrac 3:31 GM gears
  • New springs and plates
  • CE traction bars
  • CE frame connectors
  • Drag shocks rear (3-way)
  • Drag shocks front (3-way)
  • New BB front springs
  • Energy Suspension urethane body mounts
  • Energy Suspension urethane A-arm bushings
  • Energy Suspention urethane rear spring bushings


  • Fiberglass cowl induction hood
  • Fiberglass front bumper
  • All paint by DuPont, Metalflake Co., House of Kolor
  • Car has original 85K miles
  • Custom paint by Tony's Cars

That's what I do for a living: restore or hotrod old/muscle cars.

As you can tell from the 9.5:1 compression ratio, automatic trans., and 3:31 gears, this car is intended for the street. I drive this car every day (winter time TOO!). If it sells, I will miss it. (Taking my kid to school was never so much FUN!) And it's no sissy; it lives outside all year long. Double-dip urethane over lacquer makes for a very tough finish.

I am asking $8,500. (Don't ask how much I have in it; it hurts too much.)

Why you ask? I just can't afford it anymore. Gas milage is down in the 4 to 6 mpg range. And I can't "butcher" the car and put a small block back in it (I'll burn it first). So I'm looking for a Monte Carlo SS or something like that. I will consider trades.

I built this car from the ground up (including the 454) and can answer any questions about it.

Copyright © 1995, 1996 Aren Cambre.