1969 Nova SS 396: Project SpotlightThis 1969 Nova was purchased locally by it's owners and had a few details that needed improvement right away. It was updated and upgraded in a few different stages at our shop, Driven Restorations in Randolph WI.
We first went through the mechanical inspection. While there were glaring concerns about the longevity of the engine we did some basic maintenance and got it in safe working order for it's first cruise season. Later that year, the car returned for it's necessary engine overhaul. The 396 was using about a quart of oil between every gas tank fill up. We rebuilt the engine over winter and did an overall facelift of the engine bay to get the car owners back on the road for the summer season once again! That season was far more enjoyable for them, but there was still something missing.
Third time is the charm for this muscle car as it came back to the shop for a full facelift. The transformation was really incredible as the Nova went from dull and boring baby blue to the brilliant Hugger Orange the car owners were looking for.
|1969 Nova SS arrival shortly after being purchased. Complete inspection and mechanical repairs were first on the list for that summer's cruise season.|
|Bigger rear tires and gave this Nova some attitude and stance|
|Engine removal to remedy the oil consumption problem this engine had: 1 quart per tank of gas fill up!|
|The original Chevrolet 396 was removed and fully rebuilt during the Nova's first visit to the shop.|
|Engine overhaul and engine bay facelift completed|
|Mechanical updates and full engine rebuild completed, the Nova owners enjoyed the cruising season to the fullest. But there was still something that needed attention...the paint!|
The Nova returns to Driven Restorations for a facelift
Although the cruise season was more enjoyable with the updated mechanicals, the blue paint left a whole lot to be desired. It had numerous defects up close and almost no shine. Overall the body was in good condition with minimal rust showing. We uncovered a few secrets under the blue paint including a deformed passenger door opening and significant mouse damage in the rockers. Overall it needed straightening and panel fit correction to truly live up to it's full potential. An updated color was the icing on the cake.
Hugger Orange coming right up!
|Hugger Orange with black racing stripes do this Big Block SS Nova justice.|
|The fresh paint really highlights the view under the hood|
|Interior updates were minor and kept in line with a stock 1969 Nova|
|Now completed, this Nova was ready for the show circuit. We love getting trophy photos from the owners!|
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