On Tour – 1966 Chevy-II

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Tony Causor's 1966 Chevrolet Nova II

Like many automotive enthusiasts, SoCal native, Tony Causor is the kind of person who first caught a taste of hot rodding when he was young. Back then, he found pleasure in disassembling and modifying miniature cars to better suit his distinct taste. As he matured, his hands-on skills expanded to assisting his father in the garage with various car projects. These early experiences played a crucial role in shaping his automotive journey.

Dreaming of owning a classic Chevy, he faced financial constraints in his early twenties. Joining the military provided the means to eventually acquire a ‘66 Nova, secured through an eBay auction. The maroonhued car with gold interior came equipped with a 350ci small-block engine, TH350 transmission, and 14-inch Cragar wheels. Over time, he built on this foundation, drawing from the knowledge gained in the garage with his father. However, the joy of driving waned due to reliability issues and the lack of amenities like air conditioning and power steering. The Nova sat idle for years until a shift in his financial situation allowed for a comprehensive overhaul. Collaborating with experts David and Terry Stoker, renowned for their Nova expertise, he transformed the car into a modernized daily driver with a potent performance package.

A basic LS3 engine, enhanced by a Boost District TVS 2650 supercharger, now generates an impressive 1,000hp. Backing up the firepower is a TREMEC TKO 600 transmission with McLeod twin-disc clutch to ensure seamless gear changes. The engine bay showcases meticulous details, including Eddie Motorsports hood hinges to compliment the blacked out shaved firewall and custom inner fenders.

To enhance handling, a TCI Pro Touring front clip and four-link was installed. It has also been equipped with and adjustable Ridetech air-ride system for a smooth ride and slammed stance when parked. Taking care of the stopping power is a set of Wilwood disc brakes on all corners, operated by a manual master cylinder for strength and reliability. Making the most of the modern suspension is the Schott Vulcan EXL wheels that combine modern performance with a vintage aesthetic. Inside, Tony retained stock components but introduced Dakota Digital RTX gauges for a blend of vintage appearance and modern functionality. Art of Sound in Upland, CA installed the Alpine iLX-W650 audio system, featuring JL Audio speakers and a trunkmounted subwoofer, all of which adds a contemporary flair. The American Autowire classic update kit, expertly installed by Stoker’s Hot Rod Factory, ensures proper electronic functionality, including the Vintage Air climate control system. Externally, R&A

Externally, R&A Autobody transformed the Nova’s appearance, applying a PPG Willow Green finish. The result is a clean, no-frills look that sets his ‘66 apart in the realm of Pro Touring-style Novas. With the guidance of David and Terry Stoker, he achieved a highend feel while keeping the essence of an everyday man’s ride. This Nova embodies a all the classic looks of vintage Chevys of this area while adding all the modern power and handling we love!

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