Classic Industries Employees' American Muscle Cars

Though we spend our five- and six-day work weeks catering to the needs of our honored customers who own and are working on, driving, showing, and enjoying American muscle machines, many Classic Industries employees are wrenching away, driving, and enjoying our own vintage vehicles in our free time. Some of us drive our old cars daily. 

Supercharged '66 Nova SS: When Life Gives You Lemons...

When it comes time to purchase a project car, restorers always hope that everything is as it seems and that there are no expensive surprises awaiting. However, Murphy's Law still applies, and sometimes you get more than what you bargained for. Such was the case for Justin Brown, the owner of this '66 Nova SS that was recently featured on the AutotopiaLA YouTube channel. He did his homework and spoke to the previous owner, but after taking delivery of the car, things started to go wrong. Thankfully, he was ready to make lemonade from the lemons life had given him.

My Journey with a Classic 1974 Nova: Restoring Memories

Since October 1986, this car has been a part of my life. It was my first car, even before I had my driver's license. I remember taking my test in this car, despite its less-than-impressive condition at the time. After passing all the inspections and tests, I finally earned my ticket to freedom - my driver's license.

A Journey of Love: 1972 Chevy Rally Nova That's Still Running Strong

This original Chevrolet Rally Nova was purchased new at Sunset Chevrolet in Sumner, Washington on June 13, 1972. This is one of only 33,319 built in 1972. It was purchased by my mom. She had told me, her at the time 19-year-old son and current owner, she was looking to purchase a new car and asked what I recommended. I told her that the Nova was a pretty nice car and recommended that she look into it. She headed out looking at new cars, and a few hours later she came back with a brand-new 1972 Mojave Gold Rally Nova with black vinyl top.

Video: Going All-In with an 800hp '66 Nova

"It was never supposed to be this full build... One thing led to another, and it just kept going and going. And eventually I said 'you know what, let's just go all-in like we're in Vegas at the tables,'" said James Harris, the owner of this '66 Nova. The car was recently featured in a video by YouTube channel AutotopiaLA that gives us a closer look at some of its intricate details. It's powered by a 454ci LSX engine that's currently making about 800 horsepower at the crank.

All Chevy Performance: Chevy Nova Gas Tank Replacement DIY Guide

Every gearhead knows the importance of regular oil changes, but when was the last time you considered the condition of your vehicle's fuel system? Over the years, sediment and debris can accumulate inside the gas tank, and while the fuel filter should stop it from entering the engine, it can cause other kinds of havoc. Such was the case for All Chevy Performance's 1977 Nova project — rust inside the tank had clogged up the fuel gauge sending unit, causing the car to run out of gas unexpectedly.

Video: '66 Nova with a 1,000hp Supercharged LS3

Classic looks, modern handling, and a whole lot of horsepower — that's a wonderful combination. Pro-touring builds like this '66 Nova preserve the timeless style of a classic car while adding track-ready handling, braking, and acceleration. Tony, the owner and builder of this car, originally built his Nova with a 430hp V8, but learned that he still wanted more power. So, he swapped in an LS3 engine with a TVS 2650 supercharger that produces approximately 1,000 horsepower.

Video: LS3-Powered '72 Nova from AutotopiaLA

While browsing our favorite classic car channels on YouTube, we recently came across this 1972 Chevy Nova in a video from AutotopiaLA. With its 550-horsepower LS3 V8, 6-speed manual transmission, and autocross-oriented suspension setup, it's a very cool build. However, it also has a memorable story behind it. This Nova has been in owner Mike's family for nearly 50 years, and was previously owned by his mother, father, and older brother. "My brother and I basically grew up in the backseat of this car," he recalls.

Video: Car Craft's 6.6L L8T-Powered 1972 Nova

In a recent video on the MotorTrend YouTube channel, John McGann and the Car Craft team finished up a very cool 1972 Nova build. At first glance, it looks like a clean but not especially unusual Nova, but there's something interesting under its hood. Rather than a classic 350ci small block or even an LS V8, this Nova is powered by the new GM 6.6L L8T engine typically found in Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks.

Classic Industries' Project Vehicles

At Classic Industries®, we believe our ultimate responsibility is to ensure that you will get not only the parts but the information you need to keep your project on the road. So whether it's help sorting your way through the maze of electronic parts, selecting the right belt system for your specific application, selecting the right spring rate, or straightening the body on your classic, Classic Industries has the experienced tech support and the products to help you complete your restoration.