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A Sleeper and a Screamer: A natural SBC 1971 Nova and a blown BBC Pro Street ’55

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Bill Klein Apr 29, 2019
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We here at Super Chevy find it heartening that our hobby is in great hands with young guns like Luke Bretschneider. Luke, just 24 years old, and his father and brother built this 1971 Nova in their hobby garage in Watertown, South Dakota. The nut and bolt restomod sleeper build took approximately 10 years and the final results are spectacular. The exterior is coated in a 1971 sandalwood two-tone color. The interior features seats in a custom houndstooth sandalwood color to complement the exterior. Under the hood is a 400hp 355ci SBC backed by a Muncie four-speed. The suspension features Heidts control arms and drop spindles and front disc brakes. Wheel Vintiques steel wheels with Diamondback tires are at the corners. The sleeper nature of the Nova is confirmed with specific add-offs, such as no A/C, manual steering and brakes, heater delete, radio delete, and windshield wiper delete.

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Pro Street may not have the presence it had in the ’80s and early ’90s, but the style will not be ignored. The sinister black 1955 Chevy of Jerry McColly from Oregon is a perfect example of the breed. The all-steel Tri-Five has a tubular front clip and tubbed back half, along with a 10-point rollcage. The engine is a 427ci big-block Chevy topped with a roots blower. All the power is channeled through a Turbo 400 transmission to a narrowed 9-inch rear packed with 4.10 gears and a Detroit Locker. A RideTech RidePro full-air suspension sets the ride height and evens out the dips and bumps in the road. Four-wheel disc brakes are at each corner, as well as Billet Specialties Win Lite wheels and Hoosier tires.

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