The Carmons spent a few years on a hunt until they found a candidate on Craigslist. Located in Weedsport, New York, it had been parked in the middle of a field for a number of years. It was a real Le Mans Blue ’69 SS that rolled off the assembly line with a 350-cubic-inch small block, four-barrel carb, and a Muncie four-speed. That’s what it came with—it’s not what they found. The Nova at some point had been hacked up and turned into a race car. It was tubbed, and its muddy resting spot over the years inflicted a large amount of rust damage. Ken recalls, “It was a mess, but in my opinion it had potential, and our goal was to do a full factory restoration.”
Powerhouse took delivery of the car, and the path charted was the restoration that Ken envisioned—his son, on the other hand, had other ideas. He wanted something with a modern drivetrain, and in the end a compromise was reached.