Our team took on the challenge of enhancing the original lines of this 1955 Chevrolet Nova without changing it’s classic. For this project, the Powerhouse Hot Rods team worked closely with KMDesgin to illustrate their ideas which helped the final concept be over-the-top.
The build started with strengthening the structure with new floor and trunk pans, custom tubular subframe connectors, and a reinforced front clip. The suspension, Heidts Superide II has 2” dropped spindles. For a smooth crisp ride, Wilwood disc brakes with drilled and slotted rotors were added.
Before modifications started, new Dynacorn panels were installed except for the roof skin. This transformation included shaving the drip rails, door handles, and fuel door. The rockers have been reworked and now extend 2” lower. Additionally, changes up front include a custom bumper and radical lower valance that blends into the front fenders with formed openings for driving lights and airflow.
Under the hood, new inner fender wells make the engine compartment smooth, which holds a 427 c.i. LS7 engine with 505 h.p. For an added fair, custom billet valve covers were added. The 6-speed automatic trans with paddle shifters makes driving with the custom polished driveshaft effortless.
Additionally, the hood includes a custom cowl scoop with a deleted body line which extends through the smooth cowl panel to the base of the flush-mounted windshield glass. The hood opens in reverse with flush-mounting and power struts, painted to match the outside for a smooth look. New billet hinges with gas shocks help lift the trunk lid. For a clean and contemporary look, LED taillights were inlaid into custom frenched quarters.