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    The Chevrolet Chevy II Nova was fully redesigned on a longer inch wheelbase that gave Chevy's compacts a chassis that was just one inch shorter.

    1968 chevy 2

    1968 chevy 2

    Concours models had an upright hood ornament, bumper guards, bright trim moldings, black bumper impact strips, and full wheel covers; more-basic Novas came with hubcaps. The Chevrolet Chevy II and Nova were updated with cleaner front-end styling courtesy of a fresh full-width grille with new integrated headlight bezels. The hot horsepower was gone. Built on the X-body platform , the Nova was replaced by the Chevrolet Citation introduced in the spring of

    1968 chevy 2

    1968 chevy 2

    1968 chevy 2

    1968 chevy 2

    1968 chevy 2

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    There was a lot happenin' in the streets, with a volatile presidential election, the growing antiwar movement, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr.

    Music charted new territory, as groups like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin, and Steppenwolf became entities, joining the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles on the pop charts.

    1968 chevy 2

    And Detroit, despite increased government noise about new regulations, was selling musclecars as quick as they could get them off the assembly line. Super Stock was a year old in , having broken away from its place as the top rung of Stock Eliminator in with five distinct classes and its own eliminator.

    While guys like Bill Jenkins, Dave Strickler, and Wally Booth were pulling the shifters in the manually shifted SS classes, it was decided after looking at the '68 cars that a new automatic package would be a good one for Chevrolet, as well.

    1968 chevy 2

    This was primarily due to the efforts of Dick "Mr. Chevrolet" Harrell and Fred Gibb. By , Harrell was running a nitro-burning Camaro and had teamed up with Gibb, a performance-savvy dealer from LaHarpe, Illinois.

    This COPO codetold the production department that this batch of Novas would receive inch L78 four-barrel engines, the experimental Turbo-Hydro automatic transmissions, and heavy-duty Posi differentials with 4. The cars would retain the Super Sport package to allow for standard dual exhaust and bucket seats; all would be radio-deleted and equipped with power drum brakes.

    These 50 special Novas fit into NHRA rules structure just fine indeed, even Jenkins had one of them in the era , though the stylish but heavier Camaro remained the weapon of choice for most competitors. However, the street-savvy and more liberal rules of the AHRA made a conversion quite attractive, so Harrell's performance center down in Kansas City did just that to a portion of them. There were only two available to pick from.

    1968 chevy 2

    Other then the hood, the car was pretty plain. Painted up in tripoli turquoise, even Harrell employee Dave Libby remembered the car when he saw it at the Forge Musclecar Show in Tennessee last year; most of them were fathom blue. The hood that Jim mentioned was the Stinger version added at Harrell's shop, but Harrell did not own the cars; he sold them as an agent for Fred Gibb, and that was how the next part of the story evolved.

    It finally got so hot it melted the bearings; it had less than miles on it. When they tore it down, they found the water pump had a big restriction and wasn't circulating water. Van-T was the performance dealership in the area, one that Harold Herrick, the shop foreman at the time, recalls Harrell visiting while on tour and where he had displayed his professional race cars. Indeed, Dick himself told Jim that Van-T would be the place that could help him with his woes. With the trashed engine laying apart on the shop floor, Herrick called Kansas City and asked Harrell what to do.

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