Great Oklahoma Classic November 2016

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The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers' Car Club proudly features, great classic vehicles, which belong to the good folks of Oklahoma.

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This month's Great Oklahoma Classic is a beautiful 1974 Chevrolet Nova which belongs to Alan and Joyce Drew of Stillwater Oklahoma.
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Alan and Joyce purchased the Nova new in Oklahoma City, looking for some better gas mileage during the 1973 oil crises. Originally the Nova had a 250 cubic inch 6 cylinder and a three speed manual transmission. Alan has kept the numbers matching original engine. The Nova was retired when the engine developed a knock and the car sat for a number years in the garage.

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Alan decided that the Nova would be his retirement project and that he would do most of the work himself.

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After many years Alan overhauled the original 6 cylinder and put the Nova back into service. The performance of the 6 cylinder was anemic at best even with an overhaul. So, Alan decided to replace the 6 cylinder with a Chevrolet small block 350 cubic inch V8 engine. The engine was purchased out of 1974 Chevy to keep the car looking somewhat original.

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The engine was bored .030 over and the crank went back with standard bearings. The cam was replaced with a Performance Comp Cam and roller rockers. The original heads needed a lot of work, so AIan decided to replace them with a set of aluminum performance heads. He also added an Edlebrock carburetor and aluminum intake. A set of ceramic coated headers with a performance Chevy HEI distributor completed the engine.

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The interior is almost completely original, only the front seat has been redone due to normal wear and tear.

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Alan decided to keep the original 3 speed transmission with the original floor shift and the original rear-end.

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Alan replaced the original wheels with a set of American Racing Mags and Goodyear P205/65R15 tires. A set of power disc brakes were added to replace the original front drum brakes.

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You will notice the front and rear tags are unique. The front tag is the original tag and the rear tag has vanity plate "74 NOVA".

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The Nova's body needed work, which Alan did all himself. The original blue color was brought back to better than new by Toby Ramsey at Ramsey's Body Shop of Stillwater.

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The exhaust exits through 2.5 pipes with Magna Flow mufflers which tells you it's not stock. The clutch and flywheel were replaced with 11 inch heavy duty and a Hi-Torque Gear Reduction Starter to turn it over.

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This little Chevrolet Nova will get anyone "In the Mood" to do a little cruising!

The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers sincerely thank Alan and Joyce Drew for sharing their eye catching 1974 Chevrolet Nova as our Great Oklahoma Classic for November 2016!