Lamar found the Nova in the local paper about ten years ago. The previous owner claimed the car was powered by a 350 ci small-block V8. However Lamar found out it was a 305 ci V8 after getting it back home.
The Nova has seen several different engine combos in the ten years Lamar has owned it. The current setup is a 350 ci small-block V8 crate motor running 9.5:1 compression. It features Corvette “double hump” heads, Z28-style .550″ valve springs, Howards Cams Rattler camshaft, roller rockers, double roller timing set, and upgraded oil pump.
The engine is topped with an Edelbrock RPM aluminum intake manifold and a Quick Fuel 650 cfm carburetor. A set of Hooker long-tube headers exits through a pair of Summmit Race two-chamber mufflers.
Lamar bolted the V8 to a built 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission with a 1800 rpm stall converter. Out back sits a 10-bolt 8.5-inch rear end with 3.73 gears and mini spool.
The Nova rides on subframe connectors with drag racing shocks and rally wheels (15×7, 15×8). As with most projects, Lamar continues to work and upgrade the Nova.