February 2016

One Owner

Nova-Photos-016AThis beautiful 1970 Nova SS has lived its entire life in one family’s care.

Owned by Ed Hesner #10086443, Belfair, WA

I was discharged from active duty in the Air Force in September 1969. Back then I had a ’67 Nova SS that I had purchased a few months prior, and had driven to Omaha, NE, where I finished my active duty tour. Following my discharge, my wife and I returned to our home state of Washington where I got a job and began the transition back to civilian life.

In January of 1970, I ordered my 1970 Nova SS (yes, it’s a one owner car!) from a Chevy dealer in Kent, WA. I ordered it (rather than buy it off the lot) in order to get it exactly the way I wanted it. When I received it in April, I traded the ’67 Nova in on it. The new Nova was our family car, driven daily up until about 1986 when it was last licensed. It made several trips back and forth between Burien (south of Seattle) and Pullman, on the far eastern side of the state, during the 4-1/2 years I attended Washington State University. In 1985 or ’86, I stopped driving the car and bought a more fuel-efficient car to commute back and forth from our home in Puyallup to my job with the Boeing Company in Seattle. The Nova, in need of some repair work, sat for close to 24 years, most of that time in a garage or at least under cover. Continue reading

The Bucket List

Truck-issue-head-shotBy Colin Date

Remember that movie from back in ’07 with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? They team up to do a bunch of wild and wonderful stuff they’ve always wanted to do before they die. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of the story. One of the cool “car guy” scenes in that flick involves Jack and Morgan’s characters hot rodding around a track in a couple of muscle cars. It’s great watching those two tackle everything on their bucket lists as their time draws near. You really come away from this movie thinking, “Whatever it is, do it before it’s too late.” Continue reading

Tuning For Acceleration

tech-Lead-shotGoing fast is good. Going faster is better. Here’s how to tune for more acceleration

Story and photography by Tom Shaw #23742949

Even those who prefer casual cruising over full-throttle flogging like to feel the kick when they hit the gas pedal. After all, if you’re driving a muscle car, it’s only natural that some muscle is expected.

But after 50 or-so years, a certain amount of old guy syndrome can’t help but creep in. This article is about helping it creep back out.

Tuning a V8 engine for acceleration is not rocket science, but in these days of computerized engine management, knowledge about how to make a vintage engine really run is certainly not as common as it used to be.

So we’re here to help. Let’s go through a typical vintage V8 system by system, and shed some light on how to squeeze out more power. We’re drawing from years of experience with racers at the Pure Stock Drags (www.purestockdrags.com). Dan Jensen, the original founder of the event, is a reservoir of knowledge when it comes to tuning and what makes power. He builds engines professionally and does a lot of dyno tuning to stock-type engines. He’s helped us understand how to tune for acceleration.

So let’s throw it in gear and get right into the heart of the matter, shall we?

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