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1971 CHEVROLET NOVA: Project Swinger

Project Swinger came to us as a sad example of a musclecar, with a canary yellow paint job and shag carpeting, the license tag “SWINGER” meant something other than what we had thought. Still, the name grew on us and our first project car was given a name and a place to develop into a very cool, potent street machine with autocross potential.

Pulling it apart to begin the build, we quickly realized that panel replacements were mandatory, and the holes in the floorboards needed lots of attention. The complete body makeover and paint job started to make Swinger look like a real musclecar, and it was only the beginning. Adding a performance suspension system front and rear from Ridetech, and transplanting a supercharged LSA, like what you’d see in a CTS-V, helped put the power and handling to the pavement. The Tremec 5-speed rounded out the drivetrain, followed up by a Currie 9-inch rearend

But drivetrains and suspensions are only the beginning, because we went through the complete interior with new seats, carpets, and upholstery, as well as a cool digital dash from Dakota Digital dash and some new glass, felt and regulators meant that Swinger was given a completely new lease on life.

Project Specs

Vehicle: 1971 Chevrolet Nova
Engine: LSA supercharged LS
Transmission: Tremec 5-Speed
Front Suspension: Ridetech Coilovers, Strong Arms, SSBC brakes
Rear Suspension: Ridetech Coilovers, Strong Arms, SSBC brakes, Currie 9-inch rearend
Exterior/Interior Trim: Classic Industries
Wheels: 18-inch Forgeline SP3P, 18x7.5 Front, 18x10.5 Rear
Tires: BF Goodrich G-Force 235/40ZR18 Front, 295/40ZR18 Rear

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