1970 Nova – Rob Zahabi

Vehicle Quick Facts

Profile ID: 2154
Year: 1970
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Nova
Markets: Muscle Car, Performance, Resto-Mod
Vehicle Type: American
Contact: 1970 Nova – Rob Zahabi



Vehicle Story

This black-on-black theme caused Rob no end of headaches. Every single last piece had to be recoated or painted. “Very little is available in black, it’s either polished or chromed,” says Rob. “All of it had to be sanded, etch-primed, primed then painted. It was a four-day process every time I wanted to bolt anything on.” And while much of Rob’s 1970 Chevy Nova is straight House of Kolor Jet Black, the exterior is actually two-tone. House of Kolor Orion Silver has been added to the Jet Black that runs from the sills up to the hipline. It’s not until you catch it in the light at the right angle that the silver reveals itself. It’s a very deft effect. KAM Nova’s other overriding theme is symmetry. “I wanted twin superchargers,” Rob says, “but I wanted them to be symmetrical.” On the surface this may seem like a relatively straightforward request. However, it required custom-made, one-off billet housings and internals, as everything is in reverse – the blowers are mirror images of each other. “Initially ProCharger said no,” Rob explains. “However after Kamaro scored Top 15 at SEMA in Las Vegas, they came back and agreed to build them. They’ve been great.”

BODY/CHASSIS: All exterior moldings removed, filled in and smoothed over with metal; quarter-vent windows deleted; cowl hood scoop added; sills extended 80mm; custom front spoiler; mini-tubs; rear diffuser incorporated into rear under tray and bumper bar; bumpers shortened and tucked into the body; round lights incorporated into front bar

ENGINE:  Engine: 572ci big-block Chevrolet
Blowers: Symmetrical billet F2 Pro Chargers
Intake: Weiand manifold, Holley Dominator
Ignition: MSD Power Grid
Radiator: PWR centre fill
Exhaust: Four-inch straight through
Power: 1500hp

DRIVELINE: Gearbox: TH400, full manual
Diff: Fabricated sheet-metal 9in, Currie Truetrac, 35-spline axles

STOP & GO: Springs/shocks: Ridetech Shockwave airbags
Suspension: Front; double A-arms with custom spindles. Rear; triangulated four-bar
Brakes: Front; Brembo 400mm rotors & six-spot calipers. Rear; Brembo 380mm rotors & four-spot calipers

ON THE INSIDE: Trim: Burgundy leather
Wheel: Billet Specialties Formula
Pedals: Billet Specialties Profile
Shifter: B&M Pro Ratchet
Gauges: Dakota Digital VHX-1100

AUDIO: Head unit: Pioneer AVH-X8550BT
Speakers/amps: Pioneer 6.5-inch splits front and rear, plus two 10-inch subs. Two four-channel and two 1800w mono-blocks

ROLLING STOCK: Rims: Billet Specialties Velocity 20×8 & 22×10
Rubber: Falken 235/30/20 & 305/25/22

THANK YOU: Owen Webb (Motor Active), Jake (Jakes Performance), Matt (PWR), Fabrication 81, Street Elite Restorations, ProCharger, Billet Specialties, Dakota Digital, Ridetech, Brembo, Speedtech, Pioneer. My sons, Mitchell and Cooper, along with my wife Tricia for being so understanding of my car addiction.


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