A moun­tain mo­tor, a six-speed, and … sacri­fice

Chevy High Performance - - Power Glide - TEXT: Ro McGone­gal | PHO­TOS: Robert McGaf­fin

A great many of us cod­dle our spe­cial cars; that’s a fact. Af­ter all, they are ex­alted and quite likely be­come mem­bers of the im­me­di­ate fam­ily. Some cul­tures hold that by any es­ti­ma­tion na­ture as a whole brings a cer­tain spir­i­tu­al­ity to things that might, or might not, have souls. Like our lov­ing pets, we name them, give them iden­tity, and give them per­ma­nence. There’s a lot of that con­sid­er­a­tion in the Nova of Rich and Kim Tay­lor.

The idea of putting lo­co­mo­tive-like torque in a drag race car is one thing; in a street ma­chine it’s quite an­other thing. This caused Tay­lor and the troops to pon­der the even­tual out­come as well as the im­me­di­ate ef­fect. They’d have no choice but to build a wall to counter the mas­sive grunt. Al­though af­ter­mar­ket chas­sis mak­ers could sup­ply the new Maginot Line, these in­de­pen­dent thinkers de­cided against that. They would build onto the ex­ist­ing GM sub­frame and ex­tend the con­struc­tion into a full perime­ter chas­sis that would yield more than enough rigid­ity to bal­ance the moun­tain mo­tor and the emo­tion it in­evitably cre­ates.

“Many of our fam­ily and friends are very hands-on, fabri­ca­tors will­ing to lend a hand,”

Rich im­parted. “A few of my friends built their

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