DSE’s Track-Ready Chevy II

DSE’s Track-Ready Chevy II Is Fit For the Long Haul

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hWhen Bob Gaw­lik wanted to trans­form his V8 four-speed 1967 Nova hard­top from a clean daily driver to a track ter­ror ca­pa­ble of eat­ing up high­way miles, he went right to the source of some of the most po­tent Pro Tour­ing hard­ware avail­able: Detroit Speed & En­gi­neer­ing. The com­pany, long known for its sus­pen­sion sys­tems, has a num­ber of full builds un­der its belt. Bob’s plan was to com­bine Detroit Speed’s full arse­nal of Nova sus­pen­sion parts with an an­gry V8 engine, cus­tom body­work, and a no-non­sense in­te­rior to cre­ate a car that was ca­pa­ble of en­ter­ing au­tocross, SCCA Solo, Ul­ti­mate Street Car As­so­ci­a­tion, and other time-at­tack events.

It’s hard to beat a free-revving, nat­u­rally as­pi­rated engine for road-course duty, so a Chevro­let LS7 block was prepped with a 4-inch Cal­lies crank and 4.125-inch JE forged pis­tons. The 7.0L short-block was topped with a pair of Brodix BR7 heads that fea­ture port­ing from West Coast CNC. A cus­tom cam from Ben­nett Rac­ing En­gines and John­son lifters ac­tu­ate the 2.205- and 1.615-inch valves with GM rock­ers that use up­graded trun­nions. To match the tremen­dous air­flow ca­pa­bil­ity of the top end, an MSD Atomic in­take man­i­fold was se­lected and was fit­ted with a 102mm Nick Wil­liams throt­tle-body. A true 1960s Chevy racer should breathe through the wind­shield cowl, so Detroit Speed fabri­cated a metal air­box that met a 180-de­gree tube from the throt­tle­body. Once it was fit­ted prop­erly, it was used as a buck to make the part in car­bon fiber. With the me­chan­ics and

01] A Smartwire key pad is lo­cated out of the way, on the cage cross­bar at the top of the wind­shield.


Black leather and per­fo­rated Al­can­tara up­hol­stery were sourced from Rel­i­cate and was wrapped over the Re­caro seats by M&M Hot Rod In­te­ri­ors in Holly Pond, Alabama. Six-point har­nesses are from Schroth.

03] DSE started with an in­cred­i­bly solid Nova as a donor, so all of the sheet­metal you see is orig­i­nal. Of course, there’s more than just sheet­metal in the body­work of this Nova. The hood is car­bon fiber, help­ing to off­set some of the weight gained by the in­con­spic­u­ous rollcage. To­tal curb weight is 3,300 pounds.

04] Three-piece Forge­line GZ3R wheels are forged from 6061-T6 alu­minum and of­fer plenty of brake clear­ance. AP Rac­ing calipers are a two-piece forg­ing and use six stain­less-steel pis­tons. They’re an up­grade usu­ally found on C6 Corvettes and clamp down on 14.6-inch ro­tors in front. Brak­ing force is all man­ual, with a Til­ton mas­ter cylin­der and Detroit Speed bias con­trol.

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