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Going Fast On The CheapRich Perry is a family man with two kids. He also has six cars, so you know he's on a skinny-kid budget with this '66 Nova SS. After picking up the basket-case project for $2,500, Rich built a .030-over 350 using '76 vintage iron heads, which he ported himself. A mild COMP 262H flat-tappet cam went in, and the deal was topped with a Victor Jr. intake and a Holley 950 HP carb. To keep the gas bill in check, Rich endowed the mill with a modest 8.5:1 compression to work with 87 octane. Here's where it will blow your mind: off the nitrous, the Chevy II has run a best of 12.23/110 (11.49/116 with a 100hp Edebrock nitrous hit), with a 2.67-geared open rearend he nabbed from an S-10 truck. It gets better, though. Rich bought a budget B&M 10-inch converter for $109, which he launches on the footbrake. He then shifts the Turbo Action Turbo 350 at just 4,000 rpm. ("I hear it and it sounds like it's right to shift," he says.) A set of swap meet 1 5/8-inch headers and a full-length Flowmaster exhaust move the gasses. ("The kids said the old dump pipes were too loud in the back seat.") The most expensive part of the car? The Heidt's front end. The entire project took nine months to complete, and cost a total of $8,000. Did we mention that Rich did all the paint and bodywork himself in his back yard? Score one for the family man!