1967 Chevy II Nova

Father-and-son projects are great ways to bond, and sometimes great ways to build a new business. For Paul VanNus and his dad, it was a natural continuation of their passion for building muscle cars. Perhaps best known for their involvement with Mark Stielow's Red Devil 1969 Camaro and Mayhem 1967 Camaro, Pro Touring F-bodies have been a staple of the Dutchboys growing business, however, it all really started with the younger VanNus wanting something a little more out-of-the-box for his own project.

VanNus had always wanted a Chevy II as a kid, so now that he was older and had the money and ability to get started, it was time to find one. He had been getting into the Pro Touring revolution and decided that was the direction he really wanted to go with the car. In years past, that would have been a difficult proposal at best without a lot of custom-fabricated parts, since Chevy IIs are known for having a front suspension geometry that isn't cornering friendly in stock configuration. Couple that with very little room for wide wheels and tires, and building a Pro Tourer becomes daunting.

Nowadays there are some good bolt-on parts that help the geometry situation, but to really get them to the level VanNus wanted required starting from scratch. Detroit Speed & Engineering answered the call a couple years ago with their Chevy II front clip that not only provided a new suspension based on their first-gen Camaro parts, but rack-and-pinion steering and framerails that allowed wide rolling stock under the factory sheetmetal. That package combined with DSE's QaudraLink rear suspension and mini-tubs for more tire has been the key to the emergence of serious performing Chevy IIs on the Pro Touring scene, and it was exactly how VanNus could create the car of his dreams. The build took about three years and provided the perfect showcase to help get Dutchboys Hot Rods on its feet. You really couldn't ask for more from a father-and-son project.

1967 Chevy II
Paul VanNus
Vicksburg, MI

Type: 427ci LS7 by Mast Motorsports, 653 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque
Rotating assembly: Callies crank and H-beam rods with 11.4:1 Mahle pistons
Cylinder heads: CNC-ported LS7
Camshaft: custom Mast spec
Valvetrain: Mast Black Label pushrods, Mast Premium valves and springs
Induction: GM LS7 with FAST injectors
Exhaust: Detroit Speed & Engineering (DSE) headers, custom 3-inch stainless exhaust
Ignition: GM

Transmission: Tremec TKO 600 with American Powertrain clutch, custom Denny's driveshaft
Rearend: 9-inch with 3.89 gears and Eaton Truetrac diff

Front suspension: DSE Chevy II front clip with DSE coilovers and 450-lb/in springs
Rear suspension: DSE QuadraLink with DSE coilovers
Steering: DSE rack-and-pinion
Brakes: 14-inch Baer 6S front and rear
Chassis: DSE mini-tub
Wheels & tires: 18x9.5 and 18x10 Formula 43 with 265/35 and 295/35 BFG KDW

¼-mile Drag (best): 12.268 at 120.96 mph
⅛-mile Speed-Stop (avg.): 10.212 seconds
Autocross (avg.): 51.434 seconds
Overall score: 99.639