By The Numbers

Tony Bruno, 47 • Philadelphia, PA
Performance: 525 hp
Engine
Type: early Chevy small-block
Power adder: NOS 250-horse Pro-Fogger system
Block: stock iron, four-bolt mains,
clearanced for stroker crank
Oiling: Melling oil pump, 7-qt drag racing oil pan
Rotating assembly: Nodular iron stroker crank,
Eagle H-beam rods,
forged flat-top pistons for 9.8:1 compression
Cylinder heads: Dart Pro1 heads
with 2.08-/1.60-inch valves
and 215cc intake runners
Camshaft: solid roller .600/.600-inch lift,
258/268° of duration at .050-inch
lift on a 108° LSA
Valvetrain: stainless steel rocker arms
and double-roller chain
Induction: dual 600-cfm Holley carbs,
Weiand tunnel-ram intake
Ignition: MSD Pro-Billet distributer,
6AL ignition control box and
timing retard module
Fuel system: dual Holley blue electric fuel pumps
with a stock tank
Exhaust: Hedman headers, 2-inch exhaust,
and Flowmaster mufflers
Fasteners: ARP
Drivetrain
Transmission: 700-R4 with Hurst shifter
Torque converter: 3,500 rpm TCI Street Fighter
Rear axle: GM 10-bolt with 4.11 gears
and Auburn posi unit
Chassis
Front & Rear Suspension: Competition
Engineering subframe connectors,
K-sport 2-inch drop springs,
and Koni adjustable shocks
Brakes: Aerospace Components 10-inch discs
in the front, factory drums in the rear
Body
Stereo: custom stereo
with dual 12-inch subwoofers
Gauges: Auto Meter hood-mounted gauges
Paint: custom Chevy flag emblems,
35th anniversary stripe
Wheels/tires
Wheels: Weld Draglite front and rear
Tires: Supreme Sport 165/60-15, front;
Mickey Thompson Sportsman
Pro 28X10.5-15, rear

1972 Nova * Driveway Demon
John Caldira didn't always have muscle cars; his previous rides consisted of early Datsuns and an 11-second Dodge Neon. After being influenced by his friend with a '68 Camaro, he knew he needed a muscle car.

In January 2007, Jon was ready to buy. Unfortunately, he was overseas, stationed in Iraq with the Air Force. Reading online ads and e-mailing friends were his only means of contact with North America, and he would have to rely on them to find him a car. He found his special Nova locally, and began working on it as soon as he returned home. A little bit of tweaking and tuning earned him 12.20-second quarter-mile times. Jon's goal, however, was closer to the 9.50-second range. He first added a blast of nitrous to this mild 355ci small-block, and got a little closer with an 11.30-second timeslip. He realized this engine just was not going to allow him the power he needed. That's when a 406ci small-block took its place.

Soon after the swap, other parts of his car started to give up. Countless nights spent in driveways and at Mizzi's Automotive in Fairfield, California, were needed to get this Nova finished and ready to hit the track. The Nova isn't just a track car: "I wanted a fast, streetable car that didn't look like anything special," Jon told us. He drives the car to the grocery store, on the freeway, and takes several trips to the track. Future plans are to install wheel tubs (to get a little more tire in the rear), and build a ladder-bar suspension to hook harder.

By The Numbers

Jon Caldira, 27 * Dublin, CA
Best e.t.: 10.68/129.93 (on motor)
Engine: 406 small-block Chevy, AFR heads,
Jesel beltdrive, Brodix intake,
1⅞-inch Hooker headers,
TNT nitrous Cheater plate,
Demon carb, MSD ignition
Trans: Art Carr 8-inch converter,
custom-built full manual valvebody,
Turbo 350 trans with an Ultra Bell shield
CHASSIS: stock suspension,
10-bolt with 3.73 gears
WHEELS/TIRES: Weld ProStar 15-inch wheels
and 28x9-inch slicks
Body: all metal, unknown paint job
INTERIOR: full interior, bench seat,
lap belts, Summit aluminum fuel cell,
Grant steering wheel,
Auto Meter Monster tach
with shift light

Mothers Picture Perfect Award
This is the place to show off your pride and joy to the rest of mankind, so we figure those readers who took the time to capture a really cool shot of their hot rod should get a little bonus. Mothers agreed, and decided to come to the party with some freebies for the best picture submitted to PHR.

Each month, the editors at PHR will sift through the images and pick the one with the best composition, lighting, and overall quality. The winner will get a cool assortment of Mothers products to keep his or her ride looking nice and shiny. Mail us a photograph or, if you're a modern guy, e-mail us a digital image. Remember that digital images need to be 300 dpi and, the bigger the image, the larger it can run. Also, be sure to include info on the car, along with your name and address. Good luck!