It’s BangShift Garage Spotlight time, and this week we chose my69rat and his amazing big-block, 4-speed, 1969 Nova SS. He’s kind of a lurker on the BangShift.com forums, but that didn’t stop him from putting together a killer BangShift garage that features more than 15 great photos of his ride. With a 396, M-22, and 12-bolt posi with 3.73 gears, this little Nova flies, and yet it’s still a matching numbers car! In fact, he’s met every owner since new and gotten all the dirt on it’s history. Don’t forget to create your own BangShift Garage and you could end up right here on the front page of BangShift as well.
Purchased in 1998, the 1969 Nova has never been restored. It does have a repaint, and some freshening, but never a full restoration. When my69rat purchased the car, he took the time to track down all previous owners to verify that the car was what he thought. It was. A matching numbers 375 horse 396, backed by an M-22 4-speed, and 12 bolt Posi make this thing a riot to drive. We dig the dog dish hubcaps on steelies, and the Lemans blue happens to be a BangShift favorite since our own ’69 Camaro wears the same color. Other than new radials, the suspension and drivetrain are stock, although he did keep the traction bars on it that were installed in 1971. That’s okay, we approve.
Rat pulled the engine and trans, and did a rebuild on them, but they are still the original parts from the car. We’re glad to see that even though it’s a high value numbers matching car, he’s out driving it just like we would. Okay, we would be doing burnouts in it, but you know what we mean.
Other than the carpet and front seat covers, the interior is all original.