SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 32, August 6, 2020

Modified ’66 Nova On the Road to SEMA Battle of the Builders

By Richard Hail

  Battle of the Builders
John Wargo is putting his twist on a ’66 Chevrolet Nova, appropriately coined “CaSSaNova.”
   

John Wargo opened The Custom Shop in 1988 with his wife, Kim. Nearly three decades later, the Flanagan, Illinois, business continues to turn out SEMA-grade cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Wargo is putting his twist on a ’66 Chevrolet Nova, appropriately coined “CaSSaNova.” The Nova’s lightweight, easy-to-work-with body is the perfect recipient for the LS2, which is fitted with a P-1X ProCharger and should put out about 650 hp. Wargo also flipped the hood forward to better show off the small block, which he equipped with a COMP Cams camshaft and Holley EFI engine-management system.

The second-generation Nova features custom laser-cut grilles, tucked and pinched bumpers and carbon-fiber ground effects and trim all around. He moved the cockpit and dash back 9 in., changing the coupe from a four-seater to a two-seater. A custom Dakota Digital gauge cluster is embedded into a modified Impala dashboard. A bright orange-pearl finish from Prospray will start at the top of the car, slowly transitioning down to a darker orange with charcoal/black abstract graphics.

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