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GM Classics January 2012 News Letter [image]
New Year Edition
January 05, 2012

Dear GM & Nova Enthusiast,

      This is the time of year I try to figure out how old I am in the business. But, my brain can no loner seem to figure how old say a 1999 car is when the year is 2012. At least not as fast as say a 1987 car and the year is 2001. Is anyone else having this problem recently? I honestly put 2012 in my calculator and subtracted 1982... of course, but to my surprise, this equals 30 years - unbelievable! It has already been 30 years of selling GM Classic & Chevy II parts for a living.


      But, I have been into cars far longer than I have been in business with them! I was at my Dad's helping him clean up a few things and I ran across some dash plaques and show stickers from the early 80s. The focus for this article is the Car Craft Street Machine Nationals (click for photos).


     The first time I went to the Street Machine Nationals was in 1980, and it was absolutely crazy. I had entered my first Nova, a 1972 2-door (click for photos) that I had bought from my Grandmother with 21k miles, red on black - a jewel.  


     When I entered that first year I was around car 4,500 out of 5,000 maximum entries. After cutting it that close I started to send my entry to my Dad's friend in California and then had Dad call him when it was time to drop the entry in the mail. The entry could not be post-marked before a certain date but you still had to be in the first 5,000. From that time on I was never over entry 1500. I went to the Street Machine Nationals as many years as they had the show near Louisville.  


      Before they were run out of Indy, I remember an instance where there were people 4 deep on the sidewalk laying water down from every water spout they could find - it was a burn-out fest! Then came the police in riot gear. I have yet to be as close to any of these well outfitted gentleman as I was that day, it was a site for blocks!  


    Another time, we met some other car nuts on the interstate while traveling to the show and we ended up staying in the same hotel. Tons of bench racing occurred that year.


     The Hot Rod Power Tour (click for photos) has since replaced these shows for me; it is a great time and is a challenge to see if your car can make the trip.

      Our first show of the year is the Nashville Auto Fest on January 21 & 22, be sure to get your orders in early because space is limited. Then on to February 5th for the Stones River Swap Meet in Nashville.

      Valentine's Day is next month! We always sell a lot of gift certificates for this holiday, so don't be left out! Keep those orders coming because each time you purchase in the month of January your name goes in the hat for this month's giveaway pictured below.

January Prize

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Emery & Sue Grove:


January 2012 Featured Nova: Emery & Sue Grove Red Lion, PA
January 2012 Featured Nova

January 2012 Featured Nova:
Emery & Sue Grove

Red Lion, PA


Approximately 10 years ago, I mentioned to a good friend of mine, Wayne Bushey of National Nostalgic Nova, that if he ever had the opportunity to purchase a "nice" Nova wagon in his travels to let me know.  At that point I had owned my '67 Chevy II SS for over 25 years, and Wayne thought I was becoming senile when I mentioned a wagon, but he agreed to be on the lookout... Read more at Emery & Sue Grove's Featured Nova page. 


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Topic: 2011 Cruises


How many cruises and car shows did you attend in 2011?


Tech Talk:


Progress of Project: 7245 in December    


Rear End Gear Replacement: Changing Gears in that 8.2 GM Rear End By Patrick Knight.


"Sometimes that old original gear set just doesn't get the job done on the street or strip. After all, you can have all the power in the world, but it wont help if you can't put it to the ground. In this issue, Patrick finally gave in to his son's request for a gear swap in his '69 Camaro to give him better performance..."  Read more in Rear End Gear Replacement on our Tech Talk section.  


New Parts:
Door Hinge Pin
396 Big Block Air Cleaner - $99.95



Very close to the correct breather for the 1967 L-79 Nova! 1968-1969 396 Big Block Air Cleaner P/N: 03012. 

P/N: 70084, $149.95



1962-1967, 80/20, non-stock, one-piece, black, automatic transmission, 2 door carpet.


*Other colors, 4 door & station wagon also available.

**Related Part: 1962-1967, 80/20, non-stock, one-piece, 4 Speed, 2 door carpet.


P/N 70088, $149.95


1968-1979, 80/20, non-stock, one-piece, black, automatic transmission, 2 door carpet. 


*Other colors, 4 door & station wagon also available.

**Related Part: 1968-1979, 80/20, non-stock, one-piece, 4 Speed, 2 door carpet.

Thank you! reached 1 million page views for the first time in its history this year! reached 1 million page views for the first time in its history this year!

Thank you for all of your visits to our web sites this year, especially our Nova informational web site: For the first time in Chevy 2 Only history, the site has reached the 1 million page view per year mark.


We hope your visits to our informational web sites and our online catalogs has been enjoyable and easy. If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute text or photos, simply email our web developer: Joe Grom V. top content:


NOS Parts:
`63 NOS Grill


1963 Nova NOS Grill, in the original box! The part has a few slight scratches, we have not had one of these in years!  

Heater Control Cable Retaining Nut
`67 Hard-Top Nova Rear Trunk Molding



1967 Nova Hard-Top rear trunk molding. This part is a nice NOS and would look great on any show car!

Email Junior for more information.


GM Classics December Give-away
December 2011 Prize!

The winner for the December 2011 Giveaway is Aaron Barrett of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina!


We will be giving away a prize pack this month to a lucky customer! We will select the customer randomly from our January 2012 invoices and announce the winner in our February eNewsletter. 



 2012 Major Giveaways!


Along with our monthly giveaways we will also be giving away a $250.00 Gift Certificate to GM Classics / Chevy 2 Only on June 30th, 2012. We will select the winner randomly from the combined monthly invoices of January - June, 2012.


Gere Bleso Racing:

Customer Gere Bleso racing in Mexico at 7,000 feet!

2009 La Carrera Panamericana Day 4 - Chevy Nova #395 Gerie Bledsoe
2009 La Carrera Panamericana Day 4 - Chevy Nova #395 Gere Bledsoe

Back in 2005 the Bleso racing team had a severe wreck caused by a high rate of speed.

Gere Bleso Racing
Gere Bleso Racing 2005 Crash
Christmas Poem for Chevy Owners:


Twas the night before Christmas and in the garage,
There wasn't a trace of a Ford or a Dodge.
The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,
So I figured I'd mess with the Vette for a bit.

I popped the release and I lifted the hood,
When a deep voice behind me said "looks pretty good."
Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,
And there, by the workbench, stood good ol Saint Nick!

We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say,
Then he said "don't suppose that you'd trade for my sleigh?
I said "no way, Santa" and started to grin,
"But if you've got the time we could go for a spin!"

His round little mouth, all tied up like a bow,
Turned into a smile and he said "hey! Let's go!!"
So as not to disturb all the neighbors' retreat,
We pushed the Vette quietly into the street,

Then, taking our places to drift down the hill,
I turned on the key and I let the clutch spill.
The sound that erupted took him by surprise,
But he liked it a lot, by the look in his eyes.

With Goodyears a' cryin' and sidepipes aglow,
We headed on out where the hot rodders go.
And Santa's grin widened, approaching his ears,
With every shift up as I went through the gears.

Then he yelled "can't recall when I've felt so alive!"
So I backed off the gas and said "you wanna drive?"
Ol Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys,
When he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees!

Then the small block exploded with side exhaust sound!
Santa let out the clutch and the tires shook the ground!
Power shift into second, again into third!
I sat there just watching, at loss for a word,

Then I heard him exclaim as we blasted from sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, it's a good night!!!"


- Author Unknown 

Novas For Sale:


November 2011 Featured Nova
Nova For Sale - View more photos.

Larry Kemp's 1963 Convertible Nova 


Contact Larry at: +1-905-836-4141 or email at:   


1967 Nova L-79 
Nova For Sale - View more photos. 

Rare 1967 Nova SS L-79


1 of 6 Novas built in 1967 with the L-79 engine option and 1 of 2 documented known to still exist. The car retains its original engine block and rear axle.

Documented with the original warranty book and Protect-O-Plate along with a complete title history and the manufactures statement of origin.

Chevy 2 only 's catalog cover car. This nova has won many national awards and is the highest scoring restored nova in the history of National Nostalgic Nova. It has also been featured in muscle car enthusiast magazine.

Serious inquires only.

Contact Jack Duer at: +1-330-207-4355 or email 


"Rusty Ragtop" for sale:





      The famous "Rusty Ragtop," one of the highest profile and complete Super Chevy Magazine project cars ever built, is looking for a new home. This original '63 Nova SS convertible was professionally crafted and was covered editorially in the pages of the magazine over a 10-year period. It is a Gold Class restoration featuring numerous NOS parts. Literally every part of this car has been rebuilt, replaced or restored, starting with a fully stripped body and correct six-cylinder engine right down to the OE-style exhaust system, professionally replicated in stainless steel! No expense was spared. Every nut and bolt has been taken apart and replaced. All trim was either replaced with NOS parts or professionally redone using factory specifications. All painted parts were powder coated to last. NOS grille, bumpers and brake drums are just a few of the new parts used to reassemble this awesome collector car. It even has an original NOS Bow-Tie locking gas cap.   

      This restoration represents hundreds of hours of detail and assembly. I have owned this Nova since 1993 and drove it before the restoration was started. Since completion, the car has been in a climate-controlled atmosphere in my shop at my home and has only been to four shows and two local parades. It is not driven on the street. There are less than a hundred miles on the odometer. The straight six/Powerglide combination runs perfectly.   


      Begrudgingly, I must sell the crown jewel of my collection to fund my daughter's education. The car has a very special meaning to me, and I want it to go to a good home, with an owner that appreciates its history and what it is - a high-profile example of the only year Chevrolet produced this model. You will not be disappointed with the quality of this restoration, as it is unquestionably the finest example on the planet. Offered at $69,500, the restoration value alone is nearly twice that. Seriously interested parties may contact me directly at Please leave your name and phone number and I will call you immediately. The Nova is located in California and I will help with shipping logistics to buyer's location, at buyer's expense. For more pictures of this Nova visit my customer gallery at Terry Cole's Rusty Rag Top.


- Terry Cole  


Parts for this restoration were supplied by GM Classics & Chevy 2 Only    


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