If you can’t have the original of something, you might as well have a replica of it, and if you’re going to have a replica of something, you might as well have it built by the same guy who built the original, as is the case with this 1964 Chevrolet Nova “Chevy 2 Much” A/FX gasser for sale on Hemmings.com, which Doug Thorley initially built as a museum piece, but which has since been converted to a fully functional car capable of hitting the dragstrip once again. From the seller’s description:
Doug had decided to recreate the ‘Chevy 2 Much’, because as he puts it: “Steve Gibbs who was running the NHRA museum wanted me to put a car in the new museum”. So Doug rounded up most of the friends who labored over the original car to help him build the new ‘Chevy 2 Much II’, including: Ted Brown, Tom Rodriguez, HL Shannan, Gary Slusser, Fletch & of course Doug Kruze! When the new build was completed, the new ‘Chevy 2 Much II’ went straight into the NHRA museum and sat for 11 years before Doug decided that he wanted to see the car enjoyed. During lunch one day, Doug offered Ron Maxwell, an old friend from his hometown of Cedar City, Utah, the chance to buy it. Ron jumped at the chance, and immediately began the process of bringing the car back to life. Since the car had a ‘dummy block’ while it was in the NHRA museum, Ron decided he wanted a running & driving drag car, with just the right driveline. The updated drivetrain consists of the following: a 496ci Chevrolet big-block by Wheeler Power Products in Florida (Dyno-ed @ 742 hp w/ 621 Lbs./ Ft. Torque), 4.250” stroke crank, forged Eagle H-beam rods, Icon forged pistons, Howard’s Cam solid-roller camshaft, exact duplicate #467 of the original Hilborn Injection (chromed & polished), Brodex aluminum heads, Turbo-Hydra-Matic 400 Manual valve body, 3800 stall converter, and 9” Ford rear-end w/ nodular center section & 4.11 gears. The front suspension is a period-correct leaf-sprung solid axle w/ Bilstein racing shocks, & out back is a 4-link system w/ adjustable shocks. To make the car safe & legal for making full speed exhibition passes, additional support & bars were welded into the basic cage frame installed by Doug Thorley years earlier. The original Bright Candy Tangerine – Red Paint Scheme & Original Gold-Leaf Graphics/Lettering done by Gil’s Auto Body is just as it was when Doug & his good friends built the car.
Location: St George, Utah
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