Name: James Schiefer
Vehicle: 67 Chevy Nova (SS)
How did you get into Hot Rods?
You could say that I was born into the Hot Rod scene. My grandfather was Paul Schiefer (Schiefer Manufacturing – Clutches, Flywheels) and he was one of the founders of SEMA. My dad (Carl Schiefer) raced top gas and top fuel dragsters in the 60’s and has worked in the automotive industry his entire life. I was going to races, shops and events before I could speak.
What made you chose this particular vehicle and how did you obtain it?
I have always loved the Chevy II/Nova. I love the lines it has, it’s small, it’s light and it’s so simple. I always wanted an older muscle car for fun and something that could tie back to my grandfather and dad’s era. The 67 Nova checked all of the boxes for me.
I was researching cars online for months and came across a true 67 Nova SS. It was a California car and it was generally in good condition. The interior was original, which I love and probably will never change. It wasn’t numbers matching, so I wasn’t worried about changing the drivetrain. I went out to Riverside to check it out and fell in love. That was it. The rest is history.
What is the car primarily used for?
I got it so I could have a fun car for my family and I to cruise around in and have them experience a car that actually makes noise, you can feel and experience. They went from not caring about cars to fighting over who gets to ride shotgun or who gets to get a special ride with their dad down PCH.
I took the car on the 2015 Hot Rod Power Tour, which was a rad event and I recommend everyone to go out to and do the long haul once in their lives. With that being said, before the event, I added an Edelbrock SBC with 435hp and 435 ft/lbs of torque. I wanted a super reliable motor that had plenty of power for the street. During the tour, it was clear that the original suspension components and brakes weren’t too happy. It was time to make it modern.
We just finished a pretty serious overhaul with Detroit Speed front sub frame and QUADRALink in the rear, Detroit Speed mini-tubs, Baer Pro+ 14” in the front and back, Strange Rear End, American Racing VF498s all around with Falken RT615s. It got finished just in time for the Falken Tire Super Chevy Muscle Car shootout and she held her own going up against some serious competition.
To make a long story short, I use the car for fun. If that’s cruising down local roads with the family or taking out to Pro Touring events, as long as I am having fun I am happy.
Why did you choose American Racing wheels for your project?
I love the history of American Racing; the heritage and motorsports history spoke to me personally. I originally was looking for a period correct look, but when I saw the VF498 I knew that was the wheel. I like the conflict between a more modern wheel on a 60’s car.
Any future plans for this vehicle or a new build on the horizon?
At this point, I am going to keep her just the way she is. Of course, that’s until I start getting that itch again.