Scotto and pickup crew of his girlfriend, Ashley Baker, and friends and helpers spent two months’ worth of late nights getting medieval with a cutting torch to make room for a new transmission and rear subframe. They did all that, plus installed a Ford 9-inch rear from Currie Enterprises, under an extremely tight deadline, and while holding down day jobs.
"I was drawing inspiration from Trans Am racing and old circle-track."
“The scary thing was that we only had 69 nights to get everything done before the Power Tour. It was like a bad reality TV show. We made stupid mistakes — at one point we lowered the car on the door — all because we were rushing.” But unlike some other show-car builds, where the car just has to look good enough to appease the shuffling crowds, the Napalm Nova had to go from the garage to a road trip, traveling hundreds of miles a day. No pressure there.
But despite the intense heat of a southern road trip in June, which spiked the heat in the cabin to over 130 degrees Fahrenheit, the Napalm Nova held up well enough to make the trip, and even performed countless tire-shredding displays on demand.
And of course, as is Scotto’s modus operandi, now the Napalm Nova has to do all those things 1980s TV promised, likely with Hoonigan video cameras rolling.
“Maybe I’ll be jumping a closed bridge sometime in the future.”
Hoonigan 1972 Chevrolet Napalm Nova
454 Big Block
Art Morrison Enterprises Multi-Function 3-link to 4-link rear subframe and custom Sport GT front subframe
MSD Atomic EFI, 6AL Ignition, Blaster HVC and Billet distributer
Magnaflow complete custom exhaust with electronic cutouts
AutoMeter X Hoonigan gauges
Currie Enterprises 9-inch rear end, 3rd member kit and axles
Bowler Transmissions T56
Rick's Performance Tanks (22 gal custom unit)
Wilwood Disc Brakes on all corners with a Wilwood manual master cylinder
American Racing Wheels AR767 15x8 all around
Hankook Ventus Tires 265/50/15 and 295/50/15
Denso Iridium Plugs
DEI Thermal and Sound Boommat
Mr. Gasket hardware and gaskets
Sparco Evo3 Seats
1 Mickey Thomson valve cover, painted