`What a gift. I don't know how to thank the sponsors and the guys who built this car,' says Mardee Dill of the Chevy II that was returned to her recently by a team of volunteers. The car was a project her late husband, David, started, but did not live to see finished. `When they unveiled it, he was there with me,' she said.
The Chevy II build crew; a dozen guys who stepped up and completed a dream. Left to right: Gary Tracy, Kelly Duncan, Mike Walker, Andrew Siedoff, Darin McCollom, Dennis Gilbert, Buddy Whitesell, Monte Grimm, Dean Claycomb, Stan Dexter, Mike Powell and Mark Bauer.
Plotting strategy, BlackTop Nationals officials and members of the build crew discuss how best to surprise Marty Dill with the finished car. That's new BTN director Jim Petty in the yellow shirt, alongside BTN president Rick Nuckolls, with Mark Bauer, owner of Bauer Auto Restoration, where the car was rebuilt, in the other chair.
When the Nova's original 283 V-8 was found to be a candidate for the scrap yard, Kelly Duncan donated this 400 cubic inch small block V-8 to the project. It was the last engine his father, Harold Duncan, a well known engine builder, ever assembled.
Mardee Dill gasps as she sees her husband's completed car, revealed to her at the BlackTop Nationals, only a few feet from where she and her husband, David, met while dragging Douglas. Outgoing BTN director Carl Raines helps steady her.
The slightly lowered stance of the little Nova hardtop would have made it a natural cruising Douglas 45 years ago, with all the windows down and the radio all the way up. Body and paint work were done by Bauer Auto Restorations.
One of the goals was to approximate David Dill's red 1964 Nova, which was stolen and burned when he was a teenager. Besides getting the color right, the car got a period-correct set of Cragar 5-spoke mags fitted with BF Goodrich TA radials, all courtesy of The Tire Store.