The availability of complete custom frames has changed the game for hot rodders, especially those in the Pro Touring segment of the hobby. Chassis and suspension technology has come a long way from the days of hacking the front suspension out of a Mustang II or Chevy Nova in a junkyard. These days, a full frame makes a lot of sense, but make no mistake—a full frame swap is a lot of work, no matter how you slice it. In the case of this ’67 Chevy II Nova, it goes a step further, thanks to the extreme fabrication efforts of Divers Street Rods located in Sultan, Washington.
Divers Street Rods ordered a new reproduction of the 1967 Chevy II Nova body from Real Deal Steel and a custom chassis from Art Morrison Enterprises. The process of converting a unibody car to a full frame is already complicated because many of the body’s original structural areas must be removed to make room for the chassis. Part of the Air Sport product line, the chassis was designed to use air suspension and provide the absolute lowest ride height possible. Divers Street Rods took that a step further by channeling the body over the chassis. With that in mind, Divers Street Rods gutted the brand-new body, removing the original style floor pans, trunk pans, and firewall. This allowed them to place the body exactly where they wanted it.
Divers Street Rods already had a specific tire and wheel combination in mind, so the tires were ordered to provide a nice mock-up for additional modifications. The Art Morrison chassis was ordered with a 112-inch wheelbase, 2 inches longer than the original Nova wheelbase. This was intentional, and Divers Street Rods stretched the wheel openings to account for the added wheelbase and the extremely low stance. Other body modifications included stretched front fenders, a stretched hood, shaved door handles, shaved drip rails, and much more, but the real focus of this article are the extreme measures taken to convert this unibody car to a full-frame Pro Touring beast.
Divers Street Rods built a floor structure out of rectangular tubing, and then used flat sheet metal for a smooth undercarriage. The custom wheel tubs, firewall, fender supports, and radiator supports are additional custom details fabricated by the crew at Divers Street Rods. The result of countless hours of design and fabrication is a 1967 Chevy II Nova that sits lower than most and has a distinct look with subtle wheelbase alterations. Divers Street Rods started from scratch with a brand-new body and chassis and made it a truly unique car inside and out. MR