This new project will combine the front end of a '69 Camaro with a '72 Pontiac Ventura!
During last weekend's Goodguys Autocross in Fort Worth, TX, I got the chance to talk with Goodguy's Ed Capen. He told me he's working on a new project that will use the front end of a '69 Camaro (actually all new sheetmetal) on a Chevy Nova. Or at least that was the plan. Ed told me his search for a '68 - '72 Nova turned up nothing good. Then he found a grandma-fresh '72 Ventura--one of my favorite forgotten cars. So while he tells everybody that it's called the Nomaro (a grafting of the words Nova and Camaro), I really know it's a Ventumaro!
I remember looking all around for a Ventura as clean as this one, but to no avail. We actually did our '68 Nova instead--it was my second choice. Then Ed walks right into this super-fresh Ventura for $3k without even looking hard. The thing is, now he's got this mint Ventura front end floating out there for sale. He says he's going to put it on eBay, but I told there are PHR readers who might want it. Any takers? Should we put it on the '68 Nova?!
So Ed's Nomaro project is well under way. He says putting the Camaro front ends on was scandalously easy, taking only a day. The fender/door skin doesn't line up, so he's going to put '69 Camaro door skins on the Ventura's doors. We'll be following the Nomaro, and hope to bring you a story on it when it's done. In the meantime, enjoy the rendering!