Sweet Pea ~ Turbo LS Four Door Nova Sleeper

Turbo LS Four Door Nova Sleeper

Sleepers are our favorite type of build, and this 1968 Chevy Nova four door named “Sweet Pea” is a good one. It’s crusty, it appears to have been built on a budget, and it really rips!

Turbo LS Four Door Nova Sleeper

Sweet Pea came into Ray Gardocki’s life as just another car to play with as he finished other projects. After digging into the Nova, Ray discovered the engine had no oil pressure.

Turbo LS Four Door Nova Sleeper

A new 4.8-liter LS engine was dropped in with help from Dynospeed Racing — that engine served Gardocki well until he decided to start making more upgrades to go faster, and BOOM! — a 6.0 liter LS engine fed by a single Borg Warner turbo and backed by a Powerglide transmission found its way between the frame-rails.

Turbo LS Four Door Nova Sleeper

What makes this sleeper so cool is just how unassuming it really looks. If the car didn’t’ have the 15-inch drag-style rear wheels, it would just look like a very average daily driver from a distance, but the interior sports this car’s true intentions — a full roll cage…

Turbo LS Four Door Nova Sleeper

On this pass at Beech Bend Raceway during the 2018 Holley LS Fest event, Sweat Pea runs bottom 9’s (9.107 at 145 mph) with plenty more left in it…

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