Gearhead Ride of the Week – Trevor Schneck and his 1969 Chevrolet Nova

Welcome to the first installment of Gearhead Ride of the Week!

Here at Gearheads, we want to not only bring you the latest on anything worth writing about with four wheels, but also bring you back to earth from the million dollar exotic cars and give you a more personal take on what being a Gearhead is really all about, like this 1969 Chevrolet Nova will show you. If you want your vehicle featured as a Gearhead Ride of the Week, please feel free to post a pic and give us why we should feature your car as the Gearhead Ride of the Week in 150 words or less. If you are chosen, you will be notified by us to get your “story”.


The inaugural Ride of the Week comes to you from Independence, Ohio, which is located about 11 miles from Cleveland. It is a 1969 Chevrolet Nova, affectionately named “Mary Margret”, for the skull that adorns the rear view mirror. More on that in just a bit. The owner of this awesome ride is Trevor Schneck, 25, who is also a native of Independence, Ohio. Trevor works full-time as a Slot Technician at the new Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cleveland to feed his addiction. Trevor is a self-taught Gearhead who thanks his Dad for his obsession with cars. Trevor grew up spending his time at car shows, in speed shops and going to the drag strip with his Dad, as well as working on cars with him. What started with learning how to change oil from Dad has turned into an ability to rebuild motors, carburetors, and just about anything else you need to know to fix, restore and improve the performance of any car, no school required. Trevor, even though he is only 25, has a love for old school cars and all the good stuff that comes with them over the new technology that tuners crave. Old school means using your skills to create horsepower, not a computer. Trevor is a self-proclaimed “Big Block Junkie” as he says, “there is no substitute for cubic inches and torque”.

Mary Margret

Now to his beloved “Mary Margret”. The skull, for which the 1969 Chevrolet Nova is named,  was given to Trevor by his Dad, who displayed it in his 1970 Camaro when he was 17, and proudly passed it down to Trevor to adorn his muscle car. Trevor, who is single, has quite an attachment to “Mary Margret”, which has turned into his own personal “Christine”. She rules his life and those that spend time around her have had some “experiences” with her.  For anyone who has ever been attached to his or her car, Trevor says it is her personality that keeps the relationship going.

Now to the good stuff on “Mary Margret”, the 1969 Chevrolet Nova:

  •     454 Chevrolet Big Block
  •    Hooker Headers with Car Chemistry header mufflers
  •    Holley 850 double pumper carburetor
  •    MSD ignition system, blaster coil and distributor
  •    TH400 trans with Hughes full manual valve body and stall convertor with straight cut   planetary gears and a B&M Prostick
  •    Chevrolet 12-bolt rear end with 3.73 gears
  •    Traction bars
  •    Mallory electric fuel pump and filter
  •    5 gallon fuel cell
  •    8-point roll cage
  •    5-in welds on front and 10-in on the rear with Mickey Thompson ET Drag Radials on the rear
  •    Harwood fiberglass hood with 4-in cowl
  •    Just over 10K original miles
  •    DAILY DRIVER – yes, this car is a daily driver, along with being the weekend cruise


This car is as impressive as it sounds, but much like any guy with a muscle car, it is never good enough, perhaps “Mary Margret” has a little more of an attachment to Trevor than he does to her. . .

Categories: Readers Rides

Calvin Escobar

About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.