About my 1971 Nova SS:
original Nova SS small block engine has been replaced with a big
block 396 cid V8. While the 396 V8 was no longer a production
option in 1971 for the Nova SS (due
to government and insurance company pressures on GM),
that doesn't mean you can't put one in yourself...! Bigger is
Additional upgrades include a Schneider racing cam, Edelbrock
750 carb, Edelbrock Preformer RPM alum intake, 98cc closed port
heads, Taylor Pro Series High Performance Ignition wires, Hooker
ceramic coated competition headers, 2
1/2" Flowmaster exhaust system, K&N Air Filter,
Mallory HI distributor, chrome pulleys, Energy Suspension motor
mounts, extra capacity radiator, and flex fan.
In January 2008 when I bought the car, it had a Muncie M21
4 speed w/ Hurst Competition Plus Shifter and 11" clutch.
That has now been replaced (March 2010) with custom built 700R4
automatic with a B&M QuickSilver shifter.
Love the overdrive and the QuickSilver...!! Makes driving much
more enjoyable with the 3:73 gears :)
Front suspension has all new tie rod ends, bushings and ball joints,
front coil springs, heavy duty 1" anti-sway bar, disc brakes,
body mounts, hoses, brake & fuel lines, master cylinder w/
line lock, Gas tank, Chrome alternator....all new.
Rear end is 12 bolt posi w/ 3:73 gears, multi leaf springs, traction
bars, and Moroso cover.
Wheels are Weld Racing Draglite XP 15" x 9" on rear
with Cooper Cobra G/T tires P255/60R15.
Weld Racing Draglite XP 15" x 5" on front with Cooper
Cobra G/T tires P215/65R15.
is custom grey leather with perforated inserts all
new July 2006. Interior includes SS console w/ gauges, reclining
bucket seats, Pioneer stereo, Kenwood speakers.
has all new chrome as needed, steel cowl induction hood w/SS louvers,
and shaved door handles.
Paint color is 2000 Camaro Midnight Blue Pearl.
Photo to the
1969, while a senior in College in San Marcos Texas, I bought/ordered
a new Nova SS L78 from dealership there...Drove it for about 33,000
miles and traded it...WHAT A DUMMY...!! Pictured to the right
is what the original car I owned looked like back in 1969; Fathom
Green, Ralley wheels, front bench seat, three speed manual transmission
on the floor. Now, almost 40 years later, I have finally got another
I traded the '69 Nova SS in at a dealership in Wharton,
Texas in 1971. It was purchased by someone from Van Vleck, Texas
at that time. If anyone knows of this car in the Van Vleck area,
please contact me.
*Engine Block is 1968 325 HP 396V8 - Based
on T1107IV Block code.
3872702 Head code (link
to head photos)