1971 Nova SS - 396 Big Block - Blast from the Past!


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Nova SS with new Wheels and Tires

About my 1971 Nova SS:

Click for larger image.....The 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 Better!

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.



1971  Nova SS - Photography and Graphics by ADC Web Design
Tires and Wheels:
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.


Interior is custom grey leather with perforated inserts all new July 2006. Interior includes SS console w/ gauges, reclining bucket seats, Pioneer stereo, Kenwood speakers.

Exterior 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 right:
In 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 Nova SS...!!

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.
Bayfish@gmail.com


*Engine Block is 1968 325 HP 396V8 - Based on T1107IV Block code.
3872702 Head code
(link to head photos)


Exterior Photos | Interior Photos | Under the Hood | Nova & Related Links |Video Links | Engine Swap

History of Chevy Nova | Photos - Novas from Internet | Other Info on Novas | Video Walk Around

Texas Drag Racing | Motor Oil for Classics | Measure Drive Shaft | BBC Head Codes | Cam Specs | Tubbed

Power Train Set-Up Guide | | Motor Mounts and Frame Mounts | Car Club Links | Coil Spring Replacement



A few recent car show photos







Exterior Photos | Interior Photos | Under the Hood | Nova & Related Links |Video Links | Engine Swap

History of Chevy Nova | Photos - Novas from Internet | Other Info on Novas | Video Walk Around

Texas Drag Racing | Motor Oil for Classics | Measure Drive Shaft | BBC Head Codes | Cam Specs | Tubbed

Power Train Set-Up Guide | Rosenberg Summer Jam 2008 Car Show | Pattison Texas 2008 Car Show

9th Annual Ride to Rosenberg Car Show |
Motor Mounts and Frame Mounts | Car Club Links

Coil Spring Replacement

1971  Nova SS - Photography and Graphics  by ADC Web Design CLICK HERE .... Take look under the hood...!



(Before the new wheels and tires)


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