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1969 Nova

1969NovaThere's a lot to be said for the old adage "don't mess with a good thing," and apparently Chevrolet agreed with that philosophy when they brought out the 1969 Nova. Visually, there was little to distinguish the newest Nova from the previous year's offering. But then, the 1968 Nova was a totally new package from the ground up. Perhaps the biggest changes came in the areas of safety and security, with power disc brakes being included as an integral part of the Nova Super Sport package while an ignition/steering column interlock made its debut as a theft deterrent. In fact, the locking column was standard equipment on all 1969 Chevrolets except the Corvair.

Powering the base 1969 Nova Super Sport was a 300 horsepower 350 cubic incher (up five horsepower over the previous year) that could be had for the first time with a three-speed Turbo Hydromatic transmission. The 350 was revised internally, too, with stronger main bearing bulkheads and caps that were retained with four bolts rather than two.

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As a street sleeper, the Nova SS was, without a doubt, the quintessential Q-ship. The usual gee-gaws that alerted everyone to the presence of a muscle machine were conspicuously absent. It was a combination that worked well, especially when your Nova was fitted with the potent L78 engine. News of the L78 Nova combination traveled fast amongst the street savvy Bow-Tie believers, and production was way up over the previous year with 5,262 of them being unleashed on the otherwise unsuspecting public. Road tests of the L78 Nova showed it had the right stuff for doing battle on the boulevards. Even with skimpy E-70 tires and a 3.55 gear, mid 14's at more than 101 mph were easily attainable. Some tuning, headers, a 4.10 gear and more tire would put the Nova in the mid to low 13's.

1969NovaFor the Nova owner who liked the eyeball-flattening torque of a big-block, but didn't want to hassle with adjusting the solid lifters after changing plugs regularly to maintain optimum performance, there was another "not quite so nasty" Nova available. This one, equipped with the 350 horsepower version of the 396, was much more docile in day to day driving but could still take care of most stoplight encounters. Most Nova owners who wanted big-blocks under the hoods of their Super Sports preferred the max-output version, however, and only 1,947 of the tamer version were built.

1969NovaThis version of a '69 Nova is a combination of many things. It was originally a 6 cylinder grocery getter and after many years of being a daily driver, this vehicle was morphed >into a true 10 second street car. After many different combinations of motors, transmissions and especially exhaust systems… a true LS-7 454 cubic inch big block Chevy found its home between the fender wells. Its equipped with a forged Eagle light weight crank, forged pistons, a custom ground roller cam, Edelbrock aluminum heads massaged by PCHS Racing Engines and an Edelbrock aluminum intake with a 1050 cfm Holley Dominator to top it all off. The engine was assembled by ProMar Engines. It has a California Performance 200-4R transmission and a full back half with a Ford 9" rear loaded with 4.56 gears. The full back half and all roll cage work was performed by our associate Marc Poldino of Hell Bent Race Cars. All body and paint done by Millennium Custom Auto.

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