Advice needed: Nova vs. Chevelle - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Hotrodding Basics
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 07-12-2007, 08:24 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: dayton
Posts: 4
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Advice needed: Nova vs. Chevelle

Hello All,

Hopefully this is posted in the proper area, I am new here and thought this would be its respected place.

I am currently looking for a new project. I sold my first project about 2 years ago. It was a 1971 Nova and I already regret selling it.

I have found a few Chevelles that have sparked my interest. I know they have many similarities to the Nova and many differences. Are there any major differences that I may find difficult or to my advantage when owning a Chevelle vs. a Nova?

What is everyone's opinion on the two vehicles? Let me know what you think.

Thanks for the help!

    Advertisement
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 07-12-2007, 08:42 PM
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: norcal
Age: 59
Posts: 762
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 1
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
well just my preference, the biggest difference to me is the chevelle has a freme while the nova is a unibody. unibody cars may be fine but i prefer a car with an actual frame. i had a 66 ss396 chevelle back in the day, very nice power and easy to make it handle like a nascar with a few easy mods. i vote chevelle hands down.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 07-12-2007, 09:04 PM
Registered User
 
Last wiki edit: Wheelbase database Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 3,640
Wiki Edits: 1

Thanks: 6
Thanked 172 Times in 157 Posts
I personally prefer the A-body cars (Olds 442s in my case) but be aware that the prices for A-body cars and parts have shot past the moon. A few examples seen at Carlisle this year: original bucket seats with rusty frames and some shreds of upholstery and foam remaining - $450. 12 bolt posi axle - $1200. Sandblasted and painted frame - $2600. Yes, these are asking prices, not necessarily selling prices, but you get my point. The Nova is ligher, equally plentiful, and has good parts availability. The 68-74 Novas share much with the first gen F-body cars also.

Besides, if you build an Nova, there's one less person competing with me for A-body parts...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 07-12-2007, 10:08 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: dayton
Posts: 4
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sweet,
thanks for the info. guys!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 07-12-2007, 10:21 PM
Mad_Max's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: kansas
Posts: 44
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Depending on the year of Nova you're considering keep in mind that it takes some effort to put a big block in a 67-62, while any year Chevelle will accept a BB.... that being said, if you want to be quick and stylish find a small block 66-67 Nova.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 07-12-2007, 10:49 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Braidwood, Il. USA
Posts: 6
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I had both, a 66 ss 396 chevelle and I also had a 67 chevy 11 with a muncie 4 speed and the original 327 in which I put a brand new tri power setup on. I sold the nova last year for 14k.
The front suspension on the nova is a nightmare
The suspension on the chevelle was ok.
Either one is nice to have.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 07-12-2007, 11:15 PM
techinspector1's Avatar
Senior Curmudgeon
 
Last wiki edit: DynoSim combinations Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hemet, California, USA
Age: 72
Posts: 13,306
Wiki Edits: 326

Thanks: 836
Thanked 1,151 Times in 950 Posts
Every once in a while, I go to ebay and type in....project car....
When that comes up with the list, I click the box for ......highest price first.....
Then I can go past the several pages of stupid prices and get down to the pages that are in my price range. Oftentimes there are some good deals there.
You might turn up the car of your choice close to home that way. Just a thought.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 07-13-2007, 12:41 AM
1969NovaSS's Avatar
turbo lag......yeeeeehaaaaaaw
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: oxnard,ca
Age: 27
Posts: 685
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
I vote for a nova. Any year nova will be lighter then the chevelle. Also, first gen camaros have a lot of parts in common with the 68-74 novas so you could make it handle like a g-machine or hook for the races. plus parts are a lot cheaper for novas then chevelles.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 07-13-2007, 09:02 AM
Registered User
 
Last wiki edit: Wheelbase database Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Virginia
Posts: 3,640
Wiki Edits: 1

Thanks: 6
Thanked 172 Times in 157 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunnyd 95
... also had a 67 chevy 11 with a muncie 4 speed and the original 327...
The front suspension on the nova is a nightmare
That may be true for 62-67 Novas, but 68-74 is the same suspension as 67-69 F-bodies. Parts are plentiful.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 07-13-2007, 02:27 PM
low budget rodder's Avatar
Registered User
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Geneseo, NY
Posts: 152
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 3
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
My vote is for the 68-72 Nova.

do a '70 in GM 43 green for me!

~Joe
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 07-14-2007, 11:08 PM
chevelle_502's Avatar
Get out the ducktape...
 
Last wiki edit: How to rebuild an engine
Last journal entry: Front brakes
Last photo:
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Georgia
Age: 28
Posts: 213
Wiki Edits: 5

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
As an owner of both I cant really go either way. I find I like different things about both. Yeah the chevelles full frame has some advantages but if you dig hard enough you can find some good deals to go on that unibody. Chevelles are also gonna be more expensive due to the market like said above. I inherited the nova and paid for the chevelle so again I cant make a decision on the better one. Just look hard for the right project to match tools, space, and capability and go from there. My nova is a 75 and Ive been lookin for some body parts for 2 years now but the 74 and older ones are gettin as popular as the rest now.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 07-16-2007, 09:29 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: dayton
Posts: 4
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks Everyone for all of your opinions. There are so many advantages/disadvantages, its just hard to tell. I am planning on checking out a 1969 Chevelle this weekend and see what I think compared to the 1971 Nova. Please keep the info. coming it helps a ton.

Thanks!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 07-16-2007, 12:31 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sahuarita (Tucson) AZ
Age: 68
Posts: 185
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I think either one would be fine. As far as prices, I think the Novas are gettin' pricey, too. I bought my 66 Chevelle 10 years ago.........283, 4 speed car from the original owner with 235K on it. I drove it home for 2500.00. If I found the same deal today on a Nova or Chevelle, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Barrett-Jackson has hurt the hobby, in my opinion, by making people think every project car out there is worth a small fortune. Good luck on your search, and, remember, this is supposed to be for fun!

Bill
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Hotrodding Basics posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Twin Turbo advice needed ChrisMiddleron Engine 1 04-03-2007 09:47 PM
sbc 350 horsepower advice needed jjpodlas Engine 3 12-31-2006 12:06 AM
Alignment advice needed xxllmm4 Suspension - Brakes - Steering 3 12-19-2006 10:25 PM
EFI to Carb conversion advice needed 1953 Homer Engine 2 12-19-2006 12:16 PM
expert advice needed.... sglig Interior 8 03-31-2003 08:22 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.