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Old 03-08-2014, 06:20 AM
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G'day all, I was wondering if any of you ever tried to put a big block in a late 70's Nova ? I have a '76 Nova and a 454 I'd like to put in it. I hear its quite a job since these cars weren't made for big blocks.
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It will fit just as well as an earlier Nova, probably even easier since your car has front steer (steering linkages in front of crossmember)
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Fits easily, use headers meant for the 70-73 Big Block Camaro. The 75-79 Nova front subframe is the same(except for things like bumper mounts) as 70-81 Camaro.
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Good advice from these guys. You won't have any issues.
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The nova is chevy's farmont. like the farmont that most mustang parts bolt on.. the nova can use most of the (iirc 75up) f-body parts..
T/A WS6 swaybars ,etc engine parts /brackets, brake upgrade kits, the taller front spindle kits..
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Thanks for posting guys. I think I'll probably give it a shot. I allways wanted a muscle car!
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before or during your big block install... add frame connectors if you put power in that bbc and set the car up to use it (hook)
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Shouldn't be a problem. Thought about doing that with my 77 nova years ago. If you have a v-8 in it now, the front springs should be ok. If its a 6 banger, I would be ok but will set the front end down a bit. The front springs were light weight on some of the 6 banger novas.
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You can do it, one of my friends in Wisconsin put a 455 Big Block on his 77 Skylark which has the same body as yours.
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Actually, Chevrolet did manufacture a very few of the mid 70's Nova's with a 454. These were special order for Califonia Highway Patrol and I think some went to L.A.P.D. traffic units as well.
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If you get that big block in it, make sure you put a sway bar on the front end if it doesn't have one. That extra weight will make it want to drift when turning hard. Yenko nova had the 427 I believe. some ss novas had a 396.
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