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Old 09-02-2012, 05:39 PM
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Chevelle vs nova

Thinking of getting another car , owned 5 mustangs in the past from 14-10 sec , the only 2 Chevy cars I like seem to be the fat back 70-72 nova and chevelle or split bumper Camaro . Is there and advantages to either one , I know there similar but don't know a lot

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I hae owned several Nova's... a 1970, a 1972 and a 1977. Love the Nova's, but there is something to be said for a car with a real frame.

I'd go with a Chevelle.... 66-67, or a 68-69.
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Chevelle 70-72 have a frame ?
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70-72... yep!
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BOth novas in my price range are caged , chevelles in my price range are p.o.s or half done cars
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what's the price range?
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5-12 thousand
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BOth novas in my price range are caged , chevelles in my price range are p.o.s or half done cars
Good to know... Jumbo2, you really gotta compare apples to apples, or else the discussion is moot.....

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5-12 thousand
Now that's a big range....

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Was looking to buy a car with a good motor that's very healthy but needs trim and interior or a nice car with no running gear , I can do body work or build a motor :-)
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Things to remember>
1. Chevelle has coils in the back. Nova has leafs. Big power and coils is harder to tune for solid traction.
2. Weight! Nova lighter. Less weight, big power, goes faster.
3. Chevelle has more room for a bigblock with big headers.
4. Nova is unibody. Chevelle has a full frame.
If I was building a fast car again I'd build another Nova like the my last one in '96. 72 twice door.
12.5 to 1 L88, muncie m22, 4.88 12 bolt, swapped front frame for a 75 to get front steering box and room for 2 1/8" headers. Traction was still a hassle but who cared!!!
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chevelle and nova both have a lot of over hang in the back,so the camaro is out.The chevelles and novas hook better.Both cars can be made to hook so consider that adjustable slapper bars work fine into the 10s and are a lot cheaper than chevelle rear parts.Maybe do some research but the co-efficient of drag of the nova might be better. Weight counts?The nova will need the frames tied.Roll cage is required in the faster classes.
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Why limit it to 70-72? That body style started in 1968, and was basically changed very little to 1973.
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Why limit it to 70-72? That body style started in 1968, and was basically changed very little to 1973.
I agree. 68-72 chevelle and 68-72 Novas are nothing new. 73/74 Lagunas were a nice looking car. Full frame with coil spring rear. Will easily swallow a big block. Not as easy to find parts for as the others, but it will stand out at the track.
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Chevelle all the way, had both and the Chevelle just has more personality.
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I've had both Chevelles and a Nova. The Chevelles were a '65, '67, '68, and '69; and the Nova was a '70. Of all I loved the '67 Chevelle the most, but I liked the '70 Nova better than the '68 or '69 Chevelles.
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