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Nova manual steering

What will bolt right up to my 1972 Chevy Nova when I go to my local yard? Which vehicle could I get a quick ratio steering box that will fit? What other parts should I also take to make it a complete swap? I currently have a power steering box without it being hooked up. This is the way the car came.

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The Nova's and Camaro's are the same. A Z/28 box will bolt on but good luck finding one in a 'yard. Go here...
Cross-referencing parts is easy, just compare the's as you look them up for different vehicles.
A base and V8 optioned Nove uses the same slow strg box. The base Camaro uses the same box as the Nova but the Z is optioned with a quick ratio box, 2 1/2 -3 turns.
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Ig all else fails

Go to This place and you can get the steering box that fits..I think but not sure the manual box is a one to one fit so there is only changing the box to concern yourself with..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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A manual box from a '68-'81 Nova or Camaro (and clones) will fit. The manual gear requires a different pitman arm because the output shaft is smaller in diameter. Get the longest one you can find for a '69 Camaro, because the faster steering ratios were partially made with longer pitman arms & shorter steering arms. Short steering arms could be found on many power-steering cars, so yours might already have the short ones.

Here's a good site for first-gen Camaro suspension & steering info. The '68-'74 Novas use the same front end as those cars, so it might help you find what you want.

Might also search around at the classified section at, a site that specializes in first-gen Camaros.

The rag joint may be different between power & manual. I changed mine from power to manual, but the joint on my junkyard '75 Firebird P/S box was still good, and it bolted up fine.

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Thanks everyone for all your help.
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