yah the early nova engines were like that so the oil filter could clear those chevy II chassies haha
unique blocks for those cars yeah
i totally forgot all about those til you said something haha
on a side note recently we had an old guy pull up in our shop drive with a really sharp mostly stock 64 or so chevy II nova and it had a warmed over 355 in it and it was pure bright white with all the stock trim and chrome pieces on it, and red vinyl interior that was mint condition spotless everywhere.,
the whole neighborhood was all over it checking it out
he wanted us to do a repair on one of the hood hinges.
he only gave like 1500 or some crazy sheep liek that for it and was one of those tightwads who manmages to find a steal by some crazy miracle but on purpose.
heard he sold it and now has a different old muscle car i forgot what now and got it for next to nothing as well