1970 NOVA W/ L78 396 / 402 BIG BLOCK 375HP & MUNCIE M20 TRANS (12 BOLT, SS TRIM)

1970 Chevrolet Nova

Technical specifications of Chevrolet Nova 1970

Price: -
Condition: Used
Item location: Angola, Indiana, United States
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Nova
Type: Coupe
Year: 1970
Mileage: 62,000
Color: Blue
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD 12 BOLT
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description


One restored 1970 Nova. Title reads 1970 Nova SS.Authentic GM V8 car with 14 for second and third placement of cars VIN, enoting V8.

Car has been recently restored to include: interior restoration, ngine and transmission refurbishing, ront end and rear end rebuilding. Car runs and drives better than many "restored muscle cars", nd engine, ransmission and rear end are reliable. Engine carries to 60 psi oil pressure w/ 5w30 oil when warm and runs consistently 160-180F even in 100 degree summer days. New belts and hoses, arburetor professionally tuned with correct jets and power valves. Fuel gauge works, peedometer works, eat works, ights work (brights, ail, urn, rake, arker), indshield wipers work. Car sounds awesome, racks straight, ooks up great, nd has more power than most have the guts to unleash!

This is a special car that will set itself apart at the local car event or cruise night. From the dual snorkel air cleaner on solid lifter L78 big block engine, o the correct clutchless "W" stamped fan blade, o the redline tires, o the Hurst white ball shifter and chrome-accented strato bucket seats--- this car is a crowd pleaser! This is the sort of car that draws the curiosity and grabs the attention of people at almost every stop light or traffic intersection or store parking lot. People see and admire the car and when they hear the clatter of the solid lifters and the deep thunder of the high compression big block engine -- they suspect this is not your average small block Nova. Then they see the infamous 396 badging on the fenders and wonder, ould it be? If you happen to be stopped and open the hood, e prepared to be bombarded with comments and questions when they see the large engine stuffed in the smaller (lighter than Camaro) Nova with the almost never seen dual snorkel intake that GM installed on only a small number of later built 1970 big block L78 Novas! Most in your average community have never seen in person a big block Nova with an L78 engine and many are surprised that GM equipped a select number of Novas with the big block factory race engine. The average "car guy" has seen the big block Camaro or Chevelle, ut a little Nova, nd the L78?? This is the exciting intrigue associated with driving this car!

The L78 engine option in 1970 was actually 402ci even though the cars were badged 396 and were a factory race engine with larger square port heads, olid lifters, igh lift camshaft, 1.0:1 compression ratio, nd 850cfm duel feed double pump carburetor. The car we are selling has retained the factory 11.0:1 compression ratio and above mentioned specifications to the L78 special GM race engine but has been tuned to run on premium pump gasoline. The cylinder heads had special work performed to them to increase horsepower while at the same time allowing for operation on today's pump fuel. It should also be stated that these factory race engines were under-rated for insurance purposes, o do not let the factory rating fool you! The L78 was the highest horsepower engine ever offered in the Nova, nd 1970 was the last year that it was offered for Nova and the only year for 402ci-- making the 1970 L78 the largest most powerful Nova engine of all time. The L78/L89 was one of the three most powerful special order engines ever offered by GM in the muscle car era-- right next to ZL1 and LS6. There were other big block options for Nova, ut they were lower horsepower engines such as the L34 and had the smaller round port heads, ower compression ratio, ydraulic lifters, tc. The Nova with L78 engine is a true ICON of the muscle car era, nd in most circles (next to the 1970 LS6 Chevelle), t is the most valuable and sought after Chevrolet for 1970 in the collector car market! Novas with L78 engines are likely to continue to increase in resale value over time and make for one of the rarest cars for collection of all time.


Trim Tag Paint code 28 28

Trim Tag 06, ar Assembly Date June 4th week, 970. Assembled at GM Plant Willow Run, I.

SS Trim with Louvered hood

Black interior w/ Bucket seats front and rear arm rests,SS special Steering Wheel

Authentic GM Nova Floor Mats

Interior code 733

L78 396/402 Big Block 375hp solid lifter camshaft engine with dual snorkel air cleaner

Muncio M20 4 speed transmission

Correct SS wheels 14 x 7 with correct F70 Firestone redline tires

12 bolt rear end

4 wheel disc brakes

Correct big block 3-core heavy duty radiator with correct 5 blade cluthless "W" fan (1969-1970 Nova big block only) and correct big block fan shrowd

Correct deep groove pulleys w/ correct 8" balancer

Correct GM spark plug wires



Transmission Stamp Decoded: Muncie M20 June 1970, 2th day.

BLOCK .010 OVER #3969854 4-bolt main (Dated F 6 70) Block pad stamped T0610CKO 10W379541

Block Stamp Decoded: (Tonawanda Engine Plant, ngine Assembly Date June 10th, 970 CKO code 375HP Manual Transmissio, ast six VIN 379541)

HEADS 3964291 (F 7 70 AND F 8 70)

DISTRIBUTOR 1112000 OF9 (JUNE 9TH, 970)

EXHAUST MANIFOLDS --E28 0 May 28, 970 CASTINGS #3909879 and #3916178 (Smog holes present but plugged/smog delete) CARBURETOR HOLLEY LIST 4557 #3967477 (Holley List 4557 denotes: NOVA WITH A 396 - 375 HP L78 MOTOR WITH A 4 SPEED TRANSMISSION)


GM 3.766 Forged Steel Crankshaft

GM 6.135 Forged Connecting Rods

TRW/Seal Power Forged Pistons


We do not have the car's original build sheet, nvoice, r window sticker. With that said, e have no way to know what options were truly "original" or born to the car.

We guarantee nothing past what has been stated above in the Ebay description, hat is, he car here in 2015 is a 1970 Nova with L78 engine and the above described options. While the car's VIN is in the engine block and transmission along with the dates and part numbers of the engine and transmission and other parts appear to be "numbers matching", e do not express or imply that any certain part or group or assembly of parts are "original" born to the car. Many parts are changed on these cars over the years and replaced with GM replacement parts and/or reproduction parts or refurbished/reconditioned/renumbered/restamped GM parts that are not truly "original" or born to the car. We do not guarantee authenticity of any element of this vehicle pertaining to "original" or born to the car. Nothing further expressed or implied past what has been put in writing in the above Ebay vehicle description. This Nova at some point over its life lost its original engine and transmission. When we acquired this car, t had an engine that was incorrect for a 1970 Nova and a 4-speed manual transmission improperly dated in relation to the assembly date of the car 06D . During restoration, he incorrect engine and transmission were removed and above mentioned re-stamped engine and transmission were installed, nce again, iving the car a date coded "numbers matching" engine and transmission correct for 1970 Nova. The car was blue with black interior and bagged SS when we acquired it as it remains presently, long with 12 bolt rear end, ower disc brakes, nd wider big block style core support w/ heavy duty radiator. The trim tag has been corrected to come back as blue w/ black bucket seats, aking it a more correctly restored car in relation to its present state. The car does have big block engine frame mounts and big block cross member.

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