How to Rebuild and Modify the Chevrolet Nova: 1968 - 1974
How to Rebuild and Modify the Chevrolet Nova: 1968 - 1974

How to Rebuild and Modify the Chevrolet Nova: 1968 - 1974

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How to Rebuild and Modify the Chevrolet Nova: 1968 - 1974
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There was a time when the Chevrolet Nova was considered a budget option, a model engineered primarily for the price-conscious customer. Certainly performance models were already in Chevrolet's fold. With the Camaro, the Corvette, and the Chevelle leading the way, why would Chevy need another performance model? Well, savvy Chevy customers knew that you could get a really tricked-out Nova right from the factory with SS packages and big-block 396 engines along with performance transmissions and gearing for a fair amount less than an equally equipped Camaro. As a bonus, Novas were lighter weight too. It was the performance bargain of the Chevy lineup.

Fast forward to today. The first-generation Camaros cost a small fortune, and while Novas have held their value quite well, they are still a performance bargain compared to the other Chevy performance models of the era. Not only are they more affordable than Camaros, but you can do a whole lot to make them really fast. In Chevy Nova 1968-1974: How to Build and Modify, veteran author and Chevy expert Wayne Scraba shows you all you need to know to build a killer street or strip Nova. Included is detailed information on driveline upgrades, rear-suspension options for the ultimate hook, front-end suspension and chassis components for good handling and weight transfer, excellent brake upgrades, engine swap options, cooling system upgrades, and more.

Focusing on quarter-mile performance, Scraba expertly covers all of your options for a strong-running street Nova, a street-strip combo package, or all-out drag racing options. If you want to build your Nova into a quarter-mile warrior, this book is an essential tool for success.



Chapter 1: Starting from Scratch 
Reference Material 
Stripped Ease 

Chapter 2: Getting Framed 
Bare Bones 
Mounting Points 
Installing the Rest 
Frame Connectors 

Chapter 3: Rear Axle 
Ford 9-Inch 
Dana 60 
Gear Sets 

Chapter 4: Rear Suspension 
Bolt-On Bars 
Tuning CalTracs 
Four-Links and Ladder Bars 
Chassis Instant Center 
Pinion Angle 
Laterally Linked 
Controlling the Roll 
Torque Rotation 
Rod Ends 

Chapter 5: Springs and Shock Absorbers 
Shock Absorbers 
Shackles and Bushings 

Chapter 6: Brakes 
How to Build Drum Brakes 
Master Cylinder and Proportioning Valves 
Roll Control 
Brake Flex Hoses 
Brake Hard Lines 

Chapter 7: Engine Swaps 
Frame Mounts 
Motor Mounts 
Transmission Crossmembers 
Transmission Mount 
Flywheels, Flexplates and Starters 
Clutch Linkage 
Alternators, Water Pumps and Pulleys 
LS Drives 
Throttle Linkage 
Ignition Controls 

Chapter 8: Wheels and Tires 
Critical Parts of a Wheel 
Stuffing Fenders 
Wheel Studs 
Drag Radials 

Chapter 9: Fuel System 
Gas Tanks and Fuel Cells 
High-Flow Pickups for Stock Nova Tanks 
Mechanical Fuel Pumps
Electric Fuel Pumps
Fuel Pressure Regulators
Fuel Filters 

Chapter 10: Radiators and Electric Fans 
Cooling Fans and Shrouds 

Source Guide

Publisher: CarTech, Inc.
Softcover: 144 pages
Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
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