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: 73 nova ss ?????


blackbart
Oct 6th, 09, 09:50 PM
how do you find out if a '73 nova is an ss model? is there a way to tell by the vin or trim tag? car was a v8 4 speed but most of that is gone now. are there any ss specific parts i should be looking for? thanks

SHIFTY4
Oct 6th, 09, 11:21 PM
1973 thru 1976 = optional package: these are the hardest years to verify. Original paperwork is really the only way. In 1973, any engine could be ordered in the Super Sport including the 250 L6. Because there was no "SS-only" engine, there is no way to verify it as real by the engine codes. Also, disc brakes were NOT part of the Super Sport package in 1973-74.

http://www.novaresource.org/rpo_Z26.htm#1973


i hope i helped,

welcome to Team Nova too, glad to have you with us :thumbsup:


JR

Big Dave
Oct 7th, 09, 07:10 AM
Like Shifty said only by the application of a decal as there wasn't a 1973 SS package. Since there were no SS engines after 1971 when the EPA gutted performance by dropping compression from 11:1 to 7.5:1 the six was as fast as the V-8 so the factory put in whatever economy engine they wanted and sold the decals for $500 more so you could spend money to feel like you had a fast car. Only Chrysler and the folks at Olds and Pontiac where making any power back in 1973 as the 340 wedge with the reduced valve angle was doing well and the other GM cars never had high compression relying on a long stroke to build power (even stone stock back in 1970 a Buick Skylark with 455 would put a 426 charger on the trailer every time).

Big Dave

higleyml
Oct 7th, 09, 08:54 AM
Like Shifty said only by the application of a decal as there wasn't a 1973 SS package. Since there were no SS engines after 1971 when the EPA gutted performance by dropping compression from 11:1 to 7.5:1 the six was as fast as the V-8 so the factory put in whatever economy engine they wanted and sold the decals for $500 more so you could spend money to feel like you had a fast car. Only Chrysler and the folks at Olds and Pontiac where making any power back in 1973 as the 340 wedge with the reduced valve angle was doing well and the other GM cars never had high compression relying on a long stroke to build power (even stone stock back in 1970 a Buick Skylark with 455 would put a 426 charger on the trailer every time).

Big Dave


This isnt completely accurate. There was a SS (not sure if it was a "package") in 1973 I owned one (my dad bought it new and gave it to me in 1977). It had the SS emblems (not stickers) on the both fenders, middle of the grill, and on the passenger side of the trunk lid. They came with 350 (ordered that way not sure of other engine configs never saw anything other then 350 in SS's I saw), auto and manual trans, bench and bucket seats (bucket came with a console with gauge cluster), the SS could also be identified by a stripe (sticker) that ran the entire length of the car on each side (it was fat at the front and thin at the rear) which was kind of weird looking. They werent no vin identifications as far as I know and by the research I did when I got older. I think the really rare 73 configuration find would be 350, 4 spd, console, bucket seats, w/hatchback dont think there were to many of those.

higleyml
Oct 7th, 09, 09:34 AM
http://www.geocities.com/nova77sedan/nova/1973_Nova_SS.jpg

Here is a good picture of the stripe and front emblems. I have only seen this stripe in two colors black and white.

More good info:
The 1973 model year introduced a hatchback bodystyle based on the 2-door coupe. Following a government mandate for vehicles to be fitted with front and rear bumpers capable of absorbing a low-speed impact of 5 mph (8.0 km/h), the front and rear of the Nova were restyled. The 1973 model was equipped with redesigned bumpers that were larger and stronger. 1974 models were the first to have shock-absorbing bumper mounts that made the bumpers stick out further from the body.

A modified rear side window shape was also introduced, eliminating the vent windows on both two- and four-door models. A revised rear suspension was adapted from the second generation Camaro with multi-leaf springs replacing the mono-leaf springs used on Novas since the original 1962 model. By this time, six-cylinder and V8 engines were de rigueur for American compact cars, with the 307 cu in (5.03 L) and 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8s becoming fairly common. The 1973 Nova with a six-cylinder engine or 307 cu. in.(5.0 L) V8 were among the last Chevrolets to be offered with the now-outdated two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, which was in its final year. For 1974, it was replaced by a lightweight version of the three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 350 already offered with the 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8, which was the only V8 offered for 1974. Not the case the 1974 was offered with the 307 v8 These Novas where also fitted with a weight sensitive relay within the front bench seat that prevented the vehicle from being started until the driver's seatbelt had been fastened. Later, a law passed by Congress banned this type of device, declaring that it infringed on a driver's freedom of choice.[6] The devices were not included in future Nova models.

1973 and 1974 introduced several new technologies to the Nova such as the adoption of steel belted radials. Also, the hatchback Nova models used a compact spare tire that included an inflator can with the vehicle. While many of these cars were sold with four-wheel drum brakes, front disk brakes were available as an extra-cost option.

A luxury-themed Nova Custom, later called the Nova LN, became part of the model lineup which included upgraded upholstery, full carpeting and more exterior trim. The SS option was still available but became more of a sporty trim package than a performance offering and now offered with any Nova engine, much like the 1963 to 1967 Nova SS.

Big Dave
Oct 7th, 09, 11:18 AM
This isnt completely accurate. There was a SS (not sure if it was a "package") in 1973 I owned one (my dad bought it new and gave it to me in 1977). It had the SS emblems (not stickers) on the both fenders, middle of the grill, and on the passenger side of the trunk lid. They came with 350 (ordered that way not sure of other engine configs never saw anything other then 350 in SS's I saw), auto and manual trans, bench and bucket seats (bucket came with a console with gauge cluster), the SS could also be identified by a stripe (sticker) that ran the entire length of the car on each side (it was fat at the front and thin at the rear) which was kind of weird looking. They werent no vin identifications as far as I know and by the research I did when I got older. I think the really rare 73 configuration find would be 350, 4 spd, console, bucket seats, w/hatchback dont think there were to many of those.


No a really Rare 1973 SS would be an iron Duke 153 four cylinder and a PowerGlide Radio Delete with rubber floor mats and dog dish hub caps because even thought such as car was available with the SS stripes and trim tags no one ordered it that way because everyone wanted a muscle car even though there were none being made.

If you want to get mad at somebody blame everyone in California that wants to live in a valley and breathe smog free air. Instead of mandating mass transit with electric trains and busses powered by nuclear power plants they outlawed internal combustion for the rest of the 49 states. (just because 1/7 of the total population of the US wants to live in that valley chuck full of Dudes!

Big Dave

higleyml
Oct 7th, 09, 11:31 AM
If you want to get mad at somebody blame everyone in California that wants to live in a valley and breathe smog free air. Instead of mandating mass transit with electric trains and busses powered by nuclear power plants they outlawed internal combustion for the rest of the 49 states. (just because 1/7 of the total population of the US wants to live in that valley chuck full of Dudes!

Big Dave


Dave your not one of those guys that is still p1ssed about Vietnam and Korea too are ya:angry:??? It is hard to be mad about something that happened 40 years ago...As my ole grand dad used to say "live and learn...die and forget it all"!

blackbart
Oct 8th, 09, 10:37 PM
thanks guys!you've all helped alot!

bad_ass_70_nova
Oct 9th, 09, 05:12 AM
my friend has a 1973 nova ss hatchback. was a 4spd car w/ buckets,but changed to auto trans. i got clutch assembly from it. been workin on it for him for 3-4 months now. and it too has ss emblems on fenders/grill as well. he wanted to tub it and i told him he was nuts! i also had a 74 nova ss that came with disc brakes and it too was a true ss. my father ordered it from factory custom. only 6 were made identical to the options he ordered. and as far as iron duke it died in 1970.

69bu
Oct 9th, 09, 07:14 AM
I believe that the 1974 Nova SS was the one that came with the decals. I wouldn't mind having a 1973 Nova SS. They have kind of grown on me through the years.

oneowner73
Nov 3rd, 09, 08:58 PM
[URL=http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r137/oneowner73/?action=view&current=NovaMuncie100032.jpg]

Ordered this one in April of 1973. Car was and is an SS. Have owned it for 36 years. Now weighs 2400 lbs. w/o driver. Best 1/8 mile time of 6.16 @ 110.26 mph. Got it a few days before my 21st birthday. Still the best present I ever got for myself.


Guess I don't have this picture thing under control yet.

oneowner73
Nov 3rd, 09, 09:15 PM
Trying again to get some pictures but will have to go with a link.

http://s143.photobucket.com/albums/r137/oneowner73/

Hope I have better luck this way.

74nova350
Jan 13th, 10, 11:04 PM
they had the iron duke in the 80s in the fieros,camaros,firebirds ect.

zman1969
Feb 26th, 10, 10:49 AM
I recently parted out a 73 SS it was a stick shift car with discs, p/s, and had a rear rear factory sway bar. I'd say the SS was a package but the motors were not what they used to be