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Old Aug 26th, 10, 05:54 AM
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Default Is my nova a true SS

can someone tell me how for sure i can tell this its a 1970 nova SS i hear the 70 nova is hard to tell if a true SS or not
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 06:26 AM
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Welcome to the Team Ken!

Yes there are signs of what options have been installed on the car. That being said; it is only a "true" SS if it came with all of the original documentation that shipped with the car forty years ago. That is the only justification for paying the 50% higher price a "true" SS fetches in the market place. Since there are five times more SS Nova cars on the road today than GM built (and probably closer to ten times more Z/28 Camaros); if you didn't pay the 50% surcharge for a "true" SS car enjoy your Nova as much as you can without obsessing over it's pedigree. If you did pay the 50% surcharge for a “true” SS and it didn’t come with documentation or that documentation is forged then I feel sorry for you. (Want to buy documentation for your “tribute” car it is readily available on line. Just fill out the form with your VIN number and send in cash to get anything you need forged, including a trim tag with rare options)

Back when these cars were selling as used cars (not as collectibles) I used to make SS cars out of six cylinder Novas all the time. I personally used to remove the SS badges that the six cylinder owner had stuck on the car and throw them away as anyone could go to the Chevy dealership and buy the badges from the parts counter guy for five bucks to seven bucks and under thirty for trim pieces on display in the front glass counter.

My attitude has always been "Badges! We don't need no steenken badges!", because back then I built killer sleeper street racers, that used to beat up on "true SS Novas every time they met up (and Camaro Z/28s and Corvettes and Demons and Imps as well as kicking asphalt into the grills of Mustangs).

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Old Aug 26th, 10, 07:02 AM
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Default Re: Is my nova a true SS

Thanks for the reply. I dont have any of the documentation i only paid $500 for the car but everyone that sees it say it looks like a true SS to them i guess i will never know for sure. I wish i could find out with the vin #
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 08:01 AM
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No help from the VIN. You got a 70 Nova for $500 bucks? that is a smoking deal. Gotta post some pics.

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Old Aug 26th, 10, 09:25 AM
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I couldn't pass it up and its in really good shape actually just needs alittle quarter work
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 09:58 AM
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can anyone tell me what options 1970 nova SS actually came with mine originally had a 12 bolt but now has a 10 bolt rear. I would like to know more about body options and interior options. Thanks
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 11:59 AM
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Hi Ken. I do know for a fact that all 68-70 Nova SS's came with the power front disc brakes
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 12:17 PM
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Mine has power disk front brakes it had a 12 bolt rear but now has a 10 bolt. Is there anything i can look at to know like my vin or something. thanks for the response
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 12:29 PM
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Theres no way of telling unless you have the broadcast/build sheet. Look on top of your gas tank and look under the front and back seats and in your doors. They put them sheets everywhere but mostly on top of the gas tank (which you can lower down and look with a light) and under the springs in all the seats. If you found one. Consider you just won the jack pot. I have only found 1 broadcast/build sheet out of 4 Nova's.. Heck SS's even came with 6 cylinders. Good luck
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 12:43 PM
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I guess im out of luck cause i cant find the build sheet anywhere
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 01:07 PM
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Bummer! 1972 was the 1st year you could tell an SS by the VIN. A 70 SS came with a bench seat and bucket seats. With a tach and without a tach. With upgraded interior and with stock interior. With a 4-spd and with an automatic. See where i'm going. Just have fun with it and if anyone asks say it could be but then again i really dont know...
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 01:19 PM
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sounds good thanks for all your help.
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Old Aug 26th, 10, 08:34 PM
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'72 is the only year you can tell if a 3rd gen car is a factory SS based solely on the VIN. Now there were a few of earlier gen cars where the VIN could be used to ID a real SS but for some reason GM stopped doing that until '72 and then stopped doing it again...lol. BTW in '72 the magic digit is the 5th one. (which is the engine code) If its a K then your car had the L48 350 from the factory. In '72 the only Nova that recived the L48 350 was the SS (actually in '72 the L48 350 was the only motor offered in the SS)
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aside from the Vin it should have a 12 bolt and front disc brakes too I believe.
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Greetings from Arizona
enjoy it, build it your way and most importantly DRIVE IT!!!! ALOT.
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