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Old 11-08-2005, 01:55 AM   #1
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Thinking about a Nova

I'm out to buy my first car sometime in the near future. I've really got my eyes set on buying a '67-74 Chevy Nova. I'm just wondering if it would be worth my cash to pick it up. What kind of mileage should i expect and most of all...is it fast enough for my money.
I dont know a whole lot about cars really and it dissappoints me that i dont so i'm trying to learn.

Also i'm not online daily so i wont be able to see responses or answer questions right away.

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Old 11-08-2005, 02:01 AM   #2
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I'm out to buy my first car sometime in the near future. I've really got my eyes set on buying a '67-74 Chevy Nova. I'm just wondering if it would be worth my cash to pick it up. What kind of mileage should i expect and most of all...is it fast enough for my money.
I dont know a whole lot about cars really and it dissappoints me that i dont so i'm trying to learn.
You don't really seem to know a whole lot about asking questions. People can only help you if they know what kind of information you're looking for. That begins with you being (quite) a bit more specific.
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:03 AM   #3
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You don't really seem to know a whole lot about asking questions. People can only help you if they know what kind of information you're looking for. That begins with you being (quite) a bit more specific.
yeah he's right.
all i can say is that my mom's first car was a V8 nova. she loved it.
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:11 AM   #4
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You don't really seem to know a whole lot about asking questions. People can only help you if they know what kind of information you're looking for. That begins with you being (quite) a bit more specific.
Sorry about that. I'm mostly wondering whether it would take much work to get one running faster than your average ricer. Too many kids around here drive ricers and they sound like little go-karts and i'm tired of it. Like right now i'm really thinking about the one i've spotted its a 1979 Chevy Nova Hatchback with a 4 speed transmission and its a V8. So specificly would this 1979 chevy nova with a V8 be a good first car and would it be relatively quick?
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:13 AM   #5
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Sorry about that. I'm mostly wondering whether it would take much work to get one running faster than your average ricer. Too many kids around here drive ricers and they sound like little go-karts and i'm tired of it. Like right now i'm really thinking about the one i've spotted its a 1979 Chevy Nova Hatchback with a 4 speed transmission and its a V8. So specificly would this 1979 chevy nova with a V8 be a good first car and would it be relatively quick?
There are still far too many variables, so the best answer to both questions is probably. It all depends on how good (or bad) the car is starting out and how much you're willing and able to put into it.
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Old 11-08-2005, 02:18 AM   #6
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The car seems to be in great condition. Minimal body damage and as far as i can tell nothing wrong with the engine either. Even if it needs a new engine i've got about 4 grand i'm willing to put into a car if it needs it or if it will make dramatic improvement in its performance.
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:13 AM   #7
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yea, you could prob out run some ricers, get a 383 kit from jegs for a 350 block, and id say if its from the 70s it would have a 10 bolt rearend which you could get some gears maybe 3.73
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Old 11-08-2005, 03:14 AM   #8
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The car seems to be in great condition. Minimal body damage and as far as i can tell nothing wrong with the engine either. Even if it needs a new engine i've got about 4 grand i'm willing to put into a car if it needs it or if it will make dramatic improvement in its performance.

4 grand after you buy it correcT? It would help greatly if you gave us the amount of money your willing to spend, then we could possibly help you decide on a car/ possibly not this one seeing as how it is quite old and not knowing much about cars this may not be a wise-investment for your money when there are possibly better candidates.
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:18 AM   #9
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4 grand after you buy it correcT? It would help greatly if you gave us the amount of money your willing to spend, then we could possibly help you decide on a car/ possibly not this one seeing as how it is quite old and not knowing much about cars this may not be a wise-investment for your money when there are possibly better candidates.
I agree, also gotta add what size engine you may be interested in (327, 350 or 396) for it. I'd say it'd be worth buying and working on and would be nicely powered.
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Old 11-08-2005, 05:26 AM   #10
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watch out for those 74-79 novas, they seem to have a bad tendency to leave tire tracks that look like a dually's
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:29 PM   #11
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ok well alls i can say is dont get a nove above the 70's. if u got like a 66 or something, then yes u could definatly make it fast. but it would prob. need alot of work. but they're relatively easy to fix. well i have more to say but i will wait for ur response. i will ttyl. late
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:40 PM   #12
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the problem is simple: if you know enough about cars, and Chevy's specifically, you can cheaply make any V8 Nova go fast. there was one at the Grassroots Motorsports $2004 Challenge that ran 10 second quarter miles for $2000 total (that was the cost of the car and all the hop up parts). Looked like hell, but fast. Of course, the guy knew exactly what he was doing and how to use used hop up parts.



If you don't know much about cars, and it sounds like you don't, you either have to take the time to learn (and it can take years of hands on experience to learn enough) or you pay someone ELSE to do the work. Unfortunately, that latter method means there is NO such thing as a cheap car to go fast in if you have to pay someone else's labor, and especially if you pay someone else's labor and have to buy parts new.
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Old 11-08-2005, 10:44 PM   #13
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yes hes totally right it doesnt take much to make a chevy go fast as long as u no wat ur doing.
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