Chevy Nova, Chevy II Repair Manual 1962-1979

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Chevy Nova, Chevy II Repair Manual 1962-1979
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The 1962-1979 Chevy II, Nova, Hatchback Repair Manual by Chilton, covers all U.S. and Canadian models, including:

  • Chevy II
  • Chevy Concours
  • Chevy Nova
  • Chevy Nova Custom
  • Chevy Nova Hatchback
  • Chevy Nova LN
Novas and Chevy IIs were available in a wide variety of engines, including four, six and eight-cylinder powerplants.

The four-cylinder is an inline, overhead valve 153 c.i. engine. The six cylinder is also an inline, overhead valve unit, available in 194, 230 and 250 c.i. displacements. V8 engines come in two types: small block and big block. The small block series includes the 262, 283, 305, 307, 327 and 350 c.i. engines, while large blocks were available as 396 c.i. engines.

Like all Chilton repair and service manuals available from The Motor Bookstore, this book provides clear text step-by-step instructions accompanied by sharp black and white photos and illustrations.

Book Excerpt: 1962-1979 Chevrolet Nova, Chevy II Repair Manual




  1. Disconnect the vacuum advance line at the distributor.

  2. Disconnect the primary wire at the coil.

  3. Unfasten the distributor cap retaining clips and lift off the cap. If it is necessary to disconnect any wires, mark them first.

  4. Mark the distributor body and the engine block to indicate the position of the body in the block. Scribe a mark on the edge of the distributor housing to indicate the position of the rotor on the distributor. These marks can be used as guides when installing the distributor in a correctly timed engine.

  5. Remove the distributor hold-down clamp screw and clamp.

  6. Carefully lift the distributor out of the block.

If the crankshaft has not been rotated while the distributor was removed from the engine, installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. (See steps two, three, and four of the procedure below). Use the reference marks that were made before removal to correctly position the distributor in the block. Check the point gap and, before connecting the vacuum advance line, adjust the ignition timing. (See the "Tune-Up Procedures" section.)

If the crankshaft has been rotated or otherwise disturbed (as during engine rebuilding) after the distributor was removed, proceed as follows to install the distributor.

Properly adjusted bearings have a slightly loose feeling. Wheel bearings must never be preloaded. Preloading will damage bearings and eventually spindles. If the bearings are too loose, they should be cleaned, inspected, and then adjusted.

Hold the tire at the top and bottom, and move the wheel in and out on the spindle. If the movement is greater than 0.008 in. for 1962-73 vehicles or 0.005 in for 1974-1979 vehicles, the bearings are too loose.


  1. Raise and support the car by the lower control arm.

  2. Remove the hub cap, then remove the dust cap from the hub.

  3. Remove the cotter pin and spindle nut.

  4. Spin the wheel forward by hand. Tighten the nut until snug to fully seat the bearings.

  5. Back off the nut 1/4 - 1/2 turn until it is just loose, then tighten it finger-tight.

  6. Loosen the nut until either hole in the spindle lines up with a slot in the nut and then insert the cotter pin. This may appear to be too loose, but it is the correct adjustment. The spindle nut should not be even finger-tight.

Subject: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 Chevrolet Nova, Chevy II, Nova Custom, Hatchback, LN service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 080199067X | ISBN-13: 9780801990670 | Chilton 28720

  • Publisher: Chilton Manuals
  • Pages: 348 - Hundreds of b&w photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-8019-9067-0
  • Years: 1962 - 1979
Table of Contents
TABLE of CONTENTS: Introduction: About this manual | Introduction | Vehicle identification numbers | Maintenance techniques, tools and working facilities | Buying parts | Jacking and towing | Booster battery (jump) starting | Conversion factors | Automotive chemicals and lubricants | Safety first! | Troubleshooting
  • Tune-up and routine maintenance
  • Engine and overhaul procedures
  • Cooling, heating and air-conditioning systems
  • Fuel and exhaust systems
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Transmission
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and steering systems
  • Body
  • Chassis electrical system
  • Wiring diagrams

1966 Chevy Nova

Above: Dennis Hellebusch's 1966 Nova Convertible. The car won first place at Super Chevy in 1995, and it also was the feature car in Nova Times magazine. The Nova was built from a four-door sedan. Washington, MO.
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william slagle verified customerJuly 31, 2016
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purchase and shipping of this book was very timely. I have been using it to restore my 1964 chevy nova. I would recommend using this company..
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