Chevy Nova Sedan, Coupe, Hatchback Repair Manual 1969-1979 by Haynes

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Chevy Nova Repair Manual 1969-1979
Chevy Nova Repair Manual 1969-1979
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The Chevy Nova Repair Manual 1969-1979 by Haynes, covers the sedan, coupe and hatchback with 262, 305, 307, 350 or 396 cu. in. V8 engine.

Coverage includes Custom, LN, SS, and Basic models, with manual or automatic transmission.

Note: this manual DOES NOT cover 6-cylinder models.

This repair manual is a must-have if you own one of these classic Chevys. All the info you'll need to keep your Nova running in top shape. From basic scheduled maintenance to tune-ups, all the way to a complete engine rebuild.

This is the workshop manual to have next to your toolbox if you ever plan to restore one of these cars.

Book Excerpt: 1969-1979 Chevy Nova Repair Manual


(Refer to illustration 8.2)
  1. Remove the distributor (See Section 7).
  2. Remove the rotor (two screws), the advance weight springs and the weights (see illustration). Where applicable, also remove the radio frequency interference (RFI) shield.
  3. Drive out the roll pin retaining the gear to the shaft and then pull off the gear and spacers.
  4. Ensure that the shaft is not burred, and then slide it from the housing.
  5. Remove the cam weight base assembly.
  6. Remove the screws retaining the vacuum unit and lift off the unit itself.
  7. Remove the spring retainer (snap-ring) and then remove the breaker plate assembly.
  8. Remove the contact points and condenser, followed by the felt washer and plastic seal located beneath the breaker plate.
  9. Wipe all components clean with a solvent-moistened cloth and examine them for wear, distortion and scoring. Replace parts as necessary. Pay particular attention to the rotor and distributor cap to ensure that they are not cracked.
  10. Fill the lubricating cavity in the housing with general purpose grease, and then fit a new plastic seal and felt washer.
  11. Install the vacuum unit and the breaker plate in the housing, and the spring retainer on the upper bushing.


NOTE: If an overhaul is indicated (usually because of fluid leakage or sticky operation) explore all options before beginning the job. New wheel cylinders are available, which makes this job quite easy.

If it's decided to rebuild the wheel cylinder, make sure that a rebuild kit is available before proceeding. Never overhaul only one wheel cylinder - always rebuild both of them at the same time.

REMOVAL (Refer to illustrations 6.4, 6.5a and 6.5b)

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it securely on jackstands. Block the front wheels to keep the vehicle from rolling.
  2. Remove the brake shoe assembly (Section 5).
  3. Remove all dirt and foreign material from around the wheel cylinder.
  4. Unscrew the brake line fitting (see illustration). Don't pull the brake line away from the wheel cylinder.
  5. Remove the wheel cylinder mounting bolts. On models using retaining clips, use curved needle-nose pliers to remove the wheel cylinder retaining clip (see illustration), from the rear of the wheel cylinder.

    If curved needle-nose pliers are not available, insert two awls into the access slots between the cylinder pilot and the retainer locking tabs and bend both tabs away at the same time (see illustration).

  6. Detach the wheel cylinder from the brake backing plate and place it on a clean workbench. Immediately plug the brake line to prevent fluid loss and contamination. Note: If the brake shoe linings are contaminated with brake fluid, install new brake shoes.

Subject: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 Chevy Nova service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 0856966932 | ISBN-13: 9780856966934 | Haynes 24059

  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals
  • Pages: 276 - Hundreds of b&w photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Paperback - 8.5 x 11 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-85696-693-4
  • Years: 1969 - 1979
Table of Contents
TABLE of CONTENTS: Introduction: Vehicle identification numbers. Buying parts. Safety. Maintenance techniques. Chemical and lubricants, and more.
  • Tune-up and routine maintenance
  • 262, 305, 307, 350, 396 V8 engines
  • General engine overhaul procedures
  • Cooling, heating and air-conditioning systems
  • Fuel and exhaust systems
  • Engine electrical systems
  • Emissions control systems
  • Transmission
  • Driveline
  • Brakes
  • Suspension and steering systems
  • Body
  • Chassis electrical system
  • Wiring diagrams

1973 Chevy Nova

Above: Danny and Christina Simala's 1973 Chevy Nova. The car has been in the family for quite some time and it was hand-built and painted by Danny. Upgrades include a 408 Small-Block, 1000 CFM Holley HP, 350 turbo transmission and more. The car runs a 6.35 at 106.7 mph in the 1/8 mile. Riverside, California.
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