1964 Nova Restoration Information

1964 Nova

The 1964 Chevy 2 Nova sales were hit hard by the introduction of the brand new 1964 Chevelle. It’s also lost its midline 300 and convertible series, however, the 1964 model year became the first year a V8 option was made available directly from the factory.

Visually, not much changed in the 1964 Nova model year compared to its predecessors.  

It was still considered a quiet, sturdy, sensible, and unpretentious car for the masses. Chevrolet did decide to drop both the convertible options and the Super Sport option in 1964. It wouldn’t be untill mid-model year that Chevrolet would offer a Sports Coupe to satisfy the demand of the consumer. Being this late to the party did result in a drop off in sales as well as showroom appeal for the 1964 Nova. The 1964 Nova Sports Coupes featured thin body-peak moldings and silver trim befind the rear wheel arch that extended to the rear end. 

The interior of the 1964 Chevy 2 / Nova was marketed as being both practical and luxurious at an affordable price.

Depending on the model, a 1964 Chevy 2 / Nova could be equipped with all cloth, all vinyl, or a combination of the two materials, in a range of 6 total color options: red, fawn, aqua, blue, saddle, and black. Deluxe style window cranks and door handles helped to accent the luxury styling of the door panels, while foam padded armrests with ash trays included on the rear rests ensured occupant comfort. Lush deep twist 80/20 loop carpeting was also available as was the case on many of Chevrolet’s models.

An all-transistor radio was available as optional equipment with either manual or pushbutton tuning. Air conditioning was available with outside air ventilators as standard. Bright chrome trim accented many of the interior features such as the rearview mirror, armrests, steering wheel horn ring, among other items. Instrumentation was provided in the form of a speedometer, odometer, and fuel gauge along with indicator lights for oil pressure, engine temperature, and generator as standard equipment nestled in a padded instrument panel. Nova Super Sport would have these replaced with full instrumentation plus clock.

Along with new innovations on the interior, the 1964 Chevy 2 / Nova also received new innovations under the hood.

The standard engine became the 194 cubic inch Hi-Thrift engine which produced 120 horsepower. Many new options were made available from the factory, with the major option being the new optional 4-speed manual which was added to the dealer options list in 1964. The new V8 engine was 283 cubic inches and produced 195 horsepower. Chevrolet rated the max output for the V8 at 220 horsepower. The V8 engine was available as part of the Chevy II Nova Super Sport package for the first time in the Chevy II/ Nova history.

Being in its third year of production, the 1964 Chevy 2 Nova continued to refine the formula that Chevrolet had adopted for their compact offering.

The 1964 Chevy 2 / Nova was a delicate balance between practicality and luxury that appealed to a range of consumers looking to get the best value for their money. While certain options had been dropped from previous years, other innovations were introduced in an attempt to keep buyer interest fresh in this competitive market segment. Despite their best efforts, the first generation Nova was beginning to show it’s age, which was reflected in declining sales figures that would continue until the 1970 model year.

About 191,691 Chevy 2 / Novas were produced for the 1964 model year.

1964 Chevy II Nova OEM Brochure & Ads

1964 Nova Model Options

Body Styles & Model Options:
  • 2-Door Sedan
  • 4-Door Wagon
  • Sport Hardtop Coupe
  • 4-Door Sedan
  • Super Sport

Engine Options:
  • Super-Thrift 153 | 153ci | 90hp L4
  • Hi-Thrift 194 | 194ci | 120hp L6
  • L61 – Turbo-Thrift 230 | 230ci | 140hp L6
  • L32 – Turbo-Fire 283 | 283ci | 195hp V8

Available Transmissions:
  • 3-Speed Manual
  • Powerglide
  • 4-Speed Manual

Production Numbers:
  • Chevy II / Nova: 191,691
    • Super Sport: 10,576
    • 2-Door Coupe: 30,827
    • 2-Door Convertible: 0
    • 2-Door Hatchback: 0
    • 2-Door Sedan: 40,348
    • 4-Door Sedan: 84,846
    • 4-Door Wagon: 35,670

Dimensions & Capacities:
  • Length:
    • 2 & 4-Door Sedan & 2-Door Coupe: 182.9 in / 12.24 ft
    • Wagon: 187.6 in / 15.63 ft
  • Width: 70.8 in / 5.9 ft
  • Height:
    • 2 & 4-Door Sedan: 55 in / 4.58 ft
    • 2-Door Coupe: 54 in / 4.5 ft
    • Wagon: 55.1 in / 4.59 ft
  • Wheelbase: 110 in / 9.16 ft

 

1964 Chevy II Nova Codes & Specs

Available Engine Specifications 

Type

Size

Carb

RPO

Horsepower

Torque

Bore & Stroke (in.)

Compression Ratio

L4

153ci

1x1bbl

-

90 hp @ 4000 RPM

152 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

3.875 x 3.25

8.5:1

L6

194ci

1x1bbl

-

120 hp @ 4400 RPM

177 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

3.563 x 3.25

8.5:1

L6

230ci

1x1bbl

L61

140 hp @ 4400 RPM

220 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

3.875 x 3.25

8.5:1

V8

283ci

1x2bbl

L32

195 hp @ 4800 RPM

285 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

3.875 x 3.00

9.25:1

4-Cylinder Engine

Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

153

E

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

3-Speed Manual

-

EB

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

3-Speed Manual

Heavy Duty Clutch

EG

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

Powerglide

-

EK

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

3-Speed Manual

Taxi Equipment

EL

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

Powerglide

Taxi Equipment

EP

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

3-Speed Manual

Posi-Vent

EQ

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

Powerglide

Posi-Vent

ES

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

3-Speed Manual

Posi-Vent & Taxi Equipment

ET

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

Powerglide

Posi-Vent & Taxi Equipment

ER

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

3-Speed Manual

Heavy Duty Clutch & Posi-Vent

6-Cylinder Engines

Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

194

H

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

-

HB

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

Heavy Duty Clutch

HF

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

Powerglide

-

HG

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

Powerglide

-

HL

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

Taxi Equipment

HM

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

Powerglide

Taxi Equipment

HT

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

3-Speed Manual

Posi-Vent & Taxi Equipment

HU

194 cid 1x1bbl

120 hp

Powerglide

Posi-Vent & Taxi Equipment

230

BT

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L61

Powerglide

-

BU

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L61

Powerglide

Posi-Vent

LP

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L61

3-Speed Manual

-

LR

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L61

3-Speed Manual

Posi-Vent

8-Cylinder Engine

Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

283

CF

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp L32

4-Speed Manual

-

CG

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp L32

4-Speed Manual

Air Conditioning

CH

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp L32

3-Speed Manual

-

CJ

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp L32

3-Speed Manual

Air Conditioning

DE

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp L32

Powerglide

-

DF

283 cid 1x2bbl

195 hp L32

Powerglide

Air Conditioning

1964 Chevy II Nova Rear Axle Codes

Code

Axle Ratio

Notes

DA

3.36:1

Open

DB

3.08:1

Open

DC

3.55:1

Open (4-Cylinder, 3-Speed Manual)

DD

3.55:1

Positraction (4-Cylinder)

DE

3.36:1

Positraction

DF

3.08:1

Positraction

DH

3.08:1

Positraction (6-Cylinder)

DJ

3.08:1

Open (Metallic Brakes)

DK

3.08:1

Positraction (Metallic Brakes)

DL

3.36:1

Open (Metallic Brakes)

DM

3.36:1

Positraction (Metallic Brakes)

DN

3.55:1

Open (4-Cylinder, Metallic Brakes)

DP

3.55:1

Positraction (4-Cylinder, Metallic Brakes)

1964 Chevy II Nova Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPO #OptionUnits
A01Tinted Glass – All Windows11,536
A02Tinted Glass – Windshield59,905
A20 Seat Belts – Custom144
A33Tail Gate Window – Electric Control5,820
A37Seat Belt29,357
A49Seat Belts – Custom Deluxe w/ Retractors21,409
A66Divided Second Seat35
B02Taxicab Equipment156
B70Instrument Panel Pad49,033
C14Two-Speed Windshield Wiper & Washer1,087
C48Less Heater Equipment5,860
C60Air Conditioning – Cool Pack7,056
D10Arm Rest Equipment1,131
F40Special Front & Rear Suspension Equip5,363
G76Rear Axle – 3.36 Ratio1,610
G80Rear Axle – Positraction7,786
G96Rear Axle – 3.55 Ratio395
J50Power Brakes4,508
J65Metallic Brake Facing332
K02Fan Drive Equipment75
K24Closed Engine Positive Ventilation16,991
K77A/C Generator – 55 Amp122
K79A/C Generator – 42 Amp720
K81A/C Generator – 62 Amp101
L32Engine – V8 28325,083
L61Engine – L6 230 – Hi Performance13,090
M01Heavy Duty Clutch1,135
M20Four Speed Transmission3,566
M35Powerglide Transmission121,263
N40Power Steering23,151
P01Wheel Trim Cover54,731
P02Simulated Wire Wheel Trim Cover2,444
P506.013-4 Pr Tires – Whitewall4,154
P536.513-4 Pr Tires – Whitewall49,896
P54

7.013-4 Pr Tires -- Whitewall

1,258
P676.514-4 Pr Tires – Whitewall34,666
T60Heavy Duty Battery4,344
U60Radio – Manual28,604
U63Radio-Push-Button50,433
V01Heavy Duty Radiator7,511
V20Front Grille Guard Equipment5,413
V32Rear Bumper Guard Equipment3,867
V55Luggage Carrier Equipment5,351
Z01Comfort & Convenience Equipment77,839
Z02Push Button Radio & Auxiliary Speaker4,429
Z13Comfort & Convenience Equip – Type “B”2,432

1964 Chevy II Nova Factory Colors

Exterior Colors

Color SamplePaint Code - Sales NameLuciteRinshed-MasonDitzler


900 - Tuxedo Black88-LA-9469300

905 - Meadow Green_A-161343264

908 - Bahama Green4534LA-161443263

912 - Silver Blue

4250LA-148112546

916 - Daytona Blue4631LA-153912696

918 - Azure Aqua4253LA-147612525

919 - Lagoon Aqua4529LA-161112848

920 - Almond Fawn4527LA-161022392

922 - Ember Red4387LHA-1538R71336

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923 - Riverside Red2931LHA-1138R70961

932 - Saddle Tan4392LA-153722269

936 - Ermine White4024L11998259

938 - Desert Beige4526LA-160922391

940 - Satin Silver4247LA-147732173

943 - Goldwood4530LHA-161281450

948 - Palomar Red4600LMA-1536R50633

1964 Nova Cowl Tag Information

1964 Nova Example Cowl Tag & Breakdown
1964 nova

The Cowl Trim Tag, located on the cowl area identifies significant information about your car.

Click here for further cowl tag decoding information

Line 1: Build Month and Week

Month

Week

01 = January

A = First Week

02 = February

B = Second Week

03 = March

C = Third Week

04 = April

D = Fourth Week

05 = May

E = Fifth Week

06 = June

07 = July

08 = August

09 = September

10 = October

11 = November

12 = December

Line 2: Year, Model & Body, Assembly Plant, Sequence Number

Year

Model Number

Body Code

Assembly Plant

Sequence Number

64 = 1964

01 = Chevy II 100, L4

11 = 2-Door Sedan

NW = Norwood, OH

Starts at 100001

02 = Chevy II 100, L6

35 = 4-Door 2 Row Wagon

WR = Willow Run, MI

04 = Chevy II Nova 400*

37 = 2-Door Coupe

04 = Chevy II Nova SS**

47 = 2-Door Sport Coupe SS

69 = 4-Door Sedan

*  If body code is (11, 35, 37, 69)  * * If body code is 47

Line 3: Trim and Paint

Interior Trim

Exterior Paint (Upper/Lower)

701 = Saddle Standard

900 = Tuxedo Black

702 = Saddle Buckets

905 = Meadow Green

703 = Saddle Deluxe

908 = Bahama Green

713 = Black Buckets

912 = Silver Blue

718 = Fawn Buckets

916 = Daytona Blue

723 = Aqua Buckets

918 = Azure Aqua

733 = Blue Buckets

919 = Lagoon Aqua

734 = Blue Standard

920 = Almond Fawn

736 = Blue Deluxe

922 = Ember Red

745 = Aqua Standard

932 = Saddle Tan

747 = Aqua Deluxe

936 = Ermine White

752 = Aqua Standard

938 = Desert Beige

754 = Aqua Deluxe

940 = Satin Silver

760 = Fawn Buckets

943 = Goldwood Yellow

761 = Fawn Standard

948 = Palomar Red

765 = Fawn Deluxe

952 = Bahama Green / Meadow Green

768 = Fawn Standard

954 = Ermine White / Meadow Green

769 = Fawn Deluxe

959 = Ermine White / Silver Blue

773 = Red Buckets

960 = Daytona Blue / Silver Blue

776 = Red Standard

965 = Ermine White / Lagoon Aqua

777 = Red Deluxe

971 = Desert Beige / Saddle Tan

791 = Red Standard

975 = Desert Beige / Ember Red

793 = Red Deluxe

982 = Daytona Blue / Satin Silver

988 = Azure Aqua / Ermine White

993 = Desert Beige / Palomar Red

995 = Satin Silver / Palomar Red

Line 4: Selected Options

1st Group

2nd Group

3rd Group

4th Group

5th Group

E = A01 Tinted Glass (all)

H = C48 Heater Delete

B = C50 Rear Window Defogger

F = 01/Z13 Comfort and Convenience Package

O = Exterior Chrome Passenger Mirror

G = A33 Power Tailgate (wagon)

K = C60 Air Conditioning

C = B70 Padded Dash

V = Seat Belts

W = A02 Tinted Windshield

L = M20 4-Speed Transmission

D = Special Lighting Group

W = Passenger Side Exterior Mirror

M = M35 Powerglide Transmission

Z = J65 Metallic Brakes

Y = A49 Deluxe Seat Belts

P = U63 Push Button Radio

R = U80 Rear Seat Speaker

S = U73 Rear Antenna

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