1969 Nova Parts and Restoration Information

The 1969 Nova was practically identical to the previous model. Perhaps the most significant change in 1969 was that the vehicle dropped its “Chevy II” badging and was officially called the Chevrolet Nova.

The “Chevy II by Chevrolet” trunklid badge was replaced with “Nova by Chevrolet” and the “Chevy II” badge above the grille was replaced with the bowtie emblem, and the 1969 model was officially promoted under the Nova model name.

Two new transmission options also premiered this year from the dealer, the low-cost Torque-Drive and Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission. The Torque-Drive was based off the Powerglide and was only made available on the four and six cylinder engines.

The 1969 Super Sport Novas were also the first to have front disc brakes as a standard option. The 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 with four-barrel carburetor was also a standard option for the SS, and was revised with a 5 hp increase to 300 hp.

Despite the new features rolled out by Chevrolet the most exciting news for Nova fans would be the introduction of the very limited Yenko Nova 427.  These packages were only installed by Yenko dealerships and featured a 427 cubic inch450 horse power engine. Only 37 Yenko Novas were built in 1969 making it a very limited and sought after dealer option.


1969 Nova OEM Brochure


1969 Nova Model Options

 
Body Style & Model Options:
  • Coupe
  • 4-Door Sedan
  • Super Sport
Engine Options:
  • Super-Thrift 153 | 153ci | 90hp
  • L26 – Turbo-Thrift 230 | 230ci | 140hp
  • L22 – Turbo-Thrift 250 | 250ci | 155hp
  • L14 – Turbo-Fire 307 | 307ci | 200hp
  • L65 – Turbo-Fire 350 | 350ci | 250hp
  • LM1 – Turbo-Fire 350 | 350ci | 255hp
  • L48 – Turbo-Fire 350 | 350ci | 300hp
  • L34 – Turbo-Jet 396 | 396ci | 350hp
  • L78 – Turbo-Jet 396 | 396ci | 375hp
Available Transmissions:
  • Powerglide
  • 4-Speed Manual
  • 3-Speed
  • Special 3-Speed
  • Torque-Drive
  • Turbo Hydra-Matic
Dimensions:
  • Length: 189.4 in / 15.78 ft
  • Width: 72.4 in / 6.03 ft
  • Height:
    • 2-Door: 52.4 in / 4.36 ft
    • 4-Door: 53.9 in / 4.49 ft
  • Clearances:
    • 2-Door: 30.7 in / 2.55 ft
    • 4-Door: 30.9 in / 2.57 ft

 

1969 Nova Engine 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

230ci

1x1bbl

L26

140 hp @ 4400 RPM

220 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

3.875 x 3.25 8.5:1

L6

250ci

1x1bbl

L22

155 hp @ 4200 RPM

235 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

3.875 x 3.53 8.5:1

V8

307ci

1x2bbl

L14

200 hp @ 4600 RPM

300 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

3.875 x 3.25 9.0:1

V8

350ci

1x2bbl

L65

250 hp @ 4800 RPM

345 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

4.000 x 3.48 9.0:1

V8

350ci

1x4bbl

LM1

255 hp @ 4800 RPM

365 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

4.000 x 3.48 9.0:1

V8

350ci

1x4bbl

L48

300 hp @ 4800 RPM

380 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

4.000 x 3.48 10.25:1

V8

396ci

1x4bbl

L34

350 hp @ 5200 RPM

415 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM

4.094 x 3.75 10.25:1

V8

396ci

1x4bbl

L78

375 hp @ 5600 RPM

415 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM

4.094 x 3.75 11.0:
4 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

153

       
AA

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

3-Speed Manual

AB

153 cid 1x1bbl

90 hp

Powerglide or Torque Drive

6 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

230

       
AM

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

3-Speed Manual

AN

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

Powerglide or Torque Drive

AO

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

TH350

AP

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

3-Speed Manual

Air Conditioning

AQ

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

Powerglide or Torque Drive

Air Conditioning

AR

230 cid 1x1bbl

140 hp L26

TH350

Air Conditioning

250

       
BB

250 cid 1x1bbl

155 hp L22

Powerglide or Torque Drive

BC

250 cid 1x1bbl

155 hp L22

Powerglide or Torque Drive

Air Conditioning

BD

250 cid 1x1bbl

155 hp L22

TH350

BE

250 cid 1x1bbl

155 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

BF

250 cid 1x1bbl

155 hp L22

TH350

BG

250 cid 1x1bbl

155 hp L22

TH350

BH

250 cid 1x1bbl

155 hp L22

TH350

8 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

307

       
DA

307 cid 1x2bbl

200 hp L14

3-Speed Manual

DC

307 cid 1x2bbl

200 hp L14

Powerglide

DD

307 cid 1x2bbl

200 hp L14

TH350

DE

307 cid 1x2bbl

200 hp L14

4-Speed Manual

350

       
HA

350 cid 1x4bbl

300 hp L48

Manual

HB

350 cid 1x4bbl

300 hp L48

TH350

HC

350 cid 1x2bbl

250 hp L65

Manual

HD

350 cid 1x2bbl

250 hp L65

TH350

HE

350 cid 1x4bbl

300 hp L48

Powerglide

HF

350 cid 1x2bbl

250 hp L65

Powerglide

HQ

350 cid 1x4bbl

255 hp LM1

TH350

HR

350 cid 1x4bbl

255 hp LM1

Powerglide

HS

350 cid 1x4bbl

255 hp LM1

TH350

396

       
JF

396 cid 1x4bbl

350 hp L34

Manual

JH

396 cid 1x4bbl

375 hp L78

Manual

JI

396 cid 1x4bbl

350 hp L34

TH400

JL

396 cid 1x4bbl

375 hp L78

TH400

JM

396 cid 1x4bbl

375 hp L78

TH400

L89 Aluminum Heads

JU

396 cid 1x4bbl

375 hp L78

Powerglide

KA

396 cid 1x4bbl

350 hp L34

Manual

Heavy Duty Clutch

KC

396 cid 1x4bbl

375 hp L78

Manual

Heavy Duty Clutch

KE

396 cid 1x4bbl

375 hp L78

Manual

L89 Aluminum Heads

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1969 Nova Transmission Codes

Code

Description

Engines

Assembly Plant

QP

3-Speed

L4

S = Saganaw

QB

3-Speed

L4, L6

S = Saganaw

HU

4-Speed

V8

P = Muncie | R = Saganaw

IE

Torque Drive

L4

A = Cleveland

IC

Torque Drive

L6

A = Cleveland

YT

Powerglide

L4

C = Cleveland | T = Toledo

VE

Powerglide

L6

C = Cleveland | T = Toledo

UE

Powerglide

V8

C = Cleveland | T = Toledo

IS

TH350

L6

X = Cleveland | Y = Toledo

IT

TH350

V8

X = Cleveland | Y = Toledo

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1969 Nova Rear Axle Codes

Code Axle Ratio

Notes

BA

2.56:1

Open 10-bolt

BB

2.56:1

Positraction 10-bolt

BC

3.36:1

Open 10-bolt

BD

3.36:1

Positraction 10-bolt

BI

2.73:1

Open

BK

2.73:1

Open

BL

3.07:1

Open 12-bolt

BM

3.31:1

Open 12-bolt

BN

3.55:1

Open

BP

2.73:1

Open

BQ

2.73:1

Positraction 12-bolt

BR

3.07:1

Positraction 12-bolt

BS

3.31:1

Positraction 12-bolt

BT

3.55:1

Positraction

BU

3.73:1

Positraction 12-bolt

BV

4.10:1

Positraction 12-bolt

BW

4.56:1

Positraction 12-bolt

BX

4.88:1

Positraction 12-bolt

PA

3.08:1

Open 10-bolt

PE

3.08:1

Positraction 10-bolt

PB

2.56:1

Open 10-bolt

PC

2.56:1

Positraction 10-bolt

PX

2.73:1

Positraction

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1969 Nova Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPO Description Units
AR1 Less head restraint 354
AS4 Rear seat shoulder harness – deluxe 23
AS5 Rear seat shoulder harness – standard 88
A01 Tinted Glass – all windows 81,576
A02 Tinted Glass – windshield only 4,207
A51 Front bucket seat – Strato type 11,485
B37 Floor mats 17,409
B84 Body side molding 15,341
B90 Door and window frame molding 2,909
B93 Door edge guards 41,206
CE1 Headlamp washer 93
C08 Exterior soft trim roof cover 46,336
C50 Rear window defroster 6,165
C60 Air Conditioning – deluxe 28,939
D33 Outside mirror – remote control 4,592
D34 Vanity visor mirror 3,022
D55 Front compartment floor console 8,731
F40 Special heavy duty front & rear suspension 9,313
F41 Special performance front & rear suspension 2,608
GT1 Rear axle – 2.56 ratio 758
G76 Rear axle – 3.36 ratio 1,367
G80 Rear axle – Positraction 18,045
G92 Rear axle – 3.08 ratio (Performance / High Altitude) 907
G96 Rear axle – 3.55 ratio 3,833
G97 Rear axle – 2.73 ratio 702
H01 Rear axle – 3.07 ratio 204
J50 Vacuum power brake equipment 25,959
J52 Power disc brakes – front 20,277
KD5 Heavy duty closed positive vent 41
K05 Engine block heater 3,561
K79 A/C generator – 42 amp 922
K85 A/C generator – 63 amp 260
LM1 V8 engine – 350 regular fuel 2,207
L22 L6 engine – 250 68,509
L34 V8 engine – 396 Hi-performance 1,947
L48 V8 engine – 350 10,356
L65 V8 engine – 350 2-bbl 5,922
L78 V8 engine – 396 Special Hi-performance 5,262
MB1 Torque-drive transmission 21,559
MC1 Heavy duty 3-speed manual transmission 2,287
M11 3-speed Floor shift transmission control 10,146
M15 3-speed manual transmission 42,938
M20 4-speed manual transmission 10,036
M21 4-speed manual transmission – close ratio 3,751
M22 4-speed manual transmission – heavy duty 682
M35 Powerglide transmission 148,360
M38 3-speed automatic transmission – TH350 27,704
M40 3-speed automatic transmission – TH400 1,411
N10 Dual exhaust equipment 1,881
N40 Power steering 100,343
PA2 Simulated magnesium wheel trim cover – type B 676
PK6 E70-14-4 PR tires – red stripe 13,284
PK9 E70-14-4 PR tires – red stripe 970
PL1 E70-14-4 PR tires – B/B white stripe 943
PX7 E70-14-4 PR tires – white stripe 4,430
P01 Wheel trim cover 98,510
P06 Wheel trim ring 683
P58 7.35-14-4 PR tires – whitewall 119,282
T60 Heavy duty battery 7,718
U05 Dual horn 2,789
U15 Speed warning indicator 580
U17 Front compartment console instrument cluster 2,321
U25 Luggage compartment lamp 8,413
U26 Underhood lamp 8,413
U27 Glove compartment lamp 3,808
U28 Ash tray lamp 8,419
U29 Instrument panel courtesy lights 8,411
U35 Electric clock 10,032
U57 Tape player 1,294
U63 Radio – AM push button 205,502
U69 Radio – AM/FM push button 2,243
U79 Stereo equipment 339
U80 Auxiliary speaker 9,200
V01 Heavy duty radiator 5,801
V31 Front bumper guard equipment 5,074
V32 Rear bumper guard equipment 5,063
V75 Traction compound and dispenser 66
ZJ1 Custom interior package 24,671
ZJ2 Custom exterior package 13,404
ZJ3 Interior convenience package 50,134
ZJ5 Exterior decor package 89,461
ZJ7 Special wheel, hub cap and trim ring (Rally wheel) 18,030
ZJ9 Auxiliary lighting group 8,409
ZK3 Deluxe seat belts and front seat shoulder harness 9,277
Z26 Super Sport 17,564
743 Trim – vinyl coated 140,225
959 Color combination two-tone 13,967

1969 Nova Cowl Tag Info

1969 Nova Example Cowl Tag & Breakdown

1969 nova

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

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Line 1: Year, GM Division, Model & Body, Assembly Plant, Sequence Number

Year

GM Division

Model Series

Body Code

Assembly Plant

Sequence Number

69 = 1969

1 = Chevrolet

11 = Nova, L4

27 = 2-Door Sedan

WRN = Willow Run, MI

Sequence Starts at 100001

   

13 = Nova, L6

69 = 4-Door Sedan

   
   

14 = Nova, V8

     

Line 2: Trim and Paint

Interior Trim

Exterior Paint (Lower/Upper)

731 = Black Vinyl Bench (Standard)

10 = Tuxedo Black

732 = Black Vinyl Bench (Custom)

40 = Butternut Yellow

733 = Black Vinyl Buckets

50 = Dover White

735 = Medium Blue Cloth Bench (Standard)

51 = Dusk Blue

736 = Medium Blue Cloth Bench (Custom)

52 = Garnet Red

737 = Medium Blue Vinyl Buckets

53 = Glacier Blue

742 = Medium Green Cloth Bench (Standard)

55 = Azure Turquoise

743 = Medium Green Cloth Bench (Custom)

57 = Fathom Green

744 = Midnight Green Cloth Bench (Custom)

59 = Frost Lime

745 = Midnight Green Vinyl Bench (Custom)

61 = Burnished Brown

746 = Medium Red Vinyl Buckets

63 = Champagne

 

65 = Olympic Gold

 

67 = Burgundy

 

69 = Cortez Silver

 

71 = LeMans Blue

 

79 = Rallye Green

 

B = Black Vinyl Top

 

C = Dark Blue Vinyl Roof

 

E = Parchment Vinyl Top

 

F = Dark Brown Vinyl Roof

 

S = Dark Green Vinyl Roof

Line 3: 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

 

Disclaimer
The numbers have been compiled from many sources to make these pages as correct as possible. There is no guarantee that the numbers are complete or accurate, therefore, we cannot accept any liability or responsibility for damages incurred from the use of this information.

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