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 inch\450 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 3.258.5:1

L6

230ci

1x1bbl

L26

140 hp @ 4400 RPM

220 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

3.875 x 3.258.5:1

L6

250ci

1x1bbl

L22

155 hp @ 4200 RPM

235 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

3.875 x 3.538.5:1

V8

307ci

1x2bbl

L14

200 hp @ 4600 RPM

300 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

3.875 x 3.259.0:1

V8

350ci

1x2bbl

L65

250 hp @ 4800 RPM

345 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

4.000 x 3.489.0:1

V8

350ci

1x4bbl

LM1

255 hp @ 4800 RPM

365 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

4.000 x 3.489.0:1

V8

350ci

1x4bbl

L48

300 hp @ 4800 RPM

380 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM

4.000 x 3.4810.25:1

V8

396ci

1x4bbl

L34

350 hp @ 5200 RPM

415 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM

4.094 x 3.7510.25:1

V8

396ci

1x4bbl

L78

375 hp @ 5600 RPM

415 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM

4.094 x 3.7511.0:
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

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

1969 Nova Rear Axle Codes

CodeAxle 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

1969 Nova Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPODescriptionUnits
AR1Less head restraint354
AS4Rear seat shoulder harness - deluxe23
AS5Rear seat shoulder harness - standard88
A01Tinted Glass - all windows81,576
A02Tinted Glass - windshield only4,207
A51Front bucket seat - Strato type11,485
B37Floor mats17,409
B84Body side molding15,341
B90Door and window frame molding2,909
B93Door edge guards41,206
CE1Headlamp washer93
C08Exterior soft trim roof cover46,336
C50Rear window defroster6,165
C60Air Conditioning - deluxe28,939
D33Outside mirror - remote control4,592
D34Vanity visor mirror3,022
D55Front compartment floor console8,731
F40Special heavy duty front & rear suspension9,313
F41Special performance front & rear suspension2,608
GT1Rear axle - 2.56 ratio758
G76Rear axle - 3.36 ratio1,367
G80Rear axle - Positraction18,045
G92Rear axle - 3.08 ratio (Performance / High Altitude)907
G96Rear axle - 3.55 ratio3,833
G97Rear axle - 2.73 ratio702
H01Rear axle - 3.07 ratio204
J50Vacuum power brake equipment25,959
J52Power disc brakes - front20,277
KD5Heavy duty closed positive vent41
K05Engine block heater3,561
K79A/C generator - 42 amp922
K85A/C generator - 63 amp260
LM1V8 engine - 350 regular fuel2,207
L22L6 engine - 25068,509
L34V8 engine - 396 Hi-performance1,947
L48V8 engine - 35010,356
L65V8 engine - 350 2-bbl5,922
L78V8 engine - 396 Special Hi-performance5,262
MB1Torque-drive transmission21,559
MC1Heavy duty 3-speed manual transmission2,287
M113-speed Floor shift transmission control10,146
M153-speed manual transmission42,938
M204-speed manual transmission10,036
M214-speed manual transmission - close ratio3,751
M224-speed manual transmission - heavy duty682
M35Powerglide transmission148,360
M383-speed automatic transmission - TH35027,704
M403-speed automatic transmission - TH4001,411
N10Dual exhaust equipment1,881
N40Power steering100,343
PA2Simulated magnesium wheel trim cover - type B676
PK6E70-14-4 PR tires - red stripe13,284
PK9E70-14-4 PR tires - red stripe970
PL1E70-14-4 PR tires - B/B white stripe943
PX7E70-14-4 PR tires - white stripe4,430
P01Wheel trim cover98,510
P06Wheel trim ring683
P587.35-14-4 PR tires - whitewall119,282
T60Heavy duty battery7,718
U05Dual horn2,789
U15Speed warning indicator580
U17Front compartment console instrument cluster2,321
U25Luggage compartment lamp8,413
U26Underhood lamp8,413
U27Glove compartment lamp3,808
U28Ash tray lamp8,419
U29Instrument panel courtesy lights8,411
U35Electric clock10,032
U57Tape player1,294
U63Radio - AM push button205,502
U69Radio - AM/FM push button2,243
U79Stereo equipment339
U80Auxiliary speaker9,200
V01Heavy duty radiator5,801
V31Front bumper guard equipment5,074
V32Rear bumper guard equipment5,063
V75Traction compound and dispenser66
ZJ1Custom interior package24,671
ZJ2Custom exterior package13,404
ZJ3Interior convenience package50,134
ZJ5Exterior decor package89,461
ZJ7Special wheel, hub cap and trim ring (Rally wheel)18,030
ZJ9Auxiliary lighting group8,409
ZK3Deluxe seat belts and front seat shoulder harness9,277
Z26Super Sport17,564
743Trim - vinyl coated140,225
959Color combination two-tone13,967

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. 

Click here for further cowl tag decoding information

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

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