1972 Nova Parts and Restoration Information

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The 1972 Nova was almost identical to its predecessor and only received minor changes to the trim. The boxy design of the Novas that came before it were exchanged for a more fluid, muscular design, and the “new” Nova was an instant hit.

The factory-installed big-block Nova had its last chance in 1970 and was replaced with small-block power for 1972. Despite the changes in engine size, the popularity of the Nova Super Sport didn’t dwindle as it did the year prior. The demand for Nova Super Sports gained momentum in 1972 as a total of 12,309 were built compared to 7,015 in 1971.

Rally and Super Sport options were carried over and midway through the year a sunroof option known as the “Ventura II Folding Sunroof”  became available on the two door Chevy Nova and was installed on 6,822 Novas in 1972. The Torque Drive transmission was dropped from the list of options, and all horsepower ratings were now written as SAE net.


1972 Chevy Nova OEM Brochure


1972 Nova Model Options

 
Body Style & Model Options:
  • Coupe
  • 4-Door Sedan
 
Engine Options:
  • L22 – Turbo-Thrift 250 | 250ci | 110hp L6
  • L14 – Turbo-Fire 307 | 307ci | 130hp V8
  • L65 – Turbo-Fire 350 | 350ci | 165hp V8
  • L48 – Turbo-Fire 350 | 350ci | 200hp V8
 
Available Transmission:
  • Powerglide
  • 4-Speed Manual
  • 3-Speed
  • Turbo Hydra-Matic
 
Production Numbers:
  • Nova: 349,733
    • 2-Door Coupe: 0
    • 2-Door Convertible: 0
    • 2-Door Hatchback: 0
    • 2-Door Sedan: 260,215
    • 4-Door Sedan: 89,518
    • 4-Door Wagon: 0
    • Super Sport: 12,309
 
Dimensions & Capacities:
  • Length: 189.4 in / 15.78 ft
  • Width: 72.4 in / 6.03 ft
  • Height:
    • 2-Door Sedan: 52.5 in / 4.37 ft
    • 4-Door Sedan: 53.8 in / 4.48 ft
  • Wheelbase: 111 in / 9.25 ft

 

1972 Nova Engine Codes & Specs

Available Engine Specifications

Type

Size

Carb

RPO

Horsepower*

Torque*

Bore & Stroke (in.)

Compression Ratio

L6

250ci

1x1bbl

L22

110 hp @ 3800 RPM

185 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

3.875 x 3.538.5:1

V8

307ci

1x2bbl

L14

130 hp @ 4000 RPM

230 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

3.875 x 3.258.5:1

V8

350ci

1x2bbl

L65

165 hp @ 4000 RPM

280 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

4.000 x 3.488.5:1

V8

350ci

1x4bbl

L48

200 hp @ 4400 RPM

300 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

4.000 x 3.488.5:1

* Net horsepower and torque figures are introduced

1972 Nova 6 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

250

CAL

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

Taxi Equipment

CBA

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

NB2 California Emissions

CBG

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

-

CBJ

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Powerglide

-

CBK

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Powerglide

Taxi Equipment

CDL

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Powerglide

A.I.R.

CDM

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

A.I.R.

CSD

250 cid 1x1bbl

110 hp L22

Powerglide

NB2 California Emissions

1972 Nova 8 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

307

CAR

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

Manual

NB2 California Emissions

CAY

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

Manual

NB2 California Emissions

CAZ

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

Powerglide

NB2 California Emissions

CKG

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

3-Speed Manual

-

CMA

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

TH350

NB2 California Emissions

CTK

307 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp L14

TH350

-

350

CDA

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

Manual

-

CDD

350 cid 1x4bbl

200 hp L48

TH350

NB2 California Emissions

CDG

350 cid 1x4bbl

200 hp L48

Manual

NB2 California Emissions

CKA

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

3-Speed Manual

-

CKB

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

TH350

-

CKD

350 cid 1x4bbl

200 hp L48

TH350

-

CKH

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

Powerglide

-

CKK

350 cid 1x4bbl

200 hp L48

4-Speed Manual

-

CMD

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

TH350

NB2 California Emissions

CRK

350 cid 1x4bbl

200 hp L48

TH350

A.I.R.

CRL

350 cid 1x4bbl

200 hp L48

Manual

A.I.R.

CTL

350 cid 1x2bbl

165 hp L65

TH350

-

1972 Nova Transmission Codes

Code

Description

Engines

Assembly Plant

R3

3-Speed

L6, V8

S = Muncie

WC

4-Speed

V8

P = Muncie

RB

Powerglide

L6

C = Cleveland

RK

Powerglide

V8

C = Cleveland

SB

TH350

V8

B = Cleveland | Y = Toledo

1972 Nova Rear Axle Codes

CodeAxle Ratio

Notes

GT

3.36:1

Open

JB

2.73:1

Open

JC

3.08:1

Open

JE

3.42:1

Open

JI

3.08:1

Open

JK

3.42:1

Open

JN

2.73:1

Positraction

JQ

3.08:1

Positraction

JS

3.42:1

Positraction

JW

3.08:1

Positraction

JY

3.42:1

Positraction

PW

2.73:1

Open

PX

2.73:1

Positraction

1972 Nova Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPODescriptionUnits
AK1Deluxe belts & harness front23,379
A01Tinted Glass - all windows181,353
A02Tinted Glass - windshield only869
A51Front bucket seat - Strato type24,607
B37Floor mats42,143
B84Body side molding130,890
B90Door and window frame molding44,799
B93Door edge guards77,429
C08Exterior soft trim roof cover62,411
C50Rear window defroster18,657
C60Air Conditioning - deluxe117,273
D33Outside mirror - remote control36,155
D55Front compartment floor console16,311
F40Special heavy duty front & rear suspension43,682
F41Special performance front & rear suspension3,456
G80Rear axle - Positraction13,767
JL2Disc brakes front42,974
J50Vacuum power brake equipment70,283
L22L6 engine - 250139,769
L48V8 engine - 35012,309
L65V8 engine - 350 2-bbl68,252
M113-speed Floor shift transmission control29,974
M153-speed manual transmission51,140
M204-speed manual transmission5,840
M35Powerglide transmission140,912
M383-speed automatic transmission - TH350151,841
NK2Deluxe steering wheel1,310
NK4Sport steering wheel11,231
N40Power steering300,265
PK8E78-14/B tires - whitewall259,013
PL3E78-14/B tires - whitewalls - 2X239,833
PM2E70-14 belted white letter14,320
P01Wheel trim cover161,702
P02Deluxe wheel trim cover704
P06Wheel trim ring39,245
T60Heavy duty battery12,460
U17Front compartment console instrument cluster4,130
U35Electric clock15,649
U63Radio - AM push button301,744
U69Radio - AM/FM push button12,183
U76Windshield antenna396,206
U80Auxiliary speaker33,843
V01Heavy duty radiator12,866
V30Front & rear bumper guards17,881
WV1White skyroof1,050
WV2Black skyroof3,075
WV4Blue skyroof164
WV5Pewter skyroof202
WV7Covert skyroof1,424
WV9Tan skyroof353
YD1Axle for trailering524
YF1Rally package33,319
YF5California assembly line emission test30,261
YH8Green skyroof554
ZJ1Custom interior package48,554
ZJ2Custom exterior package13,136
ZJ3Interior convenience package53,587
ZJ5Exterior decor package94,432
ZJ7Special wheel, hub cap and trim ring (Rally wheel)54,568
ZJ9Auxiliary lighting group13,634
Z26Super Sport12,309
751Interior trim - black vinyl76,338
753Interior trim - black vinyl19,481
760Interior trim - dark green vinyl31,182
763Interior trim - vinyl56,939
764Interior trim - vinyl12,626
956Color combination two-tone6,301

1972 Nova Cowl Tag Information

1972 Nova Example Cowl Tag & Breakdown
1972 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

72 = 1972

1 = Chevrolet

13 = Nova, L6

27 = 2-Door Sedan

LOS = Van Nuys, CA

Starts at 100001

14 = Nova, V8

69 = 4-Door Sedan

NOR = Norwood, OH

WRN = Willow Run, MI

Line 2: Trim and Paint

Interior Trim

Seat Type

Exterior Paint (Lower/Upper)

750 = Black Cloth Bench (Standard)

A51 = Bucket Seats

11 = Antique White

751 = Black Vinyl Bench or Buckets (Standard)

A52 = Bench Seat

14 = Pewter Silver

752 = Black Cloth Bench (Custom)

24 = Ascot Blue

753 = Black Vinyl Bench or Buckets (Custom)

26 = Mulsanne Blue

754 = Black Vinyl Buckets

36 = Spring Green

756 = Dark Blue Cloth Bench (Standard)

43 = Gulf Green

757 = Dark Blue Vinyl Bench (Custom)

48 = Sequoia Green

759 = Dark Green Cloth Bench (Standard)

50 = Covert Tan

760 = Dark Green Vinyl Bench (Standard)

53 = Placer Gold

761 = Dark Green Cloth Bench (Custom)

56 = Cream Yellow

763 = Light Covert Vinyl Bench (Standard)

57 = Golden Brown

764 = Light Covert Vinyl Bench (Custom)

63 = Mohave Gold

765 = Light Covert Cloth Bench (Standard)

65 = Orange Flame

766 = Medium Tan Vinyl Buckets

68 = Midnight Bronze

767 = White Vinyl Buckets

75 = Cranberry Red

A = White Vinyl Roof

B = Black Vinyl Roof

D = Medium Blue Vinyl Roof

G = Medium Green Vinyl Roof

T = Light Covert Tan 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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