1976 Nova Parts and Restoration Information

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After the significant body style change in 1975, the Nova remained fairly untouched for the following model year, seeing only modest brake changes as well as revisions to fuel system and exhaust mounts.

All three body styles remained as options for the model while the more luxurious LN was renamed the Concours. With this rename came Rosewood vinyl interior trim, fold-down center arm rest, bright exterior trim moldings, an upright hood ornament, bumper guards and black bumper impact stripes, as well as full wheel covers.

The Nova SS model also remained, but again was limited to minor upgrades like a blacked-out grille, Rally wheels and a four-spoke steering wheel, although the 1976 SS came equipped with a “heavy duty” suspension system.

For standard coupes, a padded vinyl Cabriolet top was an available option.

In 1976, the 262ci V8 engine was discontinued and a 350ci V8 engine was added to the available engines for the Nova. 1976 also marked the year that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department chose the compact Nova for their law enforcement fleet.


1976 Chevy Nova OEM Brochure


1976 Nova Information

 
Body Styles:
  • 2-Door Coupe
  • 2-Door Hatchback
  • 4-Door Sedan
 
Trim Levels:
  • Nova
  • Concours– replaced the Luxury Nova (LN)
  • Custom
  • Nova SS
 
Engine Options:
  • L22 – Turbo-Thrift 250 | 250ci | 105hp L6
  • LG3 – 305ci | 140hp V8
  • LM1 – Turbo-Fire 350 | 350ci | 165hp V8
 
Production Numbers:
  • Nova: 334,728
    • 2-Door Coupe: 0
    • 2-Door Convertible: 0
    • 2-Door Hatchback: 26,293
    • 2-Door Sedan: 154,157
    • 4-Door Sedan: 154,278
    • 4-Door Wagon: 0
    • Super Sport: 7,416
 
Dimensions & Capacities:
  • Length:
    • 2 & 4-Door Sedan, 2-Door Coupe, & Convertible: 183.0 in / 15.25 ft
    • Wagon: 187.4 in / 15.61 ft
  • Width: 70.8 in / 5.9 ft
  • Height:
    • 2 & 4-Door Sedan: 55.0 in / 4.58 ft
    • 2-Door Coupe: 54.0 in / 4.5 ft
    • Convertible: 54.4 in / 4.5 ft
    • Wagon: 55.0 in / 4.5 ft
  • Wheelbase: 110 in / 9.1 ft

 

1976 Nova Engine Codes & Specs

Available Engine Specifications

Type

Size

Carb (bbl)RPO

Horsepower

Torque

Bore & Stroke (in.)

Compression Ratio

L6

250ci

1x1bbl

L22

105 hp @ 3800 RPM

185 lb-ft @ 1200 RPM

3.875 x 3.538.25:1

V8

305ci

1x2bbl

LG3

140 hp @ 3800 RPM

245 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

3.736 x 3.488.5:1

V8

350ci

1x4bbl

LM1

165 hp @ 3800 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

4.000 x 3.488.5:1
1976 Nova 6 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

250

CCC

250 cid 1x1bbl

105 hp L22

TH200

NB2 California Emissions

CCD

250 cid 1x1bbl

105 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

NB2 California Emissions

CCF

250 cid 1x1bbl

105 hp L22

TH200

-

CCL

250 cid 1x1bbl

105 hp L22

n/a

-

CCJ

250 cid 1x1bbl

105 hp L22

n/a

-

1976 Nova 8 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

305

CPA

305 cid 1x2bbl

140 hp LG3

3-Speed Manual

-

CPB

305 cid 1x2bbl

140 hp LG3

TH200

-

CPC

305 cid 1x2bbl

140 hp LG3

n/a

-

CPJ

305 cid 1x2bbl

140 hp LG3

TH200

NB2 California Emissions

350

CHT

350 cid 1x4bbl

165 hp LM1

4-Speed Manual

-

CHU

350 cid 1x4bbl

165 hp LM1

TH350

-

CKM

350 cid 1x4bbl

165 hp LM1

TH350

-

CML

350 cid 1x4bbl

165 hp LM1

TH350

-

1976 Nova Transmission Codes

Code

Description

Engines

Assembly Plant

UX

3-Speed

L6, V8

S = Muncie

UF

4-Speed

V8

P = Muncie

TK

TH350

L6

D = Parma

XE

TH350

V8

Y = Toledo

1976 Nova Rear Axle Ratios

CodeAxle Ratio
FK

2.73:1

Open

FG

3.08:1

Open

PA

2.73:1

Open

PC

3.08:1

Open

PH

2.56:1

Open

PT

2.56:1

Positraction

PU

2.73:1

Positraction

PW

3.08:1

Positraction

PY

3.42:1

Positraction

PZ

3.42:1

Open

2PA

2.73:1

Open

2PC

3.08:1

Open

2PU

2.73:1

Positraction

2PW

3.08:1

Positraction

1976 Nova Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPODescriptionUnits
AB8Formal rear quarter window - Cabriolet roof16,686
AK1Deluxe belts & harness front59,941
AR5Wide back reclining bucket seat6,421
AU3Power door lock system12,386
A01Tinted Glass - all windows185,447
A02Tinted Glass - windshield only9,504
A20Swing-out rear quarter window4,395
A31Power windows5,210
BW2Deluxe body side molding32,752
BW6Custom appearance group20,966
B37Floor mats75,070
B49Deluxe carpet floor covering26,689
B80Roof drip rails32,323
B84Body side molding112,172
B93Door edge guards38,864
B96Wheel opening molding37,842
CD4Intermittent windshield wiper8,417
C50Rear window defroster68,697
C60Air Conditioning - deluxe170,184
D31Day-night inside rearview mirror9,887
D33Outside mirror - remote control44,000
D35Sport mirrors39,317
D55Front compartment floor console5,008
D68Twin remote sport mirrors3,324
D85Body side pin striping32,977
F40Special heavy duty front & rear suspension21,397
F41Special performance front & rear suspension3,605
G80Rear axle - Positraction8,527
G92Rear axle - 3.08 ratio (Performance / High Altitude)2,859
J50Vacuum power brake equipment72,382
K05Engine block heater7,162
K30Cruise-master speed control8,947
LG3V8 engine - 305 2-bbl116,000
LM1V8 engine - 350 regular fuel15,030
L22L6 engine - 250203,698
M113-speed Floor shift transmission control5,056
M153-speed manual transmission20,893
M204-speed manual transmission2,317
M293-speed automatic transmission - TH200121,267
M383-speed automatic transmission - TH350190,251
N31Sport steering wheel1,177
N33Comfortilt steering wheel31,486
N41Variable ratio power steering318,620
PE1Turbine I wheels3,601
P01Wheel trim cover155,893
P06Wheel trim ring503
QBTFR78-14/B steel belt radial tires - white letter5,496
QDVFR78-14/B steel belt radial tires - blackwall21,363
QDWFR78-14/B steel belt radial tires - white stripe161,291
QEGE78-14/B Bias belt tires - blackwall44,246
QEHE78-14/B bias belt tires - white stripe102,330
UA1Heavy duty battery14,274
UM1Stereo tape system w/AM radio5,484
UM2Stereo tape & AM/FM stereo radio2,163
UR3Econominder light3,805
U05Dual horn24,774
U17Front compartment console instrument cluster2,464
U35Electric clock24,225
U58AM/FM stereo radio4,456
U63Radio - AM push button228,501
U69Radio - AM/FM push button26,154
U76Windshield antenna46,601
U80Auxiliary speaker18,280
V01Heavy duty radiator16,894
V29Rear bumper edge8,905
V30Front & rear bumper guards40,325
V78Plate - less cert of export compliance3,726
YF5California assembly line emission test21,324
ZJ1Custom interior package65,907
ZJ3Interior convenience package21,730
ZJ5Exterior decor package83,274
ZJ7Special wheel, hub cap and trim ring (Rally wheel)36,485
ZJ9Auxiliary lighting group27,567
ZN5Color keyed Rally wheels10,734
Z26Super Sport7,416
Z49Canadian base equipment25,474
Z78Medalist package5,489
02NWhite vinyl buckets / dark blue accents1,862
02VWhite vinyl buckets / dark blue accents2,790
03NWhite vinyl buckets / dark lime accents1,672
03VWhite vinyl bench / dark lime accents1,198
07NWhite vinyl bench / dark firethorn accents11,230
07VWhite vinyl buckets / dark firethorn accents7,608
11NWhite vinyl buckets / black accents1,680
11TWhite vinyl roof cover11,912
13LSilver43,368
13TSilver metallic vinyl roof cover3,220
19BBlack sport cloth bench17,929
19EBlack knit cloth bench9,210
19LBlack5,885
19NBlack vinyl buckets12,548
19TBlack vinyl roof cover5,551
19ZBlack vinyl bench1,141
26CDark blue knit cloth bench12,351
26MDark blue vinyl buckets55,463
28LLight blue metallic46,404
35LDark blue metallic23,857
35TDark blue vinyl roof cover3,995
36LFirethorn metallic39,660
36TFirethorn vinyl roof cover6,604
37LMahogany metallic24,853
37TMahogany vinyl roof cover2,176
40LLime green metallic11,722
49LDark green metallic10,334
50LCream beige27,979
51LBright yellow10,582
53LGold metallic5,489
64BBuckskin sport cloth bench21,617
64DBuckskin sport cloth buckets15,587
64EBuckskin special custom cloth buckets12,350
64MBuckskin vinyl buckets60,331
64TBuckskin vinyl roof cover10,002
64VBuckskin vinyl buckets10,851
64ZBuckskin vinyl bench1,295
65LBuckskin16,592
67LMedium saddle metallic27,093
71BDark firethorn knit cloth bench18,883
71CDark firethorn sport cloth bench7,383
71EDark firethorn special custom cloth buckets14,529
71MDark firethorn vinyl buckets31,778
71NDark firethorn vinyl bench11,230
71VDark firethorn vinyl buckets7,608
719Dark firethorn shoulder harness64
78LMedium orange12,448

1976 Nova Cowl Tag Info

1976 Nova Example Cowl Tag & Breakdown
1976 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

76 = 1976

1 = Chevrolet

XX = Nova

17 = 2-Door Hatchback

K = Kansas City, MO

Starts at 100001

XY = Concours

27 = 2-Door Sedan

L = Van Nuys, CA

69 = 4-Door Sedan

T = Tarrytown, NY

W = Willow Run, MI

Line 2: Trim and Paint

Interior Trim

Seat Type

Exterior Paint (Lower/Upper)

02N = White w/ Dark Blue Vinyl Bench or Buckets (Custom)

A51 = Bucket Seats

11 = White

02V = White w/ Dark Blue Vinyl Bench (Concours only)

A52 = Bench Seat

13 = Silver Metallic

03N = White w/ Dark Lime Vinyl Bench or Buckets (Custom)

19 = Black

03V = White w/ Dark Line Vinyl Bench (Concours Only)

28 = Light Blue Metallic

07N = White w/ Dark Firethorn Vinyl Bench or Buckets (Custom)

35 = Dark Blue Metallic

07V = White w/ Dark Firethorn Vinyl Bench (Concours only)

36 = Firethorn Metallic

11N = White w/ Black Vinyl Bench or Buckets (Custom)

37 = Mahogany Metallic

11V = White w/ Black Vinyl Bench (Concours only)

40 = Lime Green Metallic

19B = Black Cloth Bench

49 = Dark Green Metallic

19E = Black Knit Cloth Bench or Buckets (Concours only)

50 = Cream Beige

19N = Black Vinyl Bench or Buckets (Custom)

51 = Bright Yellow

26C = Dark Blue Knit Cloth Bench (Custom)

53 = Gold Metallic

26M = Dark Blue Vinyl Bench

65 = Buckskin

64B = Light Buckskin Cloth Bench

67 = Saddle Brown Metallic

64D = Light Buckskin Sport Cloth Bench (Custom)

78 = Medium Orange

64E = Light Buckskin Knit Cloth Bench or Buckets (Concours only)

11T = White Vinyl Roof

64M = Light Buckskin Vinyl Bench

13T = Silver Vinyl Roof

64V = Light Buckskin Vinyl Bench (Concours only)

19T = Black Vinyl Roof

71B = Dark Firethorn Cloth Bench

35T = Dark Blue Vinyl Roof

71C = Dark Firethorn Knit Cloth Bench (Custom)

36T = Firethorn Vinyl Roof

71E = Dark Firethorn Knit Cloth Bench or Buckets (Concours only)

37T = Mahogany Vinyl Roof

71M = Dark Firethorn Vinyl Bench

61T = Light Buckskin Vinyl Roof

71N = Dark Firethorn Vinyl Bench or Buckets (Custom)

71V = Dark Firethorn Vinyl Bench (Concours only)

Line 3: Build Month and Week

Month

Year

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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