1976 Nova Parts and Restoration Information

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 3.53 8.25:1

V8

305ci

1x2bbl

LG3

140 hp @ 3800 RPM

245 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

3.736 x 3.48 8.5:1

V8

350ci

1x4bbl

LM1

165 hp @ 3800 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

4.000 x 3.48 8.5:1
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

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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

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1976 Nova Rear Axle Ratios

Code Axle 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

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1976 Nova Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPO Description Units
AB8 Formal rear quarter window – Cabriolet roof 16,686
AK1 Deluxe belts & harness front 59,941
AR5 Wide back reclining bucket seat 6,421
AU3 Power door lock system 12,386
A01 Tinted Glass – all windows 185,447
A02 Tinted Glass – windshield only 9,504
A20 Swing-out rear quarter window 4,395
A31 Power windows 5,210
BW2 Deluxe body side molding 32,752
BW6 Custom appearance group 20,966
B37 Floor mats 75,070
B49 Deluxe carpet floor covering 26,689
B80 Roof drip rails 32,323
B84 Body side molding 112,172
B93 Door edge guards 38,864
B96 Wheel opening molding 37,842
CD4 Intermittent windshield wiper 8,417
C50 Rear window defroster 68,697
C60 Air Conditioning – deluxe 170,184
D31 Day-night inside rearview mirror 9,887
D33 Outside mirror – remote control 44,000
D35 Sport mirrors 39,317
D55 Front compartment floor console 5,008
D68 Twin remote sport mirrors 3,324
D85 Body side pin striping 32,977
F40 Special heavy duty front & rear suspension 21,397
F41 Special performance front & rear suspension 3,605
G80 Rear axle – Positraction 8,527
G92 Rear axle – 3.08 ratio (Performance / High Altitude) 2,859
J50 Vacuum power brake equipment 72,382
K05 Engine block heater 7,162
K30 Cruise-master speed control 8,947
LG3 V8 engine – 305 2-bbl 116,000
LM1 V8 engine – 350 regular fuel 15,030
L22 L6 engine – 250 203,698
M11 3-speed Floor shift transmission control 5,056
M15 3-speed manual transmission 20,893
M20 4-speed manual transmission 2,317
M29 3-speed automatic transmission – TH200 121,267
M38 3-speed automatic transmission – TH350 190,251
N31 Sport steering wheel 1,177
N33 Comfortilt steering wheel 31,486
N41 Variable ratio power steering 318,620
PE1 Turbine I wheels 3,601
P01 Wheel trim cover 155,893
P06 Wheel trim ring 503
QBT FR78-14/B steel belt radial tires – white letter 5,496
QDV FR78-14/B steel belt radial tires – blackwall 21,363
QDW FR78-14/B steel belt radial tires – white stripe 161,291
QEG E78-14/B Bias belt tires – blackwall 44,246
QEH E78-14/B bias belt tires – white stripe 102,330
UA1 Heavy duty battery 14,274
UM1 Stereo tape system w/AM radio 5,484
UM2 Stereo tape & AM/FM stereo radio 2,163
UR3 Econominder light 3,805
U05 Dual horn 24,774
U17 Front compartment console instrument cluster 2,464
U35 Electric clock 24,225
U58 AM/FM stereo radio 4,456
U63 Radio – AM push button 228,501
U69 Radio – AM/FM push button 26,154
U76 Windshield antenna 46,601
U80 Auxiliary speaker 18,280
V01 Heavy duty radiator 16,894
V29 Rear bumper edge 8,905
V30 Front & rear bumper guards 40,325
V78 Plate – less cert of export compliance 3,726
YF5 California assembly line emission test 21,324
ZJ1 Custom interior package 65,907
ZJ3 Interior convenience package 21,730
ZJ5 Exterior decor package 83,274
ZJ7 Special wheel, hub cap and trim ring (Rally wheel) 36,485
ZJ9 Auxiliary lighting group 27,567
ZN5 Color keyed Rally wheels 10,734
Z26 Super Sport 7,416
Z49 Canadian base equipment 25,474
Z78 Medalist package 5,489
02N White vinyl buckets / dark blue accents 1,862
02V White vinyl buckets / dark blue accents 2,790
03N White vinyl buckets / dark lime accents 1,672
03V White vinyl bench / dark lime accents 1,198
07N White vinyl bench / dark firethorn accents 11,230
07V White vinyl buckets / dark firethorn accents 7,608
11N White vinyl buckets / black accents 1,680
11T White vinyl roof cover 11,912
13L Silver 43,368
13T Silver metallic vinyl roof cover 3,220
19B Black sport cloth bench 17,929
19E Black knit cloth bench 9,210
19L Black 5,885
19N Black vinyl buckets 12,548
19T Black vinyl roof cover 5,551
19Z Black vinyl bench 1,141
26C Dark blue knit cloth bench 12,351
26M Dark blue vinyl buckets 55,463
28L Light blue metallic 46,404
35L Dark blue metallic 23,857
35T Dark blue vinyl roof cover 3,995
36L Firethorn metallic 39,660
36T Firethorn vinyl roof cover 6,604
37L Mahogany metallic 24,853
37T Mahogany vinyl roof cover 2,176
40L Lime green metallic 11,722
49L Dark green metallic 10,334
50L Cream beige 27,979
51L Bright yellow 10,582
53L Gold metallic 5,489
64B Buckskin sport cloth bench 21,617
64D Buckskin sport cloth buckets 15,587
64E Buckskin special custom cloth buckets 12,350
64M Buckskin vinyl buckets 60,331
64T Buckskin vinyl roof cover 10,002
64V Buckskin vinyl buckets 10,851
64Z Buckskin vinyl bench 1,295
65L Buckskin 16,592
67L Medium saddle metallic 27,093
71B Dark firethorn knit cloth bench 18,883
71C Dark firethorn sport cloth bench 7,383
71E Dark firethorn special custom cloth buckets 14,529
71M Dark firethorn vinyl buckets 31,778
71N Dark firethorn vinyl bench 11,230
71V Dark firethorn vinyl buckets 7,608
719 Dark firethorn shoulder harness 64
78L Medium orange 12,448

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

 

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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