1979 Nova Parts and Restoration Information

1979 Nova

By 1979, the Chevrolet Nova had run its course. While the 1979 Nova model received a restyled front end with revised square headlights, new horizontal bar grille, chrome hood and fender moldings, and new front bumper filler panels, it only lasted through this model year.

Nova Customs received an upgraded acoustic package with increased sound-deadening material, a better headliner and a handful of other luxuries. Novas with the Rally Package were still available for the limited run (production ceased for the 1979 model in December of 1978), this time making use of the same front end configuration and grille as the other Nova models.

Going into 1980, the Nova was replaced by the front-wheel-drive Chevy Citation, marking a new era in Chevy cars.


1979 Nova OEM Brochure


1979 Nova Model Options & Information

 
Body Styles:
  • 2-door Coupe
  • 2-door Hatchback
  • 4-door Sedan
 
Trim Levels:
  • Nova
  • Custom
  • Nova Rally
 
Engine Options:
  • L22 – Turbo-Thrift 250 | 250ci | 115hp L6
  • LG3 – 305ci | 130hp V8
  • LM1 – Turbo-Fire 350 | 350ci | 165hp V8
 
Production Numbers:

Nova: 97,721

  • 2-Door Coupe: 0
  • 2-Door Convertible: 0
  • 2-Door Hatchback: 4,819
  • 2-Door Sedan: 44,329
  • 4-Door Sedan: 48,573
  • 4-Door Wagon: 0
  • Super Sport: 0
 
Dimensions & Capacities:
  • Length: 196.7 in / 16.39 ft
  • Width: 72.2 in / 6.0 ft
  • Height:
    • 2-Door Sedan & Hatch: 52.7 in / 4.39 ft
    • 4-Door Sedan: 53.6 in / 4.46 ft
  • Wheelbase: 111 in / 9.25 ft

 

1979 Nova Engine Codes & Specs

Available Engine Specifications

Type

Size

Carb

RPO

Horsepower

Torque

Bore & Stroke (in.)

Compression Ratio

L6

250ci

1x1bbl

L22

115 hp @ 3800 RPM

200 lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

3.875 x 3.538.0:1

V8

305ci

1x2bbl

LG3

130 hp @ 3200 RPM

245 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

3.736 x 3.488.4:1

V8

350ci

1x4bbl

LM1

165 hp @ 3800 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

4.000 x 3.488.2:1
1979 Nova 6 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

DKA

250 cid 1x1bbl

115 hp L22

3-Speed Manual

-

DKB

250 cid 1x1bbl

115 hp L22

TH350

-

DKD

250 cid 1x1bbl

115 hp L22

TH350

NB2 California Emissions

1979 Nova 8 Cylinder Engine Codes
Code

Size / Carb

HP / RPO

Transmission

Notes

C8B

305 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp LG3

TH350

-

DNF

305 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp LG3

4-Speed Manual

-

DNJ

305 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp LG3

TH350

-

DTM

305 cid 1x2bbl

130 hp LG3

Manual

-

DRY

350 cid 1x4bbl

165 hp LM1

TH350

-

1979 Nova Transmission Codes

Code

Description

Engines

Assembly Plant

SF

3-Speed

L6, V8

S = Muncie

SR

4-Speed

V8

R = Muncie

6TC

TH350

L6

B = Parma

6TA

TH350

V8

Y = Toledo

1979 Nova Rear Axle Codes

CodeAxle Ratio

Notes

PA

2.73:1

Open

PC

3.08:1

Open

PE

3.42:1

Open

PH

2.56:1

Open

PJ

2.41:1

Open

PS

2.41:1

Positraction

PT

2.56:1

Positraction

PU

2.73:1

Positraction

PW

3.08:1

Positraction

PY

3.42:1

Positraction

2PA

2.73:1

Open

2PC

3.08:1

Open

2PU

2.73:1

Positraction

2PW

3.08:1

Positraction

2TA

2.56:1

Open

2TB

2.73:1

Open

2TC

3.08:1

Open

2TE

2.41:1

Open

1979 Nova Factory Options

Regular Production Option (RPO)

RPODescriptionUnits
AB8Formal rear quarter window - Cabriolet roof3,469
AK1Deluxe belts & harness front19,667
AU3Power door lock system2,159
A01Tinted Glass - all windows53,022
A20Swing-out rear quarter window958
A31Power windows1,365
A51Front bucket seat - Strato type15,041
A52Bench front82,680
BW2Deluxe body side molding8,007
BW6Custom appearance group6,988
B02Taxi equipment130
B37Floor mats22,762
B51Bright rocker and extension moldings3,699
B74Wide wheel opening moldings4,254
B80Roof drip rails36,890
B84Body side molding59,326
B90Door and window frame molding8,738
B93Door edge guards11,512
B96Wheel opening molding8,457
CD4Intermittent windshield wiper2,478
C50Rear window defroster26,257
C60Air Conditioning - deluxe49,799
D31Day-night inside rearview mirror4,059
D33Outside mirror - remote control22,021
D35Sport mirrors13,892
D55Front compartment floor console1,669
D85Body side pin striping2,873
D99Two-tone paint moldings5,878
F40Special heavy duty front & rear suspension6,074
F41Special performance front & rear suspension792
G80Rear axle - Positraction2,723
G92Rear axle - 3.08 ratio (Performance / High Altitude)303
J50Vacuum power brake equipment73,377
K05Engine block heater2,480
K30Cruise-master speed control3,542
LG3V8 engine - 305 2-bbl19,749
LM1V8 engine - 350 regular fuel3,157
L22L6 engine - 25074,814
MM33-speed manual transmission3,055
MM44-speed manual transmission616
M383-speed automatic transmission - TH35094,050
NA5Standard emissions system91,587
NA6High altitude emission equipment291
NB2California emission equipment5,842
N33Comfortilt steering wheel8,192
N41Variable ratio power steering93,088
N65Spacesaver spare tire517
N95Simulated wire wheel trim cover1,345
P01Wheel trim cover56,749
QBTFR78-14/B steel belt radial tires - white letter1,351
QDVFR78-14/B steel belt radial tires - blackwall6,210
QDWFR78-14/B steel belt radial tires - white stripe35,922
QEGE78-14/B Bias belt tires - blackwall12,405
QEHE78-14/B bias belt tires - white stripe40,151
UA1Heavy duty battery6,204
UF7Econominder gauge package2,924
UM1Stereo tape system w/AM radio797
UM2Stereo tape & AM/FM stereo radio716
UN3Stereo cassette tape & AM/FM stereo radio9,754
UY8AM/FM stereo radio w/digital clock7,925
U05Dual horn5,979
U14Special instrumentation1,241
U35Electric clock6,738
U37Cigarette lighter15,219
U58AM/FM stereo radio1,642
U63Radio - AM push button69,425
U69Radio - AM/FM push button7,462
U76Windshield antenna17,839
U80Auxiliary speaker4,278
VK3Front license plate mount6,083
V01Heavy duty radiator4,136
V30Front & rear bumper guards12,807
ZJ3Interior convenience package15,695
ZJ9Auxiliary lighting group8,148
ZN5Color keyed Rally wheels3,514
Z26Rally Nova package2,299
11LAntique white11,802
11NWhite vinyl bench178
11TWhite vinyl roof cover1,427
15LSilver6,104
15TSilver vinyl roof cover494
19LBlack12,749
19RBlack vinyl bench22,368
19TBlack vinyl roof cover588
19XBlack big four module74
22LLight blue metallic6,491
22TLight blue vinyl roof cover845
24BBlue knit cloth bench3,055
24DBlue knit cloth bench3,052
24LMedium blue8,775
24RBlue bench15,990
24XBlue big four module36
29LMidnight blue metallic8,427
40LLight green2,587
40TLight green vinyl roof cover431
44LMedium green4,539
51LBright yellow5,924
61LBeige6,748
61TBeige vinyl roof cover2,084
62BCamel knit cloth bench2,933
62DCamel knit cloth bench2,920
62NCamel vinyl bench25,970
63LCamel metallic5,124
69LDark brown metallic6,983
74DCarmine knit cloth bench3,081
74NCarmine vinyl bench18,174
74XCarmine big four module68
75LLight red5,243
77LCarmine metallic6,225
77TCarmine vinyl roof cover518

1979 Nova Cowl Tag Info

1979 Nova Example Cowl Tag & Breakdown
1979 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

79 = 1979

1 = Chevrolet

XX = Nova

17 = 2-Door Hatchback

T = Tarrytown, NY

Sequence Starts at 100001

XY = Nova Custom

27 = 2-Door Sedan

W = Willow Run, MI

69 = 4-Door Sedan

Line 2: Trim and Paint

Interior Trim

Seat Type

Exterior Paint (Lower/Upper)

11N = White Vinyl Bench

A51 = Bucket Seats

11 = White

19R = Black Vinyl Bench

A52 = Bench Seat

15 = Silver Metallic

24B = Light Blue Cloth Bench

19 = Black

24D = Light Blue Cloth Bench

22 = Light Blue Metallic

24R = Light Blue Vinyl Bench

24 = Bright Blue Metallic

62B = Camel Tan Cloth Bench

29 = Dark Blue Metallic

62D = Camel Tan Cloth Bench

40 = Light Green

62N = Camel Tan Vinyl Bench or Buckets

44 = Medium Green

62R = Camel Tan Vinyl Bench

51 = Bright Yellow

74D = Carmine Cloth Bench

61 = Beige

74N = Carmine Vinyl Bench or Buckets

63 = Camel Metallic

74R = Carmine Vinyl Bench

69 = Dark Brown Metallic

75 = Red

Cloth and Vinyl Usage:

77 = Carmine Metallic

B = Bordeau Woven Sport Cloth

11T = White Vinyl Roof

D = Edinburgh Woven Sport Cloth

15T = Silver Vinyl Roof

N = Wallaby Vinyl

19T = Black Vinyl Roof

R = Plisse Vinyl

22T = Light Blue Vinyl Roof

40T = Light Green Vinyl Roof

61T = Beige Vinyl Roof

77T = Carmine 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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