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: a, x, or f body


rons1964
10th-February-2011, 02:51 AM
will someone explain the difference....i'm sure it is a simple answer but i do not know it:turn:

zman1969
10th-February-2011, 08:48 AM
A-Bodys 64-72 are like Chevelles, GTO cutlass lemans - full frame cars with coil sprung rear ends

X bodys 68-74 are the Nova, Omega, Ventura, Apollo which have front suframes and rear leaf springs and are unibody cars and share suspension with F-bodys 67-69 camaro Firebirds 75-78? share suspention with 70-81 Camaro's

F-Bodys are also Unibody cars Camaro's Firebirds 67-2002 the generations split is 67-69, 70-81, 82-92,93-02
any other questions or more specific?

TechNova
10th-February-2011, 08:48 AM
A body = Chevelle, Cutlass, Skylark, LeMans
X body = Nova, Ventura, Apollo, Astre
F body = Camaro, Firebird

It is the plat form the vehicle is based off of, basically the under structure is the same for each car in a body type.
Camaro & Firebird use the same unibody structure despite having different exterior sheetmetal. The A bodies all use the same frame and basically the same floorpan.

bladeys
10th-February-2011, 10:57 AM
What about 1st & 2nd gen Novas 62-67? Xbody?

Philip
10th-February-2011, 11:48 AM
What about 1st & 2nd gen Novas 62-67? Xbody?

Yes.

A bodies were produced from 64 - 77.

There are also G bodies. 78 - 87 Malibu, Cutlass, Regal/Grand National and the Le Mans. The suspension and drive trains were all downsized from the A body.

Ricky B
10th-February-2011, 12:09 PM
So 62 & 63 are X bodies too ?:confused:

zman1969
10th-February-2011, 01:14 PM
What about 1st & 2nd gen Novas 62-67? Xbody?

I never really thought about it so i googled it and found this in Wikipedia:
Rear wheel drive
1976 Chevrolet NovaThe rear-wheel drive X-body underpinned the Chevrolet Nova and similar cars of the late 1960s and 1970s. It was also the basis for the Cadillac Seville's K platform. The wheelbase was 111 in and many components were shared with the contemporary F platform. Entry level luxury coupes and sedans offered by Buick, Pontiac, and Oldsmobile appeared around the same time as the competing Ford Granada.

Applications:

Buick Apollo (1973–1974; 1975 sedan only)
Buick Skylark (1975 coupe only; 1976–1979)
Chevrolet Nova (1968–1979)
Oldsmobile Omega (1973–1979)
Pontiac Ventura (1971–1977)
Pontiac Phoenix (1977–1979)
1968–1974 GM X-bodies positioned the steering linkage behind the steering gear ("rear steer"), whereas 1975–1979 models had the steering linkage forward of the steering gear ("front steer").

In the early 1970s, it was noticed that the first letter of each X-body model name (Nova, Omega, Ventura, Apollo) spelled out "NOVA", the cheapest model of the quartet.
I would assume that 62-67 was also X-body (hell I even owned and built a 66 SS) but as quoted above they never mentioned it? anyone else want to chime in here?
edit- went back and looked to see what could find out - Wiki listed platform for 68 and later but not earlier sorry but now I'm really scatching my head now

rons1964
10th-February-2011, 01:19 PM
ok, so if i am reading it correctly, since a and x body styles were both in the year of 1964, that my 64 nova 400 sedan would be considered an X-body, yes?

novanutcase
10th-February-2011, 02:38 PM
ok, so if i am reading it correctly, since a and x body styles were both in the year of 1964, that my 64 nova 400 sedan would be considered an X-body, yes?

Yes! All 1st and 2nd gen Novas are X body.

John

rons1964
11th-February-2011, 03:08 AM
thanks a bunch

taz3
11th-February-2011, 10:05 PM
There are also G bodies. 78 - 87 Malibu, Cutlass, Regal/Grand National and the Le Mans. The suspension and drive trains were all downsized from the A body.

Also known as Metric chassis/cars.