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These guys crack me up. He's owned this car for 20 years and all he's done is put a new tarp over it every year:rolleyes:. Is it an L78 or L34? He says L78, but nothing mentioned in the way of proof. The car needs a ton or work and has no engine. By the time all the work is done and a correct 396 is found the restoration cost will blow by the completed value by untold thousands of dollars. A real super car in it's day. One of the first big block Novas.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-Chevr...2040b8c1:g:9zgAAOSweXFbzJ9n:rk:5:pf:0&vxp=mtr

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Reality television has done more to feed the delusion than anything. All these guys who have this junk sitting around thinking it is worth gold need to get out and go to a real car auction to see what their car is really worth. I'm in the market for a 1966 two door hard top. I was at Vicari at Cruising the Coast when a really nice 66 ss car came across the stage. With a lot of people looking at a really nice car the bid got to 32,500. There was a car at the car corral three miles down the coast that was not half as nice. It was a decent driver car and the guy was asking 45,000. I've been watching several cars on the internet that people are asking between 30 to 50K. None are close to the 66 SS car at Vicari and all have been for sale for many months. I will keep looking until I find a car I want at a price I feel comfortable with. I will not get caught up in the delusion that these cars are worth what some are asking.
 

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Reality television has done more to feed the delusion than anything. All these guys who have this junk sitting around thinking it is worth gold need to get out and go to a real car auction to see what their car is really worth. I'm in the market for a 1966 two door hard top. I was at Vicari at Cruising the Coast when a really nice 66 ss car came across the stage. With a lot of people looking at a really nice car the bid got to 32,500. There was a car at the car corral three miles down the coast that was not half as nice. It was a decent driver car and the guy was asking 45,000. I've been watching several cars on the internet that people are asking between 30 to 50K. None are close to the 66 SS car at Vicari and all have been for sale for many months. I will keep looking until I find a car I want at a price I feel comfortable with. I will not get caught up in the delusion that these cars are worth what some are asking.
I hear you loud and clear !!
 

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Did the 68 SS come with manual brakes? I thought all SS's had power disc/drum setup.
 

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68 SS could have manual 4 wheel drums. The drums would be finned since it's an SS :rolleyes: You could get discs but I believe they were multi-piston style.

I believe in '69 they went to the front single piston discs for SS cars.
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68 SS could have manual 4 wheel drums. The drums would be finned since it's an SS :rolleyes: You could get discs but I believe they were multi-piston style. I believe in '69 they went to the front single piston discs for SS cars.
Correct. The GM Heritage site states that the 1968 SS came with manual front finned drum brakes. Power front discs became standard with the SS option beginning in 1969. I was reading that the Fred Gibb 1968 Nova SS L78 COPO cars came with heavy duty power front drum brakes:eek:.

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Nearly every classic vehicle to cross the block at prestigious auctions, such as Mecum and Barrett-Jackson, is aesthetically pleasing. But, as we’ve said before, every once in a while a car comes around that truly hits home, for some reason or another. In the case of this 1968 Chevrolet COPO Nova SS, every box is checked off. It’s got the looks, the historically rich context, and our favorite part – the performance.

This COPO Nova SS is number 4 of 50 ordered by Fred Gibb. He and Vince Piggins were interested in coupling the Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 transmission with L78-equipped Novas in order to create a winning combination for the NHRA Super Stock competition. Thus, Piggins submitted a request for 50 examples (NHRA’s minimum required number) of the proposed machine. Gibb would be responsible for buying and reselling these Novas. Fortunately for him, he knew a guy who would certainly be interested.

At the time, Fred Gibb sponsored the man himself, pro driver **** Harrell, a.k.a. Mr. Chevrolet. Harrell saw the COPO Nova SS’s true potential, and after building high-performance Camaro “supercars” with the Nickey franchise and Don Yenko, he felt that he could take the Nova on himself. He knew that theses COPO Novas could be modified for street use and for other drag racing classes. One such modification would be swapping out the L78 for an L88 427 V8.

What’s special about this particular L88-equipped Nova is how it came to be. All 50 of these specimens featured the same options: solid-lifter L78/TH400 combination with 4:10 PosiTraction differential, power drum brakes, radio-delete, and the Super Sport trim package with standard dual exhaust and bucket seats. Most of the Novas delivered to Gibb were finished in Fathom Blue, but the one shown here is a beautiful Tripoli Turquoise.

While the car was supplied by Gibb to NHRA for official approval, it would never make it to the track. Instead it was purchased by Jim Mirowski of Topeka, Kansas. Mirowski bought the car in mostly stock form, though it did feature a few goodies from Harrell, including a replacement ‘stinger’-type fiberglass hood. The upgrades did not void the factory warranty, which was fortunate as Mirowski’s newly purchased Nova would suffer a bearing failure in less than 500 miles.

The culprit was a water pump with a factory defect, and after learning this Harrell suggested that the dealership replace the engine with an L88 short-block it had on hand. Mirowski agreed to this, a $120 upcharge, and the rest is history. Well, actually, with a family to look after the young Jim Mirowski traded the Nova SS in on a new Vega. Talk about a downgrade.

Eventually Ed Cuneen of the COPO Connection came across an eBay listing for this Nova, and after verifying the details he purchased it and began an exacting restoration. The engine was rebuilt with a 512-casting high performance 427 big-block, the history was checked, and the car went on to be sold to the next owner, Dave Belk.
 

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I was reading that the Fred Gibb 1968 Nova SS L78 COPO cars came with heavy duty power front drum brakes:eek:.

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I remember reading an article in one of the 'performance' magazines back then that the drag racers on GM's staff thought that the 'new' disc brakes created too much rolling resistance. Thus, they substituted 'heavy duty' drum brakes. For racing purposes, the drag racers backed off the adjusters just to the point where there was NO contact between the brake shoes and the drums. The brakes still worked properly, but there was slightly less 'pedal'.
 

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To bad so much is missing. It does appear to be a factory BB car. Hopefully someone buys it(after the owner comes to his senses and cuts the price in half) and restores it.
 
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