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Had a '70 nova SS 396/375 B&M turbo400trans (second owner)
Had bench seats,no carpet (rubber mats) and column shifter
mods were:L-88 cam,after market intake,4:56 gear and headers
ran 12:20s on street tires (H6014s I believe)
Question is,was bench seats and column shift common for a SS ?
The guy I bought it from had ordered it the same time his buddy ordered a '70 nova w/L-88 (stripped down version/all blue)one of those COPO cars I believe and wondered if my nova could have been some special order.
Well I'm rambling so thanks for any response
 

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This was very possible to get, there are no options that only the SS could have that a standard model could not except BB, even disc brakes were optional except on the BB cars.
 

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bench seat...column shift..

As Taz pointed out the interior options had nothing to do with the engine or SS package....there were a fair number of bench seat BB cars with column shift th400. We have 2 in the garage :eek: this was not a COPO package and there were no factory L88 Novas...perhaps you meant L78 ??

The L78 with the th400 was a more consistent car at the drags...just put it in drive and let the tranny do the job. Nothing else quite like those high shift point turbos....love 'em :D

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If the M20 was still available, yes you could.

You could have ordered a M22 with a 4 cylinder and 12 bolt in 69 if that's what you wanted.:rolleyes::yes:

Of my 3 69's each one has an oddity about it, the L78 #'s car has no exterior options, except the badging that came with the SS package, 0 exterior trim, but completely optioned interior, guages tach, buckets, the whole 9 yards, the second L78 car only got the L78 12 bolt and 4 spd and no other options selected (it was bought to be raced judging by the scars in the floor) and my 4 door has multi leaf a couple of exterior and interior options, A/C, but no radio, it's also a 350 car with a PG.
 

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engine/tranny combos....

Taz, I dug out a copy of a 69 brochure....4 speed trans was only available with the V-8 models. I would imagine that the low horse 307 and 255hp/350 might have received a Saginaw tranny and the Muncies were used on the L-48, L-34 and L-78 models. Perhaps someone has a copy of a dealer order guide for 69 and could detail the options. I would think this would have carried thru with other years. They do list a "special 3 speed" for the 350 engines...this would be the HD 3 speed Muncie which was the base std. trans for the larger V-8 applications. This is a good topic...hopefully others have some additional input.

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That's good to know, hopefully someone has order guide, thanks for the clarification.:yes:
 

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As Taz pointed out the interior options had nothing to do with the engine or SS package....there were a fair number of bench seat BB cars with column shift th400. We have 2 in the garage :eek: this was not a COPO package and there were no factory L88 Novas...perhaps you meant L78 ??

The L78 with the th400 was a more consistent car at the drags...just put it in drive and let the tranny do the job. Nothing else quite like those high shift point turbos....love 'em :D

wilma
might be wrong about the yr.(1970)just about the time this wild sounding, dark blue, plain looking Nova appeared.
note:this was in KC home of Dicky Harrel's shop
http://www.classicnovas.net/features/harrell/index.htm
 

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Taz, I dug out a copy of a 69 brochure....4 speed trans was only available with the V-8 models. I would imagine that the low horse 307 and 255hp/350 might have received a Saginaw tranny and the Muncies were used on the L-48, L-34 and L-78 models. Perhaps someone has a copy of a dealer order guide for 69 and could detail the options. I would think this would have carried thru with other years. They do list a "special 3 speed" for the 350 engines...this would be the HD 3 speed Muncie which was the base std. trans for the larger V-8 applications. This is a good topic...hopefully others have some additional input.

wilma
But what about 72? I know in 73 you could get almost everything on a car without it being an SS or having a V8.
 

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Mark Fuss 's 68 Dark Blue Nova SS **** Harrell L88 427 was found I believe in the Oklahoma area.Car is originally a Rare 68 Nova SS 396 car ,bench seat,Turbo 400 auto on the column.Mark still has the car.I believe the car was converted to a DH L88 427 early in 1969.
 
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