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I got an email from a guy I know from the Internet. He recently sold his beautifuly restored, numbers matching 1966 L79 Nova Super Sport to purchase what I beleive is an even more rare Nova: a 1966 L79 Nova Super Sport with A/C.

I can honestly say I don't beleive I've ever seen a real L79 with A/C. I know they existed but I can't remember seeing one. Since I was asked how many were built I tried to take a guestimate (since the actual production number doesn't exist).

I know there were 5,481 L79 built with 3,547 of them being Super Sports. And I know there were 8,294 1966 Novas built with A/C. That equals approx 5% of the total production. So if 5% of all Novas had A/C we can assume that 5% of all L79 Super Sports had A/C. That would mean approx 177 1966 Nova Super Sports had both the L79 and A/C.

Again, that is just a guess and not a real number. The real number could be higher or lower buy I think it's safe to say that only about 170 to 200 were built.

Anyone have an L79 with A/C or has seen one?
 

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L-79 with A/C

I have one of those A/C L-79's. Only mine is in a Wagon, the only other one I've seen was the NNN give away nova 6 or 7 years ago, Mark:D
 

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Scott, if the fellow that just bought the a/c L79 got it from NW Washington State and it's black, then yes, I've seen it. It's the NNN raffle car from the 90s that Mark mentioned in his post.
There were two different a/c units for 1966 Chevy IIs, the 'All Weather' system which was a factory install only, and the 'custom' system which was a dealer install only. I'm not sure of the differences, but I assume the factory system was somewhat more sophisticated. The factory system also had a different heater/defroster control box in the dash with a vertically mounted fan switch on the left hand side. I believe the custom system had the standard controls in the dash, but had a 3 speed a/c fan switch on the evaporator box under the dash. This is one way to tell a factory system from a dealer install. The other is the engine suffix code, which for factory a/c L79s should end in ZJ (like Mark's wagon) or ZH for a car that also had an A.I.R. system. A car with dealer installed a/c would likely have the ZI or ZG suffix. The previous owner of the black a/c L79 posts on this board, so hopefully he can answer the question about factory vs. dealer install.
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If the guy's name is Perry and he is in Pa. that is the Black factory air L79 I just sold. Jim
 

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No, his name is Tom and he's from San Jose, CA. He sold his red restored L79 SS to buy this blue L79 SS that is in need of a total restoration. Here are some pics:




 

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Unit under dash looks like factory. Can't really see controls. Is it a ZJ block? Don't know how hard it will be to find compressor unit for air. Looks like quite a project! Hopefully he can do the majority of the paint and body himself! Jim
 

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No, his name is Tom and he's from San Jose, CA. He sold his red restored L79 SS to buy this blue L79 SS that is in need of a total restoration. Here are some pics:
This is one rare L79, Scott. Not much doubt that's a factory a/c install. Looks like lots of work to be done.
NWYENKO, did your car have a ZJ block and fan switch on the heater control panel?
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Yes it was a ZJ and the control was with the unit with fan controls in dash. Can't wait for you Canucks to see my new car next week!!!:cool: From one extreme to the other!:eek: Jim
 

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Good info, Jim. For many years it was believed you couldn't order a Chevy II L79 with a/c. Now we know of three that were.
Just for info, the All Weather a/c was not a factory option in Canada for 1966 Chevy IIs. The dealer installed Custom a/c package was available, but I've never seen a Canadian 1966 Chevy II or Acadian with it.
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I bought parts from a totalled 66 L79 back in the early nineties (from mountain view CA ) it was a 2 dr sport coupe bench seat with 4 speed, and L-79 option with AC car was clipped on right side so hard the manifolds broke in two and the trans as well ,the roof buckled as well. I saved the cowl tag and saved some original manuals that were in the glove box I'll have to dig em out Joe
 

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I heard Tom paid 10 K for that car , however it does disturb me he advertised the RED 66 L79 car as a matching # car I personally know it is not !! The original owner before Tom is a personal friend of mine I we just were talking about it .... It is a original L-79 car but the trans , rear end are not matching # and the rear Quarter and wheel house where replaced from a big wreck in the 80's . Tom also sold the 154# dist from the engine to put a MSD in car , I helped sell that dist to Nova doug 66 in CT, I also found that paperwork on that car I got parts from it shows AC as dealer installed not factory installed ...Joe
 

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66 Nova Ss Rocker And Door Sill Black Layout

Doe's anyone out there have any pictures with the SS rockers off so you can see how the factory laid out the black on the rockers and in the door sill area?

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L-79 Block

Can someone tell the me the numbers and codes i need to look for on the front of the block that i am looking at to see its a 327- 350 hp for an L79 or not?
 

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DROPTOP613 said:
Doe's anyone out there have any pictures with the SS rockers off so you can see how the factory laid out the black on the rockers and in the door sill area?

Bob
Hi Bob: I'll take some pics of mine today and post them for you. They are not factory original, but close, based on info I got from Wayne Bushey at NNN.
 
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