1971 Chevrolet Nova street strip restored 500 hp ultra reliable

Price: US $24,900.00 Item location: Evansville, Indiana, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Nova
  • Year: 1971
  • Mileage: 1,500
  • VIN: 11327W207381
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1971 Chevrolet Nova

Looking for a fast, reliable street/strip car? I purchased this car and did a year long build on it to be something I could drive on weekends and have fun with. It has been completed 2 years and has about 1500 trouble free miles on it. It is one of the most reliable muscle cars I have ever owned and has never failed to fire up and drive great. Runs on pump gas 91. If it didn't have 4:30 gears I would drive it anywhere.

The stereo, windshield wipers, fuel gauge, tachometer, water temp, oil pressure, voltmeter, dome light, headlight, reverse light and brake lights all work great. The turn signals and ignition key do not work so you may choose to fix that. Car has 2 electric fans, aluminum radiator and HV water pump and can sit in heavy hot traffic all day and never overheat. Car hooks and tracks very straight. With my new work schedule, I haven't been able to take it to the track (but I have raced a few low 11 second cars and beat them all. I don't want the car to just sit so I have decided to let it go to a new home.

This car is extremely nice. The panel fitment and quality of the paint and body are awesome and will stay that way because it was done right. It is not a show car and it's not perfect, but it's a blast to drive and could be a NHRA legal race car very easily-if that's the direction you wanted to go. I've included the cost of each build section so you have an idea of what you are bidding on and the quality of parts used. I have around $35,000 invested in this car. I have receipts for most of the stuff on the car and these are included in the sale. I also have hundreds of photos but ebay would only allow me to post 24.

If you have any questions about the car, please feel free to email me and I will provide you a phone number. If you would like to see the car and go for a test drive before buying, we can do that too.

$500 non refundable deposit required upon sale, the balance on pickup, cash only..


PAINT & BODY: $9500.00

The car was completely taken apart to the last bolt and nut. The body shell, doors, trunk, hood, cowl, frame and all loose parts where dipped to bare metal. The car was very rust free as you can see in the pictures. The wheel well area of the rear quarter panels and the tail panel were replaced with new sheet metal from Classic Industries. Marker light holes smoothed.

All bare metal parts were epoxy primed before being painted. The body is painted with DuPont Hot Rod Black. This is a UV stable urethane paint that stands up extremely well and has a menacing look and everyone always comments on how unique it is. The great part is if you wanted the car another color, all it would take is to block the paint with 400 grit and base/clear in the color of your choice.

All door, window fuzzies, trunk and glass channel weatherstrip is new. A new front windshield. All stainless trim has been polished. The hood trim, grille eyebrow moldings, door handles and locks, bumpers, door hinges and bolts/nuts are new.

CHASSIS: $4000.00

The front suspension has new tie rod ends, ball joints, springs and Competition Engineering 3 way adjustable shocks. The steering box is stock. The factory steering rag joint has been replaced with a Flaming River ball bearing unit. The rear suspension is Art Morrison Ladder Bar with panard bar. The coil over shocks are HAL adjustable. All brakes and master cylinder are Wilwood Heavy Duty street series and this thing will stop on a dime! The front clip has frame connectors to the rear body as well as tying into a 6 point roll cage. Aluminum body to frame mounts. The cage is NHRA legal .120" 1 5/8" mild steel and is TIG welded.

ENGINE: $7000.00

406" square decked, align honed, torque plate honed, Eagle 5140 balanced rotating assembly, forged 10.75 pistons, Trick Flow aluminum heads, Trick Flow 1.5 roller rockers, All Competition Cams .510" solid cam, lifters, timing chain and custom pushrods, and valve springs. All ARP fasteners and oil pump drive, Clevite bearings. New Melling oil and water pump. Milidon oil pickup and 6 quart pan. A Victor Jr intake and Holley HP 750 carb top it off. A 100 amp single wire alternator, fabricated aluminum valve covers, and Hooker Headers. I had the dyno sheet at one point but cannot find it (501 hp). The header paint has some peeling and the timing chain cover has a quarter size oil leak right after driving it, otherwise perfect.

FUEL & IGNITION: $2000.00

Summit aluminum fuel cell with sending unit, high output Aeromotive fuel pump, Barry Grant regulator with return fuel line and gauge. Braided stainless Aeroquip lines, fittings and carb line. Lokar braided throttle cable.

MSD 6AL ignition box with rev limiter, MSD coil, MSD wires, MSD billet distributor.


TCI turbo 350 street trans, 10" stall convertor, SFI flywheel, higher rpm governor, auto/manual shift kit. Shifts are tight and fast! New thick wall driveshaft with 1350 series HD u joints. Tranny dipstick may have a bad o-ring as it does drip when parked-it is NOT the front seal. Has HD tranny cooler up front.

REAREND: $3200.00

Moser Engineering Ford 9", 40 spline spool, Nodular Iron Moser center section, fully braced housing, Aluminum pinion support, 1350 series u joints, 40 spline axles with 5/8" studs, 4:30 US made gears, all Timken bearings. This is a 2500 horsepower rated rearend.

INTERIOR: $1800.00

New carpet & padding, glove box, firewall insulation, pedal pads, inner door handles, headliner & sailpanels, lightweight seats with dual sliding mounts, RCI 5 point harnesses, Kenwood CD player & speakers, repainted and detailed gauge cluster, new oil/water temp/voltmeter, tachometer with shift light. The heater box has all new seals and a new heater core (though I don't have the hoses hooked up since I only drive it in the summer). B&M Z Gate shifter, Grant GT steering wheel, 6 point roll bar.

OTHER: $700.00

New headlight wiring harness, new Griffin aluminum radiator with auto temp switch, dual electric fans with dual 30 amp relays and manual overide switch inside car. Line lock is installed but not wired as I never took it to the track. Flowmaster big block mufflers.

WHEELS/TIRES: $2200.00

Weld Alumastar 15x12 in rear, 15x4 in front. I recently put on Hoosier drag slicks and frontrunners in anticipation of racing but have never had the chance. I would recommend street tires if you're going to do a lot of driving.