Like horses, finds like these mean our beloved ICEs won’t go away but find a niche full of like-minded enthusiasts where they’ll thrive.
Chris of Nononsenseknowhow YouTube channel recently stumbled upon a no-title (at the moment) 1978 Chevy Nova in a junkyard headed for the shredder. He’s looking to get it running and probably sell it.
The original Chevy Nova was a stripped-down compact car ideal for transportation. However, once it tasted the small block and big block power, it morphed into a rod-hungry monster.
The body on Chris’ find was in reasonably good shape with minimal rust considering it’s a 44-year-old car. It was probably parked due to a fender bender since there was visible front damage on the vehicle.
The interior was surprisingly neat apart from the seats that’ll need reupholstery. It had clean gauges, a 30-watt classic radio, operational climate controls, a decent headliner, and an original Chevy Nova owner’s manual.
“Original two-barrel. Looks like a 305, definitely a small block chevy, more than likely a 305. I did already grab this fan and give it a little wiggle back and forth. I see the crank moving. That’s a good sign,” Chris said.
The 1978 Chevy Nova junkyard find was perhaps one of the easiest revival projects Chris has done in a while. After hooking up a new battery and tapping onto the starter, it immediately roared to life.
Chris wasn’t sure how long the car had been sitting in the junkyard, but judging how easy it was to get it running – it hadn’t been sitting for too long.
PS: If you’d like to catch a glimpse of its first drive, we recommend watching the video below.