1971 Chevrolet Rally Nova

Just wanted to share my latest purchase with members. It is an all-original 1971 Chevrolet Rally Nova. I will be starting a complete restoration later this week.

I am a huge fan of Nova’s and this is my 8th, and hopefully my last one. Plans for my Nova include a new engine/drivetrain, bodywork, wheel/tire combo, including interior work.

I understand this old car can never be new again, but I’m just hoping to get it as near as I can to the day it was new!

Gerry Leclerc

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11 Responses to “1971 Chevrolet Rally Nova”
  1. ben Root

    a little rough but ive seen worse good luck keep us posted as u go ben in fl

  2. Jeff

    Thanks for sharing. My goal is to restore a classic CJ jeep I purchased a few years back. It is a slow process for me since I still work full time. Can’t imagine doing it 8 times! Keep us updated with the progress. JD

  3. George May

    I would love to see the car returned to it’s rare Rally Nova stripe / lettering appearance . Even the stock vintage looking Rally or SS type wheels (which are now available in larger sizes) . Engine compartment should look stock 350 but even have a potent 383 (or ?) hiding under there (no LS swap) . My trans choice would be a built 700R4 or something similar or if it’s a factory stick car I would use a TKO 600 . Beefier brakes , a 12 bolt posi. and an updated stock type suspension (sway bars , urethane bushings , gas shocks , etc) no Mustaing II steering or independent rear , etc. I would keep it relatively “simple” and basic . If it were mine !

    • Stephen Patrick

      but it’s not yours, nobody asked how it should be restored. keep your opinions to yourself unless asked,

  4. Pauline Thomas

    Dear big brother… yes, you have loved Novas since we were kids. No wonder you got this one! Can’t wait to see how it will look once you re-do the entire thing over!! Have fun in the process! / Love, your little sis – Pauline

  5. futurelifeconstruction

    I will be working on a 1974 Nova 4 door soon. Having fun finding new bench seats.