Northwest Nova

1962 - 79 Chevy II - Nova - Acadian
Parts & Accessories
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Introduction

The 1962 - 67 Chevy II suspension more or less uses unique parts not interchangeable with other GM vehicles.  Thankfully quality replacement components are available and good used GM parts common (NOS is not terribly hard to locate either).  Starting in 1968 GM went to a more standardized design with the Chevy II, one it shares with the F Body platform.  Use of a shared design and common components were carried through 1979.  Replacement parts like bushings, ball joints & tie rods are plentiful and inexpensive. It is not uncommon for your local parts house to have these items on the shelf.

We stock good used original GM suspension hard parts —control arms, strut rods, idler arms, etc.— predominately for the 1st and 2nd generation Chevy II.  Replacement serviceable parts outlined here – bushings, ball joints, tie rods, etc. – can be purchased from most reptuable parts stores. We occasionally have NOS or NORS replacement parts in stock.  Feel free to contact us regarding parts you are looking for, new or used. 

Finally, this is not a definitive nor exhaustive suspension parts reference meant for concourse restorations or similar high-end ventures.  This is a general reference for the average hobbyist covering the original main component part numbers, in relation to quality replacement parts currently on the market.  The old GM books can be confusing, contradictory and error prone, that will inevitably filter into here. They, like this, were compiled by humans.  This will be updated as new information is found and time permits.

 A Word On Hard Parts...

Basically all front suspension "hard part" components are now available reproduction—control arms, strut rods, steering knuckles, etc.  There is no lack of good used original GM suspension parts on the market.  If anything, there is actually a surplus of these parts with so many Chevy II owners converting to aftermarket suspension systems.  These parts have fallen in price and it is not unheard of to find them free on resources like Craigslist.  When it comes to something like suspension, we always recommend using American made parts.  Why pay more for an overseas reproduction, that may or may not have been manufactured correctly, when you can easily run the original GM stuff (and often cheaper!).

 Coil Spring Perches

USA made coil spring perches for the 1962 - 67 cars are available. They are much more expensive than the ones normally advertised by all the major retailers, but you get what you pay for.  If you just went USA made with all the components in your suspension rebuild, why then install a pair of overseas coil spring perches?  These are the ones we recommend.

–NOTE–  We only use Moog / TRW or comparable old stock parts when performing suspension workno exceptions.  The replacement parts you see in full page ads in car magazines, or sold by some major suppliers, are often overseas junk. We have had premature failures of these parts on our own cars. Our professional customers will not order these parts.  Spend the money and purchase quality suspension components.

Sup. = Superseded – part replaced with a new part & part number. Part could be a new revised design or an existing one pulled from a different vehicle platform.  Part numbers are listed in the chronological order they were superseded in (when applicable). Final part number we found listed in green.
Dis. = Discontinued – part no longer available from GM.  Sometimes the part is still available, just with a superseded part number.
Early = part (and number) were used early in the vehicle or model production run.
??? = we have not confirmed the part number yet.
ID = Inner diameter
OD = Outer diameter
OL = Overall length
Dia. = Diameter

PART POSITION APPLICATION GM PART # MOOG PART #
Ball Joint Upper || RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3832050 (Early)
3845844 (Disc. 05-1966)
3862153 (Disc. 11-1990)
K692
Ball Joint Upper || RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models 3877058 (Disc. 10-1969)
3963842 (Disc. 09-1979)
9758711
K5108
Ball Joint Upper || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 9764615 K5208
Ball Joint Lower || RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3832051 (Disc. 11-1990) K693
Ball Joint Lower || RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models 9740570 (Disc. 01-1966) 1
3875067 (Disc. 09-1979)
9757826
K5103
Ball Joint Lower || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 9761501 K6145T
Control Arm Bushing Upper || RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3790199 K6063 (2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing Upper || RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models
(1 1/2" OD x 1 1/2" OL)
3711826 (Sup. 01-1973 ~ Disc. 11-1990)
401267
K5196 (2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing Upper Front || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 335897 (Sup. 12-1981)
371794 (Sup. 11-1990)
371793
K6144 Front & Rear Bush. Kit
(2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing Upper Rear || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 335898
369816
K6144 Front & Rear Bush. Kit
(2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing Lower || RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3790207 K6068 (2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing Cap Lower || RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3791519 Not Available
Control Arm Bushing Lower Front || RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models
(2 3/64" OD x 33/64" ID x 2 13/32" OL)
392826 K6076 (2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing 2 Lower Rear || RH or LH 1968 - 70 All Models
(1 37/64" OD x 33/64" ID x 2 13/32" OL)
3928381 Kit? (Disc. 1969?)
391016
???
Control Arm Bushing 2 Lower Rear || RH or LH 1971 - 72 All Models
(2 3/64" OD x 33/64" ID x 2 13/32" OL)
406969 (Sup. 03-1975)
3984541 (9778357 Kit?)
392826
K6076 (2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing 2 Lower Rear || RH or LH 1973 - 74 All Models
(2 3/64" OD x 33/64" ID x 2 13/32" OL)
6271677 (Sup. 02-1973)
392826
K6076 (2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing Kit Lower Front & Rear || RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models Not Available K6076 (2 Kits required per car)
Control Arm Bushing Lower Front || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 331283
325835
3993758 (Sup. 12-1981)
351286
K3113 (2 required per car)
Control Arm Bushing Lower Rear || RH or LH 1975 - 78 All Models 335899 K5262
Control Arm Bushing Lower Rear || RH or LH 1979 All Models 3993677 K5262
Control Arm Bushing Kit Lower Front & Rear || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models Not Available K6109 (2 Kits required per car)
Control Shaft Kit Upper || RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3845270 Not Available
Control Shaft Kit Upper || RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models 3849412 K5250
Control Shaft Kit Upper || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 338387 K6146
Control Arm Assembly Upper || RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3849392 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Upper || LH 1968 All Models 3910295 (Disc. 07-1969) Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Upper || RH 1968 All Models 3910296 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Upper || LH 1968 - 74 All Models –
this unit supersedes previous ones in the 1970s
3963843 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Upper || RH 1968 - 74 All Models –
This unit supersedes previous ones in the 1970s
3963844 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Lower || LH 1962 - 63 All Models 3832055 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Lower || RH 1962 - 63 All Models 3832056 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Lower || LH 1964 - 67 All Models 3849785 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Lower || RH 1964 - 67 All Models 3849786 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Lower || LH 1968 - 70??? All Models 3966937 Not Available
Control Arm Assembly Lower || RH 1968 - 70??? All Models 3966938 Not Available
Control Arm Rubber Bumper RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3859194 Not Available
Control Arm Rubber Bumper Front Upper || RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models
1 51/64" Dia. x 2 13/32" High
3858017 Not Available
Control Arm Rubber Bumper Front Upper || RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models
1 1/2" Dia. x 2 3/4" High
384220 Not Available
Control Arm Rubber Bumper Front Upper || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 1362014 Not Available
Control Arm Rubber Bumper Front Lower || RH or LH 1968 - 72 All Models 3928362 Not Available
Control Arm Rubber Bumper Front Lower || RH or LH 1973 - 74 All Models 3973052 K6606
Control Arm Rubber Bumper Front Lower || RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 352888 (Early)
459023 (Bias Tires) (Sup. 1990)
10068783
368138 (Radial Tires) (Sup. 1990)
14089443
K6606
Control Arm Camber Bolt Kit Lower || RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3790331 K8243A (2 Kits required per car)

NOTES



1. Ball joint originated with other GM platforms prior to 1968.

2. These rear lower control arm bushings are a mess in the GM catalogs with vague and contradictory information listed.  There appears to have been the "small" bushing used into 1970. A larger bushing was then introduced, which looks to have been borrowed from the Chevelle.  A third bushing was then introduced for the 1973 model year, the same dimensions as the previous bushing, but the metal shell design looks different from pictures we have seen.  All except the "small" bushing were eventually superseded with the existing lower control arm front bushing.  The situation warrants proper examination of your bushings prior to ordering parts. We have seen a scenario where the car had one small bushing control arm and one large.  This is apparently a common issue with A-body vehicles.

PART POSITION APPLICATION GM PART # MOOG PART #
Strut Rod (Bare) RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3848058 Not Available
Strut Rod Bushings RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3793684 – Kit 3 (Disc. 11-1990)
3793542 – Individual Bushing
3793543 – Individual Bushing
K6089 Kit 3 (Standard OEM Design)
K6094 Kit 3 (Improved Design)
Strut Rod Bushing Sleeve RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3792486 Comes w/ Bushings
Strut Rod Bushing Retainer RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3790250 Not Available
Strut Rod Bushing Nut RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models 3791855 K4004 (4 required)

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3. Kits are 6 pieces – front & rear bushings w/ steel sleeves.

PART POSITION APPLICATION GM PART # MOOG PART #
Steering Center Link (Relay Rod) Front 1962 All Models w/ Manual Steering 3791295 Not Available
Steering Center Link (Relay Rod) Front 1962 All Models w/ Power Steering 3790769 Not Available
Steering Center Link (Relay Rod) Front 1963 - 67 All Models w/ Manual Steering 3793661 Not Available
Steering Center Link (Relay Rod) Front 1963 - 67 All Models w/ Power Steering 3793653 Not Available
Steering Center Link (Relay Rod) Front 1968 - 74 All Models 3953221 DS749
Steering Center Link Front 1975 - 76 All Models 3964873 (Sup. 12-1981)
14003807
DS829
Steering Center Link Front 1977 - 79 All Models 378241 (Sup. 12.1981)
14013011
DS829
Steering Center Link Front 1978 - 79 All Models w/ Power Steering exc. Rally Suspension 7825547 DS883
Idler Arm Relay Front | RH 1962 All Models w/ Power Steering 3790771 K6013
18587 (TRW)
Idler Arm Relay Front | RH 1962 All Models w/ Manual Steering 3790265 Not Available
Idler Arm Assembly Front | RH 1963 - 67 All Models w/ Power Steering 4
Curved arm often stamped "3793657"
3793655 (Disc. 11-1990) Not Available
Idler Arm Assembly Front | RH 1963 - 67 All Models w/ Manual Steering 4
Straight arm often stamped "3793587"
3793659 18722 (TRW Obsolete)
Idler Arm Assembly Front | RH 1968 - 74 All Models 3917579 (Sup. 06-1971)
3989447 (Sup. 11-1990)
14083585
K6099
Idler Arm Assembly Front | RH 1975 - 79 All Models w/ Power Steering exc. Rally Suspension 7826575 (Sup. 12-1981)
463794 (Sup. 12-1981)
328741 (Sup. 12-1981)
7828289 (Disc. 11-1990)
K6186
Idler Arm Bushing (Sleeve) Front | RH 1962 All Models w/ Manual or Power Steering 3790201 Not Available
Idler Arm Bushing Front | RH 1963 - 67 All Models w/ Manual or Power Steering 3793589 (Long)
3793593 (Short)
K6022 (Kit)
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1963 - 67 All Models w/ Manual Steering 3909951 Not Available
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1962 All Models
1963 – 67 All Models w/ Power Steering
3790253 Not Available
Pitman Arm Retaining Nut Front | LH 1963 - 67 All Models 258779 Not Available
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1968 - 74 All Models w/ Manual Steering
Stamped "3953219"
3989441 K6150
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1968 - 74 All Models w/ Manual Steering exc. 307 V8 3935707 (Sup. 06-1970)
9781825 (Sup. 04-1977)
3953217 (Sup. 12-1981)
3989441
K6150
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1968 - 74 All Models w/ Power Steering & 307 V8
1970 w/ Hi Performance 350 & Power Steering
3989445 K6582
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1970 - 74 All Models w/ Power Steering w/out Hi Performance 350 3989443 K6151
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1975 - 79 All Models w/ Manual Steering 344675 Not Available
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1975 - 79 All Models w/ Power Steering
6.86" Length Between Holes
3964881 Not Available
Pitman Arm Front | LH 1975 - 79 All Models w/ Power Steering
6.36" Length Between Holes
371792 Not Available
Tie Rod End Straight "Long" 1962 1st Design w/ Straight Rods 3791292 ES675
Tie Rod End Offset RH or LH 1962 2nd Design w/ Offset Rods 3793844 Not Available
Tie Rod End Outer "Short" 1962 1st Design w/ Straight Rods 3790672 ES312RL
Tie Rod End Inner "Short" 1962 2nd Design w/ Offset Rods 3790672 ES312RL
Tie Rod End Inner "Short" 1963 - 67 All Models 3826596 ES323L
Tie Rod End Outer "Long" 1963 - 67 All Models 3793583 ES675
Tie Rod End Inner 1968 - 74 All Models 3986489 ES681N
Tie Rod End Outer 1968 - 74 All Models 3986491 ES381RL
Tie Rod End Inner LH 1975 - 79 All Models 344667 ES442L
Tie Rod End Inner RH 1975 - 79 All Models 344668 ES443L
Tie Rod End Outer | RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models 344665 ES441RL
Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeve RH or LH 1962 1st Design w/ Straight Rods 3740858 ES312S
Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeve RH or LH 1962 - 67 2nd Design w/ Offset Rods 3793314 ES2032S
Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeve RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models – Single w/out End Clamps 3855946 ES350S
Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeve RH or LH 1975 - 79 All Models – Kit (Sleeve w/ End Clamps, Nuts & Bolts) 7826714 ES2004S (Kit)
Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeve
End Clamps
RH or LH 1962 - 67 All Models – Single Clamp w/out Bolt or Nut 3742920 (Sup. 05-68)
3902938 (Sup. 02-1975)
3954397 (Disc. 09-1979)
ES2032S (Sleeve Kit)
Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeve
End Clamps
RH or LH 1968 - 74 All Models – Single Clamp w/out Bolt or Nut 5678366 (Sup. 05-75)
3886435
ES350S (Sleeve Kit)
Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeve
End Clamps
RH or LH 1975 5 - 76 All Models – Single Clamp w/out Bolt or Nut 7807288
ES2004S (Sleeve Kit)
Tie Rod Adjusting Sleeve
End Clamps
RH or LH 1977 - 79 All Models – Kit (4 Clamps w/ Bolts) 7828330 6 ES2004S (Sleeve Kit)

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4. The power steering idler arm will work on manual steering cars without issue.  Aftermarket replacements are normally of the power steering style (curved).

5. Some GM books list 1975 as using 3886435. Moog groups '75 with 1976 and later kit ES2004S.

6. No GM references reviewed indicated this for 1975 -76 models, though we do not see why it would not be applicable since the sleeves are the same.

Coil spring application is messy filing up pages upon pages in the old parts books.  GM used quite a few different springs—9 between 1962 & '63—superseding and discontinuing them as time went on.  The springs were based on body style, engine, the presence of A/C and optional suspension packages.  They varied in height, coil thickness and compression rate (ratio). Many interchange with other Chevrolets, some are Nova only.  Sorting through the original GM coil spring listings and then attempting to cohesively break them out here is a foolhardy task destined to fail.  Instead we have tried to gather together original parts listings, spring charts and related resources that you can use to try and decipher what springs your car had oringally (which in some instances is probably not possible).  Click the reference links to access PDFs of this material. Good luck!

Thankfully replacements tend to be less application specific.  What is listed here are the normal stock-style replacements you would find in the Moog catalog.  Many more are available that will fit, but would need to be picked out of a spring specification chart.  That exceeds the scope of the table of data we are presenting here.

PART POSITION APPLICATION GM PART # MOOG PART #
Coil Springs Front 1962 - 67 All Models – L4 or L6 Engine 1962 - 67 Reference  6080 (Pair)
Coil Springs Front 1968 - 74 All Models – w/out A/C 1968 - 74 Reference  6308 (Pair)
Coil Springs Front 1968 - 74 All Models – V8 4 Door with A/C 1968 - 74 Reference  6312 (Pair)
Coil Springs Front 1968 - 74 All Models – V8 2 Door with A/C 1968 - 74 Reference  6320 (Pair)
Coil Springs Front 1975 - 79 All Models – L6 Engine w/out A/C 1975 Reference  5604 (Pair)
Coil Springs Front 1975 - 79 All Models – L6 Engine; Heavy Duty w/out A/C 1975 Reference  5642 (Pair)
Coil Springs Front 1975 - 79 All Models – V8 w/out A/C 1975 Reference  5276 (Pair)
Coil Springs Front 1975 - 79 All Models – V8 w/ A/C 1975 Reference  5278 (Pair)
Coil Spring Insulator Front 1975 - 79 All Models 1975 Reference  K160044 (Pair)
PART POSITION APPLICATION GM PART # MOOG PART #
Leaf Spring Bushing Front Fixed End || Inner & Outer 1962 - 74 All Models – 1.970 in Outside Diameter ??? K200920 (2 required per car)
Leaf Spring Bushing Front Fixed End || Inner & Outer 1975 - 79 All Models – 2.019 in Outside Diameter ??? SB298 (2 required per car)
Leaf Spring Shackle Bushing Rear || Inner & Outer 1962 - 79 All Models – 1.580 in Outside Diameter; 2.19 in Length ??? K6560 (2 Kits required per car)
Leaf Spring Shackle Bushing Rear Lower || RH or LH 1962 - 74 All Models – 1.580 in Outside Diameter; 2.770 in Length ??? K6559 (2 Kits required per car)
PART POSITION APPLICATION GM PART # MOOG PART #
Stabilizer Bar Bushing Kit Front to Frame 1962 - 74 All Models ??? K5227 (Bushing Kit)
Stabilizer Bar Bushing Kit Front To Frame 1975 - 79 All Models w/ 15/16" Diameter Bar ??? K5241
Stabilizer Bar Bushing Kit Front To Frame 1975 - 79 All Models w/ 1" Diameter Bar ??? K6161
Stabilizer Bar End Link Kit Front || RH & LH 1962 - 67 All Models ??? K6217 (OEM Design Kit)
K700534 (Improved Design Kit)
Stabilizer Bar End Link Kit Front || RH & LH 1968 - 79 All Models ??? K5252 (OEM Design Kit)
K700532 (Polyurethane Bushings & Solid Metal Sleeve)
K6630 (Heavy Duty Design)

DISCLAIMER This information is provided as a courtesy to the Chevy II enthusiast.  It is your responsibility to verify the safety and efficacy of this information and your related repairs.  We are not in any way responsible for the success and / or safety of your vehicle repair.  Nor are we liable for any bodily harm or property damage, to you or others, caused by faulty repairs.  It should go without saying, but if you do not know what you are doing leave the engine, transmission & suspension work to experienced mechanics.