Northwest Nova

1962 - 79 Chevy II - Nova - Acadian
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Aftermarket repair manuals and guides can be suspect or confusing when listing out vehicle specifications, especially critical attachment torque values.  Some references will even aggregate everything into "general values" covering a blanket period of models.  What follows are Chevy II / Nova specifications compiled directly from period General Motors literature and references; not taken from 3rd party manuals or random websites.

The key component of our ongoing resource project is presenting data from GM source material.  The goal is to provide the Chevy II owner with the proper information for the maintenance and repair of their vehicle. 

In some later GM references the torque range is discarded in favor of the mid-point value.  That number is given below in the ( ) when available. This is the value we normally use in repairs.

These torque values are for stock, or close to stock, mechanical setups.  They do not apply and should not be used with aftermarket setups. Consult the manufacturer for that information.

FRONT — 1962 to 1967

  • Upper Ball Joint Stud ...................................................................... 42-47 (45) lbs. ft.
  • Lower Ball Joint Stud ...................................................................... 42-47 (45) lbs. ft.
  • Ball Joint to Control Arm [1] ............................................................. 20-25 (25) lbs. ft.
  • Idler (Steering) Arm Mounting Bolts ................................................. 55-75 (65) lbs. ft.
  • Shock Absorber Upper Shaft Nut .................................................... 5-8 (8) lbs. ft.
  • Shock Absorber Lower .................................................................... 6-9 (9) lbs. ft.
  • Shock Absorber Mounting Bracket ................................................. 6-9 (9) lbs. ft.
  • Stabilizer (Sway) Bar Frame Brackets ............................................. 6-9 (9) lbs. ft.
  • Stabilizer (Sway) Bar End Links ....................................................... 9-12 (10) lbs. ft.
  • Strut Rod to Control Arm ................................................................. 40-50 (45) lbs. ft.
  • Strut Rod Adjustment Nut ................................................................ 70-90 (80) lbs. ft.
  • Coil Spring Seat (Perch) ................................................................... 25-35 (30) lbs. ft.
  • Lower Control Arm Adjustment Bolt ................................................ 55-70 (65) lbs. ft.
  • Upper Control Arm Mounting Nuts .................................................. 75-90 [2] lbs. ft.
  • Upper Control Arm Collar (Bushing) Bolts ....................................... 40-60 (50) lbs. ft.
  • Drum Brake Anchor Pin ................................................................... 130 lbs. ft.
  • Wheel Stud (Lug) Nuts Stock Rims .................................................. 65 lbs. ft.

1. Ball joints were originally riveted in place. Reproduction rivets are available for the high-end restoration.
2. The 1967 sevice manual lists it as `50 ft. lbs.`. My guess is that's a typo.



DISCLAIMER This information is provided as a courtesy to the Chevy II enthusiast.  It is your responsibility to verify the safety and efficacy of these values 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.