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GOOD DAY TO YOU AND THANK YOU FOR READING THIS AND HOPE THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO HELP... I AM LOOKING TO BUY AND RESTORE A 74 NOVA THAT HAS SOME BUT NOT ALL OF THE SS BADGES ON IT...THE MOTOR IS NOT ORIGINAL. REPAINTED 20 YRS AGO..NOT BY PRO'S. VIN NUMBER IS 1Y27K4L193042...WHAT I HAVE FOUND IS THAT ITS A LN BODY STYLE? WHATS THAT MEAN? IT CAME WITH A 350 185 HP MOTOR. IS THIS AN SS OR A CLONE?   PS ITS NOT A HATCHBACK.    THANK YOU BEST REGARDS
RANDY

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The best source of information on the car is the Body Data Plate that is located under the hood on the fire wall. With the information from that plate we can then tell if the car is a clone or not. The VIN only gives base information and is not complete. But the VIN decodes as this:
1= Chevrolet
Y=Nova
2&7=2 door sedan
K=350 4 brl V8 L48 engine
4=1974
l=Van Nuys California assembly plant. The trim plate will give the rest of the information. However with the L48 engine listed it is a good possibility that it could be a true SS.

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All automotive including antique and collectible. However if the car has been modified I can only answer in general terms and maybe get you pointed in the right direction.

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Automotive tech instructor. Syndicated auto columnist 1970's though the early 1990's. Syndicated auto radio talk show, Ask Brad About cars, CBS Radio 70's through 90's TV Show "Last Chance Garage" 1980's PBS-TV syndicated. Auto instructor for the following companies: Fram Autolyte Holly Carter AMF Ford Motor University Of Conn Blue Hills Technical School Sugar River Technical Center Grew up in a family garage in Needham Mass and turned wrenches from the age of 14.

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Manchester Union Leader, Nashua Telegraph, Motor Service Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Popular Mechanics (Saturday Mechanic early 80's), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and lots more.

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More than I care to remember. Basically Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Northeastern University, Fitchburg State Teachers College, Tufts University, and a lot of factory schools along the way.

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Moto Award winner. And much more.

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