'77 Chevy Nova
This is my 'in progress' Nova. It's nearly stock and original. The motor is the factory 350/4bbl. that's been updated a bit with stainless headers and exhaust, new intake, carb, distributor, 4 core aluminum radiator. The car is well optioned with air conditioning, power windows, power locks, 'deluxe' velour interior, bucket seats and floor shift console. The car makes a fun daily driver and fun road car. It handles exceptionally well on the freeway, roll the windows down, the kick on the cruise control and turn up the radio. I have lots of changes planned but for now it's still mostly stock. Decided to upload a couple of updated photos of it.
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** Update April 2019 **
It's been awhile since I've updated the blogs so I've uploaded a few current photos of the car.
I've gone through the interior and have replaced nearly everything except the dash pad and having the seats recovered (those are scheduled for the very near future). When gutting the interior, I discovered a rust hole in the driver side floor pan so I welded in new metal and and applied a nice coat of Por-15. Took care of that problem! Then I started laying down what I swear is 1000 lbs of sound deadening material. I knew that the sound deadening would make a difference in the quality of the ride, but whoa! I was not expecting the results I got out of this material. I applied the foil backed butyl rubber material to almost every surface of the car, the doors, floors, roof, a pillars, b pillars, c pillars, trunk, anywhere that I could get my hands into. Then a layer of closed cell sound dampening material was applied over the top of the first layer. The closed cell foam is supposed to also help with temperature control, so I'll be testing that out this summer in our 100 degree Utah heat.
While the interior was out, I made use of the opportunity to run all new wiring and cables for the new Alpine head unit, JBL speakers, subwoofer and amp that were going to be going in. It's much easier to route this stuff when nothing is in your way ;) Next the new carpet kit went in. After the carpet, I replaced the headliner. I was able to use the original headliner cardboard and ordered the new headliner fabric from Classic Industries. Unfortunately the material they sent me was over 15 inched too narrow and couldn't be used, and even more unfortunately they won't allow it to be returned! J and J Auto Interiors in So Cal. came to the rescue with the right material and color and went above and beyond, so huge kudo's to them! Thanks guys!
Next, it was time to put the interior plastics back in. Many of the pieces I had were crumbling due to old age and being in the sun for over 40 years, so they were replaced with ones from the parts car which were in surprisingly good shape. All of the plastic pieces were prepped with SEM plastic soap and prep and then painted with several coats of SEM Colar Coat in the original Firethorn Red color. I also replaced the crumbling rear cardboard package shelf with a new ABS plastic one from Classic Industries. It fit nicely with only very minimal trimming. The package shelf was also treated to a few coats of the SEM Color Coat since you can only order it in black. I figured with all of this pretty going on, I wasn't about to use old rusty screws, right? So new screws, clips and fasteners were used throughout the interior.
The JBL 6 1/2 component speakers were placed in the kick panels after some trimming of the metal behind them. The tweeters for the components were placed on the A-pillars. JBL 6x9 speakers were placed under the rear package shelf. A JBL 12 inch subwoofer was placed under the rear shelf along with a JBL 5 channel amp that powers the system. The crossovers for the components were placed on the back of the amp rack. While working in the trunk, I decided that I would have a go at paneling in the trunk with the same material I had used up front on the headliner.
New Boyds Junkyard Dog wheels (17x7 and 17x8) and Nitto Motivo tires (225-50-17 and 235-55-17) were installed and help shine things up a little bit and look great I think. I need to give a huge bravo to the guys at Discount Tire on Riverdale Rd in Ogden, UT also. They went way above and beyond for me. I dropped the wheels off for the tires to be mounted and balanced and when I went to pick them up, Rolando pointed out to me that not only had he made sure all of the tape weights were hidden behind the spokes of the wheel, but he had also lined up the valve stems and center caps perfectly on every wheel! Attention to detail at it's best. It's truly hard to find service like that anymore. So huge huge huge pat on the back Rolando, I truly appreciate the attention to detail and could not be more pleased!!
Here are a few new pics of the updates