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1963 Chevy Nova Wagon Street Rod FINISHED 3/20/22


Dennis Lacy

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UPDATE!

Another constructive Sunday afternoon at the work bench. 
 

Added a modern tilt steering column from Revell’s 1937 Ford street rods. 
 

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Added raised design to the door panels made from .020” styrene sheet and .040” half round rod. This took a lot longer than you might think considering it’s simple design. Actually, a good amount of the time was spend staring at it trying to decide what to do. 
 

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Put a little notch in the floor next to the spare wheel opening so that I could fit the wing nut.

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Lastly, I created the subwoofer box out of .040” sheet. The back of it was made to match the angle of the rear seat backs. The sub faces were made from a pair of trimmed down Revell ‘57 Chevy air filters and a pair of Revell ‘37 Ford Pickup hubcaps of all things! Not 100% accurate but they do the job. 
 

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Here’s the interior all mocked up. Very happy with how it’s turning out! One more afternoon should get it done. Left to do is to create a pair of convincing stereo amps, build a full length center console and add some little circular nubs to the door panels to mount the photo etched handles to. 
 

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I can hear the doof-doof from here, Dennis!  many many years ago, I was displaying a large model diorama at a big custom car show.  A young teenager came to talk to me about my models for a while and then walked on.  About three hours later, he returned with his father to show me some of the models he had built.  The thing I never forgot, and promised to do myself "one day", was that he cut pictures out of a sound components catalogue and glued them in his trunk for speakers.  That might sound fairly cheesy without seeing it, but believe me, the effect was totally convincing.  I asked him where he got them from, thinking they were actual painted and detailed model parts and he replied, "Nah, they are just pieces of paper I cut out!."

Loving this wagon and getting lots of ideas for a 64 Chevelle long roof I have waiting patiently in the wings.

Cheers

Alan

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On 11/8/2021 at 1:05 AM, alan barton said:

I can hear the doof-doof from here, Dennis!  many many years ago, I was displaying a large model diorama at a big custom car show.  A young teenager came to talk to me about my models for a while and then walked on.  About three hours later, he returned with his father to show me some of the models he had built.  The thing I never forgot, and promised to do myself "one day", was that he cut pictures out of a sound components catalogue and glued them in his trunk for speakers.  That might sound fairly cheesy without seeing it, but believe me, the effect was totally convincing.  I asked him where he got them from, thinking they were actual painted and detailed model parts and he replied, "Nah, they are just pieces of paper I cut out!."

Loving this wagon and getting lots of ideas for a 64 Chevelle long roof I have waiting patiently in the wings.

Cheers

Alan

Thanks Alan! I’m having a lot of fun building this wagon. It’s been pushing my creativity because I have never built a model of a 60’s car before so I’m totally winging it here! 
 

That’s an interesting idea for the speakers that I could see working. Especially on something with limited visibility into the interior. 

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Hi Dennis, great looking interior all round. The door panels look fantastic, may I suggest possibly adding some PE power window/door switches too. The sub box is perfect, I’m tucking that idea away for future use.

Cheers, Steve

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UPDATE:

Today was a good day at the bench. Happy to say that the interior fabrication is complete, finally!

Stubs were installed on the door panels made from .080” Evergreen rod to space the photo etched window and door handles and give them a surface to mount on.

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I decided that there definitely needed to be a center console so I build one from .040” Evergreen sheet then made some armrest pads from some of their rectangle stock. 

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Lastly, to complete the stereo components in the cargo area I needed to come up with a pair of amplifiers. I put my biggest thinking cap on and then it hit me. I grabbed a pair of the custom finned air filters from an AMT ‘53 Ford Pickup, cut the rounded ends off so that they were a 1/2” long, thinned down the backside some, glued some rectangle stock to the top and bottom edges, glued some .020” thick strips to cap the ends, trimmed and shaped as desired then added a .020” thick base plate with material left at each end for mounting flanges. I think the results are actually pretty darn convincing!

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Here is the final interior mock up. It sure has come a long way from stock! The amps will get some basic power and ground cables routed to better bring them to life. If you look close at the picture with a red circle you’ll see that I also included the little squirrel mascot that comes in the kit. Like the ‘57 Chevy Custom I recently finished I’m gonna make it a point to use these little guys when provided because no one ever does! In this case, since the car is a 4-seater I’ll say that the scale owner has a young daughter that takes her squirrel stuffed animal everywhere she goes. 
 

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Next step, primer and paint!

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17 minutes ago, 1930fordpickup said:

You nailed the Amps and console.  Are you going to put some small round speakers in the Console also? 

Thanks! Just after posting this update tonight I ordered Detail Master speaker grills and radio faces.  Not sure how I’m going to lay out the speakers yet and it didn’t occur to me to put any in the console, but I could…

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10 minutes ago, Bills72sj said:

Excellent work on the whole interior. I especially like the amps you fabricated. I have a killer stereo in my 1:1 so I can relate. Below is a block diagram of the revised install I did this Summer.

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Thanks! I’m really pleased with how the amps turned out. They look darn near just like the amps in your diagram!

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3 hours ago, kermn8r said:

I am loving this project, especially the way the air dam looks like it should be there.  I really like the solution for the rear seat, but when I saw the nifty console my first thought was, "No cupholders?"

LOL! My friend @Rocking Rodney Rat said the same thing when I texted him and @Kit Karson pictures as I was building it. Y’all are gonna peer pressure me into cup holders!!!

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