The Chevy Nova Interior Is Out!

I’m super excited to report that over the last few days, my dad and I removed the Chevy Nova interior so we can get serious with our restoration project! I cannot wait to chop off the roof, but taking our time here will prevent damage to the interior from the impending pulling, cutting and welding that will occur.

Tune Port Motor | In a Chevy Nova?

It’s not a particularly difficult job (that will come when we cut the roof off and replace it!), but the worst part was the dead mouse we found inside of it! Don’t worry, I won’t subject you to any photos of that!

Held together with an assortment of hooks, clips and screws, the interior requires only a few tools to be disassembled, but lots of patience to carefully collect and label the hundreds of parts so none go missing.

This project was a great excuse to use my label maker! I labeled the bags of bits to keep them organized and easy to find when we put this whole project back together.Chevy Nova Interior | Labeled Bags

One last look before the interior is all gone. Everything has to go– the seats, door panels, seat belts, carpet, arm rests, door handles, moldings, and more.

Chevy Nova Interior | Seats

No more seats! There was so MUCH vacuuming in this project. That dead mouse (and maybe some of his mouse friends) made himself at home and left evidence of his stay everywhere.

Chevy Nova Interior | No More Seats

There goes the windshield!

Chevy Nova Interior | Windshield Removed

My dad pondering what needs to be removed from the dash. If you look at the bottom of this picture, you can see that the carpet is gone!

Chevy Nova Interior | Dad Pondering Dash

Elements like the door handles are held on by little clips that can be magically removed by this little contraption. You shove this little guy between the door handle and its washer, shimmy it around, and PRESTO the clip comes off. Next were the door panels behind the handles.

Chevy Nova Interior | Removing Door Handle

Just a few screws and the door panels were gone!

Chevy Nova Interior | Door Panel Gone

I used this little hook tool to carefully remove the headliner fabric, which was glued to the moldings. More evidence of our mouse guest: mouse poop cascaded down with every inch of headliner removed. Gross!

Chevy Nova Interior | Removing Head Liner

All of the mouldings underneath the headliner also had to be removed.

Chevy Nova Interior | Taking it Apart

Even some of the exterior moldings needed to be removed in anticipation of pulling the car back into shape and removing the roof.

Chevy Nova Interior | Exterior Moldings

And a view through the back window. Poor Chevy Nova is naked.

Chevy Nova Interior | View Through Window




6 Comments on The Chevy Nova Interior Is Out!

  1. Stacy Robison
    May 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm (8 years ago)

    Great Job! So glad that you are doing this with your dad! It is what I wanted to do with my dad, but with a Mustang! You’ll have to ask your Dad about Charlie, if he hasn’t already talked about him. 🙂 He learned alot about cars from him. Cherish that bond you have with your dad, cause you never know when you will loose it. 🙂

    • Rachel Russell
      May 19, 2014 at 2:02 pm (8 years ago)

      Hi, Stacy! Thank you so much for reading and for sharing. I have heard so many great stories about your dad!

  2. Jody Alvano
    May 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm (8 years ago)

    The Nova is one of my dream cars! So jealous!!!! Good luck!


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