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.
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.
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.
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.
There goes the windshield!
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!
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.
Just a few screws and the door panels were 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!
All of the mouldings underneath the headliner also had to be removed.
Even some of the exterior moldings needed to be removed in anticipation of pulling the car back into shape and removing the roof.
And a view through the back window. Poor Chevy Nova is naked.