Building the Goodguys 1967 Giveaway Nova – Part 3
Interior Assembly and Final Details
The construction home stretch for the 2020 Goodguys Grand Prize Giveaway Nova meant plenty of detail work. Often the important tasks are not easily visible to the casual observer. This hard work takes a car from good to great.
Any ground-up project like this year’s Giveaway Nova involves dozens of steps, both small and large. Like most builds, the final 10 items on the to-do list can often take as long as the first 100. It’s those critical late-stage tasks that pull the whole project together. The Designer Street Rods crew worked with high-quality components from some of the industry’s best suppliers on this project, along with their own creative skills, to produce the final version of the Nova that someone will take home from Columbus in July 2020.
From the Vintage Air climate controls and Kicker stereo systems, to the upholstery and myriad custom touches, the Nova is as slick and comfortable on the inside as it is on the exterior. Much of the interior came from TMI Products, including the seats, door panels, and headliner. Clayton Machine interior handles added a classy finishing touch to the door panels, while Specialty Power Windows provided the means for getting the glass up and down. Specialty also provided the windshield wipers. Front seat belts were supplied by Seatbelts Plus and rear belts came from Classic Industries. Classic Industries also provided the front, rear and side glass, along with sill plates and mirrors.
The Designer Street Rods team cut and fit the carpet from Auto Custom Carpet as well as the custom-cut floor mats. Designer also built a custom dash extension to hold the air-conditioning ducts and controls. Custom Dakota Digital gauges – complete with Goodguys logos – fit in a modified stock housing. The lucky winner will steer this Nova using a Billet Specialties steering wheel atop a Flaming River tilt steering column.
While the rumble of the supercharged Edelbrock LS engine will be evident on the outside, the inside will stay quiet thanks to Vibro Solution sound deadening products and Steele Rubber weather stripping. The rear package tray was custom built to house the speakers for the Kicker stereo system, while Quiet Ride provided a trunk mat to help finish off the upholstered trunk. American Autowire supplied the wiring to guarantee that everything in the Nova that needs electric power has it.
Once the final components were installed, the PPG Paint that coats the Real Deal Steel Nova body received a thorough cleaning and detailing with products from Griot’s Garage. The Giveaway Nova looks right, sits right, sounds right. And it will look right at home in the winner’s garage. Watch for a more detailed feature on the finished car in an upcoming issue of the Goodguys Gazette.
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