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AMT Chevy Nova - Early 80s Style

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  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
AMT Chevy Nova - Early 80s Style
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 25, 2018 7:14 AM

I am building the AMT Nova as the Beverly Hills Cop car, but knowing how old the tooling was and that it had some problems (plus I had an extra Pro Stock Nova in my stash from the good old "cheap kits" days), I wanted to do a test build more or less straight from the box so I could see what I had to work with. Enter the Thinner Nova.

The novel suggests the Nova was customized sometime in the late 70s/early 80s, and uses all the tropes Stephen King loves to include with his cars: jacked up rear suspension, supercharger, dents, glasspacks, etc.

Most of the build is detailed and weathered using kit-supplied parts, with my additions being the front tires, supercharger, valve covers, transmission, exhaust, bench seat, steering wheel, rear wheels, and brakes. The valve covers were from Calnaga Castings, the transmission was from Morgan Automotive Detail (with a scratchbuilt pan), and the seat was from Harts Parts. As always, any comments/criticisms are welcome!

  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 25, 2018 7:15 AM

Couple more detail shots:

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    January, 2018
Posted by MikeFo on Sunday, February 25, 2018 7:55 AM
Wow! That's some great test build. I think you passed the test. Love the rear bumper detail and the keys are a nice touch. Is that Princess Diana?

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  • Member since
    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:19 AM
Thanks! Close, but not quite - that's "Physical" era Olivia Newton-John
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    January, 2018
Posted by MikeFo on Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:20 PM
Just noticed the Maine plates, another nice touch.

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Sunday, February 25, 2018 8:53 PM
For some strange reason I like this Spencer ! Theres a nice " Street Beast " one on YouTube "House of Muscle / Mike Musto (?) Gaudy paint flaking off everything ... Owner loves it , that's what matters !! ( no mullets allowed ! )
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    April, 2009
Posted by PotatoCam on Monday, February 26, 2018 4:21 PM

Spencer, I dig this one, man! I love the weathering, the exhaust in particular. And the little details like the keys/photo on the dash and the tags, very nice touches that make it pop to life. Well done!

 

PotatoCam

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    December, 2005
  • From: Upstate New York
Posted by spencer1984 on Monday, February 26, 2018 9:55 PM
Thanks, guys! This was a fun one...it's not the greatest kit in the world, but it didn't fight me at any stage and there was something about the way it went together that was just nice to work on.
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    December, 2003
  • From: Menasha, Wisconsin
Posted by mcmainstribe on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 4:33 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
For some strange reason I like this Spencer ! Theres a nice " Street Beast " one on YouTube "House of Muscle / Mike Musto (?) Gaudy paint flaking off everything ... Owner loves it , that's what matters !! ( no mullets allowed ! )
 

I have seen that episode and I love that car. (Just for the record, I do not have a mullet. At least not anymore-lol)

"I got me a '67 Chevy she's low and sleek and black. Someday I'll put her on that interstate and never look back." Steve Earle

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