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Modeling dad's 1966 Chevy II Nova

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  • Member since
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  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Modeling dad's 1966 Chevy II Nova
Posted by Stew on Friday, August 30, 2019 11:38 PM

Factory stock seemed the best place to put this... OK I don't know a lot about these cars but I've got a couple pictures of dad's car. He knew it had a 327 and it's a 4-speed as you can see in the one picture, alright that's enough to go on. Oh yeah and he would not stop saying how fast it was haha.

Looking into the engines it looks like there were two 327's for 1966 and the easy way to tell them apart looks like the base engine had orange valve covers and a black air cleaner with a single snorkel, and the HiPo L-79 version had chrome valve covers and a chrome dual snorkel air cleaner.

I call up pops and explain there were two 327's but didn't mention anything else - I didn't want to lead him with any details, and asked "Do you remember if it had a black air cleaner or a chr..." I didn't get the whole word 'chrome' even out before he exclaimed "Chrome!"

On to the build... This is what I'll be attempting to make using the following kit:

My goal is for it to look less toy-like than that Mustang pace car I just finished. I've got the engine done, I did make an alternator bracket but other than that it's built per the instructions.

More to come!

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, August 31, 2019 6:44 AM

Looking forward to more of this build.  Tribute builds are always fun to watch.  All the cars my Dad owned were mostly bottom of the line, small V-8's, four doors; although he did own a '61 Catalina with a 326 4-bbl.  My sister let one of her "friends" drive it one night and he bent some of the valves.

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Posted by oldnslow on Saturday, August 31, 2019 7:02 AM

Those wheel covers are in the 65 Chevelle Z16 kit .

 

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  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Saturday, August 31, 2019 11:08 AM

TarheelRick - Yep I'm looking forward to this one. Dad was pretty funny, he's getting up there in age so I wasn't expecting him to remember much about it, I asked him "Hey dad how much do you remember about your Nova?" He chuckled and said "I remember everything about it." Funny the kind of things we remember Smile

oldnslow - Way ahead of you, I just got these from ebay a couple days ago! With some flat clear and detailing they should match perfect. Dad says they were wheel covers, not actual wheels.

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Saturday, August 31, 2019 3:29 PM

Oh yeah, I remember those phoney mag wheel covers.  They were all the rage for awhile.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, August 31, 2019 5:54 PM

Look forward to this. You should add some plug wires.

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, August 31, 2019 9:08 PM

I've also done family members cars in scale. it's fun, but getting references is hard. it seems we photographed all the family members other than the cars!

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/35/t/96443.aspx

Stew
Funny the kind of things we remember Smile

Just hope i can remember the important things

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  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Monday, September 02, 2019 11:33 AM

Alright, I did end up going back and adding more detail. I drilled out the distributor and did plug wires with spark plug boots, I added a fuel line from the pump to the carb, a dipstick, and made a vintage AC Delco oil filter logo for the oil filter.

I didn't want to waste a whole decal sheet for that microscopic logo so I just printed it on regular paper which worked fine but you can tell it has some thickness to it. And in reference pics for the dipstick it looked like it was more toward the front of the engine but you can clearly see the boss in the block and oil pan for it toward the rear so thats where it went.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, September 02, 2019 3:13 PM

Well done!

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  • From: Smokey Point, WA
Posted by Stew on Monday, September 02, 2019 9:37 PM

Thank you Smile

Got a little more done, I assembled some chassis components getting them ready for paint. Upper A-arms cemented in but those springs look pretty bad, time to get to work.

I chopped up the spring/shock assembly to use just the ends as the spring perches:

Then I cut little pucks from 1/8" rod for spring locaters:

Then I wrapped 24 gauge aluminum craft wire around some of the 1/8" rod to form the springs:

The upper suspension mounted with the modified spring mounts:

Ready for paint. Just ignore the fact that there's supposed to be shocks in those springs.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, September 03, 2019 6:22 AM

Nice work, Stew. The engine detailing looks good, and the springs add nice detail.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
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Posted by Daddy_O on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:43 AM

Great build, and awesome detail!

I'm collecting parts do do my late dad's 62 Biscayne, including a resin body.

You're giving me some great incentive! Thanks, and keep it going.

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