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Old 23rd-December-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Home made trunk enclosure almost done! 1st gen

Well I was bored a few days ago, I can't drive my nova until I rebuild the trans, which I'm hoping will be by next month, so anyways I was bored thinking what else can I do to my nova that would make it that much cooler and cleaner looking without spending a lot of money, the trunk. I thought it would be cool to make panels and wrap them in foam and cover them in vinyl, I didn't know how to go about it so I searched for examples but didn't really find what I was looking for so I just made it up as I went along and so far it's looking pretty good, I'm surprised, but anyways here's some pictures of my week so far.

I just started by tracing the floor hump in the trunk to get the sharp down and then I just started lightly trimming it until it fit snug under the rear quarter panel



Again I started measuring and trimming up pieces of cardboard and taped them for mock up. I had to go back a few times to trim up the section that needed clearance for the trunk hinge,




Then next day I went to Home Depot and bought 3 sheets of MDF (2) 1/2 thick and (1) 3/4 thick, cost me 30 bucks, got home and started tracing the templates I made, and pull out the jig saw and started cutting

Here's the first piece , came out spot on, any imperfections or small gaps will be gone with the foam and vinyl.


Second piece, in which has been cut more for hinge clearance, alot more actually after this picture was taken


The piece that shoots straight to the back seat had to get trimmed up after the center wall was cut out. But that's there idea,



3/4" wall was a bit frustrating at first to find a starting point, I ended up just measuring the dip in the trunk and worked my way up, definitely measure (more) just so when I went to cut, I wouldn't over shoot it and cut too much, but I did have to go back and measure like 10 times before making another cut,each time I trimmed it up,


Perfect timing too because my trunk carpet that was on back order showed up that night so I was able to throw it in and get a bedders feel of how things are going to fit.


Center panel cut out and fits great!




So pretty much what I did to the passenger's side I just flipped and did to the drivers side but It did need to be trimmed up differently, they werent exactly the same also because the inner wheel well on the drivers side comes up alot closer than the passengers side, so they did have their differences



And here's finished look/mockup !






This next week I will start sticking the 1/2 foam and mocking up the car amp to the center wall, and lastly the vinyl and panel supports

More pictures on the way as I move along
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Old 23rd-December-2012, 05:33 PM   #2
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Looks great and good job. I will be following your efforts and final results. I will then hope to follow what you did and place it in the trunk of my 64.
where did you get your full floor carpet for the trunk.
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Old 23rd-December-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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Looks great and good job. I will be following your efforts and final results. I will then hope to follow what you did and place it in the trunk of my 64.
where did you get your full floor carpet for the trunk.
Thanks!, I wish I had actually written down the measurements for the panels so I can share it with everyone. The good thing about mdf is that it's really easy to work with, cut easy with no effort, just don't get it wet, that's why I'm wrapping it In foam and vinyl. But yeah I bought the carpet from summit racing, fits like a glove, if you but it through summit ask to get it drop shipped you will get it to your house in like 2-3 days
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before everything is fastened together, slowly close the deck lid to confirm the hinges don't hit... looks great so far. how will everything stay up?
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Old 23rd-December-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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looks killer!!You should have copied the templetes!!You could have sold a kit...Made some money!!lots of guys want to do what you are doing
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Old 23rd-December-2012, 06:01 PM   #6
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Surprised you didn't install a speaker box in the front of that trunk. You have the room! (esp if you are installing an amp?)
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Surprised you didn't install a speaker box in the front of that trunk. You have the room! (esp if you are installing an amp?)
I agree...sub is supposed to fire towards the cab anyways
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Old 23rd-December-2012, 06:13 PM   #8
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very nice job you did ,how is it held in place
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Surprised you didn't install a speaker box in the front of that trunk. You have the room! (esp if you are installing an amp?)
I have a 12" sub mounted infront of the center wall facing the rear seat, it sounds pretty good that way and gives the people in the back seat some what of a massage lol

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looks killer!!You should have copied the templetes!!You could have sold a kit...Made some money!!lots of guys want to do what you are doing
well I still can make some templates nothing is permanent at this point so I can take it apart and draw and measure everything out again,! I was thinking about doing that yesterday but I didn't know how people would take it or react to it, anyone interested?!! I could use some money!!!
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I have a 12" sub mounted infront of the center wall facing the rear seat, it sounds pretty good that way and gives the people in the back seat some what of a massage lol



well I still can make some templates nothing is permanent at this point so I can take it apart and draw and measure everything out again,! I was thinking about doing that yesterday but I didn't know how people would take it or react to it, anyone interested?!! I could use some money!!!
sell them for $20 a set....very reasonable...save someone alot of time
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before everything is fastened together, slowly close the deck lid to confirm the hinges don't hit... looks great so far. how will everything stay up?
Yep I took the hinge clearance to account and it clears

But I yeah about staying up, it fit really tight the way it is, but I'm going to support the side and back panels with the extra space not being used behind the panels with boxed or triangulated 2x4s in probably 2 sections with good long Velcro strips so I can take it off and on when please,

so I can get to the wiring or lights a bit easier, I did leave a small gap,the Pics don't show it but if u lean in You can see part of the socket, again if you stick your head inside the trunk. but is unnoticeable from just standing outside

It might sound a bit confusing but when I post more pics it will make more sense
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Old 23rd-December-2012, 06:53 PM   #12
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Dido on how it's held in place, I would be in for 20 bucks on the template as well! PM me if you decide to sell!
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not criticizing i think what you're doing is cool...but the areas i marked, if you look at this and the other images... these two sides don't look symmetrical.

maybe? or is it the images?

looks great though, look even better when upholstered.

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Old 23rd-December-2012, 08:10 PM   #14
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Looks like the driver side comes back towards the lights a bit farther/ longer because of the gas tank inlet and wheel well spacing.


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trunk opening & hinges are symmetrical though... it's just me i guess... i'd want it all squared up & even...

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not tryin' ta be mean & nasty, i like what he's doin'. i'm just a lil'weirder than most i guess.
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