Volume I, Issue 2, Page 42

No Junk Trunk

Finishing your car's cargo area is easier—and cheaper!—than you think

This clean '57 Bel Air is a good example of a nice street machine. But how does it look under that painted sheetmetal? Most road-worthy cars deserve to be finished as well inside as out. That includes the trunk area. Now you can add those finishing touches without spending a ton of cash at the upholstery shop. Just check out how we made this Tri-Five's cargo area as nice as its interior, for around 200 bucks!

The cargo area of most performance or classic cars is -- to say the least -- a sore spot for most enthusiasts. Whether your ride is a mild driver or a wild show car, the trunk area is often the most difficult part of the car to improve. At one point, you used to be able to take your car to an upholstery shop and for a small fortune the trunk could be transformed into somewhat of a nice compartment. Well Chris Sondles of Woody’s Hot Rodz, called us to let us know that he has teamed up with EZ Panels to help solve this once-costly dilemma.

started with trunk stripped We started with the trunk stripped of its old panels. Note the location of the battery and the 10-disc CD changer.

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removing the cd changer First order of business was to remove the CD changer.

beginning the trunk's transformation Woody’s Hot Rods president Chris Sondles begins the trunk’s transformation by cutting a piece of hardboard to the trunk floor’s rough dimensions, paying close attention to any notches or cutouts that need to be made.

roughing out the floor With the floor roughed out and in place, the next step was the partition that will separate the cargo area from the battery compartment.


Woody’s now has four piece trunk panel kits for ’55-’57 Chevys, ’67-’69 Camaros, ’61-’64 full-size Chevys, ’68-’72 Novas and ’64-’67 Chevelles. These kits are easily installed and take no fasteners. The fit is pressure fit only, so there are no holes to drill.

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