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The interior [1]

When we bought the car we knew that there were a few little things we wanted to do to the interior. So I started looking around inside.

That led me to the next little project...



(04/17/02) The carpet was sorta faded and the driver's side was completely worn through.



And I wasn't crazy about the wood cover plate around the shifter. And that little switch isn't for the NOS (what NOS?), it's for the heater blower. Not quite factory equipment.



The dashboard was a little faded and scratched and the dash pad was cracked in a few places, too.



The console was slightly scratched and worn as well.

So this started out to be a little project and sorta got outta hand.....



I used the wooden cover plate as a pattern for a new one made from ripple finish plastic.



And I cleaned, sanded and sprayed the console, including the cover plate. I used gloss black Krylon rattle can stuff.



Then I decided that I'd replace the carpet, since I had a kit and the console was out. So my friend Steve pulled the seats out while I was grinding away on the cover plate.



That's when I found a gaping hole in the tranny tunnel. It's gonna get some fiberglass to seal it up a little better.

And then I discovered that the foam cushions in the seats were falling apart, so I decided to replace them, along with the seat covers. While I'm at it (and as long as I'm gonna spray the dashboard) I'm ordering a new dashpad, too. So it will end up with a completely new interior by the time I'm through. I'll be ordering all the parts tomorrow (04/18) so we'll see how long it takes to get it back together.



(04/21/02) I followed through on my threat to patch the tunnel with fiberglass. It turned out ok.



And I masked and painted the dash and kick panels, also with Krylon. I also re-dyed the carped on the door panels with Duplicolor vinyl and fabric dye.



(04/24/02) The parts I had ordered from Classic Industries arrived and part of that shipment was a new dash pad. So I installed that and started fitting things together. I've got the console in place for the heck of it (mainly to get it out of the way so I wouldn't trip on it) but it'll be coming back out for the carpet install.

Next page: More interior work.

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