This is why
I wanted to replace the carpeting. Even though the car had
never been driven in snow, it did spend a lot of time with the
top down and in the sun. The dark brown carpet isn't
really that dark anyhow and is subject to the the same UV issues
as any colored material when exposed to direct sun light for
long periods of time. Here's what came out of the car.
Actually looked good under the seats, but who sees that area?
see next doesn't look very dark due to the very bright sun
but held next to the faded pieces above, there is a world of
be replacing every piece except for the rear deck, which will
require cutting and
stitching to be custom fit around the bases of the roll bar.
Eddie, at J.T. Leddy Upholstery in Pawtucket, will be handling
that next week. This is the padding included with the kit
After seeing several cars at the show in Brookline with new
carpeting, the TRF kits looked the best and the owners were all
pleased with the quality stitching and ease of fit.
at the end of the clutch replacement with everything back
together under the carpet area and all set for the installation
of the new hold down snaps and hardware. The floor pan has
been washed with body prep cleaner to remove any grease or old
glue that may cause odors in the future and all bare spots are
sealed with POR15. The transmission cover has been sealed
to the cleaned floor with non hardening silicone to keep out
noise, dirt and fumes from the underbody. The padding and
carpeting will follow.
The first two pieces to trial
fit before any glue is applied are the side rail panels.
Do yourself a favor and don't start any other way, because
else will depend on a perfect fit on these two items.
After each piece is then
checked for fit, the necessary holes are made and attaching
hardware is installed prior to applying any glue. Very
important sequence of steps
to remember. The padding is glued to the carpet panes, not the floor.
Also, it doesn't hurt to keep the old carpeting to use as a
reference for hardware mounting.
A much better shot
to show the real color as well. This is the time and place
to do the
correct fitting and gluing of the padding and cutting of any
Begin with the side rail
Next install the center
transmission cover forward section.
This is when to allow for the
throttle travel and stop. TRF Magic carpet
kits have most of the holes precut into the carpet, but not in
Make sure that you use a good
glue such as 3M and let it setup so that
your carpet doesn't slide around when you set everything in
Next install the side panels
under the dash on inner fender area.
Next install the pieces on
the transmission cover.
Now you can begin to fit the
carpet that will be under the seat tracks.
Don't forget to allow for the
spacers that fit under the tracks when you cut
carpet and padding. If you don't the tracks will bind from
Now the tailored carpet over
the emergency brake can be fit.
After that the center console and any new radio or accessories
are fit in place.
This is also an excellent time to install soldered connectors on
any of the
radio speaker wires that need attention. Don't bolt the
console down tight
until you have fit all of the remaining front pieces in case you
slightly move a piece from where it falls into place.
Next the new JVC CD player &
stereo and the long awaited kidney pads.
I also used the kidney pad installation kit from TRF that
the cross bracket between them and new rivets and fasteners.
These do seem to have
to settle in a bit, even though the snaps hold them down.
Finished, at last!
Eddie at J.T. Leddy Custom Upholstery in Pawtucket , RI
did a great job by finishing off the rear shelf around the roll
Eddie cut and seamed in all
of the tubes with matching brown leather trim.
Another job well done by Erik
Majesty's Auto Service
435 West Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860