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Ok, I have been collecting a few parts for a while and about a week ago, I finally got the job done.

Had a couple cracked frames on the AC vents and the defrost vent was beat to crap. Have blue interior so I has to source the right paint for the defrost vents.

Had the original carpet and it was soiled beyond cleaning and worn. So I bought new carpet. Went with dark blue instead of light blue to hide dirt better. Let me know what u think. Bought the mats too.

A special thanks to SMP7mgte for helping me with the dash vents and carpet.


From another post in the restore section about the shifter knob and boot, I replaced those too. Color did not match on new boot and I had to redye it. Knob was a bit worn so I redyed it to. Actually had a shoe guy do it for me.

Last, the vinyl on the instrument panel was sagging and partially covered the turn signal flashers from view. Since the piece was off, I glued and clamped the sagging area and it's all fixed. Anyone else had that issue? Never seen anything on the forum on it.



Here are the pics,

Carpet original


Carpet in without seats

All done + mats



vent broken

vent installed

shifter boot and knob


Sagging vinyl repair
See the sag?


All better
 

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looks super clean and minty with the new carpets...how it took you to take out the dash? and do you have to remove the dash to replace the little vents?
 

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looks super clean and minty with the new carpets...how it took you to take out the dash? and do you have to remove the dash to replace the little vents?
yes the dash needs to come out. there is a clamp that holds it in that you can't get to with the dash in. Not too long with a helper that knows what they are doing. Shawn (aka Junkie in a previous life) helped with the dash. I mostly watched. a couple of hours tops. Time in between used to clean and repair.
 

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Looks very sharp. Nice work. I've got extra cowls sitting around if your repair fails. :) Love the dark Blue carpet.
 

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Everyone, thanks for the kind words.
 

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Tom... carpet looks really really great.

I wld buy 2 extra front mats and bring them to an upholstery shop... they cld proably cut em up to replace the carpet areas of the door panels...

just so everything flowed.

I had something silimar done with Phil's 10th Anniversary Trans Am, and the results were stellar.

I know the camera flash exacerbates the color deterioration, but you shld start embracing the idea of redyeing the entire dashpad and console... the HVAC grilles, knockout plugs, lumbar squeezebulb, even the steering wheel spokes are really too far gone.

Im in the same boat with same trouble areas... I guess the blue degrades differently than the black plastics.

I plan on using the SEM aerosol spray... just gotta land of the correct color. I'll spray all of it so everything matches throughout.

Consistency, or rather lack thereof, is one of my biggest peeves in resto work.

Keep up the great work, and keep the pix coming!
 

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Tom... carpet looks really really great.

I wld buy 2 extra front mats and bring them to an upholstery shop... they cld proably cut em up to replace the carpet areas of the door panels...

just so everything flowed.

I had something silimar done with Phil's 10th Anniversary Trans Am, and the results were stellar.

I know the camera flash exacerbates the color deterioration, but you shld start embracing the idea of redyeing the entire dashpad and console... the HVAC grilles, knockout plugs, lumbar squeezebulb, even the steering wheel spokes are really too far gone.

Im in the same boat with same trouble areas... I guess the blue degrades differently than the black plastics.

I plan on using the SEM aerosol spray... just gotta land of the correct color. I'll spray all of it so everything matches throughout.

Consistency, or rather lack thereof, is one of my biggest peeves in resto work.

Keep up the great work, and keep the pix coming!
I ordered a can of the leather dye that the shoe guy used for the knob and boot and I am going to experiment with it. I have noticed the same areas you did. One thing I did not mention was using the spray blue SEM blue paint to dab on the worn areas on the center console tray (under e brake handle). sprayed into a dish and used a brush. You can see the results in the before and after pics. The color match is much better in real light. Can't remember the color but I started or added to a thread about the correct blue interior paint. I tried many and this is the best match. I will keep fiddling and update on any progress. I really like the boot results!
 

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Tom,

What color carpet is that on A1's website? 'LAKE BLUE CUT PILE' or 'DARK BLUE'?

That carpet looks awesome...shows me how bad my car needs it
 

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Tom,

What color carpet is that on A1's website? 'LAKE BLUE CUT PILE' or 'DARK BLUE'?

That carpet looks awesome...shows me how bad my car needs it
Dark blue. Lake blue looks to be close to the original lighter blue color.
 

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Tom... carpet looks really really great.

I wld buy 2 extra front mats and bring them to an upholstery shop... they cld proably cut em up to replace the carpet areas of the door panels...

just so everything flowed.

I had something silimar done with Phil's 10th Anniversary Trans Am, and the results were stellar.
I am waiting until I get the seat covers to see. Another option might be to paint the panels with the SEM paint I used for the vent. I will experiment with that too. Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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I took the cover off the steering wheel and found a fairly well worn leather wrap on the wheel. Used the leather dye on the wrap and while not perfect it is much better.



Painting the steering wheel spokes tomorrow.
 

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I know the camera flash exacerbates the color deterioration, but you shld start embracing the idea of redyeing the entire dashpad and console... the HVAC grilles, knockout plugs, lumbar squeezebulb, even the steering wheel spokes are really too far gone.

Im in the same boat with same trouble areas... I guess the blue degrades differently than the black plastics.

I plan on using the SEM aerosol spray... just gotta land of the correct color. I'll spray all of it so everything matches throughout.

Keep up the great work, and keep the pix coming!
The SEM color is shadow blue. Around here, available at Sherwin Williams , but I needed to order it. SEM Web site had a list of dealers I think.... It has been awhile.

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beautiful. i may have to do this one day also. i have the black leather interior and its in really great condtion, the seats on the other hand need work. she has grey leather interior and i'd prolly go with black carpet and dark grey carpets to offset the color.
 

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Painted the spokes SEM shadow blue. The top picture color is more accurate. The bottom pic color is off because of flash or something...

results:



 

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Done for now.

Thought I would wrap up my winter interior restoration thread. w/ dial up it's a pain to upload pics but finally got around to it.

new weather stripping, carpet and mats, shifter boot (redyed to better match original color), restored shift knob and steering wheel, new defroster vents and ac vents.


vents painted to match dash
 
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