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Much of the interior arrived last month from the trimmer.
[img]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2012-08-16085705.jpg[/img]
Very happy with all but the binnacle - not trimmed far enough in. To be fair, he didnt have the instruments or details of how far back it should go although he did have the original to copy.
This has been solved by fitting some alcantara I had left over from the sun-visor trim (given to me by Colin Parry - 'Choppa') After rough shaping, the edge was folded and sewn making a very neat looking thing. That now covers the top and bottom of the binnacle inside. Pics not good its all just black and doesnt show very well but for the record,
[img]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2012-08-28195954.jpg[/img]
Most of the interior refit went well apart from the fact that the old velor was squashed over 25 years or
so whereas the leather wasnt, hence a rather tight fit in places.
The gearshift gaiter was also not to my liking where it pokes through the fascia. This was solved by using a strip of scrap leather, creating a sewn bead and gluing it around the aperture.
[img]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2012-09-02090737.jpg[/img]
[img]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2012-09-02090545.jpg[/img]
Now just awaiting seats and door cards.
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Nice work Slewthy ;-) I wish I had the courage to strip my interior....it's not in bad condition, but the leather has stretched and therefore gone into folds which ruins the aesthetics!

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Progress so far...
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2012-10-18120407.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2012-11-11142457.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2012-11-24185012.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i714.photobucket.com/albums/ww142/slewthy/2012-11-27135947.jpg[/IMG]
Nearly there!

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Well, just got the upholster's bill for all this. Total labour cost was £600. So, add to that the cost of 3 hides and the grand total is in the region of £1500 for a full retrim in the probably best leather available. Not bad eh? Perfect? No, but not far off.

The big question is, would I recommend him to someone else? Difficult as many of us demand perfection so I think I would show the the work and let them decide. I dont think he found it easy however and he may never want to do another but at least he can add it to his repertoire!

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Just completed the maiden voyage after rebuild. 500 mile round trip to Norfolk. Brilliant, just brilliant. As you would expect, interior remains perfect. Seats very comfy indeed. Lots of squeaking from the leather - par for the course I think.

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Eek!, put on the binnacle incorrectly. this was surprisingly easy to do. Essentially, there is a carrier that goes between the pod and the dashboard. I thought(incorrectly) that it would sit just so - in-between, but no. The front of the cage sits in-between but the rear sits within the pod, thus bringing the pod to rest on the dash and looking much more meant.

So, no more wires visible at the front and no more binnacle resting on the centre console. A small but satisfying adjustment.

 

So, to the centre bit that holds the window switches and the choke lever. It is impossibly trimmed in faded leather. I cant see a re-trim in leather (by me) looking any good but what about alcantara? Its thin enough to do a good job. It would also be a nice contrast to the leather. Hope I have enough left - Colin (Choppa) sent me some for my visors. I'll post here my progress. The choke cable olive worries me though. how best to deal with it? 

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