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Interior Trim removal

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davetoff

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So the moment I was dreading, as I'd heard all sorts of horror stories about removing the interior trim. Yes there were a few grazes, cuts and bruised knuckles, but generally it was ok. Removing the dash was a little bit of a head scratcher  but eventually found the screws underneath and removed them with relative ease. Some of the screws were welded with rust, and they were a bit of a b*gger, but I'll replace these with stainless steel screws when I put it all back in so that the next person won't have as much of an issue. Took the headliner out and found that the foam had disintegrated to dust, which then collected in my airways and eyes. After the temporary blindness and coughing had abated, I then started on the aftermarket  sunroof which had some screws on the outside and some on the inside, all of which were rusted and quite painful to remove. Tunnel and back panel, seats and door cards were relatively simple, needing no more than a screw driver and a bit of patience.

Holy moly what a mess the car looks when everything is out...:blush: God help me what have I done :cry:

Sent the interior of to get re-leathered at a place in Birmingham, I went up there to see them and they were doing a nice job on the seats so thought I would give them the rest of the interior too, decided on a light cream interior as per the original, but black carpets and binnacle. Couldn't stand the reflection of the binnacle on the windscreen whilst driving in sunny weather.

Decided to sort out the visors and headliner myself, but I'll make a separate blog for this...

 

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Could not agree more about the interior been removed from the car make it looks a sight for sore eyes lol.  I put doing mine of for so long, when i go the car i just used a dash spray paint to spruce up the car as it was a rolling restoration, but once they have past the point of no return a retrim is the the only way to go.  Stripped mine out last year and re trimmed myself and could not be more happier with the result it makes such a difference and makes the cockpit so much mor eof a nice place to be.   Your wiring loom look extremely tidy i have to say.!   Stainless screws are the way ahead also.

Look forward to some more pictures and intrested to see how you get the sun visors done as i still need to do mine. 

Your fiberglass trim in the drivers footwell is that the part from directly by the windscreen......

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5 hours ago, silverfrost said:

Could not agree more about the interior been removed from the car make it looks a sight for sore eyes lol.  I put doing mine of for so long, when i go the car i just used a dash spray paint to spruce up the car as it was a rolling restoration, but once they have past the point of no return a retrim is the the only way to go.  Stripped mine out last year and re trimmed myself and could not be more happier with the result it makes such a difference and makes the cockpit so much mor eof a nice place to be.   Your wiring loom look extremely tidy i have to say.!   Stainless screws are the way ahead also.

Look forward to some more pictures and intrested to see how you get the sun visors done as i still need to do mine. 

Your fiberglass trim in the drivers footwell is that the part from directly by the windscreen......

Thanks for your input Silverfrost. The fibreglass in the footwell is the sill side panel that the handbrake fits through, I forgot I had that in when I took the picture.

I'll keep you posted about the visors, I think I have a good plan to sort them out.....:)

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I've just received the interior back from the upholsters, it looks good, pictures to follow shortly, had to pack it away for now as my more immediate concern is getting the engine detailed and transmission sorted and all back in the car before painting. :whip:

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