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  1. They always say 'in the eye of the beholder......' I am, so undecided on the carpet and headling colour mix to eventually fit with ivory leather seating when my make over nears completion. I have considered the grey headlining as per Charlies car, also black leather or leatherette (may be too dark) and pale beige. with and without foam backing to smooth the sharp edges. I did find a ready cut carpet set from one of the well known suppliers that was a close match in colour and texture to original mid brown. But at over £300 it is way over my budget at this time. Charlies ribbed effect carpet is a novel and practical solution not sure it is for me though. Headling wise I just hate that 'NHS surgical stocking' colour too.
  2. If you (or anyone else) should end up with a spare rear shocker that is surplus to requirements I could do with one just good enough for an MOT. I aim to replace both with new ones later but for now my budget won't allow.
  3. Before attempting a very difficult repair I am asking if someone may have a leather drivers door panel for sale. The colour is a dark beige but would consider other colours as I am intending changing the colour to ivory to match the Jaguar Recaro front seats I will be using. Adrian
  4. Do post some pictures. As for your size I doubt you would be comfortable in the back seats. The road tests of the day stated that yes, four full size people could be transported but comfortwise the rears were really for children. However, how many drivers sit in the rear? (my mother in law is one!)
  5. I hate to say this but the carpets you have don't look like the originals I salvaged out of my car. Maybe it is me and I am not reading the pictures too well. I hope so. The Roman Bronze paintwork looks stunning.
  6. I am still looking for a fuel gauge with an orange pointer suitable for a 75 Elite Does anyone have one for sale? Regards, Adrian
  7. You were lucky, mine just turned hence the need of Mole grips. When new the theory was that the rails would stop the bolts turning. Unfortunately the designers did not think 30-40 years ahead and rusty threads. Copper grease is one of the best things invented not cheap but does the job better than anything else.
  8. So guys varnish your knobs. ooo 'er missus as Frankie Howerd would say. On a more serious note I must say the stainless finisher looks very impressive much better than the original which are flimsey and break easily. I will not be using my original front seats so if someone is short of a pair of the plastic variety finishers PM me.
  9. I had success on the steering wheel with black leather balm. Purchased from a local shoe repairers for £6.00.in a glass jar. My steering wheel leather was dry and had multiple cracks in the surface. I thought it had had it really but after three treatments over a couple of days the result was amazing. A supple jet black steering wheel revived beyond all expectations.
  10. The seat bolts you will find are standard loose bolts and a quite long meaning that the threads extend into the elements under the car. This was a standard BL type of fitting continued into the Lotus. I have never understood the concept where welded studs would be so much better as per Ford and others. Removing them is an art in it's self as ones arms are not long enough to reach both spanners. A simple solution is the use of mole grips on the bolt head as you will find the seat rails are recessed and will stop the jaws turning whilst using a 13mm, or possibly 1/2", socket and ratchet under the car. My standard Mole grips fitted the recess perfectly with no damage to the rails. I am planning a touch of Mig weld on each bolt head to the runners when refitting with new bolts and the penny washers are a good plan. Not really needed on the inside of the car if you have the original 1/4" spacers under the carpet unless you want ro raise the seat slightly. A dollop of grease on the nuts and threads will slow corrosion to make removal easy next time. Nearly forgot shorten the bolts, an inch of thread extending into the elements serve no purpose what so ever. Look out for a PM I have a suggestion.
  11. What's the next project? I feel I will be denied my daily fix.
  12. I must admit the photo of the carpet fit around the column is impressive. I thnk you have the right idea regarding the thick washers being under the carpet much neater out of sight.
  13. A job well done. The carpet fit is just amazing.your eye for detail is brilliant. I am sure you are proud of your achievement. When you actually mount the seats. Where are you placing the thick washers, under the carpet as original or on top? What if anything would be the difference? I would be interested to know.
  14. Vampire tap not heard that one before. Love it Scotch locks are a nessessary evil I always carry one or two in my tool kit. They have saved me a long walk home on a few occasions.
  15. I was thiking the same as Dunc regarding the illumination. A scotchlock would do it, not very tidy but simple. A soldered join best for long term.
  16. There are so many seat options. Personally I find the more modern seats too modern for my taste. That is not to say there is anything wrong in fitting them to a classic. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
  17. Sorry for my post to this thread appearing a few times. Not sure why this happened.
  18. The £150 fee does sound like a lot of money to free off the stud 33. However all labour charges take into account what if.... You could of course go out and buy or hire a blowtorch running off propane. I have a recollection that the stud can be replaced, if damaged, very cheaply with a Land Rover suspension bolt. If it measures up they are only £8 a pair.
  19. The £150 fee does sound like a lot of money to free off the stud 33. However all labour charges take into account what if.... You could of course go out and buy or hire a blowtorch running off propane. I have a recollection that the stud can be replaced, if damaged, very cheaply with a Land Rover suspension bolt. If it measures up they are only £8 a pair.
  20. The £150 fee does sound like a lot of money to free off the stud 33. However all labour charges take into account what if.... You could of course go out and buy or hire a blowtorch running off propane. I have a recollection that the stud can be replaced, if damaged, very cheaply with a Land Rover suspension bolt. If it measures up they are only £8 a pair.
  21. Thanks for the heads up on the glue you used. It is pretty much the same price as the B&Q stuff and free delivery. Personal recommendation always pays in the long run. I will get some ordered ready for my retrimming. Doing a great job on the outside trims. If your not pleased with the Delorien look you can always try the vinyl wrap. Regards,
  22. Dans' post regarding the spacers being under the carpet, or above, provokes the thought why were they positioned under the carpet originally? Is it some clearance reason? As I have the original carpets as a patten, albeit falling apart, I will eventually cut new ones to the original but the spacers puzzle me as they were glued down to the fibreglass. By the way please tell me the brand of glue for future ref. I was looking in B&Q but their own brand of carpet glue seemed too cheap to be any good.
  23. My sentiments entirely. You have stated exactly my opinion on the return spring unless of course a twin throttle cable set up is fitted which have the springs built in.
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