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Ready for the road! ..the final jobs are complete

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So I'm finally there! Some final cleaning, a trip to the garage to get the headlight and steering alignment set and then it's an MOT and I'm ready for the road.

It's taken a bit longer than I'd imagined it would, especially this last interior stage, every job I went to do seemed to reveal another two jobs that had to be sorted first!. But I'm there now and it's been worth spending the extra time to get everything right as the result is jaw dropping even if I do say so myself, I'm very pleased with how it has turned out.

I've pasted some before and after pictures so you can see the change that's taken place. The observant of you will notice two non-standard changes to the my car inside. The purests amongst us may object but I think they help IMHO! The 1st is the removal of the ash trays, I'm a non-somker and as far as I could tell they just seemed to gather muck and water. I think the inner sill looks much tidier without them. The 2nd change is the black roof cloth, I do like the dark roof cloth but this was a functional change. The retailer I bought the roof cloth material fom couldn't garuntee the colour of the material if he ordered in cream, and if I ordered it I'd have to buy it. Rather than risk introducing another shade of cream into the car I bought the black roof cloth material he had in stock. The stitching on the panel that holds the sunvisors and the clock was a bit tricky to do but I'm very happy with how it's turned out and it was well worth tackling the job myself.

The final picture is, in my mind essential after all the hours of work I've put in and it was as cheap as chips! For a non-fitted seat cover it fits really well and the Lotus badge helps no endthumbsup.gif I think I paid

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Yea nice work!! Great to see a car looking in great condition as it should.

You should be proud!

Buddsy


 

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Lovely job well done. :P


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OOOOH, lovely. Who did your interior? apologies if i missed it on another thread.

Trevor.

Did you do the interior yourself and had you any previous experience?

Trevor.


I'll get around to it at some point.

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Hi Trevor,

I paid a guy to repair and re dye the leather, and another guy to re-trim the leather on the seats. I dismantled and re-fitted everything and fitted the new carpets. I guess I did the most of it but for the specialist stuff I got some help. I had some dyeing to do myself, I didn't have the gear lever gaiter or the carpet set when the leather work was being done. Everything matches very well, leather round the seat belt, hand brake leather etc. Knowing what I know now I'd probably have dyed the leather myself but a professional finish always helps.

Thanks for all the positive comments, I'm pleased as punch with the results and the reactions it gets when folk see it. I can't wait to get the car on the road again!

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Nice :P


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Great job David,

Glad to see you finally are ready to hit the road with it, a vast improvement from its prior sorry state ,

Enjoy the esprit,

Regards danny


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Very nice, looks ace :)


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Very nice, no ! ............excellent work, well done mate, enjoy the fruits of your labour.

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Fabulous. Looks great.

I think the removal of the ashtrays makes sense - anyone who smoked in that car wouldn't survive long enough to tip the ash!

I'm also planning an interior redo. Did you get any of the non seat leather redone from scratch or is the rest repair and redye only?

How did you find relaying the carpets yourself? I was also planning a DIY here.


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The only leather replaced was on the seat and the top of the dash. There were quite a few repairs carried out on the leather though, most notably on the drivers side door handle. The repairs were mostly done by glue and some kind of flexable filler the guy used. Once dry it could be coloured like the rest of the leather and it is a top job in 99% of the places. The only other leather work was the leather strip and the bottom of the windscreen. This was done with the same leather used in the seat re-trim dyed to match and then I stuck it in place using contact adhiesive.

For anyone interested this is the website for the man that did my leather work. http://www.dynamixdyes.com/index.php

His name is Ryan and he is very knowledgable. he does sell kits (repairing and dyeing) If any one wants a dye mix made up for the original Lotus colour the same as my car, Ryan has called it 'Lotus Tan' in his records.

The other big improvement was the foam in the seats being replaced, there is a really good grip by the seats and the front of the seat base is raised nicely and I'd imagine (seeing as I've not driven the car yet) that the replaced base foam will offer excellent anti-submarining.

The carpets was an easy job in the end but very time consuming. I ordered a carpet set from SJSportscars and I was pleasently supprised by how well it fitted and the leather work on the carpet set was top notch! To make them yourself would take too much tim, and I don't think you could get the leather work even half as good unless you are a professional trimmer. The longest job was removing the old glue from the car. Getting the trim off was easy enough and as fitting was simple as long as you take your time and make sure the carpet is in the right place especially on the sills. I used contact adhiesive for the carpets and it worked very nicely.

For anyone thinking of having a go themselves I'd reccommend doing it if you are any way handy. Take your time, don't rush and you'll make a better job of it. But do have ago

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