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Today's installment see me tackle two of the hardest trim pieces in the car, that is the two windowscreen down pillars. They are tricky on two fronts, one it isn't a detachable piece to wrap but only being able to stick the material to the pillar directly. So I sewed two piece, left and right and made sure there was more than enough cloth to cover right upto the door jam. I have to say though that contact adhesive (in a tin, non spray) has to be the spunk of satan. I hate this stuff, sticks on bloody everything, my hands were practically bonded together after the job! Anyway they went down well and immediately you can see a lift to the interior. I'm gunna try and get the headlining done over the next few days as I have a couple of days off.

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One last photo from the weekend for all you photo junkies. I put this picture out on instagram and it went ballistic for some reason, anyway enjoy.

Good day gentlemen, it's been a while but don't fret, just taken the panther out for its first run of spring/summer. Just done a basic oil and filter service and other base checks, all good. She splut

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Can't remember who gave me the advice about the reverse gear and turning back the reverse light nut at the back of the gearbox, but a massive thank you is in order cos' it has definitely greatly improved things, hardly jumping out of reverse at all now, result!

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Ok, so a few days off means that the headlining gets attention. The last owner had intention of doing it but never got around to it but did give me a massive roll of 3mm foam. So from the center out I began to apply the adhesive and adhere the foam. Not the easiest of jobs but it went down well. Let that dry a day and following the same technique I applied the final material which is the same as all the trim pieces you saw earlier in the thread.[br][br]20141018_124909_zps615e01b2.jpg[br][br]20141018_124921_zps58ed5db4.jpg[br][br]20141018_125142_zps64eedc86.jpg[br][br]20141018_125328_zpsf60eea8e.jpg[br][br]20141018_130516_zps7f1f87bb.jpg[br][br]20141020_125645_zpsf22a130b.jpg[br][br]20141020_134639_zps82aab8eb.jpg[br][br]20141020_134648_zps26fb9afd.jpg

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The process took a couple of weeks tbh. First the trim pieces had to be covered, a good week or two to do those. Then a few hours to do the windscreen A pillars (they are a pig) then I did the rear roof section first (cut and trimmed each piece to fit (made sure I had more than enough over trim material) then the front roof section, another few hours work. Way I look at it is, do it once, do it right, even if it takes longer.

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Just had ago at one of the sun visors, made a pocket out of the headlining material, put new foam onto the frame then slid that over the whole lot. Bit of a tug of war to get into position but looks straight enough now. Do the other one tomorrow and hopefully fit them in the morning. Next the mammoth task of the seats.[br][br]20141021_192933_zps023cf52e.jpg[br][br]20141021_195004_zpsf4a2dd8f.jpg[br][br]20141021_193359_zps8692ac8e.jpg[br][br]Here's a random night shot, ha.[br][br]20141020_220417_zpsfac11204.jpg

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Theres two methods I suppose, you could so that top line which is probably the best way. However I chose to contact adhesive that edge down, and it's gone down well. Just took the elite into work, my colleagues were lost for words, they all seemed to love it though, which is nice. If anyone wants to see it on Sunday the 2nd November, I've been invited to show it at Ultimate Stance in Telford on the RetroRides stand.

Why is there no 'edit' button on the mobile site, let me correct my spelling, *There are two... and *you could sew... *choose...

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Just finished off the sunvisors. Now, I've chosen to attach the visors to the front window trim before I finally install it in the car. Gives me more freedom to position them in the right place and bolt them in place for a really secure fit. I'll drill and screw (hiding the screws behind the visors) the trim into its final position.

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That's all the headlining complete now, next is the rear quarter panels, they don't look that hard to do, I'll be working from the rear forward, leaving the seats until very last.

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Think I've finally found an original cream interior which pretty much puts a hold on my plans to retrim it myself. Just purchased it of the bay and will wait and see if it is actually good enough to use (which from the photos looks very good). Looks like it will need a good clean and the rear quarters are from an eclat, but I have my elite quarters which I can adapt to fit. Will upload photos when it arrives in a week or two.

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Think I've finally found an original cream interior which pretty much puts a hold on my plans to retrim it myself. Just purchased it of the bay and will wait and see if it is actually good enough to use (which from the photos looks very good). Looks like it will need a good clean and the rear quarters are from an eclat, but I have my elite quarters which I can adapt to fit. Will upload photos when it arrives in a week or two.

That leather one?  I saw that today as it popped up and would have considered it had my funds been a little higher.  Looks like it'll come up real nice :)

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Yep, wasn't gunna wait long on that one, practically ripped his arm off! My funds are currently shite but can't let that get on the way of what looks to be a cracking deal, plus I can offset the final price by selling off my current seats and what ever if left of my interior.

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Don't blame you.  If I had more than half a brain I'd have jumped on it myself.  Think it was actually on Ebay last week too.  Only thing it needed was a bit of stitching on the passenger seat from what I could see.  The rest could be brought back to life with some leather restorer :)

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Yeah, looks like a few small repairs will be needed and then a good clean, if they are in really good shape, might get them recoloured. Door cards look great, no cutouts for speakers and the centre console looks straight, hopefully it will arrive unscathed.

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Few sneak peaks of the interior I have secured, should arrive sometime next week. 

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You can see that a few repairs will need to be made to the sewed edges, plus a bloody good clean is needed. Can't wait for it to arrive! 

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