Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

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Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby Pratty » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:50 pm

I thought I'd share the interior revamp I've just, almost, kinda, completed.

Started off as a quick weekend job to finish wiring new stereo head unit
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Then I made the rash decision to dynamat the car after seeing a few posts here of others doing so, first panel was easy enough
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The more carpet I pulled up the more of a rat's nest of old underlay and glue I found
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Literally days of painstaking scraping to get the old sound deadening out
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Half of the old orange carpet glue scraped off
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rear compartment cleaned out
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I ended up with over 4 shopping bags of crap
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finished cleaning
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Seat wells and firewall done
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Rear nearly done
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Storage and the last of the Dynamat done... never again
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Power antenna fitted
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Tweaters mounted under dash pad
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Managed to squeeze 5.25" speakers w/ 10cm magnets into kick panels, mounted splitters behind glove panel
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Put a Canadian speedo faceplate in
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Decided after speaking with Baz to put in led's, so gauges pulled apart again and sprayed white
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After market radio put in
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Fixed the AC duct shut offs (also fixed a plethora of cracks and missing pieces of duct)
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In for a penny in for a pound, got some dynapad to help thermally insulate the cab
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Old inner shift boot was a nasty torn piece of rubber, made a custom one to fit the 5-speed
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Dynapad done
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Finally started putting the dash back in
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Bought a center console with pocket and mounted a USB port in it
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Decided I wanted it hinged
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Leds arrived
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making progress
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Dash is done (or so I thought)
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Dash came back out to fix some nasty wiring, someone had jumpered the dash lights to ign to get around a blown fuse.
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Dash back in and new door sills installed
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Leds look good and aren't too bright (big bleary in photos)
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Finishing touch
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I just need to make up a mounting bracket of some sort to put an amp in the storage bin and I'll have completed my quick weekend job :evil:

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby 68ragtop » Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:57 pm

Looks fantastic now!

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby sirfixalot » Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:13 pm

Did you replace the standard globes with LEDS or did you add extra strip lighting around circumference of instruments as well

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby Pratty » Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:53 pm

I just swapped all globes with LEDs, used coloured ones behind coloured lenses; gives a good solid colour rather than looking a bit washed out if you have a white bulb behind it.

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby ScottW » Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:57 am

Nice work. Any more pics of the speaker int he kick panel? That's my plan too, although I didn't think about tweeters int eh dash. Great idea.

A little too late now, but one of those scourer looking things on the angle grinder will clean up the metal panel behind the seats really easily. That's what I used.

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby Pratty » Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:19 am

Only other photo I have on hand.

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I can get the passenger side kick panel off if there's something specific you want a pic of. The 5.25" speakers were a very snug fit, I didn't need to make any modification except to drill and tap a couple of extra holes for mounting screws. Kick panels fitted straight over the top, no problem.

I wouldn't think you could get anything bigger in there without making some modification to the frame. You might be able to get a speaker with a bigger cone in, if it had a smaller driver, as you may be able to push it closer to the firewall. Just guessing though.

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby ScottW » Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:48 am

Did you seal around the speaker at all to help with the bass? Or were they just screwed in as shown in the pic?

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby Pratty » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:40 am

No I didn't seal the edges. I'm not sure how successful it would be anyway as there is a very large cavity, compared to the speaker size, inside that section of the frame; I think you'd almost have to section it off inside to get the benefit of a 'speaker box.'

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby ScottW » Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:48 am

It's not so much about sealing the cavity to make a speaker box, I was more referring to keeping the sound waves from the rear side of the cone separate to the soundwaves from the front. The holes right next to the speaker frame will allow the rearward soundwaves to leak out around the speaker. The rear wave can cancel out the front wave which reduces the volume, especially for the lower frequencies. A little time spent sealing it up will likely make a big difference.

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Re: Interior Revamp (Pic Heavy)

Postby australi » Thu Jun 09, 2016 10:15 am

...AH THE FUN !! :)

Thanks for posting mate - Most of us enjoy seeing progress shots - Keep up the good work :o :D :-)


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