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1/18/11 12:08am - Original Message: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Was just going to put new carpet in, but ended up taking more out. That's what always happens.
 
After the carpet (then seats) came out, I started looking at the console. It needed some work, so I took that out,too. Boy, is that a pita! Lots of wires, vacumm lines and endless fasteners, even looking at a diagram.
 
I priced a few repo console pieces- it totaled up to about $700! Makes me mad when you can buy a complete Chevelle/camaro Console all done for well under a grand. And the $700 doesn't include everything- you have to still use all older parts beneath the structure.
 
I decided to clean it up, spray it satin black and buy $200 worth of the main essentials (parking/heat AC lenses, wood grain kit, 2 fiber optics, new cig ashtray (no smokin' tho), etc. My interior is in nice shape, seats still fairly nice. I'd rather have the console be an 8 and match the rest of the car, then have it stick out like a sore thumb being a 10.
 
Now, since the floorboards are bare, I'm going for heat thermal barrier. Going with Eastwoods, about $150, but just the stuff I'm looking for. Gonna install that, then throw down the old (still usable) floor thin insulation, then underlayment and carpet.
 
For those of you wanting to tear out your console, take it slow. There's a lot in there. But in a few hours, it'll come out.
 
I'm glad I'm doing it like this. It would of bugged me not to do it when i had the chance.
 

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1/18/11 12:16am - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Yes, there was still some mouse feed inside that console from years ago. I hate mice! Just being able to clean it out makes me feel better.
 
It's tedious pulling out the upper trim plate- only four screws you say. No, there's a lot more under. In order to get it out, invert it and unattach, well, basically everything you see. Take a ton a pictures, your memory will fail you if you don't.

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1/18/11 12:18am - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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I used some metal/chrome polish that always seemed to work- and the ashtray area turned out great. It doesn't look like it in the pics (flash and still buffing it), but most of it is concealed inside the trim plate. 

The ashtray itself was a no go. New ones are like $10.
 
 
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1/18/11 12:22am - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Here's the top trim plate after sanding and masked. It still has some scratches and gouges that you can't take out completely (character), but after the paint, it'll still present way better.
I left the stock data plate on (masked off). A bit faded but I like that true, original look still.

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1/18/11 11:20am - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Lookin goodThumbs Up  Can't wait to see it finished.

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1/18/11 2:04pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Lottsa work involved in that! Looks good!

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1/18/11 4:55pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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You're right to do it all while you're in there! You will kick yourself if you don't and then have to tear it apart again. Its lookin' good!
 
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1/18/11 6:16pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Ya, it is a pita working on the center consul.  I had to work on my gages and feel your pain.  But in the end it is worth the effort!!  Nice Job you are doing!!
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1/18/11 7:55pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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"but ended up taking more out. That's what always happens."Big smile
 Yep, each time you do something on these vettes you go farther then you thought, spend more then you planned! Wouldn't have it any other way!
Keep up the good work. its lookin good. Great pics!
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1/23/11 2:04pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Well, the Eastwood thermal heat barrier kit is taking longer than I thought. I have at least 6 hours into it yesterday- today i'll finish. Probabbly a couple more hours.
 
Pics on the way.
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11/20/11 7:56pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats and carpet pics'
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Here's pretty much the front finished. Some of the seams I may use some duct tape or reflective/thermal tape- but that's it.
 
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I haven't done any of the back. My carpet is fine for now there, so I'll leave well enough alone.
 
There are 3 sheets left of the 8 in the kit. The 8 big sheets are huge- you'll never use it all at once. Cut it in half and start small, then overlap. Any scraps I kept. Trust me, you'll use every bit of those pieces- then i would recover them in layers, if need be.
 
I used a small razor knife, a pair of scissors, and a roller I bought large from home depot for $13- couldn't find a small, cheap wooden roller (even at walmart) but this worked good. I also used the butt of the scissors (that wrap over your fingers) in tight places, too, to put pressure on it to stick down. 
 
Sometimes I used some alcohol to swipe the area if it was full of dust or old underlayment.
 
My hands are sore, and me knees, too. Make sure you get an old couch pillow or something to kneel on. It took me at least 8 hours for this, with a few more things to finish up.


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1/23/11 7:10pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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I also did under the console, too. I just didn't want to completely take out the back part with the power windows switches/wires on them.
 
I got much of my console resto stuff from Zip- they were the cheapest by far.
 
 
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1/23/11 7:57pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Thats what I want to do to mine when I do the inside! Yours looks good!
 
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1/24/11 4:10pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Typing... my fingers are still sore. Speaking of cuts- only a few. You really don't need gloves, though it still can slice you- more like a large paper cut.
 
Rolling that tool is what gets your fingers tired. Tonight I'll post my topl plate console. Just put on the wood inlay. Looks nice.
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11/20/11 7:58pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats and carpet pics'
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I spent another 45 minutes on just the passenger side, taping the seams.
 
Yes, it's extra insurance and the Eastwood's instructions don't say to do it. But, for one, it doesn't leave any sharp edges (covering them with reflective/aluminum tape). That makes sure the carpet doesn't get torn or start being cut from underneath.
 
Two, you can sit on the floor and not get cut.
 
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More on the console...
 
I had to admit it, but I'm almost wishing I would have just bought the new parts. Yes, it's over-the-top expensive. But I'm running into problems sanding of the chrome strips- without touching the new black paint. Very tedious.
 
Installed the woodgrain kit- looks good, but it won't stick 100%- just like my factory one. I made up some clamps and used pencils to put pressure down, hope this doesn't peel up in the future.


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5/30/11 2:07pm - Reply: '71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats & carpet pics'
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Well, the heater core is jsut about back in (other thread)...
and soon the carpet, then console, then seats will be going back in.

Maybe I'll be done soon. Just maybe. 
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10/25/11 10:23pm - Reply: 'Re: 71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats'
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I can't believe it already October- I'm still working on the interior.

I do have the underlayment/thermal barrier combo down.

Carpet is in with seat belts in place and 4 seat track bolts in, too.  

Heater core assembly is in. Console is almost done.

By the time I will have this done, it's storage time. :(
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10/26/11 9:46am - Reply: 'Re: 71 interior console resto - underlayment,seats'
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Jeah, but just think, you'll have it all ready for next year (unless something else breaks, it never ends)! 
 
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Can anyone see the pics posted here? I see an invalid URL notice. They are TOOOOOOO large...need to be resized or a link inserted instead.

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All of the image files referenced in this thread are no longer located in Aaron's Personal File Folder that is why the error message shows up when the links are clicked on.  I've sent an e-mail to him asking if he deleted them.

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