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1/8/11 1:40pm - Original Message: 'New carpet is finally done'
BobOvette
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So I decided to replace my beat up interior with new carpet and rear compartment unit.  It didn’t come out too bad for an amateur.  Any suggestions on cleaning the radio face and gauges?

 

Next up, upper control arm bushings and ball joints. Should be fun, right!!

 

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1/8/11 1:52pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Sebago Lake, ME - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary L82 4spd (M21) Red Leather. -1978 Pace Car L82 4spd (M21) 20k miles.

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Looks really good, Bob. Thumbs Up
I did the control arm bushings myself in both cars. Not too bad a job. I had the radiator out in both cases which did make it easier to get at stuff.
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1/8/11 2:06pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
BobOvette
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Thanks Jeff, I'm waiting for warmer weather before trying the bushings.  According to the weather channel, it looks like I'll be digging out the driveway for the next two weeks. Damm I can't wait to open my pool!

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1/8/11 2:40pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Looking good Bob!! If you need a hand with the control arms, let me know.

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1/8/11 2:53pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Thanks Paul, I may need your help  Bob



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1/8/11 7:00pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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When I was repairing audio gear and guitar amps for a living, I used a 1/2 dilution of Windex and water.  A q tip for the hard to get at corners works well.  Sometimes the older plastics would react poorly with this solution so try it on a small area to start. 

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1/8/11 7:02pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Looking good, Bob! Did you get the new taillights yet?
 
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1/8/11 7:16pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Very nice work, Bob. It looks outstanding!
 
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1/8/11 7:39pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Looks great, very nice; you do good work. Thanks for sharing - Thumbs Up

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1/8/11 9:07pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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1975 C3 Red, T-Tops, Black Interior. All I need is time and money! Getting there!

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Looking good!  Thumbs Up
 
Be sure to watch those upper control arm shims when you do the bushings.  Feel free to give me a call before you start.  I can give you step by step.


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1/9/11 3:46pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Thanks for all your kind words, tips and offers to help.
 
Barry, The taillights are on the list.  They are bothering me!!!!  Were blue dots a big thing years ago??  Anyway, yup I'm gonna replaced them when the wife isn't looking


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1/9/11 4:56pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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ClapNice!  Any idea how long that took (carpet and compartments)?

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1/9/11 5:36pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Hey Bob, you call your work amateur ..I think not..to define professional one has to do what you did in a certain amount of time..say 4 hours..and must look perfect..Its hard to do both...not many people do what you did and have it look half as good..I do interiors on occasion but every time is a little battle that fights me..seats are more difficult than carpet but are actually fun..have fun with the arms..maybe a bbq deal in the spring!
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1/9/11 6:51pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Rich,

Thanks for the compliment.  I had fun and learned along the way.  BBQ sounds like a great idea.  I’ll try to arrange something early in the summer.  Don’t want to interfere with Paul’s BBQ.  His party is too good!

 

Jim,

I did it piecemeal and had to wait for parts.  But I think I invested about 20 to 30 hours of my time.

 

Bob



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1/9/11 7:29pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Hey Bob..obviously a compliment is deserved..the time you put in cannot be substitued with experience..I have always said that one does his best work on ones car..I do my best with every car I work on..I just feel more conscious with my own..time really doesn't matter with you own car..I think a bbq in the early summer sounds great!
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1/9/11 9:11pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Bob, blue dots were HUGE in the 60s and 70s. Taillights are one of the easiest projects. Just make sure you get stainless steel screws. The ones they send you are zinc coated. I went to Fastenal and got some good ones. Keep up the good work!
 
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1/10/11 1:23pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Bob it came out great! Clap
So does it now have that "New Car" smell?Smile
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1/10/11 1:53pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Thanks Ebo. Yup its smells new, as does my work cloths.  I left the windows open to air it out.

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1/10/11 1:58pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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Tell the truth, Bob....you took those pics of a NEW car, didn't you?
That looks GREAT!!! Congrats on a job well done...you should be proud.

btw...blue dots are illegal in some places...might wanna check on that before cutting up yer lenses..

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1/10/11 2:05pm - Reply: 'New carpet is finally done'
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