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Whitey's interior work      
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(all photos taken Sept 2000 )

   Whitey - 1975 Spitfire Specific Tasks and Procedures

Transmission    The vibration    second rebuild    Clutch    O/D    driveshaft 
Special Update Whitey finally gets it's 6 cylinder engine, Fuel injected at that!
Section #2 - Whitey's Spit6 conversion Process                     F.I home page
Interior floors  stripped and repainted
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       Of course before any upholstery work started, all the interior metal work was cleaned, sanded, primered, and painted. Waxoyl went into every nook and cranny.  The steering column was swapped out for a 1979 model. I prefer the ignition key/column lock on the column and the stalk switches of the later model years. Wiring harness adapters were made to simplify re-adaptation of the older column is desired at a later date.
        In the above shot the tunnel carpet is in and the lower sill carpets have been contact cemented in place.  The homemade door panels were installed and covered in plastic to protect them until the rest of the work is done. They are made of standard hardboard (unperferated pegboard). I simply traced out the old panels, placed two together, and with a jigsaw and drill, created two new door panel boards in about twenty minutes. I used heavy black vinyl (from the local fabric store) as my new door toprail covers which was glued in place before the new inner (and outer) door window seals were installed.
       The lower side sill carpeting is the only thing glued down. All other carpeting is either snapped in place or free standing.

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    The rear arches are the hardest part of an interior upholstery job. Stretching the vinyl to fit the wheel well arch can be a bit trying. Start from the center, and stretch it over your knee as an anvil to get the general shape. Good quality contact cement is essential, when you get ready for the final install. Just take your time.

      Don't' cheap it out on the carpet. Buy the good 'molded' carpet kits. You'll be glad you did. They fit perfectly, and make it very easy to pull up to dry out or clean when necessary.

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     I couldn't see spending what the catalogs wanted for a full interior kit. I bought 'vinyl by the yard' and built my own back panel and door panels. I recovered the original arch panel boards and trimmed out any non-carpeted area with the Biscuit colored vinyl. I found a very nice, 1/8" thick dense cell foam 'car headliner' material at a fabric store, which I used as the padding between the boards and the vinyl. The headliner foam already had material glued to one side. This made it very easy to contact cement it in place, than cover that with the vinyl. I did buy the catalog Biscuit seat covers and new foams.   All in all, this redo turned out beautifully.
     Between the rear side boards and the wheel arches, the side panels have a 'bead' trim piece to fill in the gap. I just happen to find a door weather strip seal from Home Depot (hardware store) the same shape ans WoW is also was a near perfect color match. A few staples and you'd swear they were made for the application. They look totally stock!

molded carpet set
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The molded carpet set fits perfectly, and took less than 20 minutes to install. The fit and finish makes the price a lot easier to swallow. This shot shows just how well the carpet  fits, even around the rear suspension trailing arm mount area on the kneewall behind the seats.

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just waiting for the seats to be completed and re-installed.
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Windshield/door glass trim and door furflex seal
still need to go in, as well as the refurb'ed seatbelts.
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Well this shot shows the full interior, including the custom
built three gauge Tigerwood veneer dashboard.
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