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Continuing with my attempt to 'soften' my perceived harshness of the Cav's interior, I thought I would take a look at using the Black stretch carpet on the glove box.

I started off by prying off the back of the hinge down door. From what I can now see, I think this is retained more with adhesive that any plastic tangs or engagement. Regardless some gentle prying with a couple of small flat blade screwdrivers has it off:

 

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Then it was time to turn my attention to cleaning off and out about 40 years of grot from the main glove box compartment and the general hinge area (in preperation for the upholstery adhesive later on:

 

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Then it was time to cut a piece of stretch carpet and apply the adhesive to both surfaces:

 

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After letting the adhesive go off for a few minutes, you can add the carpet to the door panel and (then starting from the middle) start to press in firmly in place and form the two recesses for cups.

After a few minutes, you should end up with something like this:

 

 

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As the temperature is so low in the garage at the moment, I will let that dry for a day or two.

I will probably do the main glove box cavity next, just in case I end up getting adhesive on this piece or damaging it in some other way.

I think it will look OK once all completed.

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Today I summoned up enough courage to venture out into the freezing, baron wilderness that is our garage at the moment..

I promised myself that I wouldn't go back indoors until the glove box was lined with stretch carpet and the inside of the door was reattached.

Rater than trying to form four sides from one piece of flat carpet, I decided to do each side, then the back face and bottom/floor in a single piece.

As usual, start by cutting out your material:

 

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Then back at the car, spray both surfaces with yopur upholstery adhesive of choice and leave it for a few minutes to start to dry a bit:

 

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Then work your way around the glove box adding a bit of carpet at a time:

 

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After snapping the inside of the door back in place, you should end up with something like this:

 

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I noticed after I had taken my phone indoors that there was some spray adhesive to clean off and one small area on the front right of the base to add some more adhesive to as it looks like it lifted slightly as I was trimming it. So those things were done without photographic evidence I am afraid.

Perhaps that might give someone else an idea or two, it should certainly quieten down anything in the glove box if it decides to start moving around while driving. Small things I know, but it was damn cold our there!

 

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Stylish.
 

The lower half of my dash is orange and the inside of the glove box is ghastly. It’s got various marks, scratches and stains from leaky batteries. I think it’s crying out for this treatment but not sure if it would look right in black.

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1 minute ago, Jonathan Pounsett said:

Stylish.
 

The lower half of my dash is orange and the inside of the glove box is ghastly. It’s got various marks, scratches and stains from leaky batteries. I think it’s crying out for this treatment but not sure if it would look right in black.

It's a great idea, might stop stuff sliding about too

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1 hour ago, Jonathan Pounsett said:

Stylish.
 

The lower half of my dash is orange and the inside of the glove box is ghastly. It’s got various marks, scratches and stains from leaky batteries. I think it’s crying out for this treatment but not sure if it would look right in black.

There is quite a few different colours of stretch carpet available, look it up on EBay.

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Thanks to the kindness of Jess (Jessopia74), who sent me his coupe headliner, today I was able to make a small start on this project.

Using a large cardboard box (I thought that cardboard would be more stable over a longer period), I placed the headliner over it:

 

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Then using my dress making pins, I pinned the headliner to the cardboard at regular intervals. You can see the small, round coloured heads in this photo:

 

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Then I marked out the various holes for the interior light, sun visors, grab handle etc:

 

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Then finally I simply drew around the headliner to get the overall shape and sizes onto the cardboard. As you will see, I made various notes as I went, for example marking the positions of the seams:

 

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Thankfully, it all looks quite symmetrical, so it should be OK. I can now get this all measured up and look at ordering some materials.

I will still probably add another 20 mm or so all round to allow for any possible errors etc, just to be on the safe side. Naturally, it will be easy to cut off whats not needed, but not the reverse!

Note!

As Jess's car had a sunroof, I took the opportunity to mark this on my template as well. By the way, my intention is to make this template available to anyone that wants it - either in some kind of electronic format (although I don't know what or how at this point :lol:), or simply by loaning it out to people to use for the same purpose. 

Have a nice day everyone.

 

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31 minutes ago, Shaun400r said:

Could be a stupid comment but have you took into account where the bars go through the extra material you will need to make the sleeves ?

Hi Shaun, thanks for your comment - which is not stupid at all.

The short answer is yes, but I’m not exactly sure how I am going to show that on the template...

Jess did say that I could dissect his headliner, but I’m not going to do that. I think I will just have to end up using material or string to work out how much excess to allow.

Thanks again!

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A couple of small steps forward on the headliner project over the last few days:

1) I have now sourced and received a better material to make for the cross rod sleeves.

2) Today I ordered three samples of headliner material (White, Ivory and Black). I cant quite decide whether to go for White, which I think was the main colour originally, or use he Ivory, which is what it has discoloured to now... Of course, the Black goes in the centre and highlights where the roll over bar is positioned.

I'm tending towards the White, but will make the final call once the samples arrive.

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