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Old 08-11-2009, 07:53 PM
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help with material for console?

I have put a rebuilt 5.0HO engine and AOD tranny into my 66 mustang. It had a 3 speed manual in it originally. The AOD has a shifter from a '92 thunderbird pistol grip style. I built a console for it and storage. Could you please tell me what foam to cover the 1/2' plywood with to make this turn out great? I have done a console in my son's '56 cheby pickup and it turned out pretty good...but could have been better. I think the foam was too thick so it kind of bulges at the seams. I am wondering what you guys that do such great interior work use for the underpadding. I will cover it with a vinyl when I am finished. Thanks for the help/suggestions. here's pic of the stang and the '56. Thanks, gary.







I did all the restoration work on these with paint etc...but I suck at interior stuff...lol.
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Nice job on the restorations. To pad a console, you generally use 1/4" closed cell foam. The brand name for this foam is Volara and it is readily available. The reason for using it is that it is very firm and gives you nice crisp lines while still providing enough padding. You need to make sure you scuff both sides of the foam to insure that your glue can grab the foam. If you don't scuff it, the glue can fail. Glue it on with any good HHR (high heat resistant) contact adhesive like DAP Weldwood Top and Trim adhesive, or 3-M's top and trim adhesive.

What seats did you put in the Mustang? I see from the headrests that they are not original to the car.
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Thanks for the tips on the foam, that's what I needed to know. The seats in the stang are from a Probe. I wanted something with a higher back and very adjustable for comfort. They were very cheap from a wrecked probe and dropped right in. I'm really looking forward to trying out the new 5.0 HO and AOD tranny. Should be lots of fun.
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