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MARTINSR 03-21-2012 09:27 PM

Installing a carpet kit.
 
Ok, I just grabbed my carpet to throw in the Gran Sport and it doesn't have a single hole. I thought it would at least have the shifter (don't know why, just assumed) and there it is, nothing.

It's a formed carpet with a heal pad built in bought from one of the muscle car repro places Year one or someone like that. I have had it for about 15 years so I don't remember. :D

Anyway Dan, any quick tips on finding how to cut the hole without ruining it? How about the other holes, seats, seat belts, any ideas for me?

Brian

NEW INTERIORS 03-21-2012 09:47 PM

I use a ice pick.. :thumbup:

MARTINSR 03-21-2012 10:04 PM

That's what I was thinking, done that before. But this time, the big hang up for me is that darn shifter sticking up. I am entertaining the thought of removing it. But it's kind of a pain with an old rubber boot that is very odd and not available repro. I hate to remove it and mess up that boot.

But that's my problem, cutting that first hole to slip it over the shifter.


Brian

DanTwoLakes 03-22-2012 07:13 AM

There wouldn't be any holes in the carpet because there are cars that are the same as yours but have shifters on the column that wouldn't require a hole.
About the only thing you can do is remove the knob from the shifter, measure as accurately as possible, and cut the absolute smallest hole you can cut to get it over the shifter. You can always expand the hole after that. Cut a clean hole so you can replace it if you make a mistake. Get some carpet tape from a carpet installer to do any patching from the back side.

MARTINSR 03-22-2012 07:53 AM

"Cut a clean hole" that is exactly the kind of expert advice I needed. I was thinking one wrong cut and I have to throw it away. Thinking more like a pro, make a clean cut and you can repair your mistake is EXACTLY what I needed, thanks Dan.

I woke up this morning early thinking about this (don't you just love that) and I remembered about how large the console is and how the shifter is a foot or more from the front of it, so I can make one heck of a screw up and still will be fine. I'll be out there tonight starting my project. :D

Thanks again! :thumbup:

Brian

DanTwoLakes 03-22-2012 09:33 AM

Brian: You can also cut a long slice, fit the carpet, and then use carpet tape to close up any excess cuts.

MARTINSR 03-22-2012 02:49 PM

Thanks so much Dan, what a difference a little "demysifying" the subject does. :D

Brian

MARTINSR 04-03-2012 11:06 PM

Thank you so much Dan, I got it all in and your advice really helped me out! It took a lot of nervousness I would have had out of it.

Thanks agian :thumbup:

Brian

DanTwoLakes 04-04-2012 07:01 AM

Way to go Brian! I'm glad I could help. How about some pictures?

fourspeedwagon 04-06-2012 07:15 PM

You're probably long done with this (then again, you said you've had the carpet for 15 years so?) but, wouldn't you need to remove the shifter boot anyway? Then it'd be easy, pull the shifter and feel exactly where to cut.
fourspeed

MARTINSR 04-07-2012 11:20 PM

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It's not a four speed. The entire shifter, boot and linkage would have had to have been removed and I just didn't feel like doing that if it wasn't needed. And it wasn't being the console covered up any hole I cut even if I had screwed up royally. :sweat:

Brian


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