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Old 02-02-2006, 01:11 PM
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I am just about ready to put a carpet in my v8 vw bug project, and I need some help.
I am not looking for any award winning material or anything, I just need some black automotive carpet. I have looked at getting a carpet made to fit like a camaro or something and then just cut it to my size. The only thing is these pre-formed rugs are not that cheap. My next thought was to go to home depot and get some black indoor/outdoor, but how would I form it too my floor and not have it pulling up all over the place? For that matter how do I form any rug I get to the floor?
Does anyone know of somewhere I can get some carpet? And how do I form the rug to the floor?


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I am just about ready to put a carpet in my v8 vw bug project, and I need some help.
I am not looking for any award winning material or anything, I just need some black automotive carpet. I have looked at getting a carpet made to fit like a camaro or something and then just cut it to my size. The only thing is these pre-formed rugs are not that cheap. My next thought was to go to home depot and get some black indoor/outdoor, but how would I form it too my floor and not have it pulling up all over the place? For that matter how do I form any rug I get to the floor?
Does anyone know of somewhere I can get some carpet? And how do I form the rug to the floor?


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I sort-a lean to the boat rug that Lowe's carries, it's easy to work with.
And the price ain't bad. steam will help forming .
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The pre-formed carpet that J.C.Whitney has is pretty cheap.
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1939P7 has the right idea. It's cheap and looks good. I put that into my Chevelle for only 40 bucks. The only thing that was hard was making the carpet lay proper. For that i had to cut it a little over size (about 1") and fold over that inch and sew it with a good sewing machine. My whole floor went in as 4 different pieces. Drivers side, Pass side, transmission tunnel and the very top of the tunnel. Looks real good for the $40 spent.

In the photo you can see the pass side, trans tunnel and the top trans tunnel. And it needs a good vacuuming.

Hope this helps some

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thanks for the quick replays!!
I think I will do some shooping around this weekend at lowes, projectjohn that carpet looks really good for a diy, nice work, I hope I can manage something like that.
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how di ou get that clean binding on the edges - ? Thanks im getting ready to do mine now
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You need to watch what carpet you use, not all have a good sun block and will turn all sort of funny colors. My wife purchased some long nap black carpet and put it in the back of my blazer, in a very short time it turned orange where ever the sun shined on it.
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A56nomad is right, use automotive carpet. Indoor -outdoor carpet from Lowes or Home Depot would be too stiff to form. Any upholstery shop should have sources for black cut pile or black closed loop automotive carpet. You need to put some padding down first, whether it's jute or re-bonded carpet padding, and it needs to be glued down. Carpet does not go down in one big piece. Shaping the carpet is done with steam from something like a Jiffy steamer. If the shape is too severe, like a transmission tunnel, you will need to cover that first and then cut around it. Any raw edges not covered by trim need to be bound. You can buy pre made acrylic or polyester binding, or use vinyl cut into strips. One way or another, the binding needs to be sewn onto the carpet.
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