This project started as a simple observation - my drivers seat has a few
rips in it, I think I'll look into fixing it. My first venture into this was to check out
the usual suspects of the upholstery crowd.
I was very surprised when I found out that even the recovering kits
that are sold in vinyl are almost $500 ! Leather is easily twice that price. This is if
your going to do it yourself ! Labor to have them recover your seats is $250 TO $300
and then there is shipping - I didn't get that far ! I was admiring my sheepskin
seat covers and thinking they weren't all THAT bad.
I had been keeping an eye on Rennlist parts want ads when I came
across one for a complete seat of perfect black leather seats. I emailed the guy for some
pictures and found out that he was only a 40 minute drive from where I live. I went over
took a look at the seats and as he said they were perfect and so $700 lighter I left with
my new interior - so I thought !
OK, so now I have these great looking BLACK seats and a BROWN interior !
The existing brown carpet in my car was in very good shape and I looked into dyeing it
black but it doesn't work very well and looks crappy so I started shopping for carpeting.
Let's see, the same people that have the expensive upholstery also have EXPENSIVE
carpet - funny how that works.
When I did the recovering of my Targa top the guy at Original Fit
Interiors sent me a carpet sample card with my top material. Looking at that I gave him a
call and found that he had complete carpet sets cut and bound to fit my 74 in stock and
was dramatically less expensive than anyone else - $200 for everything. I ordered the
carpet on Tuesday morning and it arrived at my work on Wednesday afternoon. When I
installed it every piece fit exactly like the original and it looks and feels great !
This project included a number of sub-projects to accomplish the complete
restoration. In this project file I have divided them up so that you will be able to
review any portion by itself or go through the entire project as a whole.
Removal of Old Interior