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Interior Restoration:
Carpet Install
Tom Sharpes

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After removing all of the carpet from the car I laid it out on the ground in the same general order in fit in the car. I laid the new pieces of carpet over the old ones to ensure the I had all of the pieces and that they were the same. The new carpet was a little stiff so I put them in the dryer for a few minutes to loosen up before installing them. For the map pocket area I sprayed the glue on the car floor because of all of the irregular surfaces.
Line up your carpet and press into all of the creases and bends ensuring a good bond. If there are any areas the didn't stick pull back the carpet and spray on  some more glue. The map pockets are the most difficult because you have to get the carpet to conform to a number of curved surfaces and glue the material into the channel in the door jamb. The console area will have a couple of holes cut in it for the shifter and the seat belts. Align the carpet edges with the seat tracks and mark the position of the item and cut - carefully! Cut the shifter area in a pie shape out to  the edges of the tower. Once the holes were OK , I applied a light coat of glue to hold it. You may have get in there someday !
After checking the fit of the carpet over the tunnel  I reinstalled the console and hooked up the defroster light. The rear seat area has to be installed in a specific order so that the pieces overlap correctly. The center piece over the hump is first followed by the side pieces. The completed rear carpet with the lower seats installed. Once the carpet is in I installed the side panels and rear deck.  The upper center piece is installed so that it overlaps the others.  The last piece is the portion that extends to the floor.   I checked each piece with the old carpet and once again before gluing. After the rear seat and map pocket areas are complete install the door sill  pieces. They overlap the others and have a  very nice finished appearance with the edging.
After all of the edges are carpeted the floor mats are just laid in place. Do not glue these as you will want to be able to take them out for cleaning periodically. The completed rear seat area. I got the mat with the Porsche crest from a local company that makes them to order.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Jack Comments: How do you install new carpet in the trunk, 1982 911 SC?
August 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Remove all the trim, then the carpet and install it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
911Dave Comments: I have a 1986 911 Targa with Blue carpeting, but I do not know how to tell which type of carpeting I have Silverknit vs feintuft velour, etc... How can I tell what type of carpeting I have so I know what to order/

February 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you figure it out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
awchiro Comments: Could you tell me all the tools recommended for this project? Where can I get the adhesive spray?
July 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Spray adhesive here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/smart/more_info.cgi?pn=WRTH-890910055&catalog_description=Wurth%20Spray%20Adhesive%2C%2015%20oz%2E
You will need general hand tools and plastic prying tools to disassemble interior. - Nick at Pelican Parts
John Comments: What sort of spray adhesive did you use to tack the new carpet down? Also, for a 993 do you know where I might be able to get some pre-cut carpet padding, or should I just replace the old padding with dynamat or something similar?
January 30, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tom Comments: Thanks for the instructions. I bought my carpet kit from Pelican. I have two questions; first, I started using contact cement and the fumes are killing me. What kind of glue did you use? Second, how do you get the shifter console out? I have all the screws out and it is loose but I cannot get it off the shifter boot to remove it.
December 24, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Talk to our parts specialists about the adhesive as well. About the shifter: What year and model? Manual or automatic? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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