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Interior Restoration:
Starting the Project
Tom Sharpes

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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.

Old Interior
Removal of Old Interior
Carpet Installation
Completed Interior

Comments and Suggestions:
AL Comments: I have a 1987 911 Slant nose Cabrio turbo Carrera to restore. It was in a fire and am almost finished with interior. What I'm looking for is top removal, replacement instructions.
April 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
Joe Comments: 1987 Porsche 924s. Any advice on a vented nose panel? Good or bad idea? Increase cooling or not! How is the header panel removed on a 87 924S? Thank you!
April 18, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am going to the community for this one. You will want more than one opinion.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
bavaria911 Comments: Wow! Four years later, I finally get a response. Thanks.
I just bought the Abittz version
November 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Indeed, we are working on catching up on comments, so that future readers can see our answers. Thanks! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
MK1 Solo Comments: A great article - thanks for spending the time to document for the benefit of everyone. Interior looks great!
August 21, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
joknrok Comments: New comment on a very old post, but hopefully someone can help: What size/type staples are best to use here? Seems clear you need a short staple so as not to pierce the front side.. but how short? and how can such a short staple hold tight in the back board, especially if re-using the original ones not as dense as hardboard???
Thanks for a great article Tom!
May 24, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What exactly are you stapling? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bavaria911 Comments: Great tech tip. I want to create my own RS door panels, can you provide how to create the door pulls and leather opener? How do they hook-up behind the door panel?
Also, when using the electric stapler the $20 model must one be concerned with the staple going thru the hard amterial and thru the material leather on the front side?
November 1, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll need a decent stapler and upholstery tools. As far as how to make them, you will have to experiment a bit, look at how the original parts were attached and do your best to duplicate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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