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Interior Restoration:
Starting the Project
Tom Sharpes
toms@pneudraulics.com

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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
Reupholstering
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?
Thanks,
Bavaria911
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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