Monday, October 22, 2012

Update - interior and trim restoration

Update on the GT6 restoration project, this time on some interior and trim parts.


The car still had the original wood dash but it was looking pretty worn and cracked.  The car sat outside in Southern California for about 11 years so I'm guessing it had a lot of sunlight.  Fortunately there are several sources for a new dash made for this specific car.  Pretty straight forward except for all the wiring behind the instruments, and the very cramped space behind the dash.   The speedometer was broken so had that fixed as well.  Who knew that one of the best Speedo repair places is right here, Palo Alto Speedometer...when all you do is speedo's you must be good.
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After
The car did not have the dash radio holder or side padding so had to find them on my own.   Again, Ebay to the rescue.  Found these for $10, wrong color but had them recovered when I had the seats redone.  I also had a few of the dash pads recovered.  They can be purchased new but are really expensive.  The small black corner pad in the photo above is $95, cost about $15 to have them recovered.
Before

After
Now that I have a radio holder I need a radio.  Found an original Triumph AM radio in working condition on eBay.  Looks pretty good and old school push buttons.  

 I don't have a before picture for the bumpers but take my word for it, they were pitted, dented and warn.  New ones are well over $1000 but found a chrome shop in San Jose who did a fabulous job of not only re-chroming but also removing all the dents and scrapes for about half the cost of new.  These are show quality now.

After

The seat covers were pretty decent for 40 years but the foam inside was totally shot so had to be replaced.  The driver seat bottom was basically gone and the side bolsters on both seats had disintegrated.  There was also a small tear on the passenger seat as well.  New foam and covers are about $300-400 each via mail order, and you have to do the work yourself.  I got a tip from another restorer that some upholstery shops can do this for the same or maybe even less.  After some leg work I found a place that did both for $600 total, much improved.  (note: they may look a little odd in the middle but that shape is to accommodate the transmission hump and e-brake console)
Before

After

We just got the engine and gear box back in the car over the weekend, next post will be about that process....stay tuned

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