Restoration R1028

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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by robr1006 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:21 am

Glad you and the site are back and once again accepting new members!

I have been following your thread now for about 2 years and have found it fascinating - the rear seat looks great. What colour/type/quality carpet did you settle on and how closely does it match the original?

Thanks for taking the trouble to update this thread - I am sure many people are quietly watching your progress!

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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by prop » Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:11 pm

I tried everywhere to match the carpet colour and failed dismally. I decided to go for the darker shade of grey from Coverdale Blenheim - Flint Grey.
The quality is the same as the original. It is easier to work with than a thicker non automotive carpet.
The problem is the door cards. They are trimmed with the original carpet and of course it won't match. My upholsterer suggested I recover them but I am reluctant to do that as they are original.
I think it will be OK.
Only time will tell
I thought if I eventually found the right colour I could replace them with it later.
When I get the carpets fitted I will post pics.

Darren, the templates were great. They worked well thanks again

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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by robr1006 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 2:43 pm

Had you thought about keeping your original door cards (Just in case) and retrimming replacement doorcards in leather with perhaps some detail stitching and then using the new carpet at the bottoms. In the back seat against the newly trimmed companion box lids I think this would look great!

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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by G96LUE » Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:37 pm

prop wrote:I tried everywhere to match the carpet colour and failed dismally. I decided to go for the darker shade of grey from Coverdale Blenheim - Flint Grey.
The quality is the same as the original. It is easier to work with than a thicker non automotive carpet.
The problem is the door cards. They are trimmed with the original carpet and of course it won't match. My upholsterer suggested I recover them but I am reluctant to do that as they are original.
I think it will be OK.
Only time will tell
I thought if I eventually found the right colour I could replace them with it later.
When I get the carpets fitted I will post pics.

Darren, the templates were great. They worked well thanks again
Glad to hear the templates were useful :)

The rear seats look great by the way

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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by prop » Tue Oct 02, 2012 10:27 am

robr1006 wrote:Had you thought about keeping your original door cards (Just in case) and retrimming replacement doorcards in leather with perhaps some detail stitching and then using the new carpet at the bottoms. In the back seat against the newly trimmed companion box lids I think this would look great!
I had thought about doing this and decided to stick with the originals and see if I could live with them. If not then I will re trim new cards. That will be quite expensive in all leather as it will take another hide and they are about £250 at the moment + labour costs. It all gets very complicated as I posted in another thread the stitching is welted ( it takes two passes through the sewing machine so twice the work.)
I haven't ruled it out though.

My upholsterer told me when he returned all the seats to me that he didn't want to do another ERA seat job as it was a nightmare.
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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by prop » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:32 am

I have just finished fitting the carpets. It went well and it looks pretty good. Whether I was right to go for the darker shade is open to debate.
I can always change it if I find the correct carpet at a later date.
It does match the dash top and shelf colour though
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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by arrian » Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:22 pm

Looks great to me!

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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by prop » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:00 pm

Thanks Arrian.
I had a quick look at the first photos I posted on this thread just to remind me how bad it looked

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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by G96LUE » Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:13 pm

Looks good to me too :D

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Re: Restoration R1028

Post by paul » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:19 pm

Looks great, these cars are survivors, only others with an ERA would even notice, and we are all having to do things that is not 100% perfect especially with trim carpets and rubbers, etc.

Paul

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