Carpeting

As with everything lately, I completely under estimated the time and effort required to get the carpeting done.

I started with the trunk. The first order of business was to fabricate aluminum side panels for the top level of the truck. For some reason, Factory Five does not supply these. In this photo, the panels at the top were not supplied so we fabricated then painted and riveted in place. Also at this point I made sure the trunk did not have any holes in it anywhere, and was going to be as water proof to the best of our abilities.

Fabricated side panels

Fabricated side panels

After that, the entire trunk area was covered in Head shield / sound deadening material. This material is really shiny so in all the corners where there would be carpet seams, I sprayed black spray paint. This was a tip I read about, so if you have any small gaps in the carpet, it will be less obvious.

Trunk ready for carpet

Trunk ready for carpet

There were a few items in the trunk to work around. First of all, the battery box needs to be readily accessible. Second, the gas tank has two access panels that need to be available. (the access panels are the black circles in the lower part of the photo). Most of the carpet is glued down, but around that area we created a flap that Tracy seamed and we held it down with velcro.

The second was the lower trunk area, which is a higher traffic area for the trunk. It too is held down with velcro.

The final result is a nice clean trunk, but still everything is accessible when necessary. This whole process took way longer that i thought, but I am really happy with the end result.

Finished trunk

Finished trunk

We followed the same process for the interior, heat shield/sound dampering, spray paint the corners, then glue down the carpet.

Interior ready for carpet

Interior ready for carpet

Before carpeting could start, the center console glove box needed finalizing. This included cutting and installing the locking mechanism and finishing the carpet area around the opening so the carpet wont fray. This has been a bit of a challenge and I am not sure I have it all totally figured out quite yet as to how the door will work and look.

We only got about half the interior done so far. There are a few carpet pieces I want to sew on edging and velcro to before installing.

Interior carpeting work in progress

Interior carpeting work in progress

Once the carpeting is done, we will be close to getting the body back on and starting work on the wind sheild and other external parts before paint.

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