Today, I went to cars and coffee. That was fun but I didn’t get enough of a sunburn, so I decided to work on the Miata interior. I’m up against the clock a little since the car is parked in the street with it’s steering column detached.
I got the old nasty carpet out. The underfelt was moldy/disintegrated/smelled like dog.
I actually spent a lot of the time today scrubbing out 30 years of grime and grit. No sense in putting new carpets onto grimy floors. I also finished up my dash repair. It doesn’t look perfect but it’s good enough for me. I’ll post a picture when it’s back in but it’s obvious that there was a crack there previously if you look close enough but overall, the dash appears to be in better condition since it got a fresh coat of vinyl paint.
I got the new underfelt in. Strangely, the instruction for the carpet kit showed a RHD car and some of the underfelts go in upside down and are trimmed to be universal. A bit weird, but okay.
I got the new upper shift boot on. Looks rad. The rubber portion will show in the new interior.
I’m moving my amp from behind the passenger seat into the trunk, so I extended a few wires. Unfortunately, I still have some work to go there but the OEM wire locations (it actually has wire runners along the doors) come in super handy.
When I was nosing around what’s left in the car, I noticed that both these clamps on the air/heat system were 100% loose. Apparently, after all these years, the foam under the clamps had disintegrated and they were just bouncing around. I took some single sided sticky foam that I had from another project and replaced it. TWO MORE RATTLES FIXED. Fuck yeah.
You might also notice that I painted the steering column. it had an annoying amount of surface rust. I gave a quick rub, decrease, and rust converter before hitting it with a little silver paint/primer.
No pictures, but I also vinyl painted a ton of trim (door runners, seat belt holders, etc) today. I’m getting pretty close to reassembly. I need to run more wires (for the seat speakers) and extend the RCA jacks for the head unit.
I have to work tomorrow but I’m hoping to check out around 5pm and press on.