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Posted 11-04-2011 at 10:37 AM by That89GTGuy

So, I'm going to try out the blog functionality on this page to see how it goes. First up here is the removal of the interior from the car!

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Basically, I pulled the interior of my car because I wanted to give it a through cleaning and see if I could maybe fix up the carpet a bit, clean up the broken glass, and a bunch of other stuff like rust proofing.

The floor seems to be OVERALL in decent shape. The paint is still on it, the wires seem to be in good shape, and there are not glaring holes around. However at some point significant water got into the carpet so it was pretty gnarly taking it out. Smelt like old, wet, dog. When I got the carpet out I also found a few rust spots.

Around the floor drain plugs there is some rust, probably creeping up from around the sides of the holes not being water proof. I'm okay with that for now. Doesn't seem too bad. However what I did not expect was the rust on the rear passenger side of the floor pan. It's pretty obvious water has been there for a while now. I'm not sure how so much could have gotten in there but it seems to have anyways. It's not through the floor so it seems, but it's definitely rusting under the paint, so I'm going to have to grind all that down. Joy. It is able to support most of my not insignificant weight though, so that does bode well for it being it good shape still.

I also found about a windows worth of broken glass too. I know the car has had a good number of owners but man alive you'd imagine they should have vacuumed the bad glass up instead of just letting it settle under the seats. That's going to take a while to get rid of it all. I should be grateful that the fact it was broken means that the car came with a new window on that side, but the fact it wasn't installed properly is pretty annoying. That's another thing I've got to do with the interior out.

I would really like to stitch weld the car with the interior out so I could say there was definite performance reason to be doing all this work besides just removing future issues. I know that is something worth doing, but I'd like it if I could say I did something a bit more spectacular. Oh well. While I do have the car apart I plan to lay on some extra sound deadening to hopefully quite it down in there. The car drones pretty loudly so anything to reduce the noise is appreciated. I've been using edead on recommendation of a friend. I've used it on the drivers side door and it seems effective, but most of the noise is from the floor, so that is what I'm going to hit with the rest I have. Hopefully it makes it a bit more livable without blocking out all that lovely exhaust noise.

And that's just stage one... hopefully I can get to de-rusting the outside of the car soon too!
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