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 Posted: 03-22-2005 06:33 am
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Tim Murphy
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I am doing a carpet install and am unsure which of the above choices is the best.

Any suggestions from anyone based on their experience re-carpeting their JH.

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Tim Murphy

74 JH, 17303

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 Posted: 03-22-2005 02:03 pm
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Judson Manning
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Tim,

13 years ago I installed Delta's carpet kit and was generally happy with the results.  It is a very nice pre-cut kit which is color correct (which wasn't my favorite).  About 5 years ago, I ripped what was left out of my car.  Granted I tend to abuse my equipment, however, the carpet basically disentigrated and was very color faded.

Alternatively, last weekend I went to Home Depot and found some indoor/outdoor carpet for ~$3/yd.  Eight hours and a quart of contact cement later (great contact high!), I have a new charcoal grey interior to match my charcoal 240SX seats.

Your main problem with indoor/outdoor or marine carpet is color availability.  While my HD stocks a nice black and the charcoal, they also have some really funky blue, green and black/brown.

One other plus for Delta:  Padded Floor Mats.  If you go the HD route, you'll need to find an alternative source.

Judson

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 Posted: 03-22-2005 03:39 pm
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Mark Rosenbaum
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I installed one of Delta's brown carpet kits about four years ago.  It went in easily enough, everything fit reasonably well, I haven't had any trouble to date with fading or wear, and I'm actually rather fond of the color.  It's entirely possible that the difference between Judson's experience, and mine, is related to an improvement in materials over the intervening years.  Of course I do keep the car garaged, and don't drive it all that often, nor, most likely, as ambitiously as Judson does.

That said, if I had it to do again, I'd give some consideration to a custom installation, solely because I'd prefer to do things somewhat differently than the way Delta chose.  This is merely personal preference and should not be considered a complaint about Delta's carpet kit.

Judson is quite correct in noting that one would have to find some form of padding for a custom installation.  To that I would add the caution that one should make absolutely certain that the material selected is guaranteed not to emit a significant quantity of toxic fumes in the event of a fire.  It's my understanding that this is a requirement for aircraft upholstery, so you might want to become acquainted with suitable choices by talking to people in that field.

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 Posted: 03-22-2005 05:53 pm
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Rory Clark
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Tim, Just finished the Delta BLK Carpet kit on my 73-JH (which orginally had very litle carpet. mostly rubber mats) It was VERY easy and straight forward.

Suggest following: Spray glue 3-M # 99 (3-cans)

If you still have SAVE The form fitted Fire Wall Insulation and reuse.  I think there was another factory insulation we reused.

Total time for two of us. (after seats out) 3.5-5 hours.

Good luck

 

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 Posted: 04-12-2005 02:54 pm
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Sort of on this same subject - I'll be installing carpet and was planning to put down some of that Dynomat sound deadening material.  My problem, however, is that I am a bit nervous about gluing anything  to the floor that might trap the inevitable water that leaks in.  My MGB had the carpet snapped in so you could remove it when necessary.  Any thoughts?  Is it ok to just glue down the dynomat stuff?  Thanks

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 Posted: 04-12-2005 05:01 pm
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I did the Dynamat eXtreme thing in my car and am very happy with the way it turned out. It is an adhesive back so there is no need to glue it down. Of course that means you wouldn't be able to easily remove it to get any water out, but then, water shouldn't be able to get in underneath it either.

If you do choose to use it, make sure to shop around the internet for different sources, I found a wide range of prices when I bought mine.



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 Posted: 04-12-2005 05:31 pm
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I agree, I think the Dynamat Extreme is one of the best items you can add to your JH. If you've ever driven a Jensen GT, you'll notice the factory added quite a bit of sound deadening material to keep noise down. The Dynamat Extreme is space age material that works much better and is tons lighter than anything that was around in the '70's.

You also do not need to cover every square inch. One box is enough to do an interior.

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 Posted: 04-18-2005 03:20 am
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I used a Delta carpet kit, and my only complaint was (as mentioned earlier) the lack of snaps to hold the footwell carpet. I got the MGB snaps from Victoria British, riveted the male snaps in place with aluminum rivets, coated the male snaps with chalk, then pressed the carpet into place, and installed the snaps at the spots marked by the chalk residue. I did find it necessary to remove a circle of the padding at the snaps. I have been quite pleased with everything I've gotten from Jim Medland.

If you get your own bulk carpet from wherever, you still have to put edging along several pieces to get a 'finished' look, and come up with a suitable heel mat for the drivers' side.


Next project: install a set of 1993 Mazda RX7 leather seats.

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