Thanks, sargents. The only thing I made a mistake on is not getting all of my material together because I ordered vinyl for my dash from Mr Mike. I was getting seat covers from someone else. Then I ended up with ordering seat covers from Mr Mike but they are Leatherette and my dash vinyl is a little lighter in color than my seats and door panels.
I`m going to edit this because what I stated above is not the "only" mistake I made it`s just one that comes to mind. I`ve had to do a couple of things over because they didn`t come out right the first time.
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In the second set of photos you can see the stitching. That`s what allows you to have different curves and such with vinyl. I had to make mine where everything pretty much stretched straight. A couple of guys have asked for photos of my door panels being made so I`m going to start another thread just for those. Mike
Well, I decided to use the stock rear part of my console instead of making one. I was able to cut it where it matched up to my front console pretty good. I made an insert out of wood and covered it in vinyl to hold my sub woofer. I also made a little padded arm rest to dress it up a little. I just have to put one more coat of vinyl paint and I can install it.
The dash, with the exception of the face plates is pretty much done. This last week I routed the tubing for the ac vents, got the headlight switch mounted, got the instruments in. I also installed the radio and ac control. I used 3/4 aluminum square stock that I cut in 1/4`s to get small L shaped brackets. I had to mount the ac control though in the upper slot and the radio in the lower spot because with the ac control pulled out to where my console sits the cold to heat lever cable was in too much of a bind. I got my new seat belts in and I should get the panel retainer clips and sunroof hardware from The Fiero Store today. I also got the headliner installed.
Well, I got the plates covered today. I was going to use carbon fiber but I couldn`t get it to cut right, so I covered them in vinyl. I`m probably going to do something different on the window and mirror switch area because I didn`t get it straight enough to please me.
Thanks, Dennis I can honestly say that I`m glad I`m almost done. It`s been a learning experience about how many loose ends you have to tie up to get everything in the right place. After Round-up 10 this coming weekend, I`m ready to start working on getting my donor panels ready for new paint and get my fastback conversion going.
I really didn`t think about cup holders but with the way I had to do my console there isn`t much room down in there anyway. In order for my shifter to keep from hitting the radio I had to raise it about 1-1/2" and back about 2". There is barely room for my window switches. The only place I could have put in anything is the rear console but then it starts getting a little too far back to be comfortable. If I find that I need drink holders I will probably get new door pockets from JC Whitney because they have a version like I got with a drink holder built in. I just got the flat ones because I didn`t want to be hitting my leg on it.
Well, I`ve just got a couple of things to finish and my interior is done. I drove my car for the first time in a while and I realized how much I have missed it. Of course I am already thinking of a couple of things I`m going to change, because I`m not real happy about the cover plates but after Round-up 10 this weekend I can start to work on a different design for them. Now, I need a new steering wheel because mine looks awfully worn compared to all of that new vinyl.
Thanks Austrian Import I haven`t done much lately. I have been experimenting a little on remaking the dash plates from engravable plastic. I also want to redo where the mirror switches mount and part of the console. I`m getting ready to build a garage so I will be able to spend a lot more time on the car and hopefully start my 86 fastback project. In the 86 I want to make the dash even wilder than the 85 where the dash flows into the door panels and the instrument pod is longer and doesn`t stick up as much. Mike
Thanks, DC Yea I have been thinking about getting a new knob, and I think I will cut the shifter shaft off too after looking at your thread. I was wondering about the push button and how that would work. My shifter is even taller than stock because I had to move it back to clear part of the dash. Mike
Kevin It has been put on the back burner while I collect all of the other parts for my paint change/fastback swap. I still have to get a compressor to paint my car. I have about 500.00 in just little parts I need and to also get some suspension parts to get those big gaps in the wheel wells down. Lots of work ahead.
Wow I like the way that you updated the dash while maintaining some of the fiero look. Some people dont like the fiero gauges. Personally I like the gauges just not the cluster and I think you did a god job and modernizing it while keeping it a fiero.
Thanks, I`m going to be changing to all black interior. I was going to paint my car red, but have decided to keep it black. I`m going to probably order Mr Mikes leatherette seat covers Black with German embossed inserts. Plus, I will change out the door accents and dash end panels in the same embossed material.