December 25, 1997
No more seats, no more top, no more carpet, no more door
panels.......... no more interior! The best part was that there weren't any surprises
either. Everything came apart easily and the next step will be to "wire brush"
the floors and paint them. The only "problem" I encountered was removal of the
seatbelts. I couldn't get the nuts (in the wheelwells) to budge. Rather then risk rounding
the corners of the nuts, I posted a question (on the size of the nut) to the Triumph mail
list on the Internet. Within an hour Bob Wanat
replied to tell me that the nuts are welded on (DUH) and to
just unscrew the bolt (Double DUH) from inside the car. And they came out quite easily!
|January 18, 1998
It's almost all back together...... the seats
are in the basement getting reupholstered and the interior just needs the carpet clips,
kidney pads and the passenger seat belt installed. Without a doubt, the worst part of the
interior renovation was the installation of the outer door waist seal and the inner door
fuzzy weatherstrip seal. These two devilish, yet innocent looking pieces mount in the top
edge of the door and seal the window on both the outside and inside. Installation at the
factory was undoubtedly done without the window glass
installed and was probably quite easy. With the glass installed it's an entirely different
story. This is the only area where I have drawn blood..........
three times....... twice on the driver's side and once on the passenger side.
TIME FOR A BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURE
|November 26, 1997
AND NOW THE AFTER!!
|January 31, 1998
Just about 99% done. The seats are back in and the top is
on. And the top was a treat in itself. I should have installed the top before putting the
seats in as there would have been more room for maneuvering. This was also a two person
job and luckily person two was back from the mall! There's just a few odds and ends
remaining to do: install the radio and kidney pads and I'll be done. Well, of course it's
never completely done. It was a beautiful weekend here in Connecticut, mid 40's, sunny and
dry roads, so we spent about an hour on both Saturday and Sunday driving around town. .