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Old 12-17-2012, 06:47 AM
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Z3 Reupholstery Opinions

Need opinions on my upholstery project.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:08 PM
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Not for me

It's not my particular taste but looks like you did a fairly good job. I wouldn't be able to do this so my hat is off to you! Will you do anything else to the dash or seat covers for continuity?
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:28 PM
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I see you are a fan of the early Porsche 928's and the 70's Mustangs.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:40 PM
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As for continuity: new skin for the seats, black carpets, black dash with hounds tooth over the gauge cluster dome, airbag cover, and runners along the center console.

Hoping to wrap my sub enclosure with the same material!

Its been an incredible "trial and error" type deal. I just wanted to give the interior a little more personal flair. Has worked out so far! Wish me further luck lol

Also due to the classic nature of the pattern, I'd have to say yes! To both!

Thanks for your opinions!
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:59 AM
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Not my taste either

I agree that it looks like your installation is good, but it just does not seem to fit the personality of the cars in my opinion.
With your description of the rest of your plans, it sounds like you are going to do all the things to make the interior fit together. I look forward to seeing the end result. Maybe you can change my mind with the final product.
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:51 AM
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I agree...if it's your preference and you like it, that's what counts. My only other comment, after all of that work, wasn't there a way to hide that phillips screw on the door pull?
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:41 AM
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It does have that '70's British sports car look. Will you do Hounds tooth inserts in the seats? I think you will need a tweed jacket and cap, maybe wire wheels?
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:02 AM
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The pattern, I'll agree, dosen't exactly fit the "Z" personailty. But I do feel it fits me.

If I could find someone to customize seat skins there would most definately be some of the same pattern involved with them!

As for the phillips head screw, when I bought the car, there was a mile long list of things to fix. The previous owner had not addressed the leaks that are common to these cars. (or any problems for that matter) So, the semi-fiberboard door panel had swelled and fell apart in some places. When I tore into the doors I sured everything up with plates, screws, washers etc. That one screw is all you can see. Do I wish it was gone? YES! But it does make the handle sturdier.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:25 AM
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That one screw is all you can see. Do I wish it was gone? YES! But it does make the handle sturdier.
You might consider using those front licence plate screw round plastic covers (hopefully in black) to cover the screw head. Should make it look a little better.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:01 AM
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..hounds tooth over the gauge cluster dome...
You may want to lay some of the fabric on the dash, out in the sun, to see if the reflection off of the windshield is something you can live with before you wrap the cluster dome.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:07 AM
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Yeah good point khammack.
Solid black might be better in that spot.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:25 AM
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Definately a good point. Thanks for that!

Its been tought to find things that I can wrap. The fabric is tough but flexible and it only stretches one way. I originally wanted to do the majority of the dash but there are some odd shapes that would need a lot of Kneeding and pushing to get it to fit right.

I'll take any suggestions of interior pieces that might look/work well with accents of hounds tooth!
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