Having established the integrity of the bodywork, we identified a couple of small welding repair jobs needing to done on the rear seatbelt floor area, so we knew we had a basically sound car to work on but the state of the dash veneers and carpets/seats would need work so we ordered a second-hand centre dash switch panel and had it reworked and film dipped to similar wood effect to the original.
It looked so good it made the main dash look shabby so I ordered on eBay another dash panel and it gets the same treatment.
The process of swapping the complete dashboard is not for the fainthearted but the end result was worth it. I asked Darren to replace the cigar lighter with an Aux/USB socket for the radio. He went a step further and altered the original Jag cigar knob to fit into the USB so disguising it. Genius!
Silencing the Cow Bells
There is a system for exhausting the interior air out through the rear shelf into the boot lid space. It utilises four flaps which ring like cowbells every time you shut the doors. The original damping material falls off through time causing the annoying ringing sound. See this forum post...
Since this car would have a serious sound system fitted and much panel damping, the last thing we need was extra unwanted resonances, so the plenum chamber and flaps were fixed.
The seats and carpets in a thirty-five-year-old car were showing their age and the original plan was to get my pal David from a local cleaning company called Dry Fusion to have a look, however, having spent this much. I figured the carpets were too bad so ordered a Complete Carpet set from aldridge.co.uk The new carpets came quickly and Darren expertly fitted them, lovely!
The seats were either going to be replaced, re-trimmed or repaired so we thought we would have a go at repairing them first with a leather repair kit purchased from the furnitureclinic.co.uk Once more my young assistant who had never done this kind of work in the past has excelled and he says he enjoyed the experience.