While I have the interior ripped out... recovering the seats question
Yep. I ripped out the interior and am in the process of first laying down some honest to goodness thermal insulation (equivalent of Dynaliner but cheaper, because this ain't a Ferrari, after all) before replacing my AC evaporator and getting that system running again.
I have an 82 car, with the ubiquitous (for that year, anyway) silver on blue. My seats are from an '84, but are trashed. For years I've wanted to recover them, and now it seems finding pre-fabricated seat covers in a blue that is even close to original is next to impossible. Having them made from scratch is out of the question at more than $1k per seat.
However I can find complete tan or black seat cover kits all day every day, and for about half the price of the blue sets.
I know it's possible to dye vinyl to match existing interior colors with satisfactory results, with the tan kit being the better candidate, but I'm wondering at this point if it might not be easier to just change over the interior color. The plastic and vinyl bits like the dash, console, and door cards can be painted black, and I already have a lead on black carpet (with floor mats) locally.
I dunno. The blue is funky and unique, but I'm tempted to do this, rather than spend more than $2k on blue covers or attempt to dye a new tan kit in a shade that only somewhat matches the original.
What have ya'll done?
as good as a car can be... briefly.