Just bought a semi dismantled Excel.. What could go possibly go wrong!

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Zaphod
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Re: Just bought a semi dismantled Excel.. What could go possibly go wrong!

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OK time for an update..
The driver's side carpet was torn up and partially missing and the passenger side was filthy and not looking like much would remain after it had been scrubbed so that all had to come out, the headlining had been ripped out and replaced badly by a previous owner with creme vinyl which had lots of air bubbles and lumpy glue. So I have replaced the carpets and started on the headlining.

This is just as I was clearing the lumps of glue from the roof.
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I hooked an oversized section of headlining in the gap at the rear of the roof and used bits of cardboard to wedge it in

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Then sprayed High Temp glue on the underside of the roof and upper face of the headlining material.

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and then cut the excess off with a Stanley knife OK the edges are a bit rough, but the trim panels go over that area...

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and then put the rear seats back in, I know the bit over the roll over bar will have to come back out when I do the front section next weekend but it's safe from dirt where it is!

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and some pics of the rest.. Eventually I might get the leather clean!

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Re: Just bought a semi dismantled Excel.. What could go possibly go wrong!

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I capped my rear section with a piece of plastic U Channel sprayed black.

Just push fit it into the gap between glass and roof with the excess material holding it.

Did a tidy finish.
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Re: Just bought a semi dismantled Excel.. What could go possibly go wrong!

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Was the aerial foil in ok condition under the front section?
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Re: Just bought a semi dismantled Excel.. What could go possibly go wrong!

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Hawaiis0 wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 17:58
Was the aerial foil in ok condition under the front section?
It was. Sadly, the glue used for the vinyl headlining is a bit too strong and it's ripped a lot of it off. I am wondering if a roll of speed tape will do the job!
Of all the things I have lost I think I miss my mind the most...

1952 MG TD
1957 MGA 1500
1959 Austin Healey Sprite
1975 MG Midget 1500
1990 Lotus Excel

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Re: Just bought a semi dismantled Excel.. What could go possibly go wrong!

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Zaphod wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 23:50
Hawaiis0 wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 17:58
Was the aerial foil in ok condition under the front section?
It was. Sadly, the glue used for the vinyl headlining is a bit too strong and it's ripped a lot of it off. I am wondering if a roll of speed tape will do the job!
Just glue some Turkey foil on the roof to replace it. Needs to be metallic.

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