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Old 13-08-2008, 11:56 PM   #1
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Vxr Nurburgring Interior Detail

Interior Leather and Vinyl


Now the interior was gonna be difficult on this car due to the limited edition leather seats and being neated i really didnt want to start ripping them apart as yet....I have quotes for carbon sides and back seats and also to change the leather but keep existing heat pads etc but i wont be doing this for at least a year .....

I did decide i needed some embroiderry doing on the car though so i got together with Dave of DRJ-Media and he came up with a small design for me that he felt could be incorporated on the rear parcel shelf and also a carpet for the boot to protect my new install....

Steve at classic car services did me proud again and had the rear shelf trimmed in matching leather and embroidered the same as the carpet so i was well pleased....It also had my build number i requested 600 in the centre...











Next onto the cleaning and maintenance of the interior and prevention of leather fade or cracking in years to come...I have always used zy...mol for this to be honest because the finish Treat and Leather gives is second to none..

First of all i hoovered the car out and then Mequiars apc worked on the vinyl panels to ensure they were clean before treating them...





I used Zy...mol Vinyl on the plastic parts because i love the sheen it gives and the way it darkens it up slightly...




I will continue to do this everyday for 5 days the same as my last car to build the colour up slightly from the grey it is...

The whole of the boot area is then wiped over



and inside the rubber seals brushed out



and rehoovered




Then the rubber seals in the boot are treated with Aerospace 303 a uv fade resistant milk that feeds the seals and prevents drying out...



This is applied




Next the interior of the car is brushed out











and vinyled











and then buffed off to a beautiful sheen











Now all the interior plastic has previously been z2 pro,ed so it was case of wiping with Z8 to get the Piano Black up and nicely shiny













Next is the leather...Zy...mol Treat is used for this and i have previoulsy used Zy...mol leather cleaned the seats and door cards to make sure they are spotless..





All the leather is wiped over after i have left the heating on for half hour to open up the pores so the leather can breathe and allow the milk to penetrate...




Slight darkening which i love and after 2 treatments the colouration is better and deeper





The rear shelf is also done





then the whole car is wiped and buffed up to a lustrious sheen









Interior Lighting



Now one thing i seriously am unhappy about with new cars especially Vauxhall is orange lighting.. I decided before the car turned up we had to have a Burg Day and arranged for 3 cars to be ready for my good friend Daz better known as vxrcourt3 the lighting specialist to come down from Cleethorpes for the day to change everything over...

He has mastered the art of doing this safely and is possibly the only person i would trust on my car electrically to do a job like this....This is generally expressed as anyone who can solder can do it but i beg to differ...I have seen work by authorised auto electrical companies try to achieve this with the canbus system and have seen the outcomes aswell....

So we all arrived early and waited for Daz to arrive from his hotel











Daz got to work on my car and started to strip the interior














Due to haveing a double din he had already done my radio headunit supplied with the vehicle as i had sent it to him previously.








All my centre console was now stripped out





Next was the speedo and instrument section








All stripped this included doors and roof aswell





Daz then set about stripping all the individual parts








and the instrument section taken apart





to reveal all the Surface Mount Diodes





Daz then marked all the smd,s with a small pen to show the correct polarity.








This is one area many people fail when doing this as they break the wafer thin ribbon to the screen





All apart and ready for soldering











Now i have to be honest these smd,s come in 3 sizes and i thought they were small but they are ridulous...Daz uses a special soldering iron for his due to the fact they are miniscule....one slip and the circuit board is a goner...




This is a typical example of the size of some of the smd,s as you can see between the two red arrows.....Now imagine trying to solder that onto a circuit board....Daz has very steady hands and the risk of a new £700 instrument panel should he slip....This is why trust him and no one else....











Checking each one as he goes before and after...all 120 of them.

















Once it is all finished everything is fitted back together










and checking before i set off...(This is his normal driving position..)





and all back together...time taken 4 hours


Typical Vauxhall Before








And after on mine






















And my friend videoed over my shoulder for me to show in absolute darkness whilst driving how good the lighting is..

Total Darkness Video


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Old 13-03-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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Incredible work - and your very brave to take a brand new dash apart!
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Old 13-03-2009, 03:50 PM   #3
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love the blue looks so much better than stardard, fair play to that man, they are tiny!!
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amazing! just simply stunning! i LOVE this!

just a quick question on the head unit, is the speed etc diplayed via the gps on the headunit? and how is the volts meter displayed?

thanks in advance!
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Your attention to detail in detailing and modding is on another planet, awesome job!
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Looks much better mate, great job.
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its the little things like this what make a good car excelent
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Old 19-09-2011, 08:39 AM   #8
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amazing! just simply stunning! i LOVE this!

just a quick question on the head unit, is the speed etc diplayed via the gps on the headunit? and how is the volts meter displayed?

thanks in advance!
shaun
Yes the headunit has a facility to show volts , speed, angle of the vehicle, gforce etc but I'm unsure how it calculates this, it also allows different dashboards to display this info..
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