How to Install a Carpet Kit in a TR6

Written by william zane
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The TR6 was a 6-cylinder convertible sports car manufactured in England by the Triumph car company from 1969 to 1976. Today the TR6 is a popular classic car. There are plenty of companies offering restoration components for the model, which was made in very high numbers. One part that often needs to be replaced is the TR6's carpeting, which over the years can become very worn. A new carpet kit is an important part of any serious TR6 restoration.

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Things you need

  • Socket set and ratchet
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Degreaser
  • Rags
  • Carpet adhesive
  • Sound deadening
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the seats. Tilt the seats forward and remove the two rear bolts that hold the seats to the seat rails. Set the seats aside. Remove the bolts that hold the seat rails to the floor boards with a socket and a ratchet. There are a total of four bolts, two at the front and two at the back. Remove the rear interior trim. The trim is held on with small screws that are removed with a Phillips screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Remove the shift knob by unscrewing it. Pull the shift boot and rubber insulator off of the shift lever. Remove the side kidneys that extend into the footwells and that are screwed to the centre console with a screwdriver. Remove the bolts that hold the centre console to the floor boards with a socket and ratchet. Remove the bolts that hold the top edge of the centre console to the dash. Withdraw the centre console from the car.

  3. 3

    Remove the old carpet, pulling it up and out of the car. The majority of the carpeting is glued into place. The side kick panels on the outer wall of the foot wells are held on with screws that are removed with a Phillips screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Pull the old sound deadening out. Clean the floorboards and the entire interior surface with degreaser and a clean dry rag before beginning the installation of the new carpeting. Glue new sound deadening to the back of each piece of carpeting in the carpet kit. Place the pieces of carpeting down on the sound deadening and cut the sound deadening to fit. Make sure you cut the sound deadening a little smaller than the carpet so that it is not visible when the carpeting is installed in the interior.

  5. 5

    Install the side rail carpet pieces on either side of the interior first. These are the long, thin pieces that extend down the insides of the door sills. These pieces have an edge that needs to tucked and glued to the channel that the door seal is attached to. Spray a light layer of carpet adhesive on the back of the carpet. Pull up the door sill and then glue the vinyl edge of the carpet down on the channel, reinstalling the door seal once the carpet is installed.

  6. 6

    Install the piece that goes over the transmission tunnel where the tunnel is bolted to the firewall below the dash. Use carpet adhesive on the back side of all of the pieces of carpeting. Install the carpeting that covers the far wall of the foot wells. Make sure that when you install the carpeting behind the pedals that the carpet does not get in the way of full pedal travel. You may have to trim the carpet a little to get a perfect fit. Install the side panels that are screwed into place on the outer vertical surfaces of the foot wells.

  7. 7

    Install the two pieces over the transmission tunnel, ensuring that the piece with the bound edge is on top and concealing the untrimmed piece. Install the floor board carpeting that goes under the seat rails. Most carpet kits will have holes in the appropriate places for the bolts that hold the rails in place.

  8. 8

    Install the carpeting over the emergency brake. Install the carpeting in the area behind the seats and on the inner sides of the rear wheel arches, ensuring that the carpet pieces underlap that rear trim pieces enough that when the trim pieces are reinstalled the carpeting is captured underneath their edges.

  9. 9

    Reinstall the centre console. It may take some effort to get the bolts for the console to line up properly with the holes in the carpet and the holes in the floorboards. Tighten the bolts with a socket and a ratchet. Install the rubber shift boot insulator and the shift boot. Install the seat rails and the seats.

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