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1973 Gremlin Project.... "The Demise of Sanity"

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Been too cold to really do anything to the car.
Finished up the back seat rest last week before the cold snap.
I used 3/4" plywood instead of the treated 5/8" that came from the factory. I think I should probably put some sort of sealant/stain on the raw wood before covering it. Going to re-use the original foam as it is still in nice shape.
I will drop off everything to the upholsterer when I get the door panels from him.
Door panels will be black vinyl with a silver pinch out line to match the dash, and a blue thread stitch that will match the caravelle blue paint. I am going to let him do the design.

Rounded the hard edges in the cut outs.






Other then this, I am just waiting for a little bit warmer weather.
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I like it. 

I never painted or sealed the wood in "The Rambler", just glued carpet to it. In 5 years or so, it has never been an issue. It was mighty close to 5/8" maybe a 32 thickness. 

I know what you mean about warmer weather, it effects my shop and progress too..... LOL

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Gives me an idea for removal of the rear seat and building a floor in back with storage where the seat bottom was, side panels for rear speakers and a panel in the rear for a sub and amps.
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Originally posted by 73hornut 73hornut wrote:

Gives me an idea for removal of the rear seat and building a floor in back with storage where the seat bottom was, side panels for rear speakers and a panel in the rear for a sub and amps.

Removed the rear seat  in our American, added a floor and back panel all covered with carpet. Now a storage area for chairs, ice chest, shade tent, etc. 

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Cleaned up the mess finally from the install of the roll bar. Got everything sealed back up with some epoxy primer. I'll finish it off with some high build tomorrow.







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It's amazing how many times we put stuff together and take it apart !!! 

I guess every small step is a giant leap to the finished product..........LOL

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The wood on seats and such is generally not sealed from the factory. That said, I usually seal mine. Doesn't hurt anything. A coat of latex paint or polyurethane would be all you need.
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I know that the original plywood that was in the car is/was a treated piece of wood. 
I used the original as a pattern and when I cut out the holes for the rear bars, there was a definite stench of treated wood. Does the piece that I made need anything on it as far as a treatment..??  
Probably not as the car will hopefully never see rain and spend the rest of it's life living in the garage. Just figured it would be a good idea to put something on it. 
Woke up to about 3" of snow and it's still coming down. 
I might live in the lowest elevation point in Idaho, but it is still winter and Idaho is known for its snow..!! Smile

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Originally posted by BrotherBamc BrotherBamc wrote:

I know that the original plywood that was in the car is/was a treated piece of wood. 
I used the original as a pattern and when I cut out the holes for the rear bars, there was a definite stench of treated wood. Does the piece that I made need anything on it as far as a treatment..??  
Probably not as the car will hopefully never see rain and spend the rest of it's life living in the garage. Just figured it would be a good idea to put something on it.


Thompsons Water Seal would penetrate, seal, and keep the wood looking natural.
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Back to single color again.







Thompsons Water Seal is a great idea. Thanks.
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