I've been gone for quite a while. With the spring semester over and most errands somewhat caught up on, I've decided to start tearing apart the SLO. I'm also going to put it back together by Friday or earlier.
Yesterday, I took out the whole interior & washed the carpet, and then I started doing noise insulation. Today, I somewhat mostly finished that up, but there'* still more to do tomorrow when I will put the whole interior back in.
The trunk is emptied out right now, and I'm going to start on that tomorrow, though whether or not that'* finished by the weekend isn't all that important. Next week, I'm going to take off the door panels and rework the mounting setup (long overdue), and I'll add fiberglass to make them stiffer so they don't squeak when people rest their knees on them.
I've been so busy that yesterday when I noticed errands calmed down, I immediately jumped to the SLO. I worked on it all day yesterday, except for when it started raining and I thought all my work was going to be carried away by a tornado, and all day today, except for when my dog was run over before I had to go to work. My sister a few years ago bought a mini Yorkie puppy, and this dog, Bella, grew to be a family dog. Bella died today in a horrific car accident, but at least no kids were around to see it.
On that note, here are some pictures:
Note the giant stain from 2009 when some supercharger oil leaked out of two or three superchargers while I was on my way to Connecticut'* NEBF.
All the small things are in individual bags so that I know what goes where.
I got a table to let the carpet dry a bit better than it could with a jackstand and some seat. The carpet was washed with simple green, baking soda, and some laundry soap. I used a new tire brush on it, and though most of it was cleaned, I couldn't get out the rust from the chair feet.
Note again this stain. It'* still wet. Wherever I put down this thing, there'* a wet spot after I pick it up. The floor beneath had started to rust, so I scrubbed off the flaking paint and put on a truck bed liner. I have POR 15 and would rather use it, but a friend of mine is borrowing it right now. As you'll see soon, POR 15 may not be needed here.
I found the air bag sensor!
People'* thoughts on noise dampening are collectively all over the place. The OE method is to stick a sheet in the middle of a piece of metal that resonates, and the resonance is then dampened. Over the whole section then goes a large sheet of vinyl or another compound. This is generally what I'm doing, except I'm going overboard. Going overboard is not recommended, but it'* fun.
Here is a shot of such a material as the Evercoat stuff, and it'* thinner and lighter. This is a picture of the area by the front passenger'* feet. I lifted the vinyl stuff to get the shot, and now I see there'* a dead bug in the picture. Soon, you'll see that this bug is now forever preserved in the Bonneville... Unless it'* been vacuumed out.
Same area; vinyl padding let down.
That'* all for yesterday. I went out during the rain to see if I could buy a couple more things and also to check for leaks after driving. So, I put in the seat and some fraction of the shifter assembly.
The carpet was still wet & sat in the garage overnight. Today, I set it outside to dry out some more. In the meantime, I covered my floor in a gooey roof covering that'* supposed to waterproof roofs. It'* good stuff.
Notice that I didn't put on a reasonable amount (I put on less). The Evercoat glue smelled awful, so I basically sealed in it with the roof stuff.
Now, carpet glue for my vinyl!
As the shade crept ever more over the Alero, I shifted the carpeting toward the trunk.
I noticed the area under the rear seat wasn't as bad as I've seen on some other H-bodies, but traditionally this section leaks & rusts a ton.
And speaking of leaks, I noticed that the fluffy carpet-like section under the front seats hadn't attracted any water, so I decided to put it in. Also, I noticed that after I took out the shifter assembly, the car even with its ebrake started rolling backwards a bit. A throttle body and a battery make excellent wheel chocks.
Then, my dog was run over and I left to go to work. I work for a pet vaccination clinic in which mainly I pet dogs. Today was odd. I came back and kept working, but I didn't have much light. These pictures were taken at about 9 PM.