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Old 04-01-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Looking to answer one question and thoughts on another in reference to Bonneville carpet.

Background- Bonneville had water flood the floor and sat with water in floor for six months (while I was deployed). I had to cut out the driverí* carpet and left rear passenger carpet to fix the electrical issues as a result of the standing water. This destroyed the already tired and worn carpet. I am currently driving with a metal floor. Doesnít look all that bad, but I keep getting factory carpet adhesive on my shoe bottoms and bringing the adhesive into the house

Question- how to remove the carpet (what is involved). I know removal of the two front seats (which is fairly easy), and rear bench seat bottom (super easy), but what about the carpet under the floor console?

In the replacement carpet, Ebay has four sellers that do nothing but make factory carpet replacements. They claim to mold it perfectly, but reading reviews it seams most do a poor job on the foam underneath of the carpet. Also, that have to cut the holes in the carpet and trim it. I am looking to avoid all that. I have contacted junk yards via email that have later model (GXPs) parts for sale on Ebay, but all claim they do not have the carpet. My guess is they do have the carpet, but donít want to mess with it, as it may be dirty, abused or wet. I am willing to buy a late model dirty and wet carpet and clean it.

My concern is that the two junk yards I contacted are about 150 miles away. That is a all day trip and a lot of fuel for not knowing if they have it and if they will sell it. The replacement carpet on Ebay runs about $140 plus shipping.

Attached is a pic of the cut out carpet.

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You have to remove both front seats and the floor console. Not really a difficult job, I would be surprised if it takes you an hour.
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Roy,

Have the seats out.

Any tips on getting the console out? Seems like I have to mess with a lot of the dash to get the console out, hopefully I am missing something.
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I had mine out 2 summers ago, and you have to remove a fair amount to get the console out. The FSM has a step by step instruction, so let me know if you get stuck and I will look it up. Mine were soaked to the point where the foam pads on the underside were sopping wet. Left them (front and rear) on the back deck in the summer sun for 2 or 3 days, and they dried out nicely.
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Roy,

Thanks for the help!

I did the carpet install yesterday, and it was a lot more work than it looked.

A few TTPs (Tips, Techniques. Procedures)

* Do this when you have a lot of time and space. All for doors will need to be open at the same time to make it easy

* Pull the front seats out of the car via the back doors. Do not unplug electric to seats until you have two of the bolts out so you can move the seat forward or backward for much easier bolt access

* You will need to take front of driver side dash cover off, along with cigarette tray and many parts of the floor console

**** Number one tip- put the rear carpet in first, but more importantly MAKE SURE REAR CARPET GOES UNDERNEATH THE CONSOLE AIRE DUCT. I left the console in when I replaced the carpet, so I didn't see the carpet being routed under the vent. I could not get the console to fit properly, and after 30 minutes of trying I studyied the old carpet and the light came on that I had not routed carpet properly under the rear air duct

On a plus note- while taking apart some of the console I found the ignition key lost 8 years ago while at the body shop. They may have placed it on the cup holder and it somehow slipped deep into the console.
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Where did you get the carpet? How does it look? Why are there no pictures with this thread?
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Roy,

Will post pics tomorrow. Bought the carpet from Olmsted out of Ohio, a salvage yard that deals with Bonneville quite a bit. Paid $125 including shipping. Carpet was cleaned, but had a hole in it that will be covered by floor mat.

I could of had great carpet, but under water for $10 from a local salvage yard, I would of had to pull it. Looking, back, that is what i would of done, as all the carpets from the salvage yards seems to be under water after the car starts to get stripped. I am sure the carpet I bought was dried out by the seller- he pre warned me of this. I knew that is what happened because the bottom plastic cover was removed from the foam.

I am super glad I did this. The Bonny looks great again, it looked terrible with half the carpet out, the tar glue getting on my shoes, etc. I feel like I have a new car.

Pictures coming tomorrow!
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