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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 19, 9:41 AM
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I have a larger than stock transmission tunnel in my 1966 Chevelle and the available stock molded carpet sets donít quite reach the door sill plates.
Has anyone ever bought carpet by the roll and molded their own carpet to the floor? I want to use the stock loop style carpet. I know I could make it in sections and have the edges bound but that wonít look stock.
Any tricks?
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The molding process involves heating flat carpet and pressing it in a mold. Some aftermarket sets fit better than others, likely because of the accuracy of the molds. I've experimented with flat carpet stock, heating the hell out of it with a heat gun, then laying it into a difficult area like the corner under the gas pedal then pressure forming with a sandbag. Sorta worked, but I have no idea how you could simultaneously heat and bag a large area like the toeboards, footwells and trans hump before the carpet cooled.
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Great work but, man, that can't be easy
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post #18 of 22 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 19, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Donald d. Locklear, Iím running a 6L50e transmission and itís giagantic. I did make my own transmission tunnel. And driveshaft tunnel too since the transmission output flange is so high up.
I did talk to a local upholstery shop and they said there were a couple solutions. First would be to use carpet by the yard to cover the trans tunnel and then split the ACC carpet I already bought in the middle, installing it from the door sills in. The transtunnel carpet would go over the ACC carpet on the sides of the tunnel hiding the seam somewhat. The console will help too.
Second was he said ACC WILL sell him wider cuts of molded carpet (ACC has still not responded to my info request for the same thing).
Iíve attached a pic of how much the carpet misses by. Itís actually worst than this pic shows because itís not sitting down on the floor in the rear.
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Dennis,
You can buy UNbacked Ozite carpet that you can stretch and form into shape without a heat molding process.
We use it in the Aircraft Industry.

It will need to be glued to a Jute backing to hold its shape. Buy a yard of it and experiment, you will see its very easy to work with.

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Re: Mold your own carpets?

I'm not sure if it can be done successfully with "Loop" style carpet but I've seen residential and commercial carpet "seamed" with a heat activated backing tape.
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I'm not sure if it can be done successfully with "Loop" style carpet but I've seen residential and commercial carpet "seamed" with a heat activated backing tape.
Hot seam repair works fine on automotive loop carpet. I did a dummy when installing new carpet in my 59 Belair and cut the sills too short. Took the carpet and some scraps to a friend who's a carpet installer and he seamed on extra material and the repair was invisible.
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I want to stay with the loop because it looks ďcorrectĒ.

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