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Old 30th-May-2019, 12:39 PM   #1
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Carpet install advice

Hi All, going to install the carpet kit in my '72 and would like some advice.
Using an ACC molded, loop carpet kit. I have it sitting out in the sun to get pliable but I'm interested to know what you have done to get a flat, tight installation.
Do you glue it down? What glue? Can you glue to dynamat? Do you use a heat gun to help mold? Maybe a couple of black screws where the toe board, trans tunnel and floor come together, (I know to be careful when drilling into loop)?
Please give me you tricks. I'd like it to be tight and wrinkle-free.
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Old 30th-May-2019, 12:57 PM   #2
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I had a shop do mine but I know there was no glue involved.
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I have the ACC Molded Loop on my 66. Did not use any Glue on mine either. Just sat it out in the sun. Be careful if you are thinking of using a heat gun, it could burn the fabric
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Once you get it in the car, it's going to slowly mold itself into place. You'll likely have to trim the sides - but make sure to leave enough to go under the sills. I only had to make one relief cut at the very top of the tranny tunnel to get mine to lay flat. It won't be stretched tight like in a house, but it settles down surprisingly well as you work with it.

No glue, no heat gun, no screws. Just tuck it under the trim and you should be good. My turned out great.
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Ditto with rquad. When I did mine I just had to trim each side a bit and that was it. No glue or anything.
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Hey Guys, thank you for all of the great advice. I listened!
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I also installed ACC molded loop carpet in my 74 Nova years ago. Same installation method as rquad and drm101 stated. No glue... No heat gun... and I needed to trim each side of the carpet to sit under the door sills. When you bolt in the front seats, that will also help keep the carpet in place and close to the floor.

I also purchased the ACC front and rear fitted floor mats. I was very pleased with the overall quality and fit of both the carpet and the floor mats.


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Old 30th-May-2019, 09:34 PM   #8
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Rifraf, looks great. lays flat w/o puckers. I'll be happy if mine comes out like yours.
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Old 12th-June-2019, 01:40 AM   #9
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Sounds like ACC is a good place to get carpet.
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ACC is pretty much the only manufacturer. Although I think ACC is a descent product, my opinion is they could do a better job of molding. If they had better dies, (I'm assuming they are using floor pan sections) the rug could better fit all of the contours.

Example, in my '72 when I aligned the carpet's molded-in rear riser area of the rear carpet half to fit the backseat riser in the floor, the front of that carpet section then did not fit the factory floor indentations along the rockers. So, you have to decide which area of fitment is more important. (sorry for the long meandering sentence, hope it makes sense).
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Old 12th-June-2019, 02:21 PM   #11
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scroll down through this link. There are a couple of short videos on how to restore carpet including a pretty neat way to make a perfect hole

https://www.classiccarrestorationclu...-carpet-seats/

I guess the carpet one is a premium video but they do mention in the discretion about using a steamer- would be a good way to relax the carpet so it will mold to the floor better/ faster.
You could also lay exercise weights in the foot area overnight.
The heat radiating through the floor when you start driving will also help the carpet mold in place.

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