Initially, the plan was to send in the inside door panels and the rear seat panels, and then do the dashboard/center console last, as I still need to drive my car once in a while I wanted to keep my original dashboard. It also didn't help that I couldn't find a used series 2 or 3 (with passenger airbag) dashboard.
This is when I got lucky - as I kept trying to find another dashboard, when I messaged my buddy Tim "Moff" Nichols in the UK. He's a fellow 33 owner/fan and also runs a car related business, The Moff Shop, where some of what he does is dismantling cars. And yes he had an R33 dashboard and center console, and he was also happy to supply me with those pieces for this project! So, I decided to hold off sending my door and rear seat panels, in the hopes that while Cesar worked on the dashboard, I would be able to find spare Series 3 pieces on Yahoo Auction or eBay.
Tim was kind enough to send over some photos to show that the dash appeared to be in decent condition...
So I paid for shipping and the pieces were on the way to Cesar. Thank you Tim!
However, because the dashboard was missing a few pieces, I ended up finding some more used parts on Yahoo Japan (one seller agreed to send directly to Mexico) and I also took some harder-to-find pieces off of my own car.
|Like this gauge surround piece.|
|And this piece from the bottom of the dash, above the driver's legs|
|Red arrows for what would be covered in leather, and yellow for what is to be left untouched. |
Pink to ask him what we should do there.
We also discussed other details, such as his stitching technique, for example:
|Incredible! I have no complaints here...|
And as you likely saw in the Speedhunters article, he also showed me different thread spacing and coloring options:
|Black wide stitching|
|Black narrow stitching|
|White narrow stitching|
|Narrow white stitching|
|Wide red stitching|
Meanwhile I had my friend Russ, fellow car nerd (mostly FD3s) and known worldwide for his blog RE-xtreme, do some quick photoshop renditions to see whether red or white stitching (and single or double) would look good on the dash:
|Single stitch red thread, mock up|
|Double stitch red thread, mock up|
|Double stitch white thread, mock up|
|Hmm. Maybe... I guess this car isn't really designed for stitching...|
|And the rear seat side panels, I guess this is the only logical way to do this?|