Cesar initiated the conversation by sending me the following photos, with the wooden stick pointing at the part he was wondering about. A keen eye will also spot the white pin stripe taping, which indicates where we were discussing where the red stitching might go.
|Instrument Gauge Surround|
For the gauge surround, Cesar pointed out that this trim piece is very susceptible to scratches. He proposed to cover it in leather, unless I was going to cover in a special plastic paint or made into carbon fiber. After some discussion, we agreed wrapping in Alcantara would be the best solution.
|This central dashboard piece.|
|Center console coin tray|
|Handbrake and handbrake boot|
|Shift boot and plastic frame|
|Red - leather; Yellow - leave alone; Pink - carbon, hopefully|
Incidentally, I had also proposed some ideas as well. Being that no one is allowed to smoke, eat or drink in my car, I decided that the ashtray at the rear of the center console was useless. I had a couple of ideas:
|Apologies to the copyright holder of this photo.|
|Again, sorry to the copyright holder.|
And then, as fortune would have it, one of my fellow R33 GT-R owners by the name of Marc Binet (Belgian guy) showed me some R33 GT-R interior parts he had himself reskinned in carbon fiber:
|I was particularly impressed with how cleanly the carbon weave was - it's straight everywhere.|
|Wow! Except for the gloss, this might work very well.|
|This was for reference only. I wanted this piece to be leather.|
The hard part for me was, trying to decide what parts in the car interior to do in carbon, versus Alcantara or leather. But meanwhile Cesar started work on the dashboard...