Cesar sent me photos of some small pieces he decided he wanted to practice on. Practice that is, using the leather, as well as some new glue he got?
He also found red thread that he thought matched the red accents in the car. An FYI, this was about August 17 of last year, so as of this writing almost a year ago...
Anyway, I'll let the photos do the talking.
First up is the right side kick panel (next to the driver's right foot):
|Right side kick panel|
|Close up of right side kick panel - that is LEATHER!!|
|Cover for right side of transmission tunnel (to left of driver)|
|Close up of non-visible side|
|Close up, different section. You can see the leather pores!|
|The attention to detail is nice. He didn't have to wrap the base of the flare holder!|
|Sharp eyed readers will note that this is NOT your typical flare but rather the modern version.|
|Again this is hidden from view.|
|And this section connects to the side side kick plates. |
I wonder how this will look on my car, as I have kick plates that light up now
|You can see the rough edges of the leather where the ignition key surround is inserted.|
|The underside. Again not visible but wow. A shame really... I guess I can caress it with my knees when I drive?|
|Top piece from the left side.|
|Put together. Cesar assured me that once screwed tight together the seams won't be as visible.|
|From the other side.|
|Looks VERY RED from a distance.|
|But close up, I'd say the color is spot on.|
|Compared with the leather, in order to see the contrast it will have with the black leather.|
|Can anyone guess what car this is from?|
So I measured the space for clearance, and then the inner height of the vents. Looks possible. The vents are narrower than the width of the console, so that is not a problem. However, given the downward curve of the inner portion of the vents, looks like it can only be mounted one way...
I sent the vent to Cesar anyway. I figured that, worst case if it cannot be made to fit, we could just throw it out and not use it...
Meanwhile I got a notice that the alcantara I had ordered had finally shipped and was on its way to Cesar...