In my last post, I showed you all photos concerning the center console. A very nice piece of work I think, with tasteful application of Alcantara inside the console.
You may recall however that the Alcantara was originally for the gauge surround and the glove box interior. So, here are those photos.
First, the gauge surround:
|Can't really tell from the lighting but...|
|Here you can. Alcantara, YUM!|
|Nice. Can't wait to caress it as I drive...|
Which gets transformed into THIS:
|This treatment alone makes the car look $20,000 more expensive. And yes, I thought about getting the glovebox door damped hinges, so it would open up slowly and majestically like in my Lexus... a future project?|
|Wow that is gorgeous!|
|Wait, what's this? A circle has got to be one of the most difficult to cover.|
Finally, as I mentioned earlier, there were several other pieces that Cesar had covered in leather.
|The large piece is the panel right above the driver's knees. And the small piece is the cover for the fuse box.|
|This is what I had sent Cesar.|
|A close up shot of the left bottom corner.|
|This is a switch blank. On the Series 3 this is where the rear fog light switch is situated.|
|A close up of the right bottom area. Check out that stitching!!|
|A view of the section where the fuses would be. Love how Cesar managed to smoothly wrap the detents.|
|Another view of the stitching. Drool....|
|Ok, here is an even better shot! Awesome right?|
|From the top looking down. Note how the top horizontal piece (right below where the steering column would be) is smoothly stitched to the main piece - that is only straight line!|
|This is the fuse box cover. Note how the leather extends into the hand hold. That is going to feel nice!|
|How it looks attached to the main panel.|
And of course we can't forgot the glovebox door, as I had shown the work being done it earlier:
|All leather. Actually I was tempted to go Alcantara as well.|
|Close up. You can see the pores in the leather!!|
Finally, and without me asking for it, Cesar had gone ahead and used the leather to make a boot for the parking brake lever.
|You can see the snaps and the red stitching.|
|Unfortunately, I don't like snaps. It doesn't look OEM...|
|Installed, looks pretty good but...|
|Was a tough call but I decided I didn't like the single red stitching to go all the way up this boot.|
In any case, with these smaller pieces done, it was now time to take the dashboard...