The details, that's what!
First, as I had hinted in previous posts about the front doors, we had decided to modernize by having reflective + light up LED courtesy lamps in the front doors. Actually, I had initially sent over some old Nissan Laurel white door courtesy lamps, but they did not look right as you can see below.
|Close up. Regular lightbulbs|
|Since a Laurel is a sedan, they sent me 4...|
|Although the idea was to sink them into the leather, this is when I decided white wasn't the look I wanted.|
So, I decided that I would prefer a red lens, and for longevity, LED.
|Cesar found this locally, but it looked too thin.|
I looked on Yahoo Auctions for something made by Nissan, but in the end found something cheap on Rakuten.
|Thin enough and easy one bolt installation|
|And big enough but not too large (and not thin like Cesar's find).|
Even though I had only sent over the rough dimensions of the lens unit in several photos like the previous 2, Cesar went ahead and prepared the doors.
|I was amazed that he had the confidence to do this...|
|Backside showing that these LED reflectors would be securely mounted.|
|Filling in the holes so the leather can be smoothly applied over.|
|A kind of a thread-lock, perhaps?|
|A preview of the door with the cutout for this lens.|
Five days later, Cesar informed me that the lenses had arrived, and sent me the following:
|LED securely attached, with leads out.|
|And talk about perfect fitment!|
OK so what was next? Well, given that there was bound to be some leather left over, we had decided to really go for a complete leather interior:
|See this seatbelt guide? We decided to wrap this in leather too.|
As I mentioned in another earlier post, I could not figure out how to remove this seatbelt guide, without cutting it. And yes, I unbolted the seat belt but getting this guide piece off without cutting would mean disassembly of the seat belt spring mechanism, and for safety reasons I did not want to do that.
|You can see how my Dremel cut the thinnest part of these seatbelt guides.|
|Cesar showing me how he wrapped it all in leather!|
|Here are the pieces, completed.|
|You can see that the extra length gets pulled around to the back|
|And there is enough pressure to keep it all from unravelling. Quite clever!|
And don't forget the overhead hand grips I had also sent:
These came out quite nice too.
|The lighting isn't very good but you can just make out the stitching on the underside...|
|Note I went with all black stitching. |
The reason is, OEM was all black too, and it helps to highlight the red stitching elsewhere. The cars I HAVE seen with red stitching on the boots, tend to look, in my opinion, a bit over done.
|Close up showing the beautiful stitch work|
|So you can see the brake lever stitching.|
Finally, my friend Alessandro had remarked that, true bespoke parts needed to have some kind of plaque as proof. Like the ones that Nissan has on the R35 GT-R:
Great idea, right? My problem was, however, that no matter how many times I asked Cesar to send me a photocopy of his signature, he never obliged me. I guess, maybe he thought it was a risk? He is a smart guy after all... so I had to improvise.
I found a company in the US, PlaqueMaker.com that makes custom plaques in different metals. Of course I chose titanium, and asked them to inscribe this message:
The finished result was a bit different, but as Cesar demonstrates below, it looks pretty good and the size was just right.
|Perfect way to finish this project, right?|
So Cesar was now finished, and was getting things wrapped up and ready to be sent out when the following finally arrived at his place:
|Whoops! But just in time...|
So what's next? Stay tuned...