Jason Coupe DeVille Resto: Interior Pieces Out for Some Upholstery Work and Painting

Two interior issues being addressed on my 64 CDV:

While I was off work this week I removed the bench seat to have new fabric sewn on the back bottom of seat, and to fix a missing button and add some new padding.  Along with the seat, I also took the arm rests that need to be redyed and some cracking on my left driver side arm rest. I also might see about dying that gear shift lever cap sandalwood.

For the paint shop, I removed all the items that unbolt from the dash including lower dash cover and left ash tray, over the column cover, steering column itself, glove box door, right side ash tray door, and top front door panel metal plates and took all to local paint ship for painting. Looking closely at the dash 95% of the scratching was on the removable panels and not on the small % of core exposed dash once everything is removed.  If paint will match up close enough to dash it will save me from removing the entire dash....but will be ready to take that step if I need to. 

I also ordered and have on hand a new rear package shelf and think I can install that myself.  I will post some more pictures of the rear package tray as it goes in.

Here is a panoramic of my interior with the interior items removed and some earlier pictures before everything was removed.





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Comment by Jason Edge on January 7, 2015 at 9:47pm

They are rare. Of 43 parts cars and 5 driver 1963's and 1964's maybe 5 or 6 had rear seat belts.   Snake-Oyl and others can provide seat belts, but finding them with the original mounting hardware, belts, and crested buckles is hard.  For any one looking for the original belts, I can add you to the Wait List. Just shoot me an email with fabric color preference. 

Comment by Robert Gonzalez on January 7, 2015 at 3:40pm

are those rear seatbelts rare originals or do you know of a good source to buy them?

Comment by Jason Edge on March 21, 2014 at 8:03pm

Bumping up for Alex are any one else that might need to clean and grease the window motors, cam channels, and guides.

Comment by Don Mackenzie on November 15, 2013 at 8:31pm
nice work Jason...
Comment by Jason Edge on November 15, 2013 at 11:36am

Well, door tracks and channels are regreased and alignment adjusted and door panels are installed and will stick a fork in this project and call it done!  Well I still have to adjust the left side ash tray a bit and paint the kick panel rear finish trim but the big items are done!  Now to get everything cleaned up and ready for the Carolina Collector Auto Fest tomorrow.  CALL IT CUTTING IT CLOSE!!

Here are a couple of pictures with my door panels and refurbished arm rests installed:




Comment by Jason Edge on November 14, 2013 at 5:48pm

Bench seat is installed, but first took the seat transmission apart and cleaned out the old grease and sprayed shafts with white lithium spray grease and liberally applied white lithium cup grease to the cavity.  I also thoroughly cleaned the seat rails and actuator and sprayed a layer of the white lithium grease up in the track.

Below are a few pictures which have also been added to the photo album at:

Carpet cleaned and ready for Bench Seat Installed. I actually cleaned the carpet yesterday while on a lunch break from work. I've been pinching every minute trying to have car ready for Saturday!



Bench Seat installed and tested. Transmission works great!



The 6 way power seat transmission was disassembled, cleaned and new lithium grease added. The casing comes apart via Phillips screws.  Be sure to note the way the everything comes apart. 

The cavity and solenoid shafts should be completely cleaned. The grease dries very heard preventing the solenoid slide plates from popping out engage the seat cable gears. I use 0000 steel wool and WD 40 to clean shafts and cavity. Make sure the slide plates on the shafts are slid completely off the "squared" section and all dried grease is removed.  I had to really bear down to get the old brown dried grease out of the cavity. Here it is nice and clean:



 Ready to put back together:



Installed under the seat with cleaned seat rails and actuators.




New Carpet installed on the seats bottom back. They also added new padding and added a couple of missing buttons:




Picture of the painted/dyed sandalwood cap. I was very pleased how close the got the color to the tilt and turn signal lever caps...and gave me a half can of the paint for future touchups.


Comment by Jason Edge on November 13, 2013 at 7:28pm

Thanks Gerald.  I've got the bench seat home, rails cleaned, transmission removed, cleaned greased, and bench seat sitting up in the car but not bolted down.   Also have turn signal and gear shift lever installed. They were able to dye the gear shift lever cap with a color they had on hand that was very close to the dark sandalwood I was after.  They even gave me the rest of the spray can as they said they had this color (already forgot what they called it) from another project.  More later!

Comment by Gérald Fourdin on November 13, 2013 at 3:30pm

Beautiful look it is clear color, mine is full black inside and out. Maybe even a little too!

Comment by Jason Edge on November 12, 2013 at 10:24pm

Well I was back at work today so my time was limited in the afternoon and evening but got all wiring under dash off column reconnected, and installed the dash box door, and lower instrument panel cover below column. I also readjusted the column by moving the front large hanger bracket to align it perfectly with the round top ridge of the over the column piece. It had never lined up perfectly and probably spent upwards of an hour on getting it right.  Only thing missing on the dash now are the gear shift lever and turn signal lever which I'll install tomorrow evening after work.

Here are a few pictures with dash panels installed:








Comment by Russ Austin on November 12, 2013 at 9:14am

Looking good, keep up the pace.


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