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JFairman JFairman is offline
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The interior is actually in good shape, it just needs alot of TLC and time put into it.
The foam rubber in the dashboard isn't all swollen up above the AC vent from being parked in the hot sun for 3 decades and thats a very good thing.

I don't see any rips or holes in the leather seats or door panels so with 2-3 gallons of wash laquer thinner (it's alot cheaper to buy a 5 gallon bucket in the long run), a whole bunch of clean terry cloth rags and elbow grease you could strip most of the old dye off until you begin to see light brown leather underneath, let it dry according to instructions and then brush on a liberal coat of leather rejuvenator oil that is actually water based, let it soak in and dry, clean any residual oil off the surface and then dye the leather interior with a good 1" artists paint brush and water based polymer leatherique leather dye. Home Page | Leatherique Restoration Products

While thats drying take out all the carpet that looks OK but really dirty and wash the sections with no padding attached on the back in a washing machine with Tide detergent for two gentle cycles and then the clothes dryer on medium heat to dry and fluff it up again. some sections of carpet like the center tunnel piece have pading on the back a washing machine may tear that up so you can wash them in a bathtub by hand or with your feet with plenty of Tide detergent.
It's amazing how much dirt comes out of the carpet like that.

Then glue it back in with contact cement where it gets glued and the existing interior will look like new or real close to it for around $150 in materials from leatherique and fast evaporating inexpensive wash grade laquer thinner from a marine or autobody shop supply store.

If doing this wear long black neoprene gloves so the laquer thinner doesn't soak into your skin and damage your health. The leather dye stripping process takes time but it's worth the effort when you're all done and the interior looks and feels like new.
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