In our continuing quest to turn our base-model standard cab Silverado into something worth taking a second look at, we are returning to complete the interior portion of the build. As you may recall, we began at Audiotistics by installing a Viper alarm as well as a JVC and JL Audio system with a custom box and amp rack behind the seat. Speaking of seats, last month we transformed out dirty cloth work truck seats into leather works of art with the help of Roadwire. And now we are finally wrapping all the loose ends and calling this interior done!
What does that include, you ask? For starters, we ordered up an ultra-plush carpet kit and matching floor mats from LMC Truck. The kit came wrapped up nice and tight in a box and only needed a couple of hours in the sun before it was ready for installation. We also contacted our old friend Revo from the world-famous Stitchcraft Interiors in Westminster, California, for a little help laying the carpet in place and wrapping our filthy headliner with a custom-perforated suede to match the seat inserts. Our chewed-up stock rubber steering wheel was pretty gross. Luckily, Grant Products came up with a solution to this all-too-common problem with its line of leather-wrapped OEM wheels. And, believe it or not, installation was a snap, and the horn still works! Our final stop was Daley Visual for a custom window tint job on the doors. Daley uses only the finest films available and did a flawless job in less than an hour.
Even though the exterior of our Silverado is still a beater work truck, we are now rolling in total style and comfort. It’s truly incredible how much nicer the truck is to drive with a clean, custom, fully functioning interior. Stay tuned for next month when we finally begin to make some exterior improvements to Project Over/Under. And check out the whole build so far at truckin.com.
| When we started this build, things were looking pretty rough. We’ve been cleaning things up along the way, but we still have a long way to go.
| The factory felt headliner was pretty gross. We tried to hit it with the vacuum once, but it just made things worse.
| Once we were down at Stitchcraft world headquarters, no time was wasted removing the visors, dome light, OS grip, and everything else that secures the panel in place.
| In just minutes, it was out of the truck and on the table. On a newer truck, many times you can simply glue the new material right over the old. But if the foam is rotten like ours, it all has to come off.
| The foam was scrubbed off with a plastic attachment—very lightly. If you dig through the fiberglass-like layer on your panel, it’s junk.
| With our panel blown off and wiped down, we laid our suede-perf material in matching charcoal down over the panel and sprayed some glue from the glue pot over the first half of the panel. Conveniences like the glue pot are why we let the professionals help us instead of doing it at home.
| Now begins the tedious process of laying the suede smoothly over the panel. There is some time before the glue dries, and there is some give to the material, but doing a perfect job is still harder than it looks.
| With both sides completely smooth out to the edges, the panel is flipped over, the material is trimmed, and all the edges are glued in place.
| Simply put, late-model visors are a pain in the butt. The process starts by disassembling them as much as possible and ripping off all the old material.
| The suede is laid over both sides of the visor and stitched around the outer edge with the machine.
| Then the material just outside the stitch is trimmed off. Now, the stitch is forced between the two halves of the visor, which locks it in place.
| While all this was going on, we prepped and painted all the light gray parts that attach to the headliner with the new dark gray color.
| After unboxing the LMC carpet kit (PN39-2790-DG), we laid it out in the sun for a couple of hours to make it nice and pliable. Then we set it into place in the truck.
| The carpet kit has extra length at all the ends so you can trim to a perfect fit. But the center is molded for the seats and the hump so you get a form fit every time. We left a couple of seat bolts in and cut slits to get the carpet aligned before we started cutting.
| We added a little glue and worked on one corner at a time.
| Since the sub enclosure and amp rack is a permanent fixture, we simply trimmed the carpet back so we could tuck it under.
| A little more glue, a little more trimming, and a little more pushing in place.
| We continued trimming and tucking across the rear of the cab.
| A heat gun helped in some of the tightest corners, which is up at the front of the hump. Then the last corner was laid in place.
| The newly wrapped headliner was set back in place and we began reinstalling the color-matched parts and fasteners.
| Soon, the headliner was locked into place and looking good.
| The last step was to reassemble the visors and reattach them to the roof. From here, we reinstalled the seats and the rest of our trim panels, and our job at Stitchcraft was complete.
| The Grant custom leather-wrapped OEM airbag steering wheel fills a void for steering wheel upgrades. It comes with easy-to-read instructions, and we wasted no time getting it on the truck.
| With the battery disconnected for a few minutes, we stuck two mini-screwdrivers in the access holes on each side of the plastic shroud behind the wheel.
| The airbag module popped right out, and we removed the two connectors and carefully set it aside.
| The horn connector was pushed in and turned to be removed. Then the four Torx bolts were removed to detach the rest of the horn assembly from the wheel.
| A 13/16 socket removed the bolt that holds the steering wheel on. And just before we grabbed the wheel puller, we shook and pulled on the wheel, and it popped off so we got to skip a step!
| The aforementioned shroud was removed from the old wheel and bolted to the Grant leather wheel.
| We bolted on the new wheel, then reattached the horn assembly. With the airbag module plugged back in, it simply snapped into place. Since this wheel has provisions for the steering wheel controls, we bought the cheapest set we could find on eBay and popped it in. Making the controls functional would require a wiring harness and a miracle, so that would have to wait for a while.
| We headed out to Daley Visual for some tint on the door glass–our final step. We chose a medium Dub IR film, one of the best on the market, and turned the tech loose. After a good cleaning, a section was cut off the roll, and the trimming to fit the glass began.
| Once the tint is cut perfectly to match the glass, the backing is peeled back and the film is sprayed down. See that shell on the truck? We’ll tell you all about it next month!
| The film is then transferred to the inside of the glass and slid into place.
| A couple of different squeegees are used to remove all the bubbles between the film and glass and tuck the film in behind the rubber.
| Eventually, all the bubbles are smoothed out. It’s best to keep the windows up for 48 hours, so we’re glad the A/C works well.
| We took an indoor photo for effect, but our tint level is not that dark. It’s a true medium and works perfectly with the dark interior.
| The finished interior looks amazing compared to what we started with, due in no small part to the awesome Roadwire leather seat covers.
| It took a lot to catch the rest of the interior up to the seats. A big step was replacing the dirty felt headliner with the darker perf-suede material. Spray-dyeing the plastic parts darker gray worked out well, too.
| With the matching LMC floor mats installed, the plush dark gray carpet kit looks worlds better than the worn rubber mat.
| The double-DIN JVC touchscreen and Grant leather-wrapped steering wheel transformed the dash. Well, that and a ton of elbow grease.
| With the interior complete, we can finally turn our attention to the exterior of the truck. Make sure you check us out next month to see what we have in store.