Decopification: Taking a seat
KITT222 last edited by KITT222
I've busied myself already, leaping at a G8 in my local junkyard. It was fairly ravaged by the time I got there, but I ran away with some real nice goodies. Specifically:
A full leather rear seat! It's in the shower because it had rained the night before I was at the yard, and the G8 only had one door left. But after drying off and a provisional cleaning I got to work removing the stock vinyl rear seat. That's when I discovered...
The vinyl rear seat wasn't even bolted down. And only one of the clips was holding the base down. There were loose nuts for the seat under there. I'm going to guess they removed a plastic rear seat, tossed in a new vinyl seat (because it looks really fresh), and sent it without caring about the nuts. I guess it was okay, because my friend that was up for Motor Bella didn't notice when we were off to dinner, or on our way to the show. I also found...
Cut wires! This doesn't make me nervous! Not at all!
Nah, the OEM harness looks good, and the only real wiring thing is that the windows can act weird if I open the driver's door. I also can't raise the driver's side rear window with the main switch, but can via the rear one. But that's an issue for another day. Anyway...
Tadaaa! 95% of the way to a full, leather, G8 interior. And I didn't get this just because it was leather, it also has...
An armrest! And....
Trunk passthrough with cupholders! That should really make it a more comfy car, and more usable.
After letting it sit for the night, I came in with some Lexol, and clean and conditioned the seats front and rear
(Yes there's a tear. Yes I need to deal with it.)
Not half bad if I might say so myself. I'd like to get some USB ports to the rear to make it even better. There's a LOT a legroom back there, so it could be a nice place to spend some time. That's kind of the goal. But that will probably happen when I also make the center console 12V port work, and add USB to the radio. Which should hopefully be soon.
I also had a friend help me remove the window tint from the car, because you can't see diddly with limo tint, and I didn't like the 30% on the front
Removal was pretty darn easy with only one window leaving behind residue. The rear window and the quarter windows are still limo-spec, but I'll probably get to at least the rear one.
Next up: leather steering wheel and forward lighting!
CB last edited by
@kitt222 Non-zero chance that wiring to the back was also for lights and radio equipment that you no longer have. Also non-zero chance they didn't care when cutting things and ruined a few things you actually do have.
jeepoftheseus last edited by
@kitt222 I love it!
KITT222 last edited by
@cb It looks like its own loom, so I'm betting just police stuff. And one of the wires looks like some that are in an open cut at the dash. But I acknowledge that some stuff might be cut, and know that at least the windows need a look at them. Thankfully it seems to act like a car. At this point I can't tell if something is wrong, and I've poked at most/all of the car's functions. Finger's crossed Washington state left the car's wiring alone.
ITA97 last edited by ITA97
@kitt222 That cut loom looks like it has at least 3 coax cables in it, which would've been from antennas. Almost certainly stuff from its past life. It might be worth making sure there isn't voltage still going to anything like a power supply wire for equipment that no longer exists, but otherwise it almost certainly doesn't matter.
Last time I was poking around the Sherriff's office radio shop (where I've got some radio and network equipment for my flood warning system), they had boxes and boxes of center consoles, seats and rear door panels from Tahoes. I'm sure that stuff is tossed back in as quickly as humanly possible before old units are sent to auction.
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@ita97 In one of my old police crown vics I once found a 12ga red wire cut off under the passenger's side flooring which turned out to still have 12v on it, coming from who knows where. I taped the end off and put it back.
@kitt222 most of the wiring should be intact, but my advice is to take the time to fully remove the interior so you can pull out any old, depreciated wiring and fix any that may have failed on the OE wiring.
Take it from a p71 owner: these retired police cars are an adventure to restore.
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@nkato That is a very good idea, if only to remove all the old police wiring that I don't need anymore. I'd like to do that anyway and get some G8 carpet in here instead of the rubber flooring. So consider that added to the list.
@kitt222 keep the rubber flooring - it's better for working folks. Less cleaning to deal with. But do keep a carpeted replacement on hand for when you either sell the car or retire from a working life.