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There are so many different products you could go with for this. Only problem is the products are usually really hit-or-miss. When I finally found one that worked well I ordered as much of it as possible. Leather Magic, the name describes it perfectly. I used the delux kit a few times before ordering the pro kit. The delux kit sells for about $59.00 and ...


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I keep a big tub of Damp Rid or whatever I can get at West Marine in my motorhome when it's not being used to help keep the interior as dry as possible. It seems to help, I usually empty the bucket out every few weeks and there's usually at least a pint or more of collected condensate inside.


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I successfully used some Griot's "Odor Exterminator" to remove a smell from my new-to-me car just this weekend. It was some sort of sweet-ish chemical smell, either from something the previous owners spilled or from something the dealer used to clean it.


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Yes there is a way of taking them off though it's not an easy job. First wind the backrest of the seat forwards and push the whole seat forwards on the rails. At the bottom of the fabric you'll see a plastic strip which with a bit of force (flat bladed screwdriver) will first slide from side to side but it should come apart. lying on the back seat wriggle ...


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Turned out when I whacked the dimmer switch for the dash lights and the speedometer etc section came to life (back-light came on). Clock is still not working but if I spend a bit more time on that I should be able establish what's wrong, I may have actually blown the back-light bulb for it. (I will update)


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You have a couple options. I would first look at a site dedicated to Thunderbirds. I googled "Ford Thunderbird forums" and found several good candidates. A lot of times other enthusiasts will be parting out cars or selling their stock in the classifieds section. Otherwise you might be able to get some help repairing the track. Second, check on eBay. I ...


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The #1 solution is to fix the source of the leak, otherwise you will continually get moisture inside your vehicle. They have mold abatement solutions designed to kill mold. take a look at this thread http://www.autopia.org/forum/pro-details-before-after/112826-1979-mercedes-450sl-complete-interior-mold-abatement.html


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I've had luck cleaning Mouldy Vinyl with scrubbing bubbles spray. My car is also trashed, and has cheap vinyl inside, and I haven't had much luck cleaning it. Your best bet is to get the vinyl replaced, because it will likely crack or go brittle soon. As far as fabric goes, most supermarkets sell those powerful steam cleaning units, get one of those, and ...


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Try these sites, I have done research on several sites and these two kept coming up and they also have video on youtube to show you how to do it. http://superiorrestoration.com/categories/graphics http://www.classicdyeproducts.com/custom_button_graphics They help me repair my 05 Escalade buttons for my Steering Wheel, A/C Control Unit, and Navigation/Radio ...


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I would recommend an adhesive that is designed for headliners (ala Permatex). An alternative to this would be contact cement, although you might have some bleedthrough. If the headliner has stretched with age you might need to buy a new headliner.


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Use a hair dryer to heat them up and carefully use a razor blade to get under the edge to start pulling it. Use alcohol to remove any residual adhesive. Since it is possible that alcohol may damage some fabrics, use cautiously/sparingly at first. Applying alcohol to a rag and using it to wipe is always safer than applying alcohol directly to the fabric.


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Hemmings Motor News ran a two part article listing suppliers of parts for Thunderbirds. It's available online: part1 part2. Maybe they have some you haven't checked? Probably only Ford ever produced the part you're looking for, and they quit long ago. You can check with NOS vendors, a part number will help. You might be able to get that from a Ford ...


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For cleaning carpets many of the high-end professional detailers avoid using shampoos since it's nearly impossible to rinse out completely and the residue will attract dirt in the future. Instead they use a steam cleaner. Here is a video demonstration: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7440721179397618761&hl=en Unfortunately these steam machines ...


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I'm not familiar with the car, but could you not create a temporary cover/box out of some light plastic or aluminium sheet? Either stuck down in the same way as the carpet (although I personally wouldn't bother with carpet at this stage, get the important bits done first and worry about that later...), or screwed to the bulkhead either side of the ECU. I ...


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Keep the seats clean and use a good leather conditioner on the parts of the seats that are actually leather so it doesn't dry out. Don't bother with "protective" chemicals, just look after the seats. Japanese leather seats are generally fairly well sealed anyway, so putting more sealant on top isn't going to help. The "keep them clean" part is probably the ...


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I have been really sucessful with Auto Shocker (It used to be called Auto Vaccine). It's a odor eliminator and it really penetrates the upholstry to get rid of odors. I used it all the time, between dogs and athletic children my car stink a lot. You should give it a try, it's my favorite. You can find it at http://www.biocidesystems.com/auto3hslanding.html


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Some tips: Probably obvious, but a thorough cleaning of the car is always in order! Wipe down all surfaces and vacuum the carpets. Be comprehensive, and check for any sources of odor while doing so (spills, stains, etc). If the odor is coming from the carpets or upholstery, an even more thorough steam cleaning of the interior surfaces might be in order. ...


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There is a product called Dri-It that will keep the interior of any vehicle fresh and dry. It is the same product that is used for ocean going containers to keep them dry while on the deck of cargo ships. It will absolutley prevent your car from growing mold, smelling musty, or other problems associated with dampness. The website is http://www.dri-it.com ...


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My advice is to not spend too much time on trying to reattach it with spray on adhesives. I once removed a headliner and then scrapped all the loose foam off. Then sprayed and glued it back on. It lasted a few months, if that long. I got another car reupholstered professionally and it cost less that I thought it would and it was beautiful.


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Had this problem once too in a older truck. There are a few options: Reupholster it. You could do this yourself, or have it professionally done. If you were to do it, you would need to remove the trim pieces in the inside along the roof, and then remove the fabric. It may be attached to the sheet metal with some plastic clips. You will want to save as ...



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