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Considering this for my car as I don't ever use the rear seat for passengers - there's essentially no legroom in the coupes. And I think I should be able to shave at least 50lbs in weight by doing so.

 

I've seen some kits out there for earlier year cars, but none for the 71-73s. Looking at using some ABS sheet material to make a panel and then glueing carpet on it. Anyone have pictures or a guide on how they did it?

Plain Jane | 1971 F Code Coupe 302/C4 Automatic

Goin' to Town Rig | 1971 F100 Ranger XLT LWB 390FE/C6 Automatic

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I did it in my car.  I had a roll cage built and installed and had to shorten up the rear panels.  I used a three sheets of aluminum and glued carpet to match my interior.  I piece replaced the trap door, the second piece is flat and the third piece is bent to match the contours of the front panel.  I have my battery relocated and underneath where the passenger side rear set would be.  Here are a few pictures.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/kepqbZ7Ymfdsy2Rp6

 

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31 minutes ago, Jeff73Mach1 said:

I did it in my car.  I had a roll cage built and installed and had to shorten up the rear panels.  I used a three sheets of aluminum and glued carpet to match my interior.  I piece replaced the trap door, the second piece is flat and the third piece is bent to match the contours of the front panel.  I have my battery relocated and underneath where the passenger side rear set would be.  Here are a few pictures.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/kepqbZ7Ymfdsy2Rp6

 

Looks great! Thanks for the pics, that's pretty much exactly what I'm going for.

Plain Jane | 1971 F Code Coupe 302/C4 Automatic

Goin' to Town Rig | 1971 F100 Ranger XLT LWB 390FE/C6 Automatic

Commuter | 2018 Tesla Model 3 Midrange RWD

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Started mocking it up with some cardboard as a template to get the dimensions right. Nothing too complex on the coupe, so this should be a pretty straightforward job. 

 

I found some 1/8" fiberglass reinforced ABS sheet that should be perfect, so the plan is to glue carpet onto the front, and lay dynamat on the trunk side of the panel. 

 

Also looks like the black paint on my quarter trim pieces is rubbing off where the seat was, so might be a good opportunity to fix it right and try out the SEM trim paint.

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Plain Jane | 1971 F Code Coupe 302/C4 Automatic

Goin' to Town Rig | 1971 F100 Ranger XLT LWB 390FE/C6 Automatic

Commuter | 2018 Tesla Model 3 Midrange RWD

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Ok wrapped it up today. Not show quality by any means, and I still need to fix the paint on the quarter trim panels, but it gets the job done and saved me a good bit of weight.

 

I went ahead and made a new package tray as well. Made a "flap" on top of the trunk divider piece and put some Velcro on the back of it so that there wasn't a gap between the two pieces.

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Plain Jane | 1971 F Code Coupe 302/C4 Automatic

Goin' to Town Rig | 1971 F100 Ranger XLT LWB 390FE/C6 Automatic

Commuter | 2018 Tesla Model 3 Midrange RWD

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That looks as good as the rear seat deletes sold commercially.

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10 hours ago, Jeff73Mach1 said:

That looks as good as the rear seat deletes sold commercially.

Appreciate it!

Plain Jane | 1971 F Code Coupe 302/C4 Automatic

Goin' to Town Rig | 1971 F100 Ranger XLT LWB 390FE/C6 Automatic

Commuter | 2018 Tesla Model 3 Midrange RWD

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as to the rear interior panels . . . I've found that it is hard to repaint them, no matter how much prep you do.  Consider having them covered by an upholstery shop for a one and done solution.  Might be able to cover with car wrap even.

 

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13 minutes ago, Jeff73Mach1 said:

as to the rear interior panels . . . I've found that it is hard to repaint them, no matter how much prep you do.  Consider having them covered by an upholstery shop for a one and done solution.  Might be able to cover with car wrap even.

 

Well I figured since I already have a can of SEM paint on the way, I might as well give it a shot. I do like your idea of vinyl wrapping them though. I have a few yards of satin black 3M vinyl lying around, so that's gonna be my backup plan.

Plain Jane | 1971 F Code Coupe 302/C4 Automatic

Goin' to Town Rig | 1971 F100 Ranger XLT LWB 390FE/C6 Automatic

Commuter | 2018 Tesla Model 3 Midrange RWD

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make sure and use the SEM plastic primer after a very thorough cleaning and scrubbing.  It works well if the prep is done well and it peels off if it isn't  Been through a few cans learning that lesson

 

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