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    So I am trying again to quit smoking
    As an added incentive I am looking into a new carpet kit. My 77 has the sloped rear deck and I would like loop, as close to stock as possible.
    Any recommendations?

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    MSA has great carpet kits. They sell cut pile and loop options.
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    I have browsed MSA the only kit for an early 77 does not state if it cut or loop. Have you used one of there kits?

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    I have one of their kits. They do have loop and cut pile, call and request samples. My kit is for a 260 and is a 7 piece kit, so it is different than what would fit your car. It does have the heel pad and backside pad, as well as sewn edging where it is exposed.

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    I guess I just need to call around. I have heard in the past about a smaller business that specialized in Zcarpet. I forget there name.
    I also will do a thread search and google search. But really I wanted to know about others experiences, Good and bad.

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    Try ACC...Auto Custom Carpet.

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    Wow. for over $400 ACC only offers cut pile no loop and the site does not say if it's for an early 77 or late 77. I could call them anyhow.

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    I know that they used to sell loop and cut pile. It used to cost a lot less too!

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    Who knows they may still sell in loop. just seems a little pricey. But thanks for the tip. The more choices the better.

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    We ordered a carpet for my dad's '72 from www.stockinteriors.com and I was really impressed. Very nice fit, pad was attached to the carpet and is high quality. Much better than the one I got from MSA for my '74. Although it's not bad.
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    Nice Car! but I am looking for loop pile not cut. www.stockinteriors.com had really good pricing on premolded carpet kits like I have seen else were but what they sold was cut not loop pile.

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    Hey 30 Ounce, that is a great shot of the carpet you installed. Which is that one exactly? Plush or ultra plush? It does not look like the loop carpet.
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    Datsunspirit.com They sell cut or pile. I've got their carpets in my Z's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diseazd View Post
    Datsunspirit.com They sell cut or pile. I've got their carpets in my Z's.
    Guy is right on this one, I got a kit for a 78 a few years back and it was exactly like the stock original carpet. I really liked the quality of the Datsun Spirit kit.

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    Datsunspirit.com's site is down till july the page says. Hmm, I am in no hurry. Any pics of there kit installed?

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    Eiji's headed to Japan for a week or two.......give him a call in a couple weeks. As I remember, the price was good too.
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    Pardon My ignorance. Who is Eiji?
    I think I have read the name on some other thread recently.
    I did shoot Datsunspirit an e-mail.
    Thanks

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    Sorry, I think I need to search for myself more often.
    Eiji works at and/or owns DatsunSpirt, No?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardway View Post
    Hey 30 Ounce, that is a great shot of the carpet you installed. Which is that one exactly? Plush or ultra plush? It does not look like the loop carpet.
    Hardway, it was just the standard plush. $189 before shipping. It was not loop carpet though.
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    So Eiji e-mailed me back. He recomended sectional carpet istead of molded. that is fine by me.
    He also said that they have never done loop only cut but that it could be done in black, which is what I am looking for.
    My question now is: was my 77 origanaly loop or cut? What I have now is black loop with grey sewn edging. I do not think it is the original carpet.
    I am trying for stock. Oh and the price is not super cheap but reasonable.
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    I am pretty sure they only came in cut. The sectional kits he sells are awesome and worth the money. I put a kit I got from Eiji in a 78 several years ago and it fit just like it came from the factory. I hate the molded stuff, it never looks right. You will be very please with the kit from Datusn Spirit.

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    I put in a molded kit and it was a b***h to work with, its looks OK, not great but OK, has some gaps in places but works. The molding process doesn't take into account some of the various contours in the cabin and doesn't fit nice and smooth, at least it didn't on my kit, I think I got it from MSA in cut pile.
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    So I got this reply from Chester and Herod:
    Hi Grant,thank you for the e-mail. we have a set of 6 or 7 pieces at a cost of 295.00 a set. UPS. Any where in the U.S.A. is $ 30.00. The original carpet is surged and bound it is pile. Delievry time 5 to 7 days.You can contact jim mon thur fri 9a.m. until 4 p.m. pst.@ 760-738-4296. Thank you for contacting Chester and Herod Auto Interiors. If the customer is not satisfied we're not satisfied.

    I may go with the cut pile from Datsunspirit, they are a tad bit cheaper. I have now heard good remarks about both.
    I had originally wanted to use loop pile, mostly to stay true to original, as I thought that was what the car came with. I will not use the molded carpet, I have heard bad things about the molded even from those that sell it.
    So for now I need to wait for the next payday, until then I am still looking for advice, then install tips.
    Thanks for the input guys.
    Oh And when the time comes I will most definitely post pics.

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    Hey Grant. How's the stop smoking going.
    Having a couple of heart attacks, and cardiac arrest, pretty soon cured me for good.

    Hang in there.

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    Thanks olzed, Mom passed away last april due to cancer (a few years back she had a lung lobe removed). And a Father with heart desease who had a minor stroke a few years back. So I am not a very good genetic candidate for smoking. I am hanging in there. I just need to remember to remove the patch before going to sleep. They give you really wild dreams.

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    Nice color choice!
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    I bought a sectional carpet kit from Chester and Herod and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I posted some pictures in a different thread. Lazy workmanship. For example, rear sections behind seats were not sewn on all 4 sides, the rear large deck carpet was oversized. I had to use a handheld steamer to mold the front sections for a smoother/cleaner look. A lot of trimming with scissors masked the overall poor quality of the product.

    As usual, I waited for my car to be painted to tackle the carpet installation - that took a year and a half. Once I finally opened the carpet boxes, I realized what I got myself into. My advice is to purchase the carpet when you are _really_ ready to install it.
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    I am just chiming in to wish Grant the best of luck in his quitting smoking!

    Hang in there, you can do this!

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    I had my interior guy make me the pieces using the old ones as patterns. He bought the color I wanted, bound the edges and even had enough to do the spaces under the seats. Cost was about $280 IIRC.

    I used carpet padding underneath for a little extra sound insulation.

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    There was a ad i read once the guy said the z carpet was made of camel hair.
    I guess he got this from the listing of the color, Camel carpet.

    Or even more stupid a friend thought that silk came from a silk plant.
    There was a ad for a silk plant in a sale paper that led him to believe that is were silk came from.

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    Good luck quiting smoking Grantf! I was wondering if you had decided on which carpet set you were going to go with.
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    The smoking thing is hard, but I have the help of niotine patches. I cannot leave them on when I sleep, gives me wierd dreams. Carpet is on hold my Money has been spent on the engine. But I still what new carpet. So far I am thinking Datsunspirit.
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    So now I have a little bee buzzing in my head. After putting my engine back together, My Z is now running great, but no funds for a carpet kit, at least for now.
    What if I tried to make My own? I Have a sewing machine left from my previous marriage (I have never used one before). Perhaps it would not work for upolstry.
    My thoughts are If I can learn to weld, Paint, dismantle half of the engine and put it back together, ect. Why not some try putting in some "Martha Stewart" time?
    Any thoughts?
    Perhaps a good idea or a waist of time and money in the end.
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    I'm picturing Aunt Bee patching up uniforms for the band concert.

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    While any craft has it's skills and talents which come from learning and practice, I'm one who believes I can usually accomplish almost anything to a reasonably high level of skill because I likely have the highest motivation to make it perfect. Perhaps if you find the carpet and cut out your pieces, there isn't so much sewing, which I'm sure you could figure out, but you could also drop them off at an upholsterer to be bound. We did that with a large room carpet once, and it worked out great. We got the fabric and the dimensions we wanted, and it saved us money. Be sure to take into account any padding or sound proofing materials when measuring. You can also buy the binding and put that sewing machine (and some hand stitching) to good use, and imagine your satisfaction when you have done the job yourself. Good luck

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    grantf, you can quit. I did it 15 years ago cold turkey, no patch or gum, wanted off of nicotine. After the first 2 weeks it got better, couldn't go back now. Best thing I ever did for myself.

    I imagine the sewing machine you have is way to light for the work you want to do. I've been around the sewing industry some years ago. It takes some heavy machines, some special, for carpet, leather and other materials. You might try to find an interior shop and ask around for what you are wanting to do, even though expensive you can ask and see what you could be up against.

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    At this time I am just considering it and thinking about what I may need. My supervisor at work has a sewing machine made for upholstery. He said He would lone it to me. He has used it on his boat, jet skis and model T. one thing I would need to know is what type of padding to use and if is sewn to the carpet of just glued to down. Also reference for a 77 interior. My current carpets are not stock, nor do they fit well.
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    Rock Auto has loop carpet kits. Prices look pretty reasonable, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Stubbe View Post
    Rock Auto has loop carpet kits. Prices look pretty reasonable, too.

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    Amazing, hard to believe Rock Auto has carpet kits for an old Z.
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    I thought I would add to this thread about carpet kits. I have been searching for a kit for a 1971. Suprisingly, I found ACC kits at Rock Auto that were almost half the price ordering directly from ACC
    The kits are 186$ on Rock auto, and 360$ directly from ACC----WOW, what a difference.
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    How is the ACC kit compared to MSA?

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    Might be the same -I don't know. But they offered the loop cut and the kit looks pretty good. I bought one of the ACC kits for a 81 and it worked out well.
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    It's funny how sometimes you plan on a nice summertime project and things get a little complicated with time. Again the carpets are on hold till I resolve the front cover oil leak and finish up a side job installing maple flooring and refinish oak floors for a client. This job has turned into "can you hang the new custom doors we ordered and fix the pocket door the last carpenter crewed up". And "could you install all of the door casings?". Little time for me and the Yellow Z, but I want it back on the road soon. Oh and " we decided we want a 3/4" mahogany inlay on the landing, can you do that? (after the floors were put down!).
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    You do some fine work Grant. I would have used a brown magic marker and sealed it.

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    MSA sells carpet and upholstery kits from Distinctive Industries-most of our vendors do-Distinctive Industries does not sell direct...ACC prices went WAY up after their vendors pitched a fit ACC direct pricing was cheaper than the vendors prices-try StockInteriors.com for ACC product...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Stubbe View Post
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    A molded kit or sectional?

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    Smoking thing has been good (other than one during my Mom's celebration, She passed away last April). Side job has come to a short break, but will pick up in a few weeks:
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    So I am pretty sure I am going to order from datsun spirit. My concerns are that the kit is sectional, not really stock, and I am unsure if they will understand that my hatch deck is the sloped type. Also if it will have the luggadge strap holes precut and bound somehow.
    So if I go with this kit will I need sound deaden er? padding? any thoughts or write ups out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by siteunseen View Post
    You do some fine work Grant. I would have used a brown magic marker and sealed it.
    Now that is just good old ingenuity!
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    You might also try SEATZ http://www.seatzmfg.com/seatz/index.htm
    I have heard very great things from them and there prices were pretty good last I checked.

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    Thanks for all of the suggestion. I have finally decided on a kit (I am not going to sew my own, learning curve and time). I thought long about what to get and was close to ordering a kit from Datsun spirit but I really wanted something closer to what the "280"z had stock, not sectional.
    I went with MSA's molded kit, even though I have heard some bad things about the molded kit not fitting just right. There is so little info about replacing carpets in Zs, even more so for the 280 z owners. So I will try to post pictures and progress posts after the kit arrives.
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    no pictures?
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    I started a new thread with pics a while back: http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/thread47484.html
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    ahh, thank you
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