But it’s not exactly a flop-down-and-go job either.
We were reminded of this first-hand when we installed an automotive carpet kit in a project car not that long ago. Most of today’s carpet kits are molded to help with fitment, but the transmission tunnel portion of our carpet was so large, it was impossible to make it fit properly.
In a recent conversation with a very picky and very experienced Corvette restorer, we were told that there’s a huge difference between a carpet install job that takes a few hours and one that takes a week. Even with great quality carpet sets, such as the Auto Custom Carpet (ACC) set we used, you still have to fit and trim it for things like seat bolts, seat belts, and floor shifters. In our case, it also required installing the dimmer switch grommet, trimming the back section for the rear seat hooks in the floor pan, and trimming the edges to go under both the kick panels and the sill plates
There are many options available when purchasing a carpet set. On the Summit Racing website, there’s a drop-down menu for selecting an ACC carpet set. You must enter year, make, and model; specify two or four doors; transmission type; seat type (bucket or bench); and if you have bucket seats, with or without a console.
You can also choose from many colors, but this can be tricky because computer monitors have variations and it’s pretty much impossible to match the color exactly. Summit Racing suggests if you need an exact color match, request a sample color swatch. ACC also offers an additional carpet underlay called “mass backing.” It’s an EVA material approximately 45 mils thick that provides an additional sound and heat barrier on top of the standard underlay the carpet already has.
The standard carpet for most cars built before 1974 is nylon loop. Later model cars typically have cut pile carpeting. According to ACC, the earlier loop style carpet is composed of 100% nylon yarn tufted to a 1/8 gauge. The loop contains 20 ounces of yarn per square inch.
Once the options are sorted out, you can order your carpet kit. Follow along, and we’ll show you the installation process in our Nova.
Wayne Scraba is a diehard car guy and regular contributor to OnAllCylinders. He’s owned his own speed shop, built race cars, street rods, and custom motorcycles, and restored muscle cars. He’s authored five how-to books and written over 4,500 tech articles that have appeared in sixty different high performance automotive, motorcycle and aviation magazines worldwide.