2CV: Interior improvements

Getting a car back on the road can be a problem. Motivation can go out of the window, because now, you can go for a drive! Who cares if the interior isn’t finished and that the rear wings are different colours to the fronts? However, I’d like to fit some sound-proofing, and have a good baseline established before I do so. That means getting the interior at least back to factory settings. A horrible weather forecast meant spending some time in the garage would be no bad thing.

I bought a set of trims from a friend, ‘Old Goat,’ though they didn’t seem to fit very well at the first trial. I suspect this had more to do with me not really being the right mood to fit them. So, I roped in some very professional assistance from Rachel. She has already proved her worth with ‘patience’ tasks, such as fitting the rear side windows, so maybe her careful influence is what I needed.

The first piece of trim went in.

First piece goes in. We've used PVA glue.

First piece goes in. We’ve used PVA glue.

If nothing else, this was going to tidy up the look of the interior no end. At last, the wiring loom would be buried. That does make fitting the trim this side a right faff though. The loom is quite lumpy. Not horrendous to do though. Apparently. I mostly held the pot of glue…

On to the other side.

Applying PVA glue to the body side. Note welds.

Applying PVA glue to the body side. Note welds.

Here, you can clearly see the weld line that joins old metal (top) with the new (lower). We’re buying the tell-tale here. Naturally, there is no clue on the exterior surface. There’s no point dressing this joint back too far, as it’ll be out of sight. I quite like to have it there as a reminder.

This side was easier, as there’s no wiring loom to contend with. These trims were made up of three pieces, which meant not hassle of trying to cut around the rear window. They fit around it naturally, though I’ll need to tidy up the exposed metalwork.

Voila! The trim is fitted.

Voila! The trim is fitted.

Next, I need to fit the rear door trims (a few seconds’ work) and the rear seat (now I have the correct fixings). Then, when the weather allows, I’ll shoot a fresh video to capture the sound levels. I’m hoping to arrange for some sound proofing to be delivered fairly soon, so I can then fit it and see what it does to the noise levels. A 2CV will never be silent – the aerodynamics are too woeful – but she can certainly be a lot quieter than she is. Stay tuned for more on that front!

3 thoughts on “2CV: Interior improvements

  1. Glad you got it to fit OK, but PVA? Well good luck with that.
    I am a great fan of PVA, and use it for many things, it is versatile, strong, clean and doesn’t smell bad but it depends on at least one part of what you are glueing together to be porous. That trim is plastic backed, I believe, and you have glued it to painted steel… The best way to get PVA to let go, other than using it in a damp environment is to use heat. The bodywork of a car gets horribly hot on a sunny day, (even in Wales!) too hot for ultra-strong double-sided tape of the sort you would use to stick carpets down or normal contact adhesives, so please don’t be surprised if it falls off fairly soon.
    Simon (Old Goat)

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