Unsnap the convertible top boot and remove the convertible top retaining bar. Unsnap and remove the convertible top, frame hardware and attachments using the #3 Phillips screwdriver. Remove the door seal trim by unscrewing the chrome finisher plate, drilling out the snap rivet (Fig. 1), and pulling loose the trim. Check for wear and store for later use or purchase new trim. If replacing, keep the old trim as a measure for length on the new piece.
Remove rear deck carpet by simply pulling it up from the deck. Remove the rear cockpit panel by drilling out the rivets (Fig. 4), and place aside. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the lower door sill panels. Pull loose rear quarter panels above the wheel arch. Pull out
Figure 4: Drill out the rivets in the rear cockpit panel.
Remove the ashtray on the transmission tunnel, then pull the carpet loose from the panel and the rear section of the transmission tunnel.
Pull up the old carpet from the rear floor sections, and clean
Figure 6: Remove the peg stud fasteners.
all areas well. USA specification cars built after 1972 may have extra heat insulation material under the carpets due to the catalytic converter system. Be sure to reuse this insulation, if possible, to avoid a fire hazard.
Remove the vinyl pieces that cover the B-post and the small ridge on the rear deck that protrudes from the carpet, as well as any other small pieces used to cover gaps in the panels or carpets. Note the placement of these as you remove them, and use them as templates, using scissors to cut new pieces of vinyl for replacement. Leave plenty of overlap area for the carpet. Clean these areas well, then apply glue to the new vinyl and to the metal. After the glue is tacky, position the new vinyl as before.
Figure 9: Trim the wheel arch carpets for a better fit.
Press the dry carpet in place and check for fit. You may have to cut a slit for the seat belt unit a little farther in for proper positioning. Trim the inside of the seam, if needed, to get a better fit. Work the carpet down with your hands to press smoothly into place, then hold the new quarter panel in place to check the fit. Apply glue to both wheel arch and carpet back and press into place when tacky. Trim away excess overlap of the reinforcement section (Fig. 9). Repeat for other side.