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“In this stage, you fit the front carpets to the front inner floor, as well as fitting the speakers.”
Materials: While the ‘carpets’ are rubber, the speaker box is plastic.
Speakers & Carpets
Almost all 1959 Cadillacs came with fully carpeted floors. Even though they call these parts ‘carpets’, they are rubber floor mats. Interestingly enough, these mats were available from Cadillac but as optional parts and sat on top of the carpets. However, floor mats were never seen on-screen in the films and they do not exist on the restored Ecto-1:
Retrieve your Front Inner Floor assembly from the previous stage. Fit the Speakers to the center section of the Front Inner Floor, aligning the pin and screw hole, as shown.
On the real car, this was a heater core and not a set of speakers. And, to me, it looks like they made it way too small:
Secure the Speakers into place from below with one (1) IP screw.
For those who are using the supplied ‘carpets’, the following steps are a mock-up of the steps to install them. I used some glue dots just to temporarily hold them in place to take these pictures. This means the edges will not appear fully attached to the floor. They would surely sit flat when you use the supplied 3M tape.
Remove one side of each of the three sizes of Tape. Attach the adhesive side of the pieces to the left side of the Front Inner Floor as shown:
Remove the other side of each piece of Tape, exposing the adhesives. Fit the Front Left Carpet to the Front Inner Floor as shown.
Ensure the Front Left Carpet fits around the shape of the Front Inner Floor and does not cover any holes:
On the other side, remove one side of each of the three sizes of Tape. Attach the adhesive side of the pieces to the right side of the Front Inner Floor as shown:
Remove the other side of each piece of Tape, exposing the adhesives. Fit the Front Right Carpet to the Front Inner Floor as shown:
Retrieve the Gas Pedal from the previous stage. Fit the keyed post of the Gas Pedal to this matching hole in the Front Inner Floor:
Secure the Gas Pedal in place from below with one (1) AP screw:
I’m not sure where they got the idea of these floor mats they call carpets, but they look and feel wrong. I will be returning to this issue to install real carpet. Thus, I am very excited that Mike Lane is producing mods for our Ecto-1!
Stage 46 – Front Seat Base, Front Seatback Support/Bracket