Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
Interior strip down and upgraded audio.
It's been a week since I picked up my 147. I like it and it is a competent daily driver for me.
One thing that has annoyed me is that it smells like the previous owner has spilt some milk or something in the car and has failed to clean it up properly. I hired a carpet shampooer and cleaned all the carpets but the smell is still lingering.
In order to get rid of the smell, I'm planning on fitting a new carpet and sound deadening. I've sourced a second hand one from a local Alfa breakers and am nipping over to have a look at it tomorrow.
I've already managed to take out the rear seats and lift the carpet at the back. Seems to be quite a logical yet time consuming exercise.
Whilst the carpet is out, I've bought some rolls of sound deadening to go down on the floor of the vehicle. It's the type which is a thin layer of bitumen with an aluminium backing. This will go down first before the factory sound deadening followed by the carpet.
I'm also taking this opportunity to install my own upgraded audio. I'm 34 and have decided to go retro with the install. I've sourced a four channel amplifier by Genesis, the British amplifier company who have sadly closed their doors. Their amps are all handmade and back in the day, they were one of the finest reference amps available. I've also sourced a 10" sub and small box made by Kicker which will live in the boot. the headunit is a single din Kenwood number. This is the only modern component. I wanted DAB radio and bluetooth connection. I've also got the fascia adaptor and loom connector to keep my steering wheel functions.
I plan to install the amplifier under the passenger seat so will lay the cabling underneath the carpet before re fitting it.
Whilst the seats are out, I've bought some Gliptone cleaner and conditioner so that I can clean them properly whilst they are out of the car.
Also, whilst the interior is out, I'm planning on changing the pollen filter and using one of those aircon cleaner cans that you leave in the vehicle for ten minutes with the arcon on which apparently cleans and kills the bacteria in the system. This will also hopefully help with eliminating the stale odours. Does anyone have any tips in this regard? Which products are best?
I'll be keeping this thread up to date with pictures. If any one has any tips or advice as I go along, that would be great.