Step By Step
Hot rods, musclecars, or any street car must be driven to be truly enjoyed. However, a dilapidated interior with thrashed threads, holes in the carpet, and a duct-taped glovebox door isn't the path to maximum cruise-in prestige. While the go-fast crowd may think a sardine can-tinned interior is race-car cool, a well-appointed cockpit that's quiet, tasteful, and comfortable will be an all-around pleasure to drive.
That was the goal for the inside moves on this '67 RS Camaro. The interior was complete but beyond saving. Not only that, but since the Camaro had been sitting outside for 10 years, it had become a very fancy mouse motel. Needless to say, it was time for a complete interior restoration.
Once the interior was stripped and sanitized, the real restoration work began. But before we turned the wrenches, we decided to spend some time studying the Classic Industries catalog. We carefully investigated all the weak points of our red standard Camaro interior and then made a list of the parts we needed. Sure, it would have been great to just order everything new, but we planned carefully and restored any major parts that could be saved. After the resto process started, we discovered even more parts that needed replacing. Classic Industries responded to our many calls for help with not only the parts to start reviving this neglected cockpit but also the technical advice to keep us on the right track.
We elected to stick with a standard stock interior and retain the factory red hue, though at this point it would have been easy to change the color to any one we wanted. Classic Industries makes the parts selection easy by offering a basic interior kit including front and rear seat upholstery, headliner, carpet, a rear seat shelf liner, and door panels under just one part number.
We plugged several additional parts into the kit, including sun visors, a complete weatherstripping kit, new door sills, and a host of small parts like window cranks and other little rubber parts to help revitalize this Camaro.
Follow along with the photos and captions to see how we made our inside moves. The finished interior is nothing less than spectacular. It not only looks outstanding, but when this Camaro hits the road, it will be quiet and fun with the infusion of the Classic Autosound stereo/cassette head unit and an optional six-disc CD changer. The entire effort required roughly six weekends plus more than a few week nights to complete, but the results are clearly worth the effort. Much of this work was aimed at doing the weatherstripping and replacing the vent wing seals properly, which required complete disassembly of the doors. However, we now have a beautiful, weathertight, and very quiet interior. With a little bit of effort and the right parts from Classic Industries, you can turn any mouse motel into a boulevard star.