After removing the seats last month for a frame-up rebuild, it became obvious that our C5's carpet was also in need of restorative attention. Since we already had the interior apart to a point where the job would be much easier, we dialed up the knowledgeable folks at Corvette America and quickly had a complete replacement-carpet set on its way for installation.
The Corvette America set (PN 460490, $1,099) is the mass-backed-style "Tru-Vette" carpet used by the factory, so you can be assured that it is pre-cut to each model's floorpan shape, with added material at the edges to allow a perfect installation. A good pair of scissors and a sharp utility knife are all that is required.
It's important to note that the carpet set does not include the center, left, and right taillight-finish pieces; the originals must be reused. Fortunately for us, ours were in excellent shape (this is usually the case), and a good cleaning was all that was required.
While this job is not beyond the abilities of a skilled DIY-er, we decided to have the work performed by John Wilson, one of the experi-enced pros at Clearwater, Florida's Whisper Motorsports/Auto XTC. (Labor was a quite reasonable $450.) Follow along as he tackles the job of getting our Shoestring C5's carpeting back in factory-fresh shape.
With our interior resto now complete, the comfort and cosmetic differences between the car's current and previous states is easy to appreciate. It is truly a joy to spend time behind the wheel on long drives, something we'll be doing more and more of in the months ahead.
In our next installment, we'll cover the suspension upgrades required to get our Vette track-ready and loaded for bear when the horsepower increases. Stay tuned.