Hey guys, I’m Kevin Tetz, working with LMC Truck to
bring you some technical information and how-to videos that we hope make your
truck restoration project go even better. In this video we’re gonna show you how to
replace the carpet in a 1981 through 1987 GM pickup and address some of the issues
that go along with that. We’re also gonna give you some great options when it
comes to thermal and sound insulation in your truck making it sound even better
like brand new one. Now, not really carpet related there’s a bunch of other stuff
that you’re gonna wanna replace when you get in there and put brand new carpet
and stuff like kick panels, seatbelts, threshold plates, scuffing plates,
different versions, different options everything you need is gonna be
available in the LMC Truck catalog or on LMC Truck’s website LMC Truck dot com This
stuff looks great sitting on the workbench but we’ve got some tear down to do
before we can install it in our truck. Now on a difficulty scale of one to five, this
is about a 2. It’s pretty simple it’s just carpet you’re gonna need some basic
hand tools as well as some Allen and torx headed drivers and you may need
an impact wrench for seat belt anchors because they typically have Loctite
from the factory. This roller tool comes from the LMC Truck catalog comes in
handy for the sound control mat. But really this is not that difficult to
pull off. The seat, there’s four bolts. [music…][wrenching…] Next we’re going to pull the seat belt anchors out. I’m using the impact gun to break the factory threadlocker loose, not absolutely necessary, but it makes things easier. [Impact wrench] The seat belt warning buzzer gets
disconnected from the original seat belt retractor. Our truck had aftermarket upholstery
in the back of the cab and since it’s ratty and no longer matches are interior
color it goes away along with the shot 16×9 speakers.
[clank] smells… the threshold plates are what holds the carpet down on the sides and they’ll get replaced as well. [dis-assembly] The kick panels have some easy to find screws and they have some not so easy to find screws. This is the fiddly part…you have to fiddle. We’re fiddling…
[fiddling music] That was easy…now time for the carpet. From the top this all looks good. It looks dry. But when I reach under here, its moisture all of this is coming out I’m not going to trap moisture in here. You shouldn’t either. [dis-assembly] Now it’s always a good idea to see the condition of the metal that your piling stuff up on top
of, especially in an interior. This allows me to be very secure in this. This
sheet metal is perfect. We’re ready to move on. The insulation tiles are super
easy to work with and do an amazing job of deadening road noise as well as
insulating from the exhaust heat in the cab the roller tool simply smoothes the
tiles out faster and more evenly than with your hands…[music] Alright, now listen,
[knocking, deadened by the sound insulation] drumming is gone. That’s why we use this stuff. [music] The second layer is also sound insulation but it’s going
to enhance the sound of our radio and control road noise too. This layer of installation also helps to retain the heat in the winter and your air conditioned air
in the summer. Spray adhesive should be used in a well-ventilated area it’s
available in the LMC Truck catalog and is easy to use requiring almost no tac
time. It helps to secure the jute style installation pad and keep it in place. Now
is the time to cut holes so your seat bolts can go back in. Now this stage just
cleans up some of the fuzzy edges from that sound deadener. Now we lay the carpet in. [music] Alright, so we’ve got some messing around with this to make it fit. When you leave the carpet out in the sun just give it an hour so that way it won’t get too
relaxed and lose its molded shape. As it heats up all of those wrinkles are going to float out of there. You don’t want to attack it
with the heat gun because this is a thin plastic and the fibers you can melt
them easily. Trust me when I say this set it in, get the sides and corners
and everything buttoned down. Get it fitting like it’s supposed to fit. The wrinkles
will come out naturally, it’s just gonna take a couple of days. So just have a
little patience, don’t worry about about the lumpyness, it’ll all float out of
there. It’s fiddly work getting it to fit properly but there’s a really easy way
to see how. This is your seatbelt anchor, this is your seat bolt anchor for the
seat frame itself. You trim these out from the backside everything else will
fall into place. I’m using a silver marker outline the pre-stamped bolt guides,
just so I could see them a little bit better. Then I can carefully cut the
holes from the backside of the carpet. Alright, the wrinkles are already smoothing out.
Now on the back side of this carpet I had trouble seeing where the seat frame bolt
hole is supposed to be cut so here’s a way to figure out where not to cut a
hole in the wrong spot. I know it’s in here, right about here, so I’m reaching
underneath and I find it in the floorboard. and I find where my other finger is, right there use a really sharp screwdriver or an awl. Put the awl in, now I know where my bolt goes and I’m going to make my mark on the top side here so I can either cut it from the top or I can go underneath
and cut it from the bottom. Either way that’s where it goes. Now I can safely cut, still be careful and
there it is. We’re home free. trusty awl…. there we are, we’re in we don’t want to go in all the way make sure it’s seated. Yep, there’s the hole, put in the screw, make sure we’ve got a bite, reseat our rubber. Once you’ve got all the screws started
you can go back and tighten them all. Alright, here’s a new kick panel. We’re going to transfer our vent valve over, because ours was still in really
good shape. There it is… There we go..Throw the button in, there we go….look at that. We reused the original filler button, because I liked the contrast but LMC Truck
does offer a new black replacements in the catalog…That’s it. Anytime that you see frayed
or torn seat belts you really need to think about replacing them this is the
last place that you want to compromise on any restoration project. And this
ninety-degree bracket comes in the kit attaches to the retractor and it’s sits
right here in the same place as the original and I’m gonna install some threadlocker on my anchor bolt because that’s what the factory did and I want to do that too. It’s just good safety practice.
[air wrench, ratchet, wrench sounds] there we go… there it is… Alright, we decided to use new hardware from LMC Truck and some threadlocker to sandwich our lapbelt in with the keeper for the other shoulder harness. [air wrench] While you’re installing your belts make sure that they’re not in a bind and not twisted when you put them in place. You can always reroute and redo but it’s much easier at this stage. [Air wrench] The end result is fantastic. And it looks like a brand new truck inside. And with new multiple layers of thermal and acoustic insulation it’ll
feel as solid and as quiet as any late model truck on the road. Now, you gotta admit that looks great and if
you look close most of the wrinkles are gone even after just an hour after the
installation and they will be on yours too. You just gotta kind of let them flow
out themselves. We hope we’ve passed on some great tips that will allow you to
have an easier time insulating your truck and installing new carpet and
accessories. And don’t forget to look to the LMC Truck catalogs or go to
LMC Truck dot com for other ideas on how to make your truck project even
better. For now… I’m Kevin Tetz. Thank you for watching.