The car is moved to the garage. The work has begun!
Front seats removed. The convertible interior is unbelievably convenient to
work on compared to the regular cars with a roof. Everything is so easy to
The dashboard, centre console, glovebox, stereo, and switches. Gone.
This will give the access to the pedals, speaker wiring and the ECU.
In the rear, the seat and side panels. First, lift the botton cushion. Then
unscrew the rear panels and lift them up. After that you can unbolt the
Carpets and trim
Removed the carpet and door trim. The carpet is just one big piece that
covers the entire floor. And the door trim is held by three screws in the
door handles and three on the lower side of the door.
The rear speakers in the convertible are 5¼". I stocked up on
6"x9" thinking they would be the same as in the hatch. Now I don't want to
trade them to the 5¼ as I'd like to have bigger speakers in the
rear. Just need to find a way to mount them.
The door is completely stripped of upholstery and covers. You don't have
to remove the locks or window motor -- just raise the glass to gain
a better access to the inside of the door.
A layer of sound deadening material is applied on the inside of the door
and the outer surface. I went with
B-Quiet Ultimate -
the product that gained its popularity as "Brown Bread".
Driver side footwell is being prepared for soundproofing. There was
an inch-thick layer or foam on the floor, as well as some wires and
The floor, fender well and firewall are covered with a layer of
B-Quiet as far as the arm could reach.
More soundproofing in the passenger footwell. The factory foam will
go on top of this since it hides the wires and air ducts.
Rear side panels. The amount of wiring in the area makes the access
to body panels a bit difficult.
A set of Infinity Reference component speakers to handle the front
A new door speaker installed in factory location.
The big rear speakers were purchased to hatchback specifications, and it
took some extra work to fit them in place of the smaller factory rear
The amplifier mounted on the back of the rear seat. It seems to have a
perfect size to fit into the ski pass-through. More on audio upgrade
on this page.
Sound deadening on the floor to filter more road noise and
isolate the exhaust tunnel.
The final piece of interior surface is covered. Time to install the
carpet, side panels and seats.
The stereo is modified to add a line input for MP3 player connectivity.
A view of the dashboard with all components installed. The iPod is
connected to the head unit.