It's never as easy as it first appears. It just isn't. Of course, by the time you get to prepping the interior for paint, then insulate it, then carpet it, add fresh weather-stripping, hang the refreshed door panels, etc...you have probably figured that out. So goes the saga of our '72 Suburban or as we like to call it-Super Sub. Follow along with part one of a two part series on prepping the interior.
We have finished the body and paintwork on our Super Sub and for the most part it really is pretty straightforward stuff. Filled some holes, took out a few dents, and seem to have installed a few extra 'waves.' In fact, the rumor around the office is that the Super Sub has more waves than you will find at a beach. Of well, it's meant to be a driver, an everyday classic truck that's fun to drive and not much to worry about. Okay, we will worry about it but not loose any sleep. Super Sub won't be winning any shows but it will be mechanically sound, allow us to ride in comfort, and give us the confidence we can tow anything anywhere and get all of us back to the office for the next deadline on CLASSIC TRUCKS.
Much of what we will you show you involving our Super Sub can be applied to any classic truck, but especially the '67-72 Chevy/GMC line of pickups, Blazers, and Suburbans. The intent here is to show you some of the subjects that you will want to address in order to lay a good foundation for a solid interior on your classic truck. An interior that will be sound proofed, and insulated against heat. (Stay tuned, for there will be other stories that deal with what happens to, on, and under the dashboard-there's lots of goodies here that you will like.)
In this segment we also opted to install a new windshield, rear glass, and side glass including the rubber weather-stripping and stainless trim all from Brothers. It was time to paint. The only way to make sure all of the collective years of hidden corrosion and wind noise from tired weather-stripping would vanish was to remove these pieces and prep and paint the metal before installing fresh rubber seals along with a new windshield.
How's is all this accomplished? We will start by showing which areas we inspected and what was done to these areas before painting. Then we will take a look at weather-stripping from Brothers and install Accumat insulation from Scosche Industries. All of this rummaging around also showed that there were a few sections of electrical wiring beneath the upholstered areas that needed replacing as well. We went to American Autowire and rounded up direct-factory replacement sections of wiring. What we ended up with was an interior that features a color change, has insulation and sound deadening characteristics, new window rubber, and a front windshield.
Where do you start? If you are planning on a color change for your ride then it really is a good idea to remove the glass and plan on installing new rubber and a new windshield, if necessary. Why remove the old glass? Simple. Do you know what's under the glass and rubber after 30-plus years of enduring the elements? Probably not, and some would say you don't want too. We believe you should know through investigation and solve any problems now while they're accessible and much simpler to deal with.
In the case of the Super Sub we knew it had spent most of its life in Bakersfield, California. Why is this important? Rust shouldn't prove to be a problem in this typically hot and dry climate. When we took out the old window trim, and removed the glass and rubber we were pleasantly surprised at how little rust damage existed after 30 years of abuse.
Next up painting: Remember we went from a blue and white to a red and white truck, we wanted to prep the hidden metal, primer it, and get fresh paint on it. This would ensure against rust deterioration as well as provide a good seal eliminating the potential for wind leaks.