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revolution337
10-12-2010, 11:33 AM
So in my current living situation (college student), I've been sort of strapped for cash. But in the never ending want to mod/upgrade/work on my B5, I found some little projects that don't cost much, but definitely add some eye appeal/swag. I wanted to re-wrap my entire interior (i.e. headliner, all the pillars) in black microsuede, but being a student, another thing I'm strapped for is free time. So instead, I set my goals on making a new shift boot, re-wrapping my shift knob, e-brake handle, and center armrest cover. I also harvested some black leather from an old office chair and used it to line the cupholder underneath the armrest, door card pockets, the little space behind the cigarette lighter and the long skinny pencil shaped tray in the center console. You can see it in some of the pics.

I was also displeased with the filthiness of my engine bay, what with oil and grease everywhere, so I grabbed a bottle of simple green and got to work! Here are some pics of the weekend.

Supplies:
-Black microsuede fabric
-Blue painters tape
-Sewing machine
-Simple Green Cleaner
-Garden Hose
-Patience

Total Cost: ~$30

Old engine bay (yuck)
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/IMGP2545.jpg

Clean vs dirty
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-09-25121648.jpg

New clean bay (yum)
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/enginebay-1.jpg

Might as well clean the whole thing while I'm at it
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-09-04112503.jpg

Good as new!
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-09-25185601.jpg

Now to the interior...

It took a couple days to finish the boot, so this was my temporary shifter. Trex ftw!
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-08153413.jpg

Newly wrapped shift knob.
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-08233432.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-08233651.jpg

Shift Boot:
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-08233738.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-08233811.jpg

I wrapped my armrest in painters tape in case I didn't like the outcome of the suede. Easily reversible
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09114514.jpg

Spray adhesive (home depot $10)
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09152905.jpg

Armrest:
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09160832.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09160843.jpg

E-Brake Handle: I know its not perfect, but the wrinkles in the front are impossible to completely eliminate
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09172624.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09181422.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09183345.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09181440.jpg

All together completed!
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09111405.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09111432.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09111451.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09111747.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09111554.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09181344.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09183132.jpg

For some reason the stitching the this picture looks crooked, but after I worked suede tight and adjusted it, it looks straight as an arrow.
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09183112.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-09183308.jpg

And my project for next weekend...
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-10104919.jpg

Insomniac
10-12-2010, 11:48 AM
Haha, Bob 94.9. Where in cepa are you?

witwer4444
10-12-2010, 11:53 AM
Not bad for a college kid [;)]

revolution337
10-12-2010, 11:56 AM
Haha, Bob 94.9. Where in cepa are you?

Mechanicsburg. You?

mbudden
10-12-2010, 01:18 PM
Mechanicsburg. You?

Where in Mechanicsburg? Happen to live here. Haven't seen too many B5's running around here.
Besides, have you posted this pics somewhere? I swear I've seen them before... VWvortex maybe?

revolution337
10-12-2010, 01:32 PM
Where in Mechanicsburg? Happen to live here. Haven't seen too many B5's running around here.
Besides, have you posted this pics somewhere? I swear I've seen them before... VWvortex maybe?

Nope, I havent posted anywhere else.

HotSauce
10-12-2010, 03:20 PM
I'm astounded as to how much of the yellow you got off your coolant expansion tank!

eurodevil
10-12-2010, 03:24 PM
Looks good! clean audi!!

witwer4444
10-12-2010, 03:24 PM
I'm astounded as to how much of the yellow you got off your coolant expansion tank!

LoL. Most likely a replacement I'm guessing.

green a6
10-12-2010, 03:27 PM
like how everything is turning out

revolution337
10-12-2010, 03:29 PM
LoL. Most likely a replacement I'm guessing.

haha yep. got it from usp on clearance.

frameshift18
10-12-2010, 06:00 PM
Looks awesome. I plan on doing the same in the next few weeks.

EuroDriven
10-12-2010, 08:11 PM
Whats the little controller unit on the center console for? Under lights?

Insomniac
10-12-2010, 09:58 PM
Mechanicsburg. You?

Hbg. I'll keep an eye out for ya. Which college do you attend?

walky_talky20
10-12-2010, 10:54 PM
Very nice work. Any photos of the underside of the console lid? I want to see how it is attached.

smoker
10-12-2010, 11:01 PM
Haha, Bob 94.9. Where in cepa are you?

Lol. My thoughts exactly.

revolution337
10-13-2010, 02:51 AM
Very nice work. Any photos of the underside of the console lid? I want to see how it is attached.

Sorry, I didn't get any pics of that. Its simply a push to lock trim piece. You can see 2 of the 4 clips in the photo of my shifter without the trim/boot attached. There are 2 more clips back near the ashtray. You just grab the trim underneath the shifter boot and pull up with some force and it pops right out

EDIT: I just reread you question and realize what you mean now. Pics of the underside of the center armrest? No I don't have any but I will get one later today.

revolution337
10-13-2010, 02:52 AM
Whats the little controller unit on the center console for? Under lights?

Its for red interior footwell LED lighting

frameshift18
10-13-2010, 07:11 AM
Pics of the underside of the center armrest?

Would like to see this as well. Thanks!

EuroDriven
10-13-2010, 07:23 AM
Its for red interior footwell LED lighting

Thats acceptable. I had this in my subie and everybody loved it.

flynnr
10-13-2010, 09:02 AM
you must have ordered some new stuff for under the hood?

revolution337
10-13-2010, 09:49 AM
you must have ordered some new stuff for under the hood?

The only things I replaced was my coolant tank and my dipstick funnel (because it shattered on me)

revolution337
10-13-2010, 10:38 AM
Here is a picture of the underside. It looks like a mess, but how often does one see it?
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-10-13132745.jpg

And here is a picture for Gutmannnn
http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q167/revolution337/2010-08-25210917.jpg

biketsai
10-13-2010, 10:50 AM
How difficult was it to do the cross stitch? I am highly considering it now with your inspiration, but I;d probably like it with a closer pattern.

revolution337
10-13-2010, 11:11 AM
How difficult was it to do the cross stitch? I am highly considering it now with your inspiration, but I;d probably like it with a closer pattern.

It wasn't too difficult. What I did was got a piece of scrap material and tried out several different stitch patterns to find which one i liked best. Then I got my piece of material and found the center line of it, and used a fabric pencil to draw the center line down the middle on the BACKSIDE of the fabric. I used a ruler to make the diagonal lines with the same fabric pen. I made sure that the X crossing point of the diagonal lines crossed on the center line. Then I just ran over the lines I traced (obviously not the center line). With the stitch that I chose, I liked to look of the underside of the stitch, so I actually sewed it with the non-suede material facing up, and the suede side down. Hope this helps.

BlkBullitt
10-13-2010, 11:18 AM
Looks great! Not sure if I'm a fan of the cross stitch, but to each their own. I've redone my shift knob, shift boot, and center console lid in black suede as well and love it. I'm currently doing the headliner, sunroof cover, and A/B/C pillars. I still need to do the ebrake handle as well.

revolution337
10-13-2010, 11:46 AM
Looks great! Not sure if I'm a fan of the cross stitch, but to each their own. I've redone my shift knob, shift boot, and center console lid in black suede as well and love it. I'm currently doing the headliner, sunroof cover, and A/B/C pillars. I still need to do the ebrake handle as well.

post up some pics when you get a chance! [up]

Calabria
10-14-2010, 02:39 AM
engine bay.
did you use any brushes/rags. or just let simple green soak and hose off? need to do this and yours turned out pretty good