When you drive a car with a shoddy interior, it can't be ignored. Dirty engine bay? Simple, don't pop the hood. Dented quarter-panel and faded paint? That can't really be seen from the driver's seat. However, a thrashed interior surrounds you in ugly every time you go for a spin. The new car smell is decades gone, and instead your olfactory senses are assaulted with a musty stench that has built up over the decades, especially in a neglected interior like ours.
When we bought g/28, it had the interior of a 30-year-old, $2,300 ride. Shredded upholstery, a warped dash and dirt on top of grime were everywhere you looked. It was sad. Now that the engine bay looks respectable, it's time to relieve the cockpit of its Third World status and freshen it up.
Luckily, many of the parts are available as reproductions. Because the Camaro is a child of the mid-'70s, there's plastic everywhere you look, and it requires different techniques to refinish. Fortunately, we were helped by Dupli-Color, a company with coatings specifically made to refresh plastic, and Year One makes ordering new parts as easy as flipping through a catalog or surfing online.
Of interest is that we spent a total of $3,213.97 on the interior, and that's with us doing virtually all of the work and getting most of the parts from Year One. (We did spend $70 to have our seats re-upholstered, a relatively small amount.) To put it into proper perspective, this is the equivalent outlay of a decent paint job. On a less desirable car like ours, we'd at least break even on those dollars if we sold it, especially given our car's initial ratty condition. On a more desirable car like a '69 Camaro, you can count on getting double the value you put into it-plus you won't be embarrassed to show off your pride and joy. We itemized all our parts with the exception of normal consumables like shop rags and lacquer thinner.