scottfromiowa

Anyone replace carpet in M20E with Airtex?

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scottfromiowa    606

I received my Airtex carpet replacement kit.  Looks nice and includes three pieces of carpet.  Two runners that have cut outs for rudder pedals and nice plastic where feet will rest as well as a piece that looks baggage area size.  Question, what about the middle section between seats?  What did everyone do with this area?  Is a piece missing?

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drapo    80

I also bought from Airtex and ended up with 6 pieces of carpet for my 65 M20E and no plan or instructions... A big one that covered almost all of the floor except for a small spot in in between seats in the rear, where a small piece would fit. Another big one for the cargo. One that goes around the wheel well and one for the top (both need trimming) and a small 8"X8" I'm trying to find a use for...


Good luck!


 

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scottfromiowa    606

Thanks.  That helps.  I think they forgot the center section between the seats...otherwise I think I'm set...unless they included this with the baggage area piece.  Not sure it would work with Johnson Bar.  Does your bar function O.K. with thickness of carpet or did you have to remove some of the padding?

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carusoam    3,906

Scott,


I did my M20C with Airtex.  The carpet is thick, but turned out OK.  I thought I was going to have to trim or make an adjustment.  Not needed.


I had my mechanic do the installation on the carpet parts that required disconnection of flight controls (center).


Side boards and kick panels all look much better when refreshed.  One thing I found that was not supplied with the kit was two small triangles for the 65C that were at the sides of the back seat.


Airtex is willing to make parts as long as you can fax or email them what you are looking for.


Best regards,


-a-


 


Best regards,


Anthony

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flhelo    2

Scott,


I had to ask for that piece that goes inbetween the 2 front seats. Initially they gave me a hard time but I finally convinced them that my G model did not have the plastic.


PS: I still owe you some pics of my redone interior!

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flhelo    2

Cant figure out how to edit.


The center peice for in between the seats is about 1/4 inch to wide on bothe sides due to the finish/stitching of the carpet. I just hand stitched it tucked underneath. And got out the hole for the gear lock-down latch.

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carusoam    3,906

I think I remember cutting a hole where the fuel selector valve is.


There are pre-existing screw holes in the floor of the cockpit.  To make use of these...Tinnerman nuts and belly panels removed, sheet metal screws with decorative ring are nice to hold the carpet in place.


 


-a-

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N4352H    384

Call Dodd Stretch...or show him this thread. If Airtex doesn't have the pattern, they'll make it. Airtex did my J and created a nice insert for this area. I couldn't be happier with the interior and especially the carpets they did for me. Btw, how are you Scott? Nice to see you back in the forums!

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drapo    80

Quote: scottfromiowa

Thanks.  That helps.  I think they forgot the center section between the seats...otherwise I think I'm set...unless they included this with the baggage area piece.  Not sure it would work with Johnson Bar.  Does your bar function O.K. with thickness of carpet or did you have to remove some of the padding?

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Shadrach    1,562

Airtex made a piece for my manual gear F at my request. It works well, but I need get some double sided tape to keep the 2 front "ears" that fit around the Johnson Bar in place.

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scottfromiowa    606

Thanks for all your great comments.  I phoned Airtex and spoke with Mark.  He said there are about eight different interiors for the time period (J-bar, no J-bar, Center plastic (nose wheel) no center) so didn't send center.  He was VERY helpful and said if I didn't mind and could send a pattern he would cut and seam to suit.  Pretty excellent service!  I will pull seats and install existing interior and see what else I need.  Thanks again everybody,


Scott

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JeffMirs    0

I am very disappointed with Airtex.  They had my year, model, serial number etc. yet sent carpet that didn't have the fuel switch cut out, and didn't send a center piece that would even remotely fit around the Johnson bar / latch etc.  Maybe they will make it good but I was surprised that given the price it was basically carpet with the handiwork all left to the customer.

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carusoam    3,906

Welcome aboard, Jeff.

Were you able to read this thread before you bought the Airtex carpet?

I see some of my input from back in 2011.  In 2000, I was happy to get some low cost stuff that nearly fit, on a budget...

It was a great improvement over what was in the plane.  It doesn't compare in price or quality of what a custom shop can deliver...

Best regards,

-a-

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RLCarter    370

@JeffMirs when I ordered my airtex I asked if I had plastic or carpet under the Jbar on the floor , which it didn't. The carpet I received was 1 large piece for the floor, a T shaped piece that went between seat rails behind the Jbar block on the floor and 2 for around the nose gear well and the baggage area floor. IMG_1080.thumb.JPG.ba404fb5b9d73f899ebe798ead67b348.JPG

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Yetti    1,267

So shipping it back and forth is out of the question.   So locating and cutting the fuel cut out.   You are going to need an awl and a utility knife and some good scissors.   Get the carpet where your want. Mine happens to be put down with 2" velcro black and 1" white velcro. Find the fuel selector area.  cut a cross with the utility knife an X and then another.   Then use scissors to cut and trim the hole around the fuel selector.   The plastic trim needs it cut about 1/8"  back from the edge.   Now use the awl to poke through the carpet for the screw hole.  Locate and punch all others.  Get first screw started then do all others.

Probably will take it less time to do it then I took to write how to do it.

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RLCarter    370
1 hour ago, Yetti said:

Find the fuel selector area.  cut a cross with the utility knife an X and then another.   Then use scissors to cut and trim the hole around the fuel selector. 

Flip the carpet over, mine was marked on the back but not cut out

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Ocalafly    9

Mine was also marked on the back and I used that as a general indication of where the selector was going to be located. Having put the carpet down I proceeded to lift the carpet from the back until I got to the fuel selector.Noting how close the marking on the back was to the actual selector. Then I proceeded to puncture the carpet with a utility knife and worked my way around. Palpating around the area will help greatly as you can feel where the selector is located and cutting close to the selector as possible will give you a nice circle around it.

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