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I mentioned I had replaced the carpeting but did not elaborate. No one makes carpet sets for the 4 speed cars. The problem is that the 4 speed cars have a much larger shifter tunnel/hump than the automatics. All the car bodies started out as automatic floor pan configuration and if a car was ordered with a 4 spd manual the smaller hump was cut out. That job was done ‘rather roughly’ making you question if in fact you do have an actual ‘factory 4 speed’ car when you first see it. The hole is irregular and the larger hump was overlapped and welded in and sealant putty is troweled on. Further to the lack of availability of the 4 speed carpet set, the dark red of the factory carpet is also no longer woven (we ran into this same problem with out 61 Fiesta wagon) however the red that is available coordinates well with the rest of the red interior. So, I ‘bit the bullet and ordered a set of 63 ‘automatic’ carpets and hoped I could make them work. I also ordered extra carpet to recover my kick panels and the bottom edge of the door card that is carpeted. We completely lined the floor of the car with Dynamat sound deadening mat as well as an additional heat reflective product on the firewall and into the foot well of the floor board area.

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