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Old 07-31-2010, 03:26 AM   #1
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Default Minimalist interiors, please post pics.

Hey MTers, need your help.

If I do keep the Miata when I get home, I'll want to do some sort of minimalist (dare I say Retro?) interior. I've seen a few pics scattered on here, but I doubt any amount of searching would turn them up.

Can you post Miata interiors, specifically those modified to remove the center console and fill the gap where it was? I remember a beige one and some others with a single vertical bar where the CC used to be.

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Before I stripped my interior, my plans was to buy ebay carpet (which doesn't have any holes) and leave the center console out. I was going to tuck it into the rubber shift boot, leaving plain carpet with no holes on the transmission tunnel. Seemed like a great idea and I've still always wondered what it would look like, no one has seemed to do it yet though.
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I don't know what you mean about the center console, and as soon as I order the Cobalt SS and a new ****, the center console is getting thrown into the garage as scrap. Here's my interior so far:



I want a 90-93 dash.
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I don't know what you mean about the center console...
Sorry for the confusion. The CC delete would only really work (aesthetically speaking) for a 90-93 dash.
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Is the solid vertical bar you're referring to?

They look pretty good with certain other interior mods, and are a coveted Zoom item over at CR.net
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hey curly, what seats are those? Are they comfortable?
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Is the solid vertical bar you're referring to?
I don't see what you're talking about in that pic, I don't see a vertical bar. Plus the CC is still in place in that one.
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It's the ultimate interior IMO. What I wish I could do to mine. I think this is the one you are referring to.

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Anybody have an idea who it belongs to? It was on M.net when I saw it first. Simply beautiful.

I had a go at the minimalist interior once and my version sucked. Chopped up my consoles and tried to make it a short console, then tried to cover my tunnel with diamond stitched black vinyl. I'll just say the Miata either needs a full interior, or a fully stripped interior like above, to look correct. Anything else in between ends up looking broken. At least that is how I see it.
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^ I totally get what you're saying. I wish my floor looked like that. That is beautiful. Love the chassis brace there, that's sick.
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If I end up doing half of the **** I have planned for my car, I will eventually have a chance to strip the interior fully and do something along these lines. When my car isn't STILL my daily driver. I've been "looking" for another daily driver for like 2 years now, and can't afford a decent one. I just wish I had a spare 90-93 dash laying around to do something like that with. Stripped with a 94+ dash doesn't have the same effect since it doesn't have that bar running all the way across to make a good cut off point like that one does. I guess I could find one if the day ever comes. I'd probably do some red truck bed liner on the floor for traction, completely gut the doors, and go a bit farther than that one. It would ideally also have a cage, not just door bars. So maybe more like a standard stripped NA, just cleaner, and with a little "niceness" modification.
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That's no chassis brace, it's just replacing the stock brace, we all have one, his is just pretty.

Koto, I meant the different center console. Are you referring to a roll cage bar? I'm confused as to what this vertical bar is.

NA6C-guy, I don't know why my stripped dash wouldn't work on any DD, beyond the absence of a radio. If you have an ipod and hide an amp somewhere, that's not a problem. The heater controls won't have pretty levers, but they still work fine.
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NA6C-guy, I don't know why my stripped dash wouldn't work on any DD, beyond the absence of a radio. If you have an ipod and hide an amp somewhere, that's not a problem. The heater controls won't have pretty levers, but they still work fine.
Not saying it wouldn't, just aesthetically I much prefer that style dash without a console, over a 94+ dash with a built in center console, with no way of chopping it off without leaving a weird hole and bulge.
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Minimalist interiors, please post pics.-3143530134_large.jpg

Here's an old picture of my interior.

It's changed some - the center console now has 3 AEM gauges mounted where the hazards button used to be and the PROFEC B is gonzo. New door panels in the works.

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NA6C got it, that's one of two cars in particular I was after a pic of. The other is a beige interior with no visible bracing under the dash, and what appears to be two cupholders IVO where the radio used to be.
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It's the ultimate interior IMO. What I wish I could do to mine. I think this is the one you are referring to.



Anybody have an idea who it belongs to? It was on M.net when I saw it first. Simply beautiful.

I had a go at the minimalist interior once and my version sucked. Chopped up my consoles and tried to make it a short console, then tried to cover my tunnel with diamond stitched black vinyl. I'll just say the Miata either needs a full interior, or a fully stripped interior like above, to look correct. Anything else in between ends up looking broken. At least that is how I see it.
I'd imagine that's pretty 'easy' to replicate with some expanding foam, a utility knife and a stretchy/forgiving textile.

The support bar seems pretty simple as well. That being said, everythings simple when you have the time and equipment.

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Look up Slutz on CR, he's got a nicely stripped interior.
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I love that interior. If I could find some smurf blue paint in a can I'd do that. The foot wells are especially ugly under the carpet. I painted mine black, but I'm hesitant to paint the entire interior black since it'll absorb so much heat.
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I love that interior. If I could find some smurf blue paint in a can I'd do that. The foot wells are especially ugly under the carpet. I painted mine black, but I'm hesitant to paint the entire interior black since it'll absorb so much heat.
Have you tried Tower Paint?
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I was thinking of doing the same thing (eliminate console, trim dash, etc.)

From what I understand, the stockinteriors.com carpet comes without holes, at least according to some posters on other forums.
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I was thinking of doing the same thing (eliminate console, trim dash, etc.)

From what I understand, the stockinteriors.com carpet comes without holes, at least according to some posters on other forums.
That's one of the things that made my attempt so much a failure. Damn holes left everywhere. I used to diamond stitch vinyl in an attempt to cover the holes and to surround the big gap in carpet left around the round rubber shifter boot, but it looked like hell.

I like yours Thasac. That might end up being the route I go, just a 94 dash instead, since that one looks easy enough to achieve. Nothing to extreme, but still looks good. Balance between stripped, but enough stuff left to not look like a full out stripped race car.
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