FITTING COVERDALE CARPETS TO A
MG Y TYPE
A reasonable amount of skill is required to fit these carpets as the initial cut size is basic and will require trimming to fit your Y Type accurately. This guide is a suggested method based on experience of fitting out 3 Y types but other methods could be used successfully. The fitting kit is available if you require a more traditional approach to fitting. I have used a specialist carpet spray trim glue for fixing some parts, it is not as severe as a full contact adhesive spray and can be repositioned initially. It only needs to be used sparingly and when set it will be difficult to remove the carpet without damage. At the end of cutting and fitting you may find that the carpet edges have started to fray in places. To recover this, an application of Copydex (fabric glue) on the rear will re-bind them and it dries clear and flexible. Apart from the rear transmission underlay,( which you will need to supply), the carpet is initially best fitted without laying any underlay. After it is fitted you may wish to add a thin underlay in places.
- Check the 7 pieces and lay them in position, once the first cut has been made you will not be able to return them.
- Nearside floor
- Offside floor
- Rear transmission cover 2 bound edges
- Central transmission cover
- Gearbox cover shaped with rear bound edge
- Gearbox oil inspection cover plate
- Front of gearbox cover
- Remove the seats, it is also worth removing the doors for best access.
- Remove the 2 bolts that hold the handbrake in place and tie back the hand brake.
- The central transmission cover carpet is cut to just fit down to the floor on either side at the rear. The front should be up to the gearbox cover. Cut holes for the bolts and with bolts in place glue the carpet to the metal cover along the bottom edges. Refit the handbrake.
- The rear transmission cover piece (if bought though the MGCC Y Type Shop) is bound front and back and has millboard sewn in. First fit and glue thick underlay cut around the cables and up to central carpet piece. The arched millboard should rest on top of the transmission arch and fit down to the floor. Screw the carpet side flaps down close to the corner with ½” No 8 plated screws using surface screw caps (they will be covered by the main floor carpet) this will keep the sides vertical against the side of the transmission cover.
- Fit the front gearbox cover piece. The dip switch will help position it. Leave gluing in place until the gearbox cover carpet has been fitted. Ensure the dip switch still operates.
- Fit the gearbox cover piece in place. I believe originally the cut hole in the carpet fitted over the gearbox gaiter and the cut edge rests against the gaiter. I prefer to remove the metal gaiter retaining ring and refit it over the carpet as well as the gaiter. To do this remove the metal ring and gaiter, line the gearstick hole with the hole in the carpet. I found some longer screws and screwed them in enough to hold the carpet hole in position. Ensure the side flaps are even on either side and cut a hole for the oil inspection hole threaded stud. Fit the carpet over the stud this will then ensure it stays in place while you fix the sides down. Lift up one side of the carpet and lightly spray adhesive along base of cover. Ensuring the vinyl bound edge is square glue carpet tight into the corner along the floor. Repeat on the other side. The flaps will not need to be screwed down now. Originally the carpet was held down by studs but as there is a metal flange on the gearbox cover they were away from the corner. Gluing to the sides keeps the carpet vertical on the side of the gearbox and makes fitting the floor carpet easier. With a sharp knife cut out the two holes for the oil filler and dip stick.
- The oil inspection cover can be glued to the small piece of carpet provided as the original was, but as this carpet is thicker it does not sit down so well. An alternative would be to cover it using vinyl to match the edge trim.
- Lay the passenger side floor carpet piece in place. Fit it accurately to the profile along the transmission. It lines up well against the gearbox but will need trimming where it reaches the rear transmission cover. The rear has been cut long to allow for possible fitting variations with a YT and kick boards. The kick board should have a rebate at the bottom for the carpet to fit under. Trim to fit, the curved end will be easier to fit without the rear metal carpet retaining piece in place. When you are happy that there is a really good fit along these two sides trim along the door edge and fit the metal carpet retainers (on sale at Y Reg Shop) if not already fitted. Fit the front end up against the bulkhead, the profile around the front of the gearbox may need trimming to ensure it moulds in. Now cut the slots for the seat runners. With a sharp knife cut through at the ends and along for about 20mm keeping the knife close to the metal. Remove the whole piece invert on a cutting surface and with a straight edge and sharp knife join up the end cuts. Refit the carpet.
- To fit the driver’s side position the carpet for a best fit all round. The rubber heel matt will come nearly up to the pedals. Remove the rubber pedal covers, make cuts front to back to allow the carpet to just fit over the pedals. Now fit the rest as on the passenger side. Return to the front fit around the accelerator pedal fixings and trim so that the top front over the gearbox lines up with the passenger’s side.
- If underlay is used it will need to be very thin. This thicker carpet fits to the level of the seat runners. Invisible press studs can be used if desired to hold it in place but the metal edge trim and the rear rebate hold it in place quite well.
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