Before we get down to the carpeting, I’d noticed a couple of safety issues, both around the driver’s seat. As you can see, the seat had been fitted with an aftermarket swivel plate which allowed it to turn 90 degrees but it was of limited use and had been fitted using odd-sized bolts, two of them rather too small for safety. In a big impact, they would probably have ripped out, leaving the seatbelt trying to prevent the combined weight of seat and driver heading through the windscreen.
It had also been fitted in such a way that it was preventing the storage box under the seat from being accessed. The main battery lives under here so it’s far from ideal.
In short order the swivel was unbolted and cast aside, with the seat simply sliding out of the swivel and slotted back into the original factory runners on the bodyshell. Much more secure and immeasurably safer.
With the swivel plate out of the way, I could now access the battery, which allowed the opportunity of disconnecting some more redundant wiring.
Closer inspection revealed justwhat a bad idea the swivel plate was: it had been pressing down so hard in the battery area that at some point in the past the metal lid had come into contact with the positive terminal which had melted through the steel. This must have been seconds away from a full-on fire.
To celebrate, I even made a sounddeadening mat for the boot, the original having long gone. I used a length of the heat reflecting underlay used under domestic wood floor which is ideal for the job. It’s reduced noise levels noticeably and should insulate against engine heat in the boot area.