My DeLorean‘s now 39 years old, which means it’s got a long list of “nice to haves” that aren’t critical but they either need some attention or outright replacing. One example is the foam in the door trim panel upholstery – that collapsed into a black powder a long time ago and left the door interiors completely flat, hard, and with no depth or shape to them. So let’s fix that! DeLorean Go offer a Door Card Foam Repair Kit with what you need. Since I’m in Australia I ordered the kit with the two tubes of glue instead of the tin of glue. I personally would’ve found it better to use 3 tubes of glue and I would recommend you buy 3 just in case, but you can definitely make do with just 2 tubes.
As far as jobs go this one is more fiddly than actually tricky. There’s a trick to popping the door trim panels out – have your the window down while you do it and use an upholstery fork tool to pop the fir tree fasteners one at a time. Make sure you completely vacuum out the old foam dust from all the pockets before inserting the new foam. It’s also important to keep the vinyl stretched taut over the backing piece as you work when gluing it on, and also apply the glue to both surfaces and let them dry a little bit before pressing them together. Finally, this is a good time to replace your door’s fir tree fasteners if your old ones have gotten all mangled up over the decades.
The end result should look something like this – the extra curves & shaped definition in the vinyl are subtle, but definitely there and make it look that little bit better! I’ve done my best to take both of these photos from exactly the same position/angle with my camera in the same position with as close natural lighting as I could get to make the comparison easier to see.