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Old 05-04-2016, 12:24 PM
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Hey everyone. I just bought my 2003 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab this past weekend. I'm 17 and it's my first vehicle but there's a lot of fixing up to do. The past owner was a smoker and there's a lot of nicotine stains on the dash and cigarette burns on the seats/upholstery. The headliner is also falling down but I think that'll be an easier fix. Does anyone have advice on finding new upholstery and replacing it? I'm on a low budget since I just bought the truck with my own money so any ways to save money would be appreciated.
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Old 05-04-2016, 02:04 PM
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Lowest budget? Seat covers, but the cheap ones look, well, cheap; and the good ones, aren't cheap.

Next? Find matching seats in good shape in the U-Pull-It and swap. Or close ones and learn how to fabricate the adapters to fit them.

Next? I'd do this with spare seats so I could drive the truck, but buy some close enough out of the U-Pull-It that aren't in such great shape, and pick up a few books on auto upholstery ( http://smile.amazon.com/Automotive-U.../dp/B005OA3HBK is one book to consider!) and reupholster them yourself.

For the headliner - again, I'd do one out of the boneyard to swap; but in any case, there's a few good info dumps on Allpar.COM ( http://www.allpar.com/eek/headliner.html is for a K-Car, but the general steps are the same!) and since Hancock's Fabrics is going out of business as I type this, I'd check there for the material. If not, see if there's a loyalty program - when I bought mine (have yet to put it in, but it's in the storage room!), I joined the JoAnn loyalty program and got my headliner material for 50% off!

For the dash - for now, I'd clean it really good and consider a DashMat or a Coverlay cover on it (Google for both, or just check RockAuto.COM for pricing). Later, when you feel really, REALLY vigorous, I'd (ideally from the boneyard!) pull the (a) dash, clean it off, recover it, and reinstall. THIS, however, fazes me ... so I've got a DashMat on my 1988 Dakota's dash! (Even though I can pull and install the dash, the recovering has me a bit concerned. But eh, my limitations are not YOUR limitations.)

Before you do much of anything, though, BUY THE FACTORY SERVICE MANUAL!

They're available both paper and PDF on Ebay; and Bishko Publishing ( www.autobooksbishko.com ) being the original publisher for Mother Mopar has them also. Bishko is Full List; used on Ebay is quite often considerably cheaper.

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Thanks for the advice! I appreciate it
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One more thing to keep in mind.

As you have the headliner out and if you get them out, the seats out; that would be an ideal time to install some generic DynaMat(tm) sound deadening.

If you pull the dash to recover it, THAT would be an ideal time to say "While I'm here" and replace the heater core, the evaporator, the blower motor, and if it's there on your truck, the blower motor resistor.

On both, if you have a storage area, you can stage by buying the parts a few at a time, getting them all collected, then doing the job.

And I forgot to mention - before worrying about the INTERIOR, be sure to get the front suspension checked and fixed. Our trucks seem to eat ball joints compared to some vehicles, and the LAST thing you want to happen is, well, your truck to look like this:

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One more thing to keep in mind.

As you have the headliner out and if you get them out, the seats out; that would be an ideal time to install some generic DynaMat(tm) sound deadening.

If you pull the dash to recover it, THAT would be an ideal time to say "While I'm here" and replace the heater core, the evaporator, the blower motor, and if it's there on your truck, the blower motor resistor.

On both, if you have a storage area, you can stage by buying the parts a few at a time, getting them all collected, then doing the job.

And I forgot to mention - before worrying about the INTERIOR, be sure to get the front suspension checked and fixed. Our trucks seem to eat ball joints compared to some vehicles, and the LAST thing you want to happen is, well, your truck to look like this:

Yeah good ideas. I was planning on installing some sound deadening mats and replacing the head unit and most likely the blower motor. I'll have to check on the other things too.

Surprisingly the ball joints on this truck were in good shape. I got two tires replaced, a wheel, and got an alignment, oil change etc. So the bare necessities are taken care of, now it's just extra smaller repairs here and there that I can do in my driveway.
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Ok, you're 17 and this is your first vehicle, and you are on a really tight budget. I know what it was like, as I was in the same situation as you when I was 17.

You're gonna be really busy trying to keep gas in the tank, paying for insurance and maintenance. Welcome to the world. But it's a great time in life, you have everything ahead to look forward to, and this won't be your last vehicle.

For now, just drive and enjoy the truck. Save up what you can, because used trucks always seem to need fixing. They always seem to break down at the worse moments, when you least expect it and when you depend on it the most. So put away a small stash of cash for an unexpected repair, and never spend it on anything else.

Do the free stuff and don't worry about impressing anyone. A little glue will keep the headliner up. Pull out the carpets and wash them with laundry detergent, then leave it out in the sun for a day or two to dry, before you put it back in. Since you need to remove the seats, you can clean those too.

If the seats are really tore up, cover them with seat covers.
Seat covers are cheap and look cheap. Who cares? You don't have much to spend, everyone here understands that. If you can afford to replace the seats, go down to your local pick-and-pull and try to find the identical seats, in the same color you have. Not all seat are the same so they do not all bolt in the same way. This includes seat belts (They are part of the seat and vary from year to year) If you want to upgrade manual seats to electric seats, it's possible, but keep in mind that you'll need the wire harness if one doesn't exist and you'll be taking a risk on a working motor.

Upholstery can get expensive, even if you do it yourself, because you'll need access to some equipment to do it with and yards of material. Most of the interior can be replaced with better pieces but this can get expensive too. The question becomes, how much are you willing to live with? Much of the interior can be washed. (and that will help get rid of the smell) It's cheap and it can make the interior look much better. Holes and stains are much harder (and costs more) to get rid of. If you can live with them, it costs you nothing. And remember it's also a truck. If you intend to use it as a truck, you'll end up tearing it up too. Trucks always get beat up both inside and out. That is the nature of a truck.

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Ok, you're 17 and this is your first vehicle, and you are on a really tight budget. I know what it was like, as I was in the same situation as you when I was 17.

You're gonna be really busy trying to keep gas in the tank, paying for insurance and maintenance. Welcome to the world. But it's a great time in life, you have everything ahead to look forward to, and this won't be your last vehicle.

For now, just drive and enjoy the truck. Save up what you can, because used trucks always seem to need fixing. They always seem to break down at the worse moments, when you least expect it and when you depend on it the most. So put away a small stash of cash for an unexpected repair, and never spend it on anything else.

Do the free stuff and don't worry about impressing anyone. A little glue will keep the headliner up. Pull out the carpets and wash them with laundry detergent, then leave it out in the sun for a day or two to dry, before you put it back in. Since you need to remove the seats, you can clean those too.

If the seats are really tore up, cover them with seat covers.
Seat covers are cheap and look cheap. Who cares? You don't have much to spend, everyone here understands that. If you can afford to replace the seats, go down to your local pick-and-pull and try to find the identical seats, in the same color you have. Not all seat are the same so they do not all bolt in the same way. This includes seat belts (They are part of the seat and vary from year to year) If you want to upgrade manual seats to electric seats, it's possible, but keep in mind that you'll need the wire harness if one doesn't exist and you'll be taking a risk on a working motor.

Upholstery can get expensive, even if you do it yourself, because you'll need access to some equipment to do it with and yards of material. Most of the interior can be replaced with better pieces but this can get expensive too. The question becomes, how much are you willing to live with? Much of the interior can be washed. (and that will help get rid of the smell) It's cheap and it can make the interior look much better. Holes and stains are much harder (and costs more) to get rid of. If you can live with them, it costs you nothing. And remember it's also a truck. If you intend to use it as a truck, you'll end up tearing it up too. Trucks always get beat up both inside and out. That is the nature of a truck.

Ed
Just to add a suggestion if you try to clean the interior instead of replacing it: I was able to remove an actual grease stain from my carpet with Goop hand cleaner and an old toothbrush. My carpet looks great now.
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