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Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: October 08, 2017 08:12AM

As the title says, is there a need for a repop LM front floor mat? The one below has been offered as a template, and despite a little mold, seems to be in really good shape; excellent considering that the shifter hole has not been cut out. I see NOS LM floor mats being offered periodically here and there, so I'm not sure if the demand would justify reproduction. As for the FC mat and Model T's, you could have it in any color you want, as long as it's black. Please post your honest assessment.
Steve

btw: I'm just finishing up a second run of FC front mats, and will have a couple of extras. That's it for now; so PM if you need one.

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: Caraholic4life ()
Date: October 08, 2017 09:28AM

Steve,

In my opinion, the only folks that might be interested in purchasing a front mat like that would be owners of bench seat equipped late model Corvairs.

My logic is that many of the bucket seat equipped car owners would probably prefer the individual mats that are already available including different colors too.

When this topic came up, I was thinking that the discussion was for the 500 style rubber mat installed instead of the carpet option. I know those would be difficult to make and also a hard sell to anyone except to those wanting a factory correct look. JMO

1965 Monza Coupe
Westminster, Maryland

MID ENG enthusiast &
prior Kelmark owner.

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: October 08, 2017 09:48AM

I would think you would have a better chance if you reproduced the individual rear mats as they are impossible to find. Clark's already reproduces the individual front mats in different colors.
One piece mats also work on Powerglide cars. I have seen people use the on manual trans cars by just cutting a hole in it.

Lee J

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: coleslaw31 ()
Date: October 08, 2017 10:23AM

Now now don't be negative Nancys! I'll ask about and see if any interest locally and Facebook.

South Carolina Upstate



68 Monza convertible 140 4spd A/C (coming soon)
66 Corsa coupe 140 4spd

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: moomba32 ()
Date: October 08, 2017 11:14AM

I don't dislike them but I don't see myself ever getting one, I'm not into being 100% stock.

Don Marlowe
66 Monza 2Dr 140/pg
64 Spyder convertible now, 110/pg
Eutawville SC

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: Vin ()
Date: October 08, 2017 08:25PM

Which models would this have come in originally? Only bench seat or buckets too? PG and manual? Etc...

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: October 08, 2017 08:32PM

It would work for PG or manual - has a knockout for the shifter hole.
Steve

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: bobvair ()
Date: October 08, 2017 08:44PM

The full mats are simply wonderful for catching all of the crud the carpets happily absorb including liquid spills. Originally available in white or black, I have two nice examples in my stock and will use one in my current resto project. I highly recommend the full mat.

Bob Slusher
Portland, Oregon
Where jobless twenty-somethings come to retire

63 Rampside
63 Rampside
65 Corsa Turbo Convert-EO
95 VW Camper 5 speed
71 Brabham BT 35

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: October 08, 2017 08:51PM

Vin Wrote:
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> Which models would this have come in originally?
> Only bench seat or buckets too? PG and manual?
> Etc...

Floor mats were sold over the counter by the dealer. Any color you wanted, full width or twin; it was the buyer's choice. Both styles fit bucket, bench, manual, or automatic.

When a full width mat is used with a floor shift manual, there's a circle molded on the back that indicates the cut-out spot for the shifter. I have red one (the cutout) I use for a coaster!

My '67 had a full width blue mat, bucket seats, and a four speed.

In the NOS floor mat world, "black" is the most valuable color by far. (2x$$$ or more)

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

+17 Tons of parts




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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: October 08, 2017 11:08PM

My 25K mile 69 4 spd convertible has the full width black floor mat in front and a pair of individual mats for the rear. Personally, I prefer the full width mat.

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: October 09, 2017 05:37AM

I always preferred the individual mats as you can pull them out without having to remove a shifter boot or housing.

Lee J



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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: October 09, 2017 07:58AM

I believe there were different widths also. Early convertible vs coupe for sure.
I seem to remember Lates also were different widths. Also Late vs Early I think I remember were different in general.So there may be multiple sizes that would have to be made.
I may stand to be corrected, but this could limit the application of one size mat.

Also... didn't Clarks already have the individual mats re-popped?

Corventure Dave

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: gnvair ()
Date: October 09, 2017 08:46AM

corventure Dave Wrote:
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> I believe there were different widths also. Early
> convertible vs coupe for sure.
> I seem to remember Lates also were different
> widths. Also Late vs Early I think I remember were
> different in general.So there may be multiple
> sizes that would have to be made.
> I may stand to be corrected, but this could limit
> the application of one size mat.
>
> Also... didn't Clarks already have the individual
> mats re-popped?
>
> Corventure Dave

Yes, Clark's reproduced the 65-69 style individual front mats in different colors. I have a pair in my convertible; although I am told the style Clark's reproduced is technically the 65-66 style. Not sure if 67 is different. 68-69 supposedly has a design difference on the outer edges.

Lee J

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Re: Would reproducing a LM front mat be worth the effort?
Posted by: vairboy ()
Date: October 12, 2017 03:20AM

I have one in my modified 66 coupe and love it. IMO I like it much better than individual mats. Steve, any idea of price?

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