My long term plan for the MGB GT is to redo the interior at some point. At present however, the MGB work is all geared towards getting her back on the road again.
My Lotus Europa is at the redoing the interior stage and in many ways is a good test bed for trying some new products and learning how to sew carpets and leather. You might say that I can learn on the Lotus and then do the work properly on the MGB. Anyway, with a stripped interior the Lotus Europa is getting modern sound deadening material and new modern insulation. Hopefully this will work well and I won’t have to wear ear plugs when I drive next time. I suppose I could just add a quieter muffler but this will be a good start.
For sound deadening mat I was looking at both Dynamat and Noico as they both have a good reputation. In the end I decided to go with Noico as it receives very good ratings and many reviewers believe it to be just as good as Dynamat… at about 30% of the cost here in Canada. The Noico product is made in Russia, Dynamat is made in the USA.
Noico 80 mil car sound deadening mat is made from butyl with a thick aluminum foil on the surface. When I first picked up the box I was surprised how much it weighs. I’m guessing the 36 SF package was perhaps 13kg or 30 lbs. The sheets are folded so need to be straightened a bit when removed. Installation went easily. Remove the backing, apply to the panel and use a roller to make sure the product adheres well. Both a utility knife or scissors cut the Noico well.
It was very evident even after applying the first piece that the sound deadening mat should work well. The fibreglass floor pan of the Lotus sounded like a drum when hit before but this single sheet dampened the sound dramatically to more of a thud. I should have shot a video!
I’ve attempted to cover the entire interior but ran out of material. Unfortunately this may delay my project slightly as Amazon Prime here in Canada is showing a 1 month delivery time. Hopefully another box will come sooner. Next step is the installing the Noico closed cell sound deadening material.