Let's admit it, our muscle cars are loud and can be downright rough at times. Big-blocks always sound good in the parking lot at idle but it can be an ear-bleeding
experience once you get up to speed. Forget about having a conversation with the passenger. Sounds reverberate, and with only a thin piece of sheetmetal separating you from the exhaust below there isn't much in the form of sound dampening, or heat protection for that matter. Knowing the potentially deafening decibal readings our budget big-block might create, we hunted down a solution for quelling all that noise and heat.
A little research led us to a simple solution from Quiet Ride Solutions with their pre-cut and ready-to-install "quiet riding comfort" kits. This all-in-one package comes with everything you need to complete your interior, including Dynamat, heat shielding, spray adhesive, and foil tape. And with more than 700 kits available, finding the right insulation package for your muscle car shouldn't be an issue. For our El Camino, the kit included insulation items for everything we needed to cover, from the firewall to the rear panel, and the floorpan to the roof. To finish the job, we also went with a one-piece carpet kit from Original Parts Group, which included new Fisher door sill plates.
Installation time will vary, but in our case it required two solid days of work from start to finish. All said and done, we were rewarded with a factory-fresh appearing interior and even had a slight hint of new-car smell. Trust us, the hard work is well worth the effort; just remember to please remove your shoes first before entering.
What We Did
Laid down insulation and finished it off with fresh carpet
Taking your time is crucial to making it all fit
|THE SHOPPING CART
||'64-67 Essex carpet (Black)
||'64-88 Sill plate screw kit
||'64-67 Sill plates (pair-ribbed)
|QUIET RIDE SOLUTIONS
||'64-67 El Camino complete kit
||'64-67 GM A-body & El Camino firewall insulation
The beauty of this kit is in its simplistic nature. Whether the Quiet Ride Solutions insul
Using the instructions, we first laid out each strip to get a general idea of how the fina
While removing the heater core to install the firewall insulation we were met with a core
After the preliminary fitment, we removed the pieces and cleaned the area and removed anyt
With the strips in place, we then used the supplied roller and pressed the entire floor fi
To cover the transmission tunnel, we again followed the lettering instructions provided by
What is it?
Quiet Ride Solutions uses a fibrous padding called, "Jute". It's a fiber-tec
Prepping the interior for the firewall heat shield was more time consuming than we had ori
The firewall heat shield kit comes supplied with seven plastic-ribbed plugs. Once the heat