For most fans of the car, the realization that the Geo Metro is cheap junk is a hard pill to swallow. I am not in that camp. I know that it is cheap junk but I honestly enjoy driving it and would like to get another 10 years out of the car. It is a great "work car" and will hopefully last until I retire. I've been thinking about that goal and would like to make the car a little more comfortable for my daily commute. One thing the car does not have is adequate sound deadening. I've installed cheap dynamat type material in some of my other cars and I am suprised that it took over two years for me to get around to installing it in Guzzler.
Since dynamat is expensive I bought some Peel and Seal from Lowes. At $80 per 50 sq/ft it is economical and it is really nice not having to mail order anything. The Peel and Seal comes in 25' x 6" rolls and has a foil face with a sticky rubberized asphalt backing. Some people will argue that dynamat (or another of the 20 different products out there) is worth the extra price. The two main arguments would be that Peel and Seal stinks for a while after you install it (it really doesn't) and that "XYZ" sound deadener is thicker/heavier so it is better. Since I am not looking for the BEST noise dampning, I'm just looking for SOME noise dampning the Peel and Seal fits the bill. I could put eight layers of dynamat inside and under the car for better noise dampning but that is not what I am trying to do. I'm sure this will be good enough for me.
All the interior needs to come out:
Once the seats are pulled you can see a tear in the carpet:
The tear is bad but it hides under the floor mat. I thought about replacing the carpet but I just can bring myself to pay $175 fixing a rip that is not visible while driving:
Once the interior is removed it is time to get to work:
The first roll of dynamat does the majority of the driver's side footwell and under the seat. I pulled the little bit of factory sound deadening up and out of the way when I laid the new stuff down:
The second roll is for the passenger side:
Before doing the area behind the seats you have to pull some wires and unbolt the seat belts:
After three rolls most of the cabin is complete:
It is a little more work but I did the area behind the speakers (the outer shell of the car) as well:
It is hard to see in the picture but I put small strips behind the screws that hold the speaker mounting plates to the car. I also put small strips around the circular cut out area (between the mounting plates and speakers). There was a pretty noticable difference when you tap on a bare speaker mounting plate and one that has had dynamat applied to it. I'm hoping this helps the sound quality of the stereo. After doing the speaker work I had used the fourth roll:
Roll five was applied to the hatch back area:
Note - You are probably seeing missing links to some pictures above. I still use Notepad to create the html code and have a template with plenty of extra references to pictures to save on typing. As I continue the page I will add pictures and descriptions and these missing links will disappear.