Haven't found anything yet.
But that's pretty awesome you've had 3 cars with gifts.
This past Friday I had to remove the passenger seat from my Mazda6. The cable that adjusts the seat back popped out of the lever bracket. (This was the second time this happened). Once I had reattached the cable, I bolted the seat back in place. When I was putting the rear floor mat back in, I noticed a lump under the carpet. I thought I had dropped a tool or knocked something loose. I took the seat back out of the car, rooted under the carpet and found this:
It’s an antenna base. It’s been hiding under the passenger seat for the last 5 years.
This was the second time something like this happened to me.
My MkIV GTI was the victim of clogged sunroof drains. I removed the seats and various interior bits. As a buddy and I were removing the water logged padding, we saw something. I said, “Did you put that there?” and he said the same. We saw this:
It’s a 17mm magnetic tipped nut driver. It was half stuck in the rubber floor liner. It too was hiding under the passenger seat.
That was the second time this happened to me.
I had to pull the carpet out of my ’85 K5 Blazer to fix some rust. When I pulled back the carpet, I found an empty cigarette soft pack. It wasn’t for good smokes, either. It was a generic white package with “Cigarettes” in black letters. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures of that – this was before digital cameras and the internet was invented. That was the first time I found something extra from the factory.
The cigarette pack was certainly put there intentionally by one of the fine members of the UAW (stay classy, Flint MI). The nut driver may have been left there accidentally. The only thing near there that I can find that is 17mm is the seat belt bracket bolt. Dieter may have forgotten about it after installing the seat belt bracket, but what puzzles me is how the guy installing the carpet didn’t notice a green and chrome tool laying on a red floor. At least that’s something I can use. The antenna base may have been dropped and missed. That’s a dark colored part lying on a dark gray floor.
So I’m 3 for 3 at finding souvenirs when removing the carpets from my cars. Maybe I should pull the carpet out of my wife’s ’99 Civic to see if I find anything.
Anyone else find any treasures in their car?
.when i was 16 me and my dad pulled some Recaros out of a mk2. When we got home and put them on the garage floor, a sack of weed fell out
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I know of a few different Mustang guys who found joints under their carpet. They were the original owners so it had to have come from the factory.
I'd be pleased to find a build sheet, which is a common find, but I don't have the time to look.
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i've found remnants of previous owners in many of my cars. i once even found a still valid checkbook from an owner two before me that left it buried under the seat/carpet of a miata. i've found lighters, cigarettes, key chains and other fun items too. but nothing from the factory...
Somebody in southern illinois bought a brand new 2005 fully loaded suburban pewter color back in 2004 with aftermarket (factory but not so factory installed) tv's and wireless headphones. Under the carpet infront of the rear seats they'll find a 24" long nice stainless steel handy hand grabbing tool. Id like it back if your reading this...
I was working on a van once. Fairly large 5 figure stereo system and the owner came up to me wondering if I found a stash anywhere in the van yet. He said it was goooooood stuff. I told him nope. Which I didn't
Couple other cars over the course of 10 years or so has a few tools from me in various places I never could figure out where they went.
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After a service on my 335, one of the BMW techs left me a REALLY nice LED pen light. The body is stainless steel and it's bright as hell. I love it and use it whenever parts go missing in the engine bay. I found it during my return to stock before trading. I visited multiple dealerships for service, so I have no idea who or where it was when they lost it.
My dad's best friend in high school's dad bought a Cadillac in 1971. There was a terrible rattle in the passenger door. They couldn't figure it out and the dealer kept ignoring him. When they finally said screw it and took the door panel off there was a beer can full of pop tabs wedged in the door assembly that had a piece of tape and the inscription "Enjoy finding this, you rich bast*rd". Oh the UAW.
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