I don't know about you, but for me there's nothing that detracts from the used-car experience like the previous owner's wear, tear, and lingering odors. Accordingly, one of the first modifications I like to perform on any new-to-me Corvette is to replace the no-longer-new-to-it interior. And at almost 10 years of age, my '02's carpets and mats were in dire need of a refresh.

As one of the go-to sources for interior-replacement options, Mid America Motorworks carries everything an industrious DIY'er needs to quickly and easily give his or her car's cabin a full makeover. For our purposes, we picked out some OEM-styled carpet, along with complementary batches of sound-deadening material and heat-blocking padding.

How'd it go? You'll have to read through to the end of the story to find out. For now, let's take a closer look at what's required to give a C5 interior a new lease on life--and a heightened focus on comfort.