Date registered: Oct 2004
Vehicle: 1987 300TD
Location: Northern CA, USA
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RE: replace dash, not a cap!
I have done it, but between a 1983 and 1984 W123 sedan and wagon. IF, and only IF, you have all the tools, you can do it in a day, from early morning to late evening. Your hands might have some minor cuts, your body will ache, and definately, a bottle of wine, dinner and a massage (not necessarily in that order) are required afterwards.
You may learn as you go by taking the BAD dashpad out first. Then, when taking the NICE one out, you will be a little better at it. Then, install the BAD one into the other car. By the time you put the NICE one in to the latter car, you'll be an expert and you'll be able to give all of us advice.
Keep in mind, the cars will not likely be drivable until the project is complete. Hopefully, you will not have any "extra" parts when you are finished.
Some helpfull hints:
Steering column must be dropped. (in most cases)
Center console must be removed.
Optional: Remove the front seats. (room to work)