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post #51 of 218 (permalink) Old 12-20-2009, 02:39 AM
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Can they be custom made per application?
Picked mine up on Friday - $88 incl GST for a custom made one. I needed a finnie end like your shown and a W108 bit at the trans. If they can make them in Australia, you should have no problem in the states. Instrument repair shops usually do them. I remember seeing lots of instrument repairers advertising in Hemmings a little while back.
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post #52 of 218 (permalink) Old 12-20-2009, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks... Will make some calls Monday...
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The more time I spend with her the closer we get together. Emailed a couple of places and I can have a custom made speedo cable in LA for $50. Took the seats out today, hate those flat head round screws, had to grind one flat in order to remove the front bench, which came out at a healthy 111 lbs. Can not separate the recline bracket, do not have such a large flat screw driver, hope they can, but either way I am replacing them. No surprises after removing the front bench, but rear seat had a little bit of water underneath from the rain we had a couple of days ago... water drain clogged I suspect, if you want to save me some time tell me where to look. At sometime tomorrow when I get back from the upholstery guys I will remove all the old under-layer, clean up really good and Por 15 it. . Will order the velour carpet, will try to remove the gas tank and clean it up, open the lower drain and see what is going on...








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I would say that your rear screen seal is leaking. There are some little drain hoses near the rear boot (trunk) hinges that drain water from the boot seal area away, and they can perish. But this dumps water in the boot, not the rear seat area.

Here is what can happen if neglected (in this case, on my 1967 250SE coupe project).
Rusty floor under the rear seat
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Drilling out heaps of spot welds from a donor finny sedan
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Welded into the coupe and sealed up
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Must figure out how to post pics properly...
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Merry Christmas to all of you. Drew thanks for the pictures, I will be home on the 27th and will remove all the insulation from the rear section. The rear window seal shows signs of age, I know for sure the windows were not removed when the car was painted, actualy nothing was removed when the car was painted
Custom speedo cable is in the mail, $49.95 plus shipping.
Happy Holidays to all of you...
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post #56 of 218 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Drew you were right on the money. Rear window seal is gone. Front seal is also gone. Honestly I don't think they have ever been replaced. Took me all afternoon to remove the insulation. Towards the end my hands got tired so I used the torch. Much easier but messier. Floors look clean, no rust anywhere. Even the upper deck is clean. Don't know if the speaker hole is original or not but I will visit this section later when designing the audio system. New mirror glass looks sharp. I also got a clock from a 77 BMW 320i. VDO Quartz. I dremeled both the housing and the glass and was able to fit it from the rear with a half inch gap on both sides that my original chrome piece will cover. Went to the BMW dealer and got two light bulbs for $5 and the whole thing took two hours.
I got one estimate for the seats, $1200 from the same guy that will do the dash. $1500 total for both the dash and the seats. Will try a local guy tomorrow that did some work on one of my other cars that I really was happy with, see what he says. Now, since both windshield and rear window will be out to get new seals, I am thinking about putting in a new headliner too... Even though this one looks OK for the most part, there are yellow spots all around the edges... Here is where I am at as of today.





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Looked a lovely car to start with and your attention to detail is awesome! Will be following this thread with interest.

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This car will shine again like it used too when it was new. very nice, keep up with the pics. good job

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Took the seats to the guy today. He had the correct color vinyl, 99% match. Both benches, center arm rest, (horse hair padding was good, but will put a thin layer on top) $700. He will do the headliner too once I get the car to him. I asked him about the carpet, I will cut it and he will do the edging. Window seals are on the way. I think I am going to get some new door seals too. Will be back Tuesday. Happy New Year!
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So the cars seats from factory came with Vinyl???

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