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post #61 of 218 (permalink) Old 12-30-2009, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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I can't tell for all cars. This one, according to the information from the birth certificate it states MBZ Tex Interior in Red. From what I read and remember there was a leather option box but it wasn't checked on mine. The reason I went with vinyl is today's vinyls are more durable. This particular type he is using is imported from Germany, I saw it on a seat and honestly I couldn't tell the difference. Is it real leather? No. Will it last? You bet. Plus the cost of doing them in real leather would have been 3 times more. I can use the money elsewhere. Believe me I looked for leather but both worldup and someother place wanted close to $2K. She is not going to be a 100 points car... Would she want leather? Probably. But like everything else in life we had to compromise...
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I am going to need some help with removing the radio... Read this already, Pagoda SL Group Technical Manual :: Electrical / Radio
but can not remove the chrome face plate... I think I already cracked the plastic face... It moves about an inch forward but there is no way it is coming out forward. I already removed the knobs, but as i said the chrome trim is not coming out... What am I missing here?


Other than that, rear doors are done.



Anyone knows how to remove the radio?
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YES!!! Radio is out. The chrome plate comes out after you unscrew the nuts that hold it in place right were the knobs are... I used a set of needle pliers and slowly, half a turn at a time I was able to loosen them. Once the nuts are out, the radio slides back and the plate forward... It needs a good clean up and if I have time tomorrow will try pull out the heater cores.
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Spent the afternoon removing the rest of the old insulation. Found a R door lock replacement, the inner spring that brings the inside handle back to flush once you open the door was broken. (There is no difference between F and R, just L and R). Ordered the carpet, waiting for the F and R windshield seals (OEM), cleaned up the radio, the amp, I am thinking about saving the OEM radio and replacing it with a Becker Grand Prix BE 1480. Has anyone done this before? It looks like it can fit from the back. I have a JL 4 channel amp and basically all I want to do is power a set of 6.5 Focal Component speakers and an 8 inch sub by the rear deck, where the old speaker used to be. The front bench is done. Rear one was done about an hour ago, will try to pick them up tomorrow before I go to work. They look unreal!!! I don't know how he does it, the pleats, everything is there. They look just like the old ones, only ... new! Once I get the seals he will do the headliner too. By that time the carpet will be here, I will cut it and he will do the binding. Once the interior is clan and bare, I will lay one coat of POR15, a coat of rubberized insulation, a layer of something like a Dynamat, then the insulation and last the carpet. I got a quote for new door seals front and back, from the Classic Center $135 for the front ea and $145 for the rear each again... Ouch... Does anyone have the location for the rear lap belt anchor points? I want to put in rear lap belts so the girls can ride with me.


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YES!!! Radio is out. The chrome plate comes out after you unscrew the nuts that hold it in place right were the knobs are... I used a set of needle pliers and slowly, half a turn at a time I was able to loosen them. Once the nuts are out, the radio slides back and the plate forward... It needs a good clean up and if I have time tomorrow will try pull out the heater cores.
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Radio is going back in. I opened it up, cleaned up all the dust and it will go back into its place powering a center dash speaker. There is going to be a hidden secondary stereo system.
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Seats are done!!! On my way to pick them up...
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Flash fired during the last one... This guy takes his time, his turn around time is quick and his job is second to none. Have used him before and have no issues recommending him to anyone. Very reasonable prices, he is a family man proud of his profession.




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The seats look good! I'm curious, did the upholsterer use horse hair? And where did he source his vinyl (is it mb-tex type)? Thanks.
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!!! stunning!! to much to the point the red hurts the eyes will look great in the car...cant wait to redo my seats just wodering how much of a pain or how much extra $$$ its going to cont to match my 2 tone interior

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