Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
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Expect 11-14 mpg in town (or less), and no more than 16 or 17 on the highway. This is why I'm so interested in a 4 or 5 speed transmission for mine. Gas hog indeed!
The dash wood is a sandwich of layers. They typically come apart as the car ages. With mine, it was delaminating pretty badly, so I Gorilla glued the layers together and sanded off the exess once the glue had cured (Gorilla Glue turns really hard, and sets almost like a foam as it cures). Using medium sand paper, I sanded everything off so the wood was bare, and stained it with a stain from Lowes. Go for whatever color suits your fancy - tons to choose from.
I also chose a marine-grade polyeurethane. I figured something sitting in the sun for days or months on end like a boat should be akin to a car's harsh condtions with the doors closed. When I did mine, I was stationed in CA, so the low humidity, high heat cured the stuff quickly. I put something like 6 coats of the clear stuff on, and it still looks like glass (I think... I've not been home in more than a year now).
When you do the door wood, be sure to mark the backs with pencil or something, to ID where they go back to. Door wood is thin, so be careful when refurbishing it.
Are you keeping the thing then? Or did you decide to sell?