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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-03-2011, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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1978 450 SL American x European looks

Hello everyone!

I'm new to the forums and would really appreciate some advice from all MB fans here!

I recently bought this 1978 450 SL and wish to change the headlights and the bumpers so it goes back to the European look the car was meant to have when designed.

Any ideas about how hard is to replace these parts and where I can find them for a reasonable price?

Thanks for any advice you guys might have.
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congrats on the purchase, it looks great! It is not quite difficult of a task to change those parts the headlights would be the easiest except for rewireing for the plugs i'm sure.
The bumpers be prepared to spend some cash especially for the front, and try to find one in good shape, you would need different brackets for them that would bring them closser to the car. I know because I to have a 85 380sl U.S. version and want to change over.
Goodluck on the search.
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As the other post said, the bumpers are very expensive new and used. It sometimes makes more sense to find a parts car just for the bumpers. Lights are cheaper to replace and easier to find.

Another item that you need to stock up on is a climate control servo. They go out every 5-10 years and can cause a battery drain.

Good luck.

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