Originally Posted by Luna Gaudi's 72 250
Hey guys, this is what I did with my cracked dash. I re-covered it using a textured vinyl. I wanted to use a textured leather, but I thought that it would probably dry out and crack due to the harsh sun here in NM and it would require a lot of maintenance.
I installed the vinyl while the dash was installed in the car. It would have been a million times easier if I did this when i had the dash out. I did remove the steering wheel and that made it a lot easier to work in there. I used a spray upholstery glue to hold it all in place. The lace trim was used to hide some of the seam lines. It's been almost three years and holding up rather well.
That looks quite good, of course not my personal taste of having all those designs but it looks like a good way of customizing your interior without going all ricer. However I would use contact cement to glue the vinyl since I've read it lasts way longer. I was thinking about using 3M carbon fiber vinyl and clear coat it on top to protect it from UV, but I'm not so sure how it would look. I might try it on a small piece at first just to see if it blends quite well. Also the issue about the padding inside; the normal vinyl is a bit padded and the carbon fiber vinyl isn't. Any ideas on this subject?
This can be expensive! Just yesterday I got some prices for a few remnant rubber bits and pieces for my W111 coupe. And these parts are generic to 111's - it is not higher because it is a coupe. Here are the highlights:
- there is a foam seal between the heater and the ducts. There are 2. Price - $224US EACH.
- there is a foam block, about 4" long x 2" wide with a couple of holes in it that goes between the windscreen wiper motor and the body - about $120US
Just ridiculous how random the MB CC prices can be. I will be going to the local foam and rubber place to see what I can find.
May the 114/5 be less unpleasant than the 111.
I obviously do not know anything about the classic car market in Peru, but in Australia, the 114's are worth very little, even when in good condition. 115's even less so. No one makes money on them - you just have to love the cars and be prepared to lose money and pass that love onto the next owner.
My good mate here in Oz married a Peruvian lass that he met whilst we were in Chile in the mines. Perhaps we should have a holiday to partake in hiking around your glorious country/scenery, and pick up some custom leather seat covers whilst I am there!
I'm not so worried about the foam since they can make it here, they cut the foam and replace it. They can make a dash look as good as when it left the factory, so all the padding and foam is included in the price of upholstery.
In Peru there aren't many Mercedes, BMW's, Audi's, etc, not many euro cars around. Just in recent years the market of euro cars has increased thanks to the economic boom but now it is starting to slow down again since the US recovery. Almost 90% of the cars here are japanese, korean or chinese, only Chevrolet can somehow keep up with minor models like the Sail, Spark or Cruze. So you see, a Mercedes Benz is worth something here but of course it has to be sold to the right person and it has to be a well maintained car.
And yes you should definitely come! Peru is a nice country, I don't recommend staying in Lima much but the provinces are awesome, lots of nature and awesome sights. The only problem here is that people of the country are rather ignorant of their own needs and always follow some corrupt asshole who tries to take advantage of them and leads them on the wrong path just to make money for himself. Ok went a little off topic there lol. Anyway, if you happen to come here and you want to pick up some leather seat covers you should probably come with the measurement of your seats since they make it all custom and there aren't many Mercedes and even less older Mercedes.
Opinions on the carbon fiber vinyl wrap idea plz!!