Recovering the dash with it installed on the car will be quite a challenge. I'm considering repairing a Heckflosse dash using a similar technique to that used by this BMW guy:
DIY Cracked Dashboard Repair [Pic Heavy]
Yep I've read that guide, it doesn't look bad at all but I'm looking to make it look as good as new. I'm still thinking if I should put leather on it or just replace the vinyl. I will be taking the dash off of course, here is how I might do it. I'll probably just end up putting new vinyl there.
Hey Kaelor, I don't know what your budget is but you could double the value of your car in its current state by getting new leather for it - well, at least from the prices I have received from GAHH and World Upholstery in the past. Not a cheap exercise, and not one to do on a W114/5 that you are not going to keep for a very long time. So maybe do some price checks before setting your heart on leather.
Drew, I'm planning on keeping this beauty for a very long time, I got the car for free so that's a good thing. I'm just 27 so I still have many years to enjoy with this car, either that or I'll sell it for a some good money. I like vintage cars and I would like my future kids to enjoy that car too; cars nowadays are not built to last, not like these mercedes. Aside from that, there is one advantage of living in Perú: leather is cheap and refurbishing those seats with good quality automotive leather will cost me about $300-$400 at most and I think I may be overpricing it. There are some lone upholstery masters around that do an excellent job and charge far less than a big company.
Leather comes in all manner of thickness. Automotive may be a bit thinner than clothing leather, and more like shoe leather (upper). For the money, you are better getting Tex, for less than half the cost of leather. Installing is another big hassle with leather, but may be simpler with Tex. You may need to rebuild the seats with new foam and springs repairs.
I do like Zeitgeists dash rebuild plan, but a quicker way could involve a dash pad. Still would need to remove the dash. That gives you a chance to fix fans, window seals, heating, wiring under the dash.
You mean MB-Tex? That's what I have on those seats, and yes it looks great I thought it was leather at first. But there is nothing like real leather, at the very least I might choose to go with a 50/50 between leather and that semi-leather thing. The springs semm quite fine, and even if I wanted to do that job myself I think I'm not qualified so I'll leave it to the experts, they handle the full restoration of the seats for a fair price.
This is a long term restoration so I'm thinking about everything I have to do and make a budget.