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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Coin tray swap

Hi Guys.

This coin tray is advertised on eBay as "Mercedes W126 500SEL 500SEC Centre Console Coin Tray Double Horn Switch".

Can anyone tell me if it will fit neatly into the coin tray space of a Series 1 380SE in place of the existing standard coin tray? I have some customisation plans which could use the switches.
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It should. This was a factory option when additional switches, such as seat heaters, were added.

In later models such as the W140 the switches were added to the center console. Prior to this they used the modified coin tray.

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I have a coin tray like that from a 1989 Sec with the double horn swith and both seat heater switch in palamino that's for sale. Pm me if that is not the right color or whatever.
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Bill yes these switch optioned coin trays can be swapped in easily.

You have to open up your ashtray and left out the chrome cigarette/ash bin to expose the 2 screws that hold the whole ashtray unit in place.
Once the screws are out the whole unit slides out (shifter moved back out of the way)
Once that is out the coin tray lifts up from the rear and moves forward away from the wood to to release it as the front edge locks in under front of the shifter wood.

You can then swap in the new switch tray after you have decided what function you want the switches to do regards wiring.

The actual tray can be stained to colour match your interior so don't worry about what colour it is when buying one off ebay etc.

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I have some customisation plans which could use the switches.

What do you have in mind?
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Thanks for all the interest guys.

I thought it probably would fit OK. The coin recess appears narrower to accommodate the platform that holds the switches. If I did go that way I'd need to mount two more switches either side of the existing centre one. Cutouts shouldn't be a big problem.

Yes Kim, I've had a talk to my preferred motor trimmer about an interior colour change, so not too concerned with the colour of any replacement internal items.

Reason for the original question?
I'm just considering options for installing a double-DIN multi-function header unit into the centre console.

The easiest approach would be to mount the header unit in place of the radio and ashtray, but I'd much prefer to have it up high. I'm using a universal double-DIN mounting cage to test for space, and even down low it's a tight squeeze. Still, plenty of W126 owners have done it.

I've had both centre console panels off a few times so I know what the score is there. Yes ColouredKola, from memory I think the first time I removed the panels was with guidance from Kent Bergsma. He really does have some great videos.

One thing I'm worried about at the moment is how movable are the batch of climate controls? I have a Gen 1 380SE and I seem to recall that the climate control buttons and wheels may be mounted on a carrier that's bolted in place. To be honest I just never took a lot of notice of that aspect last time I had the panel off. I'm constrained with a bandaged hand at the moment so a closer inspection will have to wait a few days at least.

If necessary I'm prepared to make a completely new centre console panel, possibly out of 8 mm Perspex. That and all the "wood" bits in the car can be Hydro dipped to a matching wood pattern. There is even a Burlwood pattern available. For anyone not familiar with Hydro dipping, below is an old style 1938 Buick dash being treated with a Burlwood pattern. I saw a similar thing in the flesh recently where a local dipper had beautifully matched some replacement trim in an immaculate Bentley. What a lot of people don't realise is that you don't have to pay a professional dipping shop big bucks. You can do Hydro dipping yourself and a massive range of patterns is available.

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Of course I'd welcome any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, etc.

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I'm using a resirc switch and 2 relays as a toggle for my FM modulator



EDIT: I should note my car didn't come with heated seats, or the switches type coin tray. That tray was originally blue, I painted it black with DupliColor black vinyl / fabric paint.

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1999.5 Jetta TDI. GLX equipment swap. Turbo, 11mm pump, tune, etc. 310,000 miles.
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A Bluetooth or aux upgrade would be so much easier and cleaner, don't ya think?

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No: since my car is a 91 with the 1432 changing the radio requires rewiring the whole audio system. Plus those radios cost a fair bit of money. I considered going with the Conti unit, but it doesn't support HD Radio. If I'm spending that much I'd really want HD Radio.

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