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More Interior Restoration! Help needed!

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Hello all! Now that I've gotten the engine taken care of, from spark plug to timing chain, and she purrs like a kitten, I think it's time I've started on the cosmetics and functioning of the interior.

Problem #1: The glove box won't close all the way. I hear it make the two snap sounds and catch, but I noticed that a bulb inside continued to burn while I was driving as I could see it through the cracks. Are there some screws that could be misaligned? If so, where would they be located? Also, and I just wanted to clarify, the bulb went out when I turn the steering lock all the way to off. Is that bulb SUPPOSED to stay on?

Problem #2: There are several minor-major cracks in the vinyl dashboard. Is there a good repair kit you could recommend, any guides to go along with them? I kinda want something... "professional" looking, so one of the best products out there. Then again, since this is just my personal cruiser, I wouldn't mind just a simple dash cover. Any good brands? How about those made out of leather or vinyl?

That's really all I need help with, but I might as well go on to tell you what I have in store!

Problem #3: Woodgrain is in terrible condition, but I suppose that that will have to wait for now until I can find some of what I need. If you've any for sale for an 83 (84) 500 SEL, name your price and maybe we can work something out. :) Oh, any type of woodgrain will work (burl, walnut, etc.)

Problem #4: Little black trim piece around the steering lock is missing, but I eventually found one after scouting around on Ebay for long enough.

Problem #5: Sunroof has a terrible squeak when closing AND when going over bumps in the road. Still haven't found out what that is. Any ideas?

Problem #6: Minor wear and tear items in the interior such as a rip in the leather on the door and a tiny, albeit nasty, gash in the left back support of the driver's seat. I figure that I can probably just stitch it up as far as the hole in the driver's seat goes, and I know a guy that can probably take care of the leather for me.

I look forward to it!
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I tried to check all of that, but no dice. It catches for sure, but the little plunger that's there, it's like the door doesn't press up against that good enough on the left side. I can for sure see that the woodgrain on the glovebox is out of proportion with the other wood to the left side. So I'm wondering if it's a problem with my hinges?
Since you are in LA you are in luck! Goto the junk yards in Sun Valley and pull a good dash and either swap it out, or have it re-covered.

The wood you have several options: One have Madera Concepts refinish it for big $$$. Or re-finish it yourself, or look in the JY's.

The sunroof probably needs to be greased. If you can come up to Lancaster, I can service it for you for lunch at Primo Burger. I have a tub of Glietpaste here, and I think I can handle that job, and I can check out anything else you need. I am currently re-finishing a set of wood, and I have spares here you can go through for Gen I's and you can finish it yourself.

PM me if you wish.
Hey thanks for the invite! I'll see what I can do. Work is a little hectic right now, but if I can squeeze in some free time, then I'll for sure send you a PM! I put some WD-40 on the sunroof earlier today and that seemed to do the trick... for now.

I ordered some new things of burl wood for the doors on Ebay yesterday and got a pretty good deal along with the thing that goes over the steering lock, so that's all taken care of. Now I just need to get a new thing for the center console (the straight line kind, where the volume fader is above the passenger mirror control. And then I just need to get some for the dash itself and then we'll be good.:thumbsup:
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