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Discussion in 'E9 Projects and Restorations' started by Thomas76, Dec 9, 2018.

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    interesting enough, i had 3 different charcoal loop samples from KHM / GAHH and WU ... all 3 were different. GAHH's was the darkest / most vibrant black. i probably still have them, will look tonight.

    in terms of quality, i was mainly talking about the quality of leather.
     
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    Almost ready to wrap the dash in New vinyl! Need to buy a heat gun first. IMG_20190317_151941841.jpg
     
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    I covered the grab bar tonight and it's looking promising. IMG_20190320_180353566.jpg IMG_20190320_184049307.jpg IMG_20190320_202145162.jpg
     
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    Dash top vinyl turned out ok too! I started with the top then slowly wrapped my way underneath, the bottom corners are stretched and look a little rough but it's mostly hidden by wood. A little patience goes a long way here, and dry fitting before glue to know where the tough spots are helps. Don't be scared, try it yourself! IMG_20190323_100735471.jpg IMG_20190323_142127057.jpg
     

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    Mercedes door stops went in smoothly, recommend for anyone. Also finished the vinyl dash. IMG_20190331_143941159.jpg IMG_20190406_131646816.jpg
     
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    Cleaned and new felt, Ready for the next 40 years of HVAC service. IMG_20190413_114446254.jpg
     
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    You'll never be happy with repairs to that surface. Don't ask me how I know? Get it vinyl wrapped. Cost me $450 but it looks great and I no longer have to worry it may crack in the future.

    Guess I should look down the page before posting. Duh!
    Looks pretty good in the photo.
    You have skills some of us don't have and I'm a very accomplished wood worker. Good job.
    Everyone will want to know your technique?
     
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    Perhaps we can share techniques? Next on my list is applying new veneer. ;)
     
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    Don't ever want to do this again, couldn't believe how much this little guy fought to stay in the car. It's out now, heater core heading to the radiator shop for a makeover. IMG_20190415_190514397.jpg IMG_20190415_195400791.jpg
     
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    Thomas,
    Great craftsmanship on the dash. I may need to do it as well in the future...

    I'm curious to know; when adding the vinyl, did it change the thickness of the parts much?
    Or did you (needed to) remove a layer of the core to make room for the fresh new vinyl?

    I would think that if you just add 2 layers of vinyl on a part, totalling 1 or 2 mm's, that we'd run into issues fitting the switches in their respective holes, or the entire part between the cars' pillars.

    Any issues encountered yet?
     
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    Thanks! These are legitimate concerns of mine as well. I did not remove material to compensate. The two pieces bolted together without a problem, but I have not fitted it in the car yet. The overall width is not changed because the outside edges do not get covered (even the original vinyl does not wrap). So, I don't believe the growth happens in critical areas, but is a hope at this stage of build. I went with a thinner vinyl and would recommend it.
     
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    Turns out there are a ton of moving parts inside these heater boxes! IMG_20190420_115230152.jpg IMG_20190420_115200125.jpg
     
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    IMG_20190501_165205465.jpg IMG_20190501_165217547.jpg Of course the motor didn't work, replacement Bosch was pretty easy. I used a roll of metal ductwork tape to suspend the fan while tapping the motor shaft.
     
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    Heater core was rebuilt. Ordered all new hoses, thermostat ect from tii. Not sure I'd recommend them if your expecting good service. IMG_20190426_194706695.jpg
     
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    Received the veneer and trying to pick my favorite grains to align pieces IMG_20190506_201155728.jpg
     
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    Sorry Rogers tii.
     
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    Great Work Tom
     
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    Still waiting for cooling system parts and too nice outside to be working in the basement, so I started digging into the wiring mess. There is a fuse panel in here somewhere. Depending on what I find, I may replace the fusebox with an aftermarket blade style. IMG_20190507_190440258.jpg
     
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    Heater and AC boxes all rebuild and back in their homes. Anyone know if there is supposed to be a condensation drain hose on the bottom of AC box? IMG_20190507_185938870.jpg
     

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