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Old 06-22-2007, 11:50 AM
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Smile newbie 300D questions

Haven't picked it up yet, next week, but have some questions:

1. the emblem in the steering wheel is cock-eyed and was wondering how to take the cover off, the middle of the steering wheel, and correct that. Don't know how it shifted.

2. the carpet behind the rear passenger seat is faded. how do i replace it or recolor it.

I want the car to look as original as possible and these are a couple things I was thinking about.

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Old 06-22-2007, 12:20 PM
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Haven't picked it up yet, next week, but have some questions:

1. the emblem in the steering wheel is cock-eyed and was wondering how to take the cover off, the middle of the steering wheel, and correct that. Don't know how it shifted.

2. the carpet behind the rear passenger seat is faded. how do i replace it or recolor it.

I want the car to look as original as possible and these are a couple things I was thinking about.

Thanks
1) You can spin the emblem with your fingers, no disassembly required.
2) Carpet behind rear passenger seat? Technically that would be the hat shelf carpet. If you mean the rear passenger footwell carpet, all you have to do to replace it is pull it up and remove it.
If you want to recolor clean it thoroughly and use matching vinyl dye available at any auto parts store.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:30 PM
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1) You can spin the emblem with your fingers, no disassembly required.
2) Carpet behind rear passenger seat? Technically that would be the hat shelf carpet. If you mean the rear passenger footwell carpet, all you have to do to replace it is pull it up and remove it.
If you want to recolor clean it thoroughly and use matching vinyl dye available at any auto parts store.
Actually it is the hat shelf carpet that I was asking about. The other carpet in the car is remarkably clean and not faded. So I guess I could get the vinyl dye for that carpet in the hat shelf area? Is that difficult to get out?
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Old 06-25-2007, 06:50 PM
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picked up my 300D - finally

Picked her up today. Here she is. Turns out she's an 83 instead of an 85. What's the difference? I am going to change all fluids and have her looked over by my indy. Let me know what you think... Thanks again for all of your counseling, everyone.
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Old 06-25-2007, 06:53 PM
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BTW, he didn't have the manual. Can I download that from somewhere? He did give me the repair CDs
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Old 06-25-2007, 07:16 PM
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Picked her up today.
I hope you lifted with the knees and not with the back

an 85 would have more emissions control junk and a 2.88 rear end.

Congrats, it looks like a good buy.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:05 PM
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'85's also have some vacuum thingie hooked to the tranny to make it shift smoother supposedly.

I would think it would be possible to dye the carpet with it in place.

That is one SWEET looking ride. Mind telling us some details? Like mileage and price paid??

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Old 06-25-2007, 10:15 PM
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Bill-

I paid $4500 and the mileage is 133,000, new tires too! There isn't a thing to do. Totally maintained...

The only thing that kind of bothers me is around the windows, that vinyl is all wrinkled and crispy. Does anyone fix that?
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The only fix I have noted here on the forum is to just remove the vinyl, and let the painted metal show. Of course for some of the purists, this is like Fred Sanford used to say "Oh, Oh, I'm Havin a Big one" with his hand over his heart!!!
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:57 PM
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seals?

The difference is two years older but in this case it appears that you found a real peach...good condition, well maintained and nice color. I would not hesitate to take condition over year model.

Crumbley? Is it the rubber around the door windows or around the front and rear windshields? Post a close-up photo...either way there are good threads on the forum about both conditions and what should be done to repair, preserve or maintain them.

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Old 06-26-2007, 04:43 AM
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Looks pretty nice, low miles too. Repair CD's may have owners manual in there somewhere. I have a manual from an '82. Rubber seals on doors can be replaced. Enjoy you're new ride!
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:13 AM
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You were asking about the wrinkly, crumbley interior upholstery vinyl on the door window surrounds? Correct? Not the rubber seals and gaskets.


Hmm, good question that never really bothered me enough to research until now...remove 'em and paint solution is a non-starter option for me.

Five questions to the forum:
Does anyone KNOW how they were originally attached?
What it is that breaks down and allows them to "ruffle"?
Is there a Ma Benz recommended fix?
Are replacement materials/parts available?
Finally, has anyone actually replaced these and have tips to share?
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:02 PM
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The only fix I have noted here on the forum is to just remove the vinyl, and let the painted metal show. Of course for some of the purists, this is like Fred Sanford used to say "Oh, Oh, I'm Havin a Big one" with his hand over his heart!!!
Removing it occurred to me but I wasn't sure what was underneath and if it was a pain or difficult to get the glue off. Have you removed yours??? That's the problem when you live in a hot place!
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From a past work experience it appears that the plasticizer used in these window surrounds was not of the highest quality. The high heat locations around the world actually cause the plasticizer to slowly evaporate or ooze out of the vinyl leaving a more brittle and shrunken material. This is especially true when the cars are closed up and out in the sun.

Mine have all lost enough that they are now about an inch above the point where they should meet the door panel material. However I have not removed any of them yet. On a parts car, the pieces had actually broken and split so I attempted to remove what was left of one. It was by then not too difficult, and the painted door frame did not look too strange. Not really sure if there was any adhesive used at all or if they were simply a press-fit under the weather stripping?!?
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:42 AM
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Thanks for your posting on the vinyl. My eyes go directly to that when I get in and think it would look better without, under the circumstances. When I have some extra time, I will attempt to take them off.

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