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Old 10-24-2002, 09:23 PM
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1973 450 SEL Seeking parts


There are a few parts that I am unable to locate. The most frustrating and impossible to find is the passenger door armrest.

The problem is that every junk yard I have called says they don't carry it or don't carry this colour.

The colour I seek is a beige like color. I have the European bumper on mine and was told by MB that this colour is opposed to a similar colour inside American versions with a redish tone.

I will pay any reasonable amount from any country in the world but where do I find that damned DOOR armrest. The center one would be also nice to find. I post this here because after weeks of searching in my spare time, I still have no leads.

A locale place called Benz Friends in Seattle was very helpful with mechanical parts and body parts but this particular set of parts in this colour is impossible. Any hints or suggestions. I am trying to restore this and I don't know where to go.

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Old 10-25-2002, 01:09 PM
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Well, I guess I am not surprised no one has any input. Please help! Anyone!
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Old 10-25-2002, 02:14 PM
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It really doesn't matter what color you need. Just buy a nice armrest and paint it with leather dye (it works great). You can order dye in liter cans from Benz dealers (at least you could a few years ago when I was doing time as a Mercedes parts manager).

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Old 10-28-2002, 11:59 AM
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Will this process work on the vinyl armrests on the doors?
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Old 05-08-2003, 06:54 PM
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Please help....

The above answer seems to be my only alternative, however, will it work on the vinyl door armrests? Will it dye a darker colour lighter, since beige is the lightest of the 450 SEL colours?

Please help with this, I have been driving with this broken armrest for 1 year now!

Neck down in restoration,
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