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Old 06-11-2018, 01:31 AM
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Thanks guys for the support and comments.

Car was back at the paint shop for a few days, minor touch upís and detailing. I think Iíve got about as much as I can out of the paint shop. Still some areas that need a little more love. Iíll probably take do it myself. Iíd say the overall job is a 9 out of 10 for a non Riddler type paint job.

I have another 3 day weekend to get stuff done. So spent most of Saturday and Sunday doing the most unrewarding job. Door weather stripping.

I have some boring pics, but since this takes so much time I figured I would post about it. Did I mention it sucks!

I bought all new seals, among other items, from an eBay seller out of Turkey. I would give the parts about an 8 compared to factory. But new is still better than unavailable or old.

Iím using 3M adhesive. Really good stuff. After applying to both surfaces, letting it dry, if you use a very light touch and start placing you can get everything in the right place, then apply pressure to set the seal. If you give too much pressure, and the seal is not in the right place, you have to force it apart, clean, and re-glue.



I masked off the area and then applied the glue, sticky and stringy.



After the glue set a little I pulled of the masking tape.



Seal in place. Each door opening has a seal around the door, and then a seal on the body, center pillar. Just this work took me over 8 hours, to give you an idea of what is involved. After all the seals were in place I used WD40 silicone on all of them to make easier to close the doors and start molding the seals to the frames.



I also purchased new side trim from the Ebay seller in Turkey. The trim also came with new body grommets for the pins. In hindsight I should have removed the old ones before sending out to paint. A little nervous about not scratching new paint.





Tomorrow a few more chrome pieces to go on. Trying to get this humbug work done before I start back on the interior.


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Old 06-17-2018, 02:41 AM
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I finished up most of the chrome. The strip of chrome below the front bumper is in bad shape. I’ll probably look for some new pieces, but save for later. I changed the 4 ea outside door glass seals and polished those chrome pieces.

Then onto the interior. I’m wrapping the whole car with Dynomat. Started on the doors. From the factory MB has about a 8” tall x 16” piece of bitumen pad in the center of each door.



These pads were intact on the front doors but both read doors had a section sagging in the middle that I had to cut away till flush. I cleaned the surface to receive the Dynomat first with Nason wax and adhesive remover, then again with alcohol. Also used compressed air and a vacuum to get the bottom of the doors
clean and make sure the water drain holes were all clear. Then covered the interior surface of each door about 90% with Dynomat.



After the doors moved on to the trunk lid. This was painted the new color so already nice and clean. Installed the Dynomat on just the outer sheet metal and not the braces.



A future project will be to make finish panels for the deck lid and the whole trunk, wrapped in typical new style trunk material and a new carpet floor.

I used the same cleaning technique on the whole of the trunk, and wrapped with Dynomat. Looks much cleaner without a spare tire and related recess.



FYI, to wrap the doors and the trunk took 9 sheets of Dynomat. Need to order more to wrap the interior floor and under the headliner.

Then started on the door panels. Eventually I’ll probably update the seats, door panels, and carpet. But since the existing interior is in good shape I’m just cleaning and putting back together for now. The protective liner behind the door panels where all trashed. So making new out of 6 mil black plastic and using gutter caulk (Butyl) to hold it and seal.



Then the door panels, cleaned and polished all the little chrome bits. Finished one door today, the rest tomorrow.



I have to say that it’s coming along nicely. I can’t believe what a difference all the new seals and Dynomat makes. Completely different sound when closing the doors. I had thought the doors sounded good and solid before, but not like now, very solid, hard to describe.



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Old 06-23-2018, 04:32 AM
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Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing this. You gave me new ideas and answered many questions I had for my own build project. Thank you again for taking the time! My 1973 280C project will be at a less sophisticated level and hopefully a little easier, as in more suited to my skill level.... :-)


I hope you'll be posting more. I'm sure there are many here who want to see the final stage of your work!
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Old 06-23-2018, 12:56 PM
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Very nice resto-mod and progress. Probably almost as quiet as a modern car!
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Old 06-24-2018, 01:17 AM
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'69 230 build w/LQ4 swap

Don and Tomguy, thanks for following along and commenting.

Don, have fun on your project, some days I wish I wouldnít have went to this extreme, then others, Iím glad I did.

Once I have it back together and driving Iíll report back on the overall benefit to the dampening/insulation.

I finished the door panels last Sunday. Went to Vegas to play for 4 days, and started on the headliner today.

The headliner tucks around all the door and window openings, so popped out the front and rear glass and removed all the bits bolted through the liner. Then pulled the headliner. Pretty basic design, there are rubber grommets into the sheet metal that the bowís slip into. You simply roll them forward and down and then pull them out of the grommets.



I was surprised to see no sound deadening or insulation on the roof. All the 1/4Ē foam is turning to dust, so good time to swap that all out too.



So first up to install Dynomat to all the exposed sheet metal. The insulated padding for the bows are in good shape. So they are staying. I will probably spray them with some clear to seal them before the headliner goes in.



Then installed 1/4Ē Dynoliner insulation over the Dynomat. This should really make an improvement on sound and help with keeping the car cool.



Then started stripping off all the old insulation. This was a nasty job. The adhesive is supper gooey and the insulation is backed with some thin tar stuff. Took a scrapper and Nason adhesive remover to clean it all up. This part of the job took almost 3 hours.



After wiping everything down with alcohol I installed 1/4Ē Dynoliner in the exact same locations as the old insulation.


This part of the project took 3 sheets of Dynomat and 2 rolls of Dynoliner.


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Old 07-04-2018, 04:21 AM
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After getting the front and rear portion of the headliner glued through the window openings I installed the glass with the new seals. Iím holding off a bit to let the headliner relax before I glue down both sides.

I ordered aftermarket window seals, bad mistake. These seals only have preformed corners at the bottom and not the top. A lot of work to install and since not preformed at the top the rubber has to stretch too far and doesnít cover the opening. Itís good enough for temporary so I can keep going, but went ahead and ordered genuine MB seals. But keeps me from installing the chrome trim at the bottom the the rear window.

I gave her a first wash at home and drove to work Monday, so much nicer feeling driving with the new paint!




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Old 07-08-2018, 03:05 PM
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Restoration continues.

New door sills arrived, original MB.



The originals were showing their age, I had removed them for paint. Installed them with constant adhesive, as factory it appears. Masked off the new paint first constant cement stringy!



The existing cloth covered door jamb trim is in bad shape, need to spend some time to figure out what to do to restore. But to keep things moving along I bought this generic edging. Actually looks pretty good. Here is a pic to show the new paint, door sill, door jamb trim, how good a shape the existing upholstery is.



I finished my first headliner install. Looks 90% good. When I pull the front and rear glass out again to change the seals I will try and pull a few more wrinkles out.



For fun I ordered a custom license plate. I bought a thin edged chrome bezel for the plate, but I need to adjust the bumper down a smidge to fit it.






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Old 07-08-2018, 06:07 PM
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Haha on the plate. Nice work all around.

Curious to see/ hear how the Dynamat treatment affects things.
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Old 07-10-2018, 04:21 AM
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Haha on the plate. Nice work all around.

Curious to see/ hear how the Dynamat treatment affects things.
Thanks and thanks for commenting.

The Dynamat on the doors, with the new seals, made a huge improvement. Really solid sound when closing.

I still need to install Dynomat and Dynoliner on the firewall, trans tunnel and some on the front floor. Engine noises are still too loud for my taste yet. Not necessarily just exhaust.

Started on finishing the center console, and waiting on more Dynoliner to arrive.
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Old 07-15-2018, 06:46 AM
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Started on the last big interior project, the center console. I want to keep the overall look as close to original as possible. Of course a challenge when Iíve changed the HVAC controls, 2-DIN Audio screen, and adding must have cup holders!

So using the original parts as the base. Due to me widening the transmission tunnel the original parts canít work as is.

So carpet will run up the sides of the tunnel and Iím cutting the sides of the original piece following the bend line on the original.



Then after cutting, with screws and adhesive, permanently attached the upper center to the lower center piece.



All the vinyl was scrubbed down with alcohol, then sanded/scuffed with 40 grit, and wiped down again with alcohol. First layer of fiberglass started.



I will cover both sides of the console with 2 layers of fiberglass for strength and to add a little height to the rear 12Ē or so. Need about 3/4Ē more height to contain the cup holders. I will fabricate some more wood trim pieces for the top to match what I did on the dash and cover with the same stock MB vinyl. I am also using the stock MB rubber shifter boot.


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Old 07-15-2018, 06:56 AM
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For reference, here is where Iím starting from on this round,




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Old 07-22-2018, 03:20 AM
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I knew it would take some time to build the center console. So many details to take into consideration. Plus working with fiberglass is a bit@%&ch. My second weekend so far on this.



I covered the entire console with 3 layers of fiberglass mat. Then some shaping with Bondo.





The original console had about a 1Ē recess on top, Iím guessing designed to hold stuff from sliding off when placed there. Tomorrow Iíll be building up the sides, to match the original look. But no recess for storage, Iíll be filling in the top with a wood veneer panel to match the dash.

I ordered original looking vinyl to wrap when finished shaping, supposed to arrive Tuesday.

Going for original look, but cleaner, upscaled.



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Old 07-22-2018, 11:30 PM
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Today after a couple more rounds of filler and sanding I had the shape really close to where it needed to be.

Then traced out the shape on a large sheet of paper for a template and transferred to a piece of 11 ply 1/2” plywood. I traced it out so that the width was 3/8” around except for he leading edge and that widened to match the upper part, this all matches the stock design.

I used a specialty construction adhesive and regular finish nails to hold in place.



Then ran the Bondo to match.

I made a paper template of the inside and traced out on a piece of 1/4” one side backed MDF for the veneer insert.

After fitting (i. e. Lots of tracing and sanding) to allow for the thickness of the vinyl upholstery I attached the veneer via contact adhesive. A little finish sanding and it’s ready for stain and finish. It will Ben stained to match the dash pieces and the piece around the head unit. Pic looks dark and you can’t see the grain, but it’s there!.



Almost ready to wrap with the vinyl upholstery when it gets here.
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Old 07-27-2018, 01:20 AM
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Nice work! Surprised you didn't decide to add the one feature MB didn't think about in the 60s/70s - cupholders! I know it may "Spoil the look" but it does add a bit of functionality to a nice driver.
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Old 08-03-2018, 02:48 AM
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Tomguy, you are absolutely correct, need cup holders!

Two were part of my original plan



Real work has my time taxed this last week or so. But all done but the finishing on the wood.

Iím leaning toward only using one of the cup holders I bought. The size of the hole required leaves less than 3/4Ē wood on each side of the hole. So will be weaker if two. The wood insert will have to be removable to get the console out in the future. I could back up the wood with some metal for strength if I decided to go to two if I change my mind!


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