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Old 01-24-2002, 11:03 PM
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Smile not technically a vintage question but.....plz help?

in general, how hard is it to replace an entire dash? the model at hand is the W126, but after searching i can't find ANYTHING on removing the entire dash. I thought maybe some of you that are working on restoring older benzes, that have had cracked dashes might have some insight. I presume not too many owners let their s-class benz get a cracked dash like the PO did on mine. I found a used dash in great condition for around 100(i think), but i have to pull it myself, they said they would sell it cheap but wouldn't mess with the labor(NEVER a good sign....) thanks for helping me with my kind of off topic question,
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Old 01-25-2002, 09:48 AM
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Everything I have read and heard says it is a major pita for the first time, best done on a warm day when things are pliable.

Have you considered one of those covers that slip on? I have one on my 300E and it's OK.
Chuck Taylor
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Old 01-25-2002, 12:11 PM
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You're in luck...

Those aftermarket dash covers are quite inexpensive and quite acceptable in caveat, I would have someone who works on interiors install it, even tho it looks like a no-brainer.

One is available for your model, I believe from Performance Products (which sold me mine).

I've had dashes pulled from cars under restoration twice...and halfway through each procedure I started to question "...I'm supposed to be having FUN doing this." So disagreable that I had a flashback on the experience when watching the part in "Alien" where they try and remove the critter from the guy's face.
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Old 01-25-2002, 09:13 PM
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I'd break out the hot glue gun and lay up some of that SHAG FUR on the dash!!!! Maybe even hang a disco ball from the rear view...

turn it into the "shag" machine...l

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Old 01-26-2002, 08:23 PM
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Your directions are coming via email. It's in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, you will need an Adobe Reader to view. File is a little less than 3 megs, hopefully your email account will handle that. Sorry for making it a long download but it's out of my hands.

Looking at the section, I hope you have a lot of patience.
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