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Hi all,

I am a new member with a 1973 450 Sl. I am the fourth owner of a Cal car originally bought in Beverly Hills. I have owned this car sinc 1998 and am now doing as full a restoration as I can do. Engine, new crankshaft up, tranny was done in 2000, and the body has been at the spa in Virginia for two months now. My questions 1. Can I get a replacement for the glove flashlight? I have one but it does not work, and I am assuming the recharchable battery is dead. 2. How do I remove the Beverly Hills Motorsports installed burlwood trim from the dash and center console. 3. How do I replace the dash lights dimmer - hopefully with out removing the dash. Finally, I will be reinstalling the engine and Tranny in two weeks. Any help and advice would be appreciated!

Rob Beguelin
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Re: replacing existing burlwood trim, dashboard light dimmer, gl

rbeguelin;137419 wrote:
1. Can I get a replacement for the glove flashlight? I have one but it does not work, and I am assuming the recharchable battery is dead.

There's an entry - I believe it's on a Porsche or Volvo website - about how to change the rechargeable batteries. It didn't seem to be anything major, and I believe they used standard rechargeable AA batteries.

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2. How do I remove the Beverly Hills Motorsports installed burlwood trim from the dash and center console.

The center console wood would just be replaced. You can buy new wood in burl or zebrano at many different places. The dash strips have to be pulled off carefully so you don't damage the chrome under it. I went to a place called LPC Groton and bought a kit that gave me all new wood for $500. If your goal is to find the original black vinyl pieces I'm afraid you're going to be looking for a while. They aren't that common. I know someone who has the center console piece and climate control panel, but I'm reluctant to make what might look to be a sales pitch - the owner of the old panels is my sister. The pieces came off her 75 450SL.

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3. How do I replace the dash lights dimmer - hopefully with out removing the dash.

You don't have to remove the dash, but you will have to remove the cluster. Try electrical contact cleaner first and if that doesn't work the rheostat is just a little piece screwed onto the back of the cluster. The wheel has to come off, and then the cluster pulls out. The only thing holding it in place is a friction band.

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Re: replacing existing burlwood trim, dashboard light dimmer, gl

Scott,

Are you stating the original vinyl pieces are NLA? If not, check with the dealer. Colors may be limited and usually default to black only.

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Re: replacing existing burlwood trim, dashboard light dimmer, gl

Thanks for the information Scott, I will try to track down the rechargeable battery replacement article. As for removing the existing Burlwood, do I use a solvent such as acetone which is good for contact cement, alcohol, or the universal solvent and cleaner - carb cleaner! Any suggestions would be appreciated. I think I want to put new wood back on even though it was not available for a 73...It still looks better to my eye.
Thanks for the heads up about the dash dimmer. I will have to replace it and it is good to know that it does not involve the removal of the dash.

Rob Beguelin

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rbeguelin;137419 wrote:
.....Can I get a replacement for the glove flashlight?
Rob Beguelin
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1973 450SL - Ice Blue

I just saw one listed on FleaBay.... search for 107 glovebox light and you'll see it.

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Re: replacing existing burlwood trim, dashboard light dimmer, gl

Rob,

If you want to stick with wood, Performance Products offers a line of wood products:

http://www.performanceproducts4benz.com/productpage.aspx?cid=2&sid=211&pid=110781

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jaykog;137573 wrote:
I just saw one listed on FleaBay.... search for 107 glovebox light and you'll see it.

WOW!! For a starting bid of $199, I guess I would just feel around in the dark for what I am looking for or buy a penlight and throw it in the glovebox.

I have a two non-working units and will try to replace the rechargable batteries in one.

I saw the article about changing the batteries out, if I run across it I will post the URL here.

Found it...
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/137453

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Engr693;137589 wrote:
WOW!! For a starting bid of $199, I guess I would just feel around in the dark for what I am looking for or buy a penlight and throw it in the glovebox.

I have a two non-working units and will try to replace the rechargable batteries in one.

I saw the article about changing the batteries out, if I run across it I will post the URL here.

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http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/137453

Welcome to the world of classic Mercede$ ownership :). You might try Batteries Plus; depending on the device, they will sometimes 'crack' it open, replace the batteries and then reseal. Don't know if they can or will, but it's worth a phone call.

Good Luck...

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Re: replacing existing burlwood trim, dashboard light dimmer, gl

Gary,
Thanks for the link. I have now successfully taken my light or "torch" apart. I tracked down the Varta batteries and have ordered six (minimum order was $35). I plan to keep four but will sell at cost ($4.00 each plus shipping) the two extra if anyone has any interest. Again, thanks for your help.

Rob

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Re: replacing existing burlwood trim, dashboard light dimmer, gl

I believe this car qualifies for classis status, so the folks at the Classic Center should be able to help.

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Rob...you're welcome...let us know how the rebuild goes on the "torch". I may be doing that myself soon. Whaddya want for a pair of batteries including the shipping? Of course I have two lights and should probably do both at the same time. So maybe I should order four myself.

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Gary,

The Varta V250H batteries are a commercial battery and hence not readily available retail. Varta sent me to Nexergy in CA. I did not try them after checking their website as they appeared to be B2B/commercial. They buy these batteries in lots of 1000, I was told by Varta.
I got my batteries from The Battery Store...they have a $35 minimum order, so I bought some Duracells to bulk up my order. When I recieve the batteries I can tell you how much the shipping charges were. As mentioned each battery cost $4.00.

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