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TE72 project makeover.
Compliments of bossman12 @ club4ag.com
So about a year ago I picked up a 82 sedan from a fellow forum member. I had been searching for while and just wasn't happy with what I was seeing out there so I kind of gave up for a while. Then one day I stumbled across this beauty and I knew I had to have it. The guy I had purchased the car from had this thing sitting in his garage for some time and had dialed in the engine (smog legal 4age) and suspension. This is the engine I had already had in mind of dropping in and the suspension was perfect which saved me alot of time and money so this was a perfect starting point for me. This is my build of taking an already great TE sedan and just taking it to the next level (tastefully).
This is where my journey began...
Next step is to get rid of the aftermarket fender and lower valance and install and oem one. Then mount and fit the chrome bumpers. Lastly remove all the exterior trim and before the silverfish gets sent out to the paint shop.
Now to start with the interior color conversion and piecing her back together. Being a Benz tech I decided to incorporate some of the materials used in those cars and put them in mine. Alcantara is standard on all the AMG vehicles and I love the way it looks and feels. So I decided to wrap all the trim peices, headliner and rear speaker tray in it.
Moving on... After sending out the bumpers for new chrome and then mounting them I came to realize that the turn signals had no where to mount. Since I didn't want to have anything welded onto the bumper after just chroming it I cut up some scrap metal and busted out the welder. The brackets I made came out very ugly but the lights are centered and definitely aren't going anywhere.
Luckily the dash on my car was in relatively good condition. But like all old vinyl dashes they have some cracks. In order fix the cracks on mine I cut out the back sections and filled them in with some quick hardening epoxy. Then I sanded them smooth and sprayed the entire dash with some rubberized undercoating and lastly painted it.