The K40 relay burned in my 2002 SLK32 and the ENTIRE car smells like complete ****. The insurance is turning it into a salvage vehicle. It's a 148K miles car and trying to just swap the interior to get rid of the smell feels like a waste of life. So I decided to do something crazy with it. I already got it running and fixed all the wiring. I did take it to a detailing shop, but long story short is that the entire interior has to either go or be completely refinished (including the back side of the panels).
So I was wondering if anyone has done anything crazy inside the SLK? I've seen double din mods, basic refinishing, custom leather stitching, but that's about it.
I'm thinking of something completely odd, like this wooden center console with good cupholders. Maybe moving the hand brake to the passenger footwell. Also thinking of swapping all the buttons to something mechanical like they do in a Spyker c8,
Another thing is to try to fit an S or E class seats with massage and ventilation functions.
What do you guys think?
Here’s one idea
The SLK R170 lends itself to having a cockpit dividing bar fitted.
Remove cointray/cupholder. Bar has toungue that slides deep into this slot.
bar has lip that rests on seatback panel, and secures using the coat hook screw locations.
Bar is about 4” by 2” and curved to be wider front and rear ends.
Covered in padded leather.
Made from foam with a wrap of fibreglass under leather cover.
If your car is to be a single seater, the passenger side can then be fitted with a painted fibreglass tonneau cover like the 1950s LeMans race cars.
Tonneau secures to the dividing bar and on the door side remove the dash end cover and use its two mounts. A rear screw location will be required.
Outer side does not secure to door, but has lip that snugly sits over top of door trim.
Go for broke and also remove passenger side rollbar for a Monoposto look.
Add some neat luggage restraint system where the passenger seat was using seat anchors as mounts.
Re centre console, could leave as is, but add extra console to the left under the divider and tonneau, swung 45 degrees to face driver, containing double Din stereo/Nav display and other guages.
With passenger rollbar and seat removed surfboard mounts can be added to top off tonneau an using old passenger roll bar location. Or bike mount.
As an alternative, modify passenger headrest mounting clips so that headrest easily slides all the way out. Leave seat and rollbar, but now car reverts to a two seater in a minute with passenger tonneau plate going into the boot under the blind and car retains all its nornal funtionality but looks like a showcar.