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So, as much as I've enjoyed my Designo over the last 12 yrs, I've always longed to transform my pre-facelift 2000, to something more akin to the post-facelift Sport. But, I didn't want just that, because it's already been done in the Sport pkg. So, in my quest to be unique, I have acquired all the major parts necessary to make my pre-facelift look like a 32.

This is going to be an ambitious project, but hopefully one that will be complete (aesthetically, anyway, because I am planning mods for increased ponies) by the middle of summer.

Headlights and grill removed...
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Old bumper removed...
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New bumper, headlights and grill installed...
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Lesson learned here, the bracket(s) and foam are not interchangeable between the two bumpers. Had to order those today, but the main mounts between the two are pretty much the same, I had to modify the plates that hold the screws that mount to the frame, but a few minutes with a table grinder made that work out nicely. MWAHAHAHA...

Note too, I replaced the sideview mirrors with ones that incorporate the blinkers. That was a bit of a task as the "new" connectors had to be sliced into the "old" harness to accommodate the 2 extra wires for the blinkers. And rerouting the wires from the fenders to the mirrors was a feat in and of itself. If anyone tries this, do the passenger side first. It was the most time consuming; making the driver's side a real breeze. But, they look and work great! :grin:

The next step, hopefully the side skirts. This is involving a bit of research so I order the right mounting and cosmetic hardware. But, I have the skirts themselves already.
 

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It is garrenteed to be unique.

How did you source the '32 wheels?
Last year, local dealers here reported no stock anywhere.
 

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Kevin, let me know when you are finished with the project ....since I am pretty much right down the street from you I be glad to take it for a spin and give you feedback on the work you did.:wink::wink:

Honestly who needs a model from the Uk


when you can have a real German Driver.:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
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It is garrenteed to be unique.

How did you source the '32 wheels?
Last year, local dealers here reported no stock anywhere.
I'm not going with the 17" AMG double spokes. Several years ago, I made the jump to silver after-market 18" double spokes that looked just like original MB. I'll be changing to a Titanium Gunmetal colored rim for this project.

Kevin, let me know when you are finished with the project ....since I am pretty much right down the street from you I be glad to take it for a spin and give you feedback on the work you did.:wink::wink:
I had forgotten you were here in Phoenix. Where do you live? I'm at N 83rd and W Missouri Avenues in Glendale.
 

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I am on 35th Dr and Malapai. We are not big fans of HOA,s nobody says a word in our hood when we do burn outs after some beer,s:grin::grin:
 

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I am on 35th Dr and Malapai. We are not big fans of HOA,s nobody says a word in our hood when we do burn outs after some beer,s:grin::grin:
Ha! You are literally just about "right down the street".
 

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A man after my own heart ...

Keep up the good work!
 

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hey man, get yourself some axle stands, trolley jacks are good, but not always 100% reliable.
I have them. And, should have used them. Good safety eye! :nerd:
 

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What about the seats? Have you decided what you're going to put in?
Seats, headrests, rollbars and steering wheel have all already been replaced with original MB Designo leather parts ($5500 worth, if anyone is curious), and was handmade from the AMG factory in Stuttgard. I finished that portion of the project about 3 months ago. Though, I had been carrying those parts around the world (literally) since about 2009. The wife was happy to see that stuff leave the master bedroom closet. :laugh:

This pic doesn't do the interior justice. What looks red is really a deep, fresh orange. The steering wheel is reflecting the sun here. :frown: It's the same color as all the other leather.
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When I replaced the seat covers, I added pneumatic/electric lumbar support in both seats. HUGE improvement over the original Recaro design. Makes long drives far more enjoyable now. :smile:
 

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Wow Kevin 5K on the interior I am speechless there is an Interior shop off 91st Ave in Tolleson they do top notch work for less. It is a tiny garage and a swamp cooler I drive by everyday and see the cars and there work they doing. Silly question with all the $$$ you invest to redo the SLK how will you insure it since it is ...pardon the phrase old in the eyes of the insurance company. We all know Phoenix can be a dangerous place for SLK,s.....:grin::grin:
 

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Wow Kevin 5K on the interior I am speechless there is an Interior shop off 91st Ave in Tolleson they do top notch work for less. It is a tiny garage and a swamp cooler I drive by everyday and see the cars and there work they doing. Silly question with all the $$$ you invest to redo the SLK how will you insure it since it is ...pardon the phrase old in the eyes of the insurance company. We all know Phoenix can be a dangerous place for SLK,s.....:grin::grin:
I hear you. I wanted the original "designo" embossed in the seats. Seems a high price to pay, I know. I would have considered a shop as you suggest. Problem was, I was in Germany at the time. However, I'm considering releathering the dash parts. I figured I'd check out one of the local shops for that to see if they could match the leather. Can you get me the name of the shop?

As for the insurance, yes, Phoenix is a challenge. Between drivers and environment. I'll get with USAA and see what they can do when I'm finished.
 

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Skirts Mounted

Continuing the saga...

This past weekend saw the mounting of the side skirts. I thought I was going to have to drill the 4 20mm holes for the underpining fasteners. I just happened to have a 20mm hole bit from my time in Germany. So, cordless Ryobi and 20mm bit in hand, I partially mounted the skirts and marked off where I would want the fasteners to go. As I attempted to drill, I wasn't getting through the pan. I thought, "What the heck?!" Upon further investigation, I noticed a slight "bump" under the 1/8" rubber undercoating at the 4 spots where the fastener holes would be. In Mercedes' intuitiveness, they had actually drilled the holes for the skirt mounting, but inserted rubber grommet caps, then covered them over with the rubber undercoating. Nice! So, after removing about a 2" strip of undercoating with a box cutter and putty knife so the skirt mounting could sit flush, I was able to get the skirts mounted.

Something else I was able to score, was a dual piped, AMG stamped muffler off a 2001 SLK230 Sport. Apparently, this was the only year MB did this because the part is no longer available by that part number. They [MB] superseded the part number with a single, chromed tail-pipe. That would really anger me if I had the Sport that came with the dual pipe exhaust, yet couldn't get a new one. Because, the opening in the bumper is a double wide opening. But, since I'm adding the AMG bumper (with a double wide opening), I thought I was going to have to cram a 32 muffler in there. But, not now. :wink:
 

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Kevin looking good so far. PM me when you are ready for that "German Quality Check down to the Milimeter" to meet them AMG Specs the Beer is cold and ready to go :grin::grin:

 

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Kevin looking good so far. PM me when you are ready for that "German Quality Check down to the Milimeter" to meet them AMG Specs the Beer is cold and ready to go :grin::grin:

No need to wait until the car is done for the cold beer! :wink:
 
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