Once home the cleaning could begin. A good wash then a polish made her a bit more presentable on the outside:-
There is some damage to the front bumper/spoiler to be addressed at a leter date:-
and this dent to the boot lid:-
Options for this repair are being considered.
Meanwhile the interior needed some cleaning especially the steering wheel which was filthy. One had to wash ones hands after driving it! A clean revealed this:-
Wear to the surface and clean it looked pretty awful. So thinking cap on and refinishing the wheel seemed a good idea. I had seen the results of some club members doing the wheels in their 75's and one bought a half wood wheel and dyed the leather to suit his seats as it was the wrong colour.
As the interior of the 623 is "Stone beige" and the 75 with it's personal line interior has the wheel rim in the same colour as the seats etc I thought why not dye the rime beige. A small bottle of "Stubies" dye was bought via post and the refurbishment started:-
Cleaned but no dye.
First coating of the beige dye.
It took five coats to achieve this:-
Of course removing the wheel would have made the job easier. It took several days to get the wheel dyed. The auto shift lever was also filthy so that was cleaned and dyed to match:-
In it's cleaned but standard state
Dyed to match. The handbrake looks kinda out of place now but I have it in mind to try and make a Walnut wooden grip for that.
Next cleaning job was the seat belt and clasp which were badly grease stained and blackened. Some carpet cleaner scrubbed in helped quite a bit on the belt and it removed the black from the clasp. Another treatment of the belt should restore it's beige colour.
The leather seat need a bit of TLC to bring them back to top spec but that will have to wait whilst we sort out the other bits and bobs.