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MERCEDES-BENZ #107 BODY 1972-1989

Mercedes W107 Roadster

Carpet Installation Instructions
For Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (W107) Carpet

To Order this product by Phone, Call (805) 921-0100 or (800) 222-9577, Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm PST

The following information is supplied as a customer service guide only. World Upholstery & Trim recommends professional installation of all our products. No guarantees are granted with regards to the use of this guide.

Tools required:

  • Phillips and Slotted Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Marking Pencil or Chalk
  • Metric Socket Set
  • Blunt Stuffing Tool (i.e. Rounded Putty Knife)
  • Spray Adhesive, 1 lb. (#9410)
  • or Brush Adhesive, 1 Quart (#9411)
  • Razor Knife
  • Protective Blankets
  • Masking Tape
  • Pliers or Vice Grips
  • Staple Gun or Staples

Optional Parts Recommended:

  • Floor Mats (#107-5610/5510)
  • Coco Mats (#107-6510)

General Preparations:

  1. Inspect contents of box against your invoice, especially color and material.
  2. Protect car with fender covers or blankets to avoid damage to finish.

Pre-Installation Preparations:

  1. Lower the convertible top leaving the cover in the upright position.
  2. Do not discard any carpet piece until the job is completely finished.

Carpet Removal:

  1. Pry the plastic covers off the passenger seat bolts and remove the 4 13mm bolts and 2 phillips screws securing the seat runners to the door sills and tunnel.
  2. Pry the plastic covers off the driver seat bolts and remove the 2 13mm bolts and 4 slotted screws securing the seat runners to the door sills and tunnel.
  3. Remove the 17mm bolt holding the seatbelt to each seat frame and the electrical connections at the plug under the seat.
  4. Remove the seats.
  5. Remove the plywood horizontal box behind the seats by lifting the front edge and pulling forward and out. Remove the carpet noting its position and the staples along the forward edge.
  6. Remove the 3 #4 phillips screws and cup washers securing each of the rear quarter panels.
  7. Remove the passenger quarter panel by carefully pulling down toward the center of the car.
  8. Before removing the drivers quarter panel in the same manner, the top release handle must be removed. Remove the handle by prying up on the narrow end of the inner trim piece and sliding it toward the knob. The handle will then slide off. Note the location of the washers.
  9. Remove the unbound carpet on the rear wall of the car. Note its location under the top lip. Carefully remove any carpet residue and if necessary clean with a solvent to insure good adhesion of the new carpet.
  10. Remove the four main floor carpets. Note the heavy black backing on both the drivers and passengers front floor. Using a razor knife or similar, carefully remove the black backing and save for reuse.
  11. Remove the 13 phillips screws holding both the chrome door sill covers and place them all to one side.
  12. Remove the sill carpets. Note the position around the seat runners. Carefully remove any carpet residue and if necessary clean with a solvent to insure good adhesion of the new carpet.
  13. With the sills now removed, you can now remove the small piece of carpet behind the console which is glued and screwed in place with 2 phillips screws as well as the two pieces or carpet glued to the small vertical wall behind the seats. Carefully remove any carpet residue and if necessary clean with a solvent to insure good adhesion of the new carpet.
  14. Under the dash on the drivers side remove the 1 10mm bolt and 3 phillips screws securing the under dash panel. Disconnect the light wires and place to one side.
  15. Under the dash on the passenger side, remove the 2 10mm bolts and 2 phillips screws. Disconnect the light wires and place to one side.
  16. Remove the console carpet:
    1. On LATE cars with separate carpet sides on each side of the center console, remove the 2 forward phillips screws securing the panels to the side of the console. The panels are also clipped from behind to the center console. Use a wide, thin screwdriver to release the clips and remove the panels.
    2. On EARLY cars with a one piece console it will be necessary to make a channel for the edge of the new carpet. With a razor knife, cut thru the carpet approximately 1/2 inch away from the edge of the plastic, be careful not to cut all the way thru the backing.  Use a sharp putty knife or similar to gently release the carpet under the plastic (approximately 24 inches each side). Start at the top and pull the carpet from under the edge. Remove the rest of the existing carpet.
  17. Remove the carpet pieces on the stiffener under each seat.
  18. Vacuum and clean interior panels in preparation of installation.

Carpet Installation:

  1. Begin by comparing all the pieces received to the original parts removed. Additional pieces may be included that you will not need. These pieces reflect changes in factory designs and may be discarded. If all the pieces match, begin installation.
  2. Start in the back, apply adhesive to all the metal of the rear wall. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the middle of the carpet piece and put in place with the top edge under the lip. Fold back the edges from each corner in turn. Apply more adhesive to the back and press into place.
  3. Glue the door sill carpet pieces in place. Make sure they are spaced away from the seat rail bolt position.
  4. Apply glue to the metal on the vertical wall behind each seat. Relieve the carpet pieces in the same manner as the originals. Apply adhesive to the back and glue in place. Make sure the two bound pieces butt hard together in the center.
  5. Reinstall the chrome door sills with the 13 phillips screws.
  6. Glue the small piece of carpet to the tunnel in the center. Don't forget the 2 phillips screws.
  7. Replace the rear quarter panels with the 3 #4 chrome screws and cup washers.
  8. Replace the top handle.
  9. Glue the carpet to the plywood box, note the overhang. Staple along lower forward edge.
  10. Lower the box in place and push down against the clips.
  11. Replace the carpet pieces on the stiffener under each seat.
  12. Install the Side Console carpet pieces:
    1. On late cars, remove the carpet from the cardboard panels covering each side of the console and glue the new pieces in place. Slide the sides into the console and replace the 2 forward phillips screws.
    2. On early cars, mask the edges of the plastic, apply adhesive to the channel previously created and the face of the original backing. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the center of the carpet piece and push the bound edge into the channel. Glue the center in place, fold back the edges, apply adhesive to the back and push into place. Reinstall the phillips screw at the forward edge behind the accelerator.
    3. Replace the underdash panels using the phillips screws and 10mm bolts. Don't forget the wires.
  13. Install floor carpet pieces
    1. Install both rear floors. Note cutouts on drivers rear floor. No glue is necessary.
    2. Position the black padding removed from the original drivers floor back on the drivers floor.
    3. Place the drivers floor carpet in position tight against the under seat stiffener. Mark the position of the accelerator.
    4. Remove the carpet and cut out enough heelpad material to allow the carpet to slide around the accelerator.
    5. Check for fit. If ok, apply a small amount of adhesive to the center of the underpadding and the center of the carpet and press in place.
    6. Remove from car, fold back edges and glue pieces together completely.
    7. Repeat the same process for the passenger floor. (No heelpad cutout necessary on passenger side)
    8. Install both front floor carpets.
  14. Return the seats:
    1. Replace the seats. Make sure to reconnect the seat wiring and seatbelt hardware.
    2. Run both seats back and forth to insure they do not snag on the new carpet.
  15. Remove any protection and close the top.

We recommend the use of accessory floor mats to protect your new carpet.

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Over the years, different terminologies have been used for the same parts. To minimize confusion we've collected many of the different names to give customers some reference to the different Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, Fiat and Jaguar trim parts that vary in terminology around the world.

Convertible top = soft top, rag top, head, hood, hooding, soft window Targa top, retractable top, vinyl top, top boot, convertibles arriba, converteerbare boven
Carpet = rug, rugs, carpet kit, carpet set, molded carpet, cut and bound carpet.
Seating = seat kit, upholstery kit, leather upholstery, sport seat, recaro seat, vinyl seat, cloth seat, sitzkissen, perforated, perforiert, embossed, sitzpolsterung, imbottitura sedile, asiento tapizado
Sealing = rubber seals, weatherstrips, weatherseals, door seals, window seals, gaskets, dichtungsrahmen
Panels = door panels, linings, trimmings, coverings, sun visor, sunvisor, sonnenblenden, headliner, himmel bespannung, encabezando
Trunk = boot


Leather = hide, side, skin, cowhide, leder, cuero, Connolly, Roser, Bridge of Weir, cuoio, split
Carpet = Abetone, Dorsett, FTV, feintuft, loop, cut pile, Wilton, perlon, tufted, automatico de alfombras, teppich, tapijt, tapis
Vinyl = Spradling, China General, Freudenberg, MB Tex, ambla, leathercloth, rexine, hardura, ICI, vinyle, naugahyde
Topping = Happich, Stafast, STF, Aresma, Sonnendeck, Sunfast, dobby, lienzo, leinwand
Seat Pad =  rubber fiber pad, foam pad, gummihaarauflage, almohadilla
Sunvisor = sonnenblend, pare soleil, domenica visiera, zonneklep