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install late interior into early car?

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In a bout of derangement, I find myself the new owner of two '02s, both California cars. One is a fjord blue '76 recently acquired on EBay, stock, mileage unknown (odometer broken) with a dark blue interior in excellent shape, and AC. It runs pretty well but it shows the oil smoke on deceleration symptomatic of failed valve seals.

Before I had much chance to tinker with the '76, I just bought a pacific blue '67 1600 acquired from the original owner, with all service records. The '67 has many upgrades, including a 2002tii engine, 5 speed, limited slip diff, close ratio steering box, adjustable swaybars, Bilsteins, etc. The door skins are rusty but I have extra doors.

The dark blue interior of the '67 is a little ratty. Seats are worn, and dash is cracked. (This is an early dash with chrome trim, some of which is in poor shape.)

I am considering swapping the entire interior of the '76 into the '67, including dash, seats, door panels and AC. If I go this route, I'll have a rust free California '76 shell available for sale. Alternatively, I may just sell the '76 intact.

Any collective wisdom from the group on swapping the late interior into the early car? Pitfalls? Will the later dash bolt in? Obviously the 1600 is far from original already, so I don't care about period correctness.


'00 M5

'88 M3

'76 2002

'67 1600

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