Mercedes 450SLC C107

I have been asked to give this a bit of a tune up ,mainly a new timing chain , tensioner and rails . The Chain was badly worn but the rails were brown but OK, even though they are dated 1977 !!. IMG_0082

The car has only 120,000 KM’s on the clock and everything seems to point to this being original . Note: it has reflectors on the back, this marks it as being a South African car.

While it is here it will undergo a few repairs ,namely a new floor and redoing of repairs done by a well known vehicle restoration shop which can only be described as horrendous.

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This is typical of the other shops disastrous work, dodgy ill spaded repairs covered in black bituminous underseal.

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under this black stuff is a lot of bent and deformed metal which will have to straightened out and repainted properly. .IMG_0083 (2)

With the bitumen removed I could see what need fixing . The patch welded in recently was actually suck to chassis with sikaflex.

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the patch was removed …

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a long with lots of filler.

IMG_0090 (2)A new piece of the correct shape was made and welded in.

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Inside the passenger side footwell some serious rust has been previously covered with patches ,IMG_0093 (1)IMG_0094

In this shot a hole right through to the left front wheel house can be seen .

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The hole the patch covers is the main front chassis leg mount…. ! this will havwe to be repaired to regain the strength in the body shell.

 

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In the Wheel house with the underseal removed , another couple of patches on the floor have been revealed .

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Inside the Floor will be removed ,here the spot welds on the chassis rail are being removed so the panel can be lifted out.

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