Category Archives: Conversions and modifications.

A great score!

For my own 6.3 I needed a new radiator and had thought of eitherr making a newer one out of alloy but then i found this on ebay..

A brand new old stock 6.3 radiator for .  Not $5000 AUD , Not $2500 USD as demanded for a new one but …………. $275.  Still in it’s original box.

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250SE recommissioning

Today (12/08/15) A new job arrived. A really early W108 250 SE . It wouldn’t start although it would turn over.The First job when ever starting a Mercedes that has sat for several years is drain  the tank…

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this 4 liters of rotten fuel in a 25 liter bucket… what a rotten stink! I hate this stuff!. The filter was pretty well blocked up. Thank fully a look inside the tank revealed it to be very clean despite sitting for several years.

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So that is replaced.

Next job,replace ALL of the rotten rubber fuel lines. IMG_0477 IMG_0478 IMG_0479

Followed by replacing the fuel filter..

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I’m glad the filter was bravely trying to do it’s job 🙂 .

Once this is out of the way,the tappets have been adjusted but the timing chain needs replacing .All compressions are equal at 150PSi, so far so good….. But the spark plugs,although they look new are all carboned up. Not a good look on a Mfi engine . The Air cleaner needs to be cleaned out and i doubt very much that the oil bath unit has been apart for many many years.

In the meantime a quick look under neath reveals more of the usual things,worn diff bushes everywhere ,spring mount rubbers flogged out and a very leaky diff.

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Note the rotten exhaust…nothing like a damp storage area to rot a steel muffler..

Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 ute conversion.

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In these  pictures of the distributor, the inside is full of the damned bicarb which was used to strip the older paint of the cars body before painting.

The distributor will be stripped and overhauled because the bicarb will affect the fuel injection trigger points which are in the lower part of the distributor.

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IMG_0334In this picture it can be seen that the bicarb has infiltrated the igniton wiring.

New roof on the workshop!!

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Big Surprise today,Saturday 9/05/15. The roofers finally turned up to repair the damn roof. Because the old one was asbestos sheet,the whole shop had to sealed up while they removed every on top of the building. Amzingly it took only 8 hours to strip the old roof off and fit insulation ,then fit the new Zincalume roof.

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Brilliant light now!.

lathe tool holder

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I was sick of placing the lathe chuck keys etc on top of the lathe ,although it has been happening since the machine was built in 1968.

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It’s a peice of 1″ thick plywood mounted on the upright from a small bench top drill press .the wooden circle is mounted to the shaft on a drive flange from a Mercedes diff. The little tray that the magnetic dial indicator holders are sitting (sticking too) on is the vice stand of the drill press.I can move it and lock it in any position. It’s bent to allow the wood part to be easily accessible…

Mercedes Benz 220SE Coupe conversion

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progress has been held up while i rebuild my Mig welder . But in the meantime I have begun the task of anchoring the cowl to the coupe shell. It involves a lot of fabrication of the various small bits to be welded into the body .Starting with the right A pillar.

IMG_0229 more of the W126 A pillar was removed,back to where it was originally welded to the cowl. This will make a cleaner stronger joint.

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These will be plug welded then lap welded around the edges.

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The last part will involve welded a second peie over the top of the top panel which will connect the inner guard (on the right) to the cowl.

280SE 3.5 Ute Dash board restoration

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In the last week,progress has been made with the dash as the wooden trim is refitted. Next task will be to reit the steering column and complete the wiring restoration and repair  followed by the instruments ,steering lock etc.