Category Archives: Mercedes Oldtimer Engine rebuilding

Mercedes 220SE restoration part11

The flex joint bellows on the rear axle have been replaced with a new genuine part. The homokinetic  was examined and found to be in good condition . 

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This is the center rear axle pivot pin. the bushes were examined and found to be in good condition .

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The pinion seal was replaced as a matter of course .

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After 60 years of use ,the pinion flange was showing significant ware …

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The wear is repaired by the use of a SKF ‘speedy sleeve’ which is loctited in place,giving another 60 years of working life. 

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Given that the pinion seal and flexboot were leaking badly, the oil had contaminated the center pivot bush so this was replaced with a new item .

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With the Axle and housing, center pivot and pinion flange refitted with a new nut etc , the axle will now be prepared for painting .IMG_0145

Front torque arm bushes will replacing  as will…

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…the rear torque arm bushes which are simply cracked and hardened from the ravages of old age. .

 

Mercedes 220SE restoration pt 6

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Body up on Rotisserie .

The body is now mounted on a rotisserie so repairs and painting underneath can be done .

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left Front of Floor rail repaired .

 

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Left Chassis rail at rear has been patched in the past with piece of Steel Pop riveted in place.

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Patch Removed to reveal a large rust hole underneath . A new piece of steel will be welded into place to restore the strength to the chassis section. 

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New Steel welded into the Chassis section . 

 

 

220SE Restoration pt.5

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Drivers Side sill section at the Front .

this was hidden under patches and water was leaking in through holes causing more rust .

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A closer veiw Showing patches hidden inside.

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Drivers Footwell showing patches and rust holes.

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This cut out and replaced with a new part…

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The part is zinc coated to prevent rust occurring in the future .

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Firewall Section above the sill.

The rusted parts were all removed and new steel welded in.

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The drivers side outer sill has been fitted.

The Correct shape end caps are welded into place and the new steel painted with an etch primer.

 

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The welded seams are coated with seam sealer prior to the next coat of primer .

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Body under protection applied 

Passenger Side patches removed .

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New Front end of chassis rail welded in .

 

 

220SE restoration Pt 3

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New old stock chassis member to replace the damaged part

Although it is a bit shelf soiled, this part is both rare and in very good condition ,a lucky find!!.

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To fit the new Chassis rail, the old one has to be removed .

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Some hidden damage that will be repaired, note the body filler used to hide rust holes. 

The firewall has a few dents where the chassis rail pushed back against  it. These will be repaired before the new part is fitted.

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body filler over rust holes and distorted panel section. 

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Rusty damage in the firewall where the chassis rail butts up. 

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Rusted out section. Front guard had been welded on ….. not good!. 

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Paint removal has started. 

220SE Restoration .pt 2

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After Removing the Front bumpers , this tell tale was discovered, a spacer between the Chassis bumper mount and the bumper iron.  Someone had done this to allow the front bumper to  appear to sit evenly . A closer look under the car was necessary .

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This picture shows a group of creases in the left front chassis leg

Because i intend to refinish the under side in the correct PVC undercoating I had begun to strip the bituminous underseal that had been applied in the past . This stuff causes rust rather than protect against it .  The front of the left hand chassis leg is bent backwards with a large crease in it.

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The Circles out line the easiest visible damage which had been covered with body filler to disguise it. 

The Chassis leg will have to be replaced to repair the damage .

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More damage and bad repairs have been discovered in the sill sections . where the remnants of one the jacking points has been discovered albeit with some bad patches and would have been too dangerous to use. 

The sills on either side have been patched several times over the decades to hide rust, the one above was removed and discovered to have been held on with contact glue…..

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The Circle indicates an area where the sill is 4 (four) layers thick of rusted metal and body filler with patches applied with contact adhesive. 

Close up of one of the patches which looks to have been cut from the side of an old fridge.

 

220 SE Cabrio 1St engine start

 The Cabriolet gets it’s new engine and after a few minutes cranking ,bursts back into life!.

Mercedes Benz 220SE Restoration

A short movie showing the engine removal .