Category Archives: Mercedes Oldtimer restorauration

220SE restoration Pt 3

IMG_0115

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!!.

IMG_0093 (1)

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

IMG_0094 (1)

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.

IMG_0095 (1)

body filler over rust holes and distorted panel section. 

IMG_0096

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

IMG_0097 (1)

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

IMG_0098

Paint removal has started. 

220SE Restoration .pt 2

IMG_0115

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 .

IMG_0114

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.

IMG_0113

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 .

IMG_0100

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…..

IMG_0098

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 .

Mercedes 220SE Cabrio engine Rebuild assembly

IMG_0024

New Pistons installed ,side covers and sump fitted ,note: the deck has been machined to ensure it’s flat and true.

IMG_0026

Head is reassembled with all new Valves. The valve heads were pitted from corrosion and machining them would have made the valve head margins too thin.

IMG_0028

Cylinder head, water pump, and distributor drive fitted .Timing chain was replaced with a superior Iwis Chain,the one in the pic was just used to help install the new chain.

IMG_0016

Accessories added and nearly ready to install in the car.
IMG_0017

Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 ute Engine swap .

Unfortunately the engine in the Moss green ute was damaged by who ever it was that did the soda blasting ( i hate that stuff….) .It looks as though the car was covered in the bicarb and then driven around their yard with the air cleaner off… or the air cleaner was clogged so they took it off and then proceeded to drive the car. Any how, the soda got into the engine and has ruined the rings and pistons . A combination which has destroyed any hope of compression and no compression equals no start. I stripped the m116 3.5 engine down and my worst fears were realised with massive bore wear IMG_0005IMG_0006IMG_0003IMG_0001

As usual the head studs were frozen in the heads and it was days work to remove the heads .The valve seats are pitted because of the biCarb soda .

After pricing the gaskets and rings etc the parts cost came close  to $6000 so after consulting the owner it was decided to fit a good 2nd hand engine . After a days hunting a M117 450SL engine was found and this is a Djet engine also so the engine bay will resemble a standard 280SE 3.5 .

IMG_0010 (2)

This has now been stripped and new seals fitted , the alloy parts have been wet blasted .The timing chain, sliding rails etc will be replaced and the injection system overhauled . The sump has been swapped from the SL short version to the 280SE 3.5 larger version .Water pump was replaced as it wasn’t known how long the engine was on the shelf.

The engine bay was pretty filthy so all of the dirt of 40 years was steam cleaned out in preparation for repair of the paint before the new engine goes in.

220SE cabriolet Mercedes

An update n the cabrio’s engine job. After some time a set of new pistons has been made to suit the new bore size (1mm oversize) which was necessary to repair the pitting caused by water getting into the engine at some time in the past.

Crank shaft has been linished ,balanced and cleaned .Connecting Rods have checked for straightness,big and small end bore true and new small end bushes fitted and honed to size.

IMG_0007 (1)

New pistons and rings with new bearing shells fitted .

IMG_0005 (2)

IMG_0009 (2)

New side plate and block bungs are fitted ,with the crank and pistons installed after checking clearances and fitting new crank seals.

IMG_0008 (1)

Distributor and pump drive installed with sump .New timing chain and slide rails are also in place.

The oil pump was measured and was within specs.