Category Archives: Mercedes Oldtimer Service

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 .

220SE Restoration .

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This is an early 220SE which has been sent in from overseas for a complete make over. .All of the bright trim is being removed followed by a strip back to bare metal .IMG_0072

Unfortunately some repairs in the past were not very well done and will need to be made right to remove rust which is just starting under the body filler.

Here, the front mudguards have been welded to the sill/rocker sections. These are unibody car and they flex a lot which cracks any joins which should not be welded up.

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Not a very clear picture but this is the Drivers side.

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This the rear end of the Sill section at the drivers side rear door. The seams have been filled,again this must be rectified.

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Passenger is side is the same with much work required to fix. As can be seen in both pictures, both jacking points are missing … 😦

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This the Seam at the top of the rear quarter which again has been badly filled and is cracking with rust showing through the paint .

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The bottoms of the doors are showing signs of rust where the door rubbers seat , this will have to cleaned out and treated to prevent further rust.

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Inside the door groove there is a little rust which has just been caught in turn.

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In the past the doors have been sprayed inside  with bituminous under coat, which unfortunately never works .This will be removed and a proper rust sealer applied.

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This is the drivers side 1/4 light frame which unfortunately is rusted away so the hunt begins for a new or better one.

 

 

 

Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 ute

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25/06/16 Well…. here is a problem that no one foresaw , the drivers side chassis rail is rusted clear through ….and wait ,there is more.:-(

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Front ends of Sill boxes are rusted out

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Passenger side rusted out , all will have to repaired .

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Front cross member behind bumper has been replaced at sometime in the past but never welded to secure it in place ….Not a good idea as it is just floating there.

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New exhausts installed to replace the rusted out originals which had lasted since 1972!.

Drive shaft has new flex disc and trans has new shift rod bushes.

 

 

Mercedes 220SE Cabrio engine Rebuild assembly

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

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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.

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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.

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Accessories added and nearly ready to install in the car.
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