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Mercedes 220SE Restoration: Final bodywork stages.

After much body work to get the shell straight and true as possible ,the doors etc have been bolted on and adjusted .

 

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Guide Coat is applied before block sanding begins.

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Right front mudgaurd has been block sanded .the dark blotches are low spots which have to be beaten back up again .

Finally after much panel work the long process to paint the body has become .

The bare steel has been treated with a deoxidiser and given the first coats of primer surfacer.

 

220SE Restoration.

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The reconditioned parts are laid ,plus two new bearings, O rings for the housing and concertina seal for the Pump shaft .

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The armature was tested and the commutator polished ,the mica seperator segments were cut down slightly and the new bearings fitted. 

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There are several washers,spring type drive plates and packing seals under the impeller,all designed to last a long time and prevent fuel leaking into the motor housing. 

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The motor housing contains the field coils and brushes these were all checked and found to be OK. it was then fitted with new O rings and tested to ensure it was OK electrically.

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Lastly ,the pump mount rubber and metal bracket are fitted. As this is a very early injected car ,the pump is mounted on it’s side hence the odd bracket. a new fuel pressure hose is shown here ,A New hose from the tank to the pump will have to be made .As this also differs,in that the hose is screwed into the tank,not simply slipped onto a nipple as the others are. 

HORNS.

The horns were both stripped and the rust and dents removed. the bodies were reassembled after being repainted.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

After reassembly they were tested and adjusted for tone. There is a high tone and low tone horn .KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

 

220SE Mercedes Restoration.

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A view of the bonnets surface showing a reflaction in the primer coats,indicating the smooth surface prior to final primer coats and finish coats. 

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Right rear corner of the roof ,still a few imperfections to clear up but almost finished.

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Feed pump for Fuel injection. The pump besides looking pretty rough wasn’t working very well so has been stripped and inspected. 

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The commutator on the armature is completely worn out .Possibly because the brushes had been replaced with ones that are too hard.

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The lower armature bearing was seized because of water getting in at some time .

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Both Horns have stripped to remove Rust and ensure correct function.

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Horn diaphragms have been cleaned to remove all traces of rust prior to repainting.

 

Mercedes 220SE Restoration

 The Bonnet has been stripped to the metal and primed several times and is at last getting smooth enough . KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The Roof however is a different matter. It has sever damage all over it some of which i hammered out and metal finished but some is too badly damaged to completely remove so it has been leaded . The darker spots are Low spots and the lighter spots are high spots revealed in the first primer and guide coats. It’s as if someone had gone over the roof with a ball pien hammer KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The boot Lid is similar but not as bad as high spots made by things being carried in the have hit the skin . In the meantime other panels are also getting the primer ,sand,Primer,Sand,Primer routine too..

Mercedes 300SEL 6.3 Rust repair

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This 6.3 had been patched in the past but unfortunately a drain hole was left out .The tail lights were not installed properly and water leaked in, rusting out the previous repair .

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Holes appeared in the side of the rear quarter. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

After the bumper was removed the paint was ground off and lots of body filler was revealed ,which in turn covered more rust. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The bottom of the 1/4 Box was unpicked and yet more rust and dodgy repairs uncovered. this is inside the box looking up from underneath. 

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The box bottom and the section from the chassis rail were removed to get rid of all the rust.

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The Support bracket has been repaired in the past but had rusted out again ,then repaired again

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Compared to the new pArt there is a lot of difference …….

 

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New panels were made up to replace the damaged parts. At this point the outer skin hasn’t been removed .

 

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A new section has been welded in to replace the rusted section

Followed by a couple of coats of etch primer then seam sealer.

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