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Mercedes 300SE lang

 

The 300SE lang has received it’s tank ,cleaned and sealed to prevent any problems in future . The original feed pump was missing so a common Kjet pump has been installed .IMG_0130

The in tank filter has been cleaned an reinstalled.

 

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The owner has sent over some used hubcaps which had to be coloured to match the car .Pictured here, they have been etch primed.

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More Chrome has been reinstalled.

Mercedes 220SE restoration part 15

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I mount the fuel tanks to be repaired onto this frame so the cleaning agent can reach all surfaces in the tank. Once the cleaning agent has done it’s work and been rinsed out the tank is then re tested for leaks .
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This tank ,being an early type and very rare ,has this brass fuel filter which will be cleaned before being installed .

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This tank has tested ok without leaks but is very badly dented from rocks hitting it,possibly on country roads.

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Normally I would cut the tank open to clean it and straighten the dents out but i was able to reach them through the gauge port and gently raise the worst of them ,using a long rod and hammer.

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Tank Has now been etch primed and minor dents will be smoothed out before the final primer coats and finish coat of Satin black are applied . The interior of the tank has been sealed against further corrosion and fuel contamination with POR15’s tank sealer .

Mercedes Benz 220SE restoration part 14

One of the really important parts of an SE is the Fuel tank and on this particular car it has a very unique fuel tank.   Inside the tank there is normal swirl pot, but instead of the plastic one found in these normally,it has a sheet metal one,and this is going to make cleaning this tank a bit more difficult than normal .  IMG_0147 (2)

The patches on top of the tank are pieces of belting someone has glued on in the past in lieu of the correct stuff.

Another difference on this tank is the way the fuel hoses are connected, being screwed into the tank instead of being slipped over nipples.

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in the bottom of the Swirl pot is one of these things, a fuel filter, these are available new ,which is good as they are often blocked up .

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A handy device is one of these to look inside the tank and check for bad rust before cutting it open .

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This car also has the early style large pump which lays on it’s side .Note the totally incorrect hose fitted. a fire waiting to happen!.

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The hose looks to be the original hose,almost 60 years old!!!! and ‘fixed’ by wrapping some insulation tape around it.

 

Mercedes W111, W112 .W109 and W108 Fuel Tank overhauls

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 All Cars coming to me have often been under used and as a result suffer from the effects of today’s fuel which not only attacks the old style fuel hose but also attracts moisture ,which in turn destroys the inside of the tank. Following is what it takes to get a tank back into service. This is a tank is a W108 item from a W112 300SE which ,because new ones are too expensive and good used ones are rare now ,will be cleaned .It has been sitting for over 20 years with the toxic remains of fuel in it . The basic tank is almost rust free, so the first step is too…

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…Cut an access hole above the internal swirl pot . 

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Looking inside ,a pile of the solidified remnants of the fuel. The smell alone is probably dangerous so every effort is made to avoid contacting this stuff.

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inside the Swirl pot ,it’s even worse where the stuff had collected .

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The Swirl pot is held in place by three metal tabs bent over .These are carefully bent up to release the swirl pot so it can be removed .

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The swirl pots bottom looks like this. The piece on the lower part in picture is the venturi where fuel from the main cavity of the tank enters and is drawn in by hot fuel coming back from the engine.

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The swirl pot will be thoroughly cleaned in the wet blaster . Fuel is fed to the engine through a filter mounted in the center of the swirl pot . A large pipe is routed to the pump outside the tank. A smaller line feeds hot fuel from the engine to the swirl pot ,making it swirl around the outside diameter of the inside surface of the pot,eliminating bubbles of fuel gas and cooling the fuel.

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The original fuel lines on the tanks were of course rotten and it’s always a part of recommissioning these cars to replace these hoses.

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This tank had the usual blocked pipes ,a common problem ,even on cars which are driven regularly .To prevent this, a dose of 1 liter of ATF (Dex III)  per 100 liters of fuel keeps these pipes in good condition and on MFi equipped engines,keeps the pumps and injectors in good condition.

Here,I am poking a piece of TiG welding wire into the feed pipe to clear the congealed fuel residue out .

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Sticking a piece of wire into the pipes to clear them will Not move the deposits So here I am using a Small Drill to twist the wire while feeding it into the pipe. This breaks the deposits up clearing the pipe which is then cleaned out with a wire brush .IMG_0150

This is the Filter hole in the bottom of the tank showing just some of the deposits forced out of the main feed tube by the drill driven wire. i use a bit of 50/50 penetrating fluid (50% brake fluid,50% acetone) to lube the wire and assist it to get the stuff to move. 

Next move is to scrub the inside of the tank to remove all of the deposits stuck to the inside of the tank ,replace the cleaned Swirl pot and weld the hole back up. The tanks are then sealed with a tank sealer to prevent rust and protect the tank against today’s fuel .

 

To be continued…..

 

Mercedes 300SE lang reassembly..

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Parts are being cleaned and refitted ,Original style headlights have been fitted after being stripped and made sure everything is working as it should be.

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Tailights are being overhauled and refitted along with the rear bumper

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Boot has been repainted in Dark grey (looks black)   .