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220SE Restoration pt.5


Drivers Side sill section at the Front .

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


A closer veiw Showing patches hidden inside.


Drivers Footwell showing patches and rust holes.


This cut out and replaced with a new part…


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


Firewall Section above the sill.

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


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.



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

Body under protection applied 

Passenger Side patches removed .


New Front end of chassis rail welded in .



220SE Restoration .pt 2


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 .


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.


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 .


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…..


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.


Mercedes Benz 220SE Restoration

A short movie showing the engine removal .

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.:-(


Front ends of Sill boxes are rusted out


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


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


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.


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.


Accessories added and nearly ready to install in the car.

Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 ute Engine swap.

The new engine and trans are installed with a new oil pan ,rear and front crank seals. New injectors with new intake manifold gaskets,timing chain and rails should see a nice reliable tow car for the owner 🙂 .New fuel hoses and clamps will connect the fuel system together .

Mercedes 300 SE W112 oil eak repair


i rebuilt this engine 3 years ago but it was plagued with a leaky rear seal . It’s a 10 hour job to get it out of the car and the car isn’t driven much so it took a while to fit it into the schedule .