Mercedes 220SE restoration

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Front Suspension restoration 

As can be seen the engine mounts were the wrong type and totally worn out . 

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The brakes are stripped off and a note taken of the various colour splashes which indicate the spring specs, the check marks (yellow and white) for the bolts which were applied in the factory to show that the bolts were tightened correctly.

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KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAfter stripping down,inspecting and repainting everything the Front axle is reassembled with new parts as required. 

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Front brakes have been converted to discs and the hubs are fitted with new rotors.

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The various colour splashes are redone 

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New Brake hoses are in the red plastic bags to protect them while the front axle is reassembled.

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.

 

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 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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The bare steel floor has been fully repaired and etch primed .

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After the joints in the panels were Seam Sealed with Mercedes specified Teroson seamsealer ,the underbody was fully sealed with body colour PVC bodyshutz. KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

next steps are too begin final body prep for paint.

Mercedes 220SE Restoration part 20

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The Right rear section ,when paint was stripped off revealed more damage .The yellowish parts on the panel are bronze from the previous attempt at repair .

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The ruler indicates hte depth of the dent 

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Right rear edge of the boot lid is 10 mm too high,indicating hidden damage.

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left rear edge of boot lid fits closer and factory correct.

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The bootlid sits high along this edge too, because the fender edge has not been straightened properly in the past and will have to be lifted up.

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The Difference in the panels 

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The new rear Box for the panel has been fitted and welded into place .

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New outer skin is being welded into place .

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At the ‘C’ Pillar further damage from a past accident has been revealed so this will need to be straightende out ,Once the rear window was removed, further rust has been revealed because the rubber seal had not been fitted properly and moisture had leaked in .

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Rist in the base of theC pillar .

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Inside the C pillar section at the parcel shelf it has rusted quite badly .

Mercedes 220 SE Restoration part 19

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Rear panel is badly dented and bad repairs in the past were hidden under a layer of cheap body filler .

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Yellow lines out line some of the Dents which  have to be  repaired before the  Side panel can be fitted to the car..

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With some of the dents removed . the extent of the distortion is revealed by the piece of wood .The arrows indicate where the panel is leaning back, where it should be leaning the other way.

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This is the fuel pump cover which was dented and rusty after 50 years under the car, being bashed by rocks and bad driving..Now straightened out and repainted in the correct Satin Black.

 

300SE Rescue

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Often Parts for a resto are a little hard to come by and a Mercedes W112 long wheel base  is no exception. So when this poor car was revealed to me last week it was decided to grab it for parts. it’s car #1120152206292 and was built in 1965 >Off the road since 1988 because of problem with the brakes the car was left in the open and went down hill over 30 years. 

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Lots of Rust,Lots of loose parts ,some parts are not going to be useable like those perforated bumpers. 

 

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Rear wheel arches are rotten and there wasn’t much to lift on underneath,wheel is a toyota hilux .To move the car i had to swap them out and fit a set of inflated mercedes rims.

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Nothing salvageable inside the car it’s pretty damned unhealthy in there . 

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Termites had eaten the wood off the dash and doors…This was a highly optioned car when new,with central locking ,factory air and luggage.

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Engine department is complete with everything in place .

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Because of the air suspension ,the car was sitting very low .Blocks of wood were jammed in between the lower control arm and the cross member to hold the front up and beteen the diff and floor at the rear.

 

 

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