Awaiting pick up .
After many months of reassembly and repair work the 280SE 4.5 ute was finally able to driven and delivered back to her owner for minor finish work
Body up on Rotisserie .
The body is now mounted on a rotisserie so repairs and painting underneath can be done .
left Front of Floor rail repaired .
Left Chassis rail at rear has been patched in the past with piece of Steel Pop riveted in place.
Patch Removed to reveal a large rust hole underneath . A new piece of steel will be welded into place to restore the strength to the chassis section.
New Steel welded into the Chassis section .
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 .
Right Front inner sill section .
This picture shows the inner sill section where it has been patched badly in the past . This will be removed and a proper panel fitted to replace it Object sticking down in the center of the picture is the jack point…!
Front Guards have been removed
The guards have to be removed to replace the sills and right front one which is full of body filler.
Sill Removed on Right Side .
REmoving this part required a lot of work as the sill was 4 layers thick in places including parts of the original sill . This has created pockets of rust which has to be removed. This is the right Front corner The front end is pointing upwards where it was fitted incorrectly. This has to be removed and replaced with a correct part.
Top Part of Sill to be removed yet.
The Doors have to be removed next so the sills can trimmed off.
Close up right front jack point
This the jack point which has also been badly patched. This is the bottom of the A pillar and has a patch on it ,again it has to be removed and repaired correctly .It’s not connected to the body at the rear ,which is a major safety issue as it can collapse if the car is lifted on the jack point.
The Doors are going to be replaced…
Because they have large amounts of filler which would have to be removed,then replaced as the car is going to be repainted and there is the real risk that the rust underneath the filler will get worse.
Left Front inner sill section.
Again another part which was patched badly in the past and again this will be removed and repaired correctly.
Although it is a bit shelf soiled, this part is both rare and in very good condition ,a lucky find!!.
The firewall has a few dents where the chassis rail pushed back against it. These will be repaired before the new part is fitted.
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 .
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 Chassis leg will have to be replaced to repair the damage .
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…..
Close up of one of the patches which looks to have been cut from the side of an old fridge.
The Cabriolet gets it’s new engine and after a few minutes cranking ,bursts back into life!.
A short movie showing the engine removal .
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 .
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.
Not a very clear picture but this is the Drivers side.
This the rear end of the Sill section at the drivers side rear door. The seams have been filled,again this must be rectified.
Passenger is side is the same with much work required to fix. As can be seen in both pictures, both jacking points are missing … 😦
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 .
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.
Inside the door groove there is a little rust which has just been caught in turn.
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.
This is the drivers side 1/4 light frame which unfortunately is rusted away so the hunt begins for a new or better one.