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.
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.
An update n the cabrio’s engine job. After some time a set of new pistons has been made to suit the new bore size (1mm oversize) which was necessary to repair the pitting caused by water getting into the engine at some time in the past.
Crank shaft has been linished ,balanced and cleaned .Connecting Rods have checked for straightness,big and small end bore true and new small end bushes fitted and honed to size.
New pistons and rings with new bearing shells fitted .
New side plate and block bungs are fitted ,with the crank and pistons installed after checking clearances and fitting new crank seals.
Distributor and pump drive installed with sump .New timing chain and slide rails are also in place.
The oil pump was measured and was within specs.
rear panel rust repair .
The rear panel on this car has had a few hits over the last 51 years and suffered from some pretty bad repair work. To straighten the dents and remove the rust ,caused by leaking tail light gasket i made a patch and cut out the rust with a hole saw.
With access through the hole , I could poke a dolly in and shrink out all the small dents .Last step was to repair the hole where the lights fit .It was pretty tough getting the dings out because the metal had been ground pretty hard in the past when someone has tried to fix the panel in the past.