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280SE 3.5 Ute Dash board restoration

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In the last week,progress has been made with the dash as the wooden trim is refitted. Next task will be to reit the steering column and complete the wiring restoration and repair  followed by the instruments ,steering lock etc.

Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 W108.057 with a difference!

I First saw this Car some years ago when the owner wanted an opinion of it , before buying it. In the mean time it was stripped and repainted a gorgeous Moss  green Metallic .  The job ahead of me now is too reassemble it to show standard

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The interior needs a lot of work as it appears to have been sitting at the painters for a very long time.IMG_0044 IMG_0045 IMG_0046 The engine room is scruffy so that is going to be a big job sorting out a locked up engine and redoing all the plating and replacing all the rubber.

IMG_0047 IMG_0049 IMG_0051and i thought i’d try a Borbet wheel for size on my coupe project.


Weber DCOE rebuild

I’ve been restoring a 190SL for an owner and part of the task involves rebuilding it’s non standard DCOE carbs. A lot of W121’s were fitted with these over years to get around the problems thrown up by the awful Solex side draft carbs originally fitted.

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Work shop 7 006Carb on the right is in as is condition with blocked jets and water damge 

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As can be seen in the left photo the chokes have signs of water from the fuel supply.Carb on the right after stripping ,wet blasting and rebuilding.

Below is how the original fuel pipe looked before restoration .

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Below the original pipe after replating the pipe and ferules with the ends resoldered back in place.

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Temporary mock up of the rear carb in place.

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Borgward Isabella Solex Carburetor

i was asked recently if i could overhaul this Solex twin down draft carb. It’s a 32 PIAATA the same as found on Mercedes 220Sb W111 models of the early 1960’s. This one was making the car hard to start. Everything appeared normal on strip down but it’s missing a vital part,a valve in the accelerator pump.I’ve given the housings a clean while waiting for the gaskets to be delivered.

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There is also a special adapter for the Borgward manifold .

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Wet blasting of alloy engine parts.

First developed in England in the 1940’s,this is a process where water and compressed air is used to clean delicate parts and restore the finish to an ‘as new’ surface. Also known as vapour blasting or slurry blasting  ,it is almost a green process as no caustic chemicals are required to remove dirt and oxidation .

Pictured are a pair of Porsche 928 cam boxes (yes i will work on any quality car!) . the lower is a ‘before ‘ example with burnt on oil and badly oxidised surface. The above it is an example of the finish achieved by just cleaning. next pic shows a 928 cylinder head as removed ,again very oxidised . Thwe 3rd picture shows the bare heads,all clean ready for valves ,springs seals etc to be fitted.

Feel free to call about your parts restoration and what i can offer.