Author Topic: Restoration, done right  (Read 239 times)

ptashek

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Restoration, done right
« on: 14 April 2019, 04:11 PM »
Not a W116, but a Russian "Wolga" (GAZ-24) restored the right way.
What mattered got done, but plenty got left as it was.

Nearly 50 minutes long, it's time well worth spending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUYzRKKMIgE
1993 "Pearl Blue" W124 280TE
1979 "Icon Gold" W116 450SE (history, resto)
1977 "Milan Brown" W116 350SE (parted out)

marku

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Re: Restoration, done right
« Reply #1 on: 03 May 2019, 03:36 AM »
That's the debate now. Restore or preserve. So many classic vehicles are so much better now than when they were new. Always a temptation to do the best possible and replace everything with new. And the paint finishes of course. You see so many now with with finishes and colour so deep you wonder how thick it is. Lots of talk now about preserving the history of the vehicle and its life which means showing wear. We all want a car that looks fantastic but where do you stop? 
450SE silver green/bamboo velour/green vinyl roof
Mercedes Viano Ambiente 2.2CDI LWB

ptashek

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Re: Restoration, done right
« Reply #2 on: 03 May 2019, 05:25 AM »
That's the debate now. Restore or preserve. So many classic vehicles are so much better now than when they were new. Always a temptation to do the best possible and replace everything with new. And the paint finishes of course. You see so many now with with finishes and colour so deep you wonder how thick it is. Lots of talk now about preserving the history of the vehicle and its life which means showing wear. We all want a car that looks fantastic but where do you stop?

I'd say that if the car is used after a restoration, it acquires new history, new wear, new patina while being safe to enjoy for many years to come.

In my case not going "full out" on everything was a question of budget. For some it's a question of preservation. But at least as far as body work is concerned I think "all out" is the only right way to do it.
1993 "Pearl Blue" W124 280TE
1979 "Icon Gold" W116 450SE (history, resto)
1977 "Milan Brown" W116 350SE (parted out)

marku

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Re: Restoration, done right
« Reply #3 on: 05 May 2019, 08:17 AM »
Have been listening to people in the business who are increasingly talking about limits in restoration of classic cars and serious consideration being given to maintaining the cars origins and its visible use.
450SE silver green/bamboo velour/green vinyl roof
Mercedes Viano Ambiente 2.2CDI LWB