MBZ parts has been a used parts supplier for years and is taking about a year to auction off all their parts. I keep looking occasionally but I dont need 50 of anything. Hopefully some of the parts will re-appear later as the new owner attempts to sell them. But honestly 35 hood hinges is about 200 years of supply....
Stan in Taiwan had a container or so of his parts stolen and then hawked on ebay. Supposedly the person storing the parts was going to repay Stan, but I dont know if that ever happened.
In the US it will take over 20 years to replace half of the cars on the road today. We have plenty of time left for us to enjoy.
It may be FMK Vapour Blasting who have a YouTube Video showing their process that you refer to. I presume they have the Irish Franchise for what is no doubt a world wide product provided by the parent company. Seems a fairly extensive job that they do. In my opinion it is a case of closing the door after the horse has bolted to rustproof unless it is a case of rustproofing after doing repair work. Unless a car has been kept in a climate-controlled garage all its life and not used in rain there will be rust. Postproduction rustproofing will not resolve the water drainage design fault which lead to rust behind the fuse box - or in the bonnet/hood release cable area. More generally as with many vehicles it is from about bumper level down that most corrosion happens.
Poor design in the jacking points - continued by Mercedes through W124 and W201 production - could have benefited from better rustproofing. (Incidentially this is a 1977 280 that is on sale in Ireland for Euro 6500, the four corners appear more or less the same)
In short rustproofing done early in a vehicles life and topped up periodically was the way to go. 40-50 years down the line will it make much difference. I was a bit surprised to see the internals of box sections being extensively vapour pressure blasted in the Youtube Video. Does this not introduce moisture?
the mystery of our Taiwan poster was very odd. I remember at the very start of their prolific posting I commented to a 116 associate that I would not be surprised if it was a very very odd hoax and nothing would come of it. low and behold...
anyway, I have wrecked so many 116s for my families own cars I have parts galore. now I get people seeking me out and asking for bits. easy when local, not so much one international as im not in the business of selling parts and going to post offices.
here in australia, we are decades away from not being able to drive ICE and our 116s here. perhaps hydrogen fuel will materialise and then it can somehow be utilised with our relics!
Daantjie, I dont see much merit in a 6.9 being used a daily anymore, I dont know anyone in Australia who does anymore. They have crossed over to heirloom status or collectibles. I reckon its about 10 years since I knew of anyone dallying their 6.9
But by standards, their economy isn't actually so bad and I dont think is the hindrance. Dont be fooled by claims of current models. What current manufacturers say their cars do, and what they achieve in real life are very different. My own 6.9 does about 20L/100km. I kept my 212 e63 with the 6.2L m156, its actually the best of my 'newer V8s', with about 15L/100. My new 213 e63 is actually bloody terrible relatively, about 16.5L/100 and thats with a 4 litre motor that has cylinder shutoff and a 9 speed! I really expected better out of this. I think the brochure said low teens but this is flat out not possible to achieve - I tried on a country run. My G55, now thats horrible - its about 22/100 but its hampered by a 5 speed due to the power of the thing preventing the 7 speeds being mated to it. I therefore dont think the 6.9 is actually that bad in the scheme of it. I dont think people who get a V8 are generally deterred by fuel price - we knew what we were in for!
what could be interesting, is will 3d printing possibly enable some bits to be made by average Joe. in my work, I get custom titanium pieces made for very wouldn't think its outside the realms of possibility.
Somebody accumulated tons of parts over the years. It takes an EFFORT to acquire/transport/tag/photograph/catalog/store and run the administration to sell them. But who in his/her right mind would buy these parts by 'lots' considering these car will soon not be drivable for our children/grandchildren. Buying individual parts to repair and drive our cars these days for the pleasure/passion/fun I would understand, but 'lots' selling is out of context. Why to accumulate parts for cars we won't be able to drive (already the case in some major world cities). 40-30 years ago it was different, but not in today's reality. There was a member here based in China/Taiwan who claimed had tons of parts. Maybe unloading time (?). Again, I might be wrong, but I don't see how this hobby can be a profitable business when in a few years our cars will be parked as museum pieces. Let's enjoy them while we still can...
Unless you cover long highway distances in favourable weather every day the 6.9 is not a daily driver in my opinion. Coupled with horrendous fuel economy ensures that today it will only ever be a fair weather cruiser on the weekends.
I guess that's why they were also popular Down Under with good weather and long stretches of unfettered highway. Also would have been easier in the days of lacks speed enforcement. Here in Canada you will absolutely lose your ride very quickly for speed transgressions.
They were of course designed for titans of industry being driven at high speed on the autobahn with chauffeur.
Those days are long over and modern Benzes have a lot more to offer in every category so the 6.9 today is for sure a niche collector car.