Author Topic: 50th Anniversary Restoration challenge  (Read 116 times)

gurrier

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50th Anniversary Restoration challenge
« on: 12 January 2022, 11:51 AM »
Hello,

I am recommencing the restoration process on a 1973 350SE first registered in Ireland on the 30th of May 1973 - chassis no. 008241.
I have owned the car since 2009 and began work on it then but am only now returning to the effort.
I am using the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the W116 launch as motivation to progress.
The first area that I want to pay attention to is the well-known rust issue in the bulkhead/firewall in the area behind the fuse box.
This has caused substantial rust in the drivers footwell.
My one is a RHD so the area I first want to work on is the area where the floor joins the inner/outer sills, the bottom of the bulkhead and the closing panel on the front of the sill.  Quite complex where several skins of metal intersect-partially at least.
As part of the area is totally gone, I must use means of establishing a datum.  I am using the shield for the gap between the front wheel well and the wing which presumably covered off a mud trap in the area and the closing panel for the front of the sill.
The attached is a mock-up of the two parts together.
[img https://www.dropbox.com/s/0tlduzxqdq2bq0z/wing.jpg?dl=1/img]


As I stated all the area is gone so I have little to go on.   I have a donor part but that to is significantly rusted in one critical area also.
The shield is attached to the structure by three screws.   One of the locations where the screws go through are highlighted in white.
I found the below online and through shown as being for a W124 to me they look like something that would fit mine to secure the shield.
[img https://www.dropbox.com/s/5ayzv6i2lcq05k1/sill.jpg?dl=1/img]


If I get the location of the shield and attached sill closing panel correct it will go some way to help in aligning the other panels which I will buy/make.
I am aware of the repair panels available for the front of the sill - luckily the adjacent jacking point proper is intact though the outer sill is not.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
« Last Edit: 12 January 2022, 12:06 PM by gurrier »
1973 350SE

gurrier

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Re: 50th Anniversary Restoration challenge
« Reply #1 on: 12 January 2022, 11:53 AM »
Sorry,

I will need to go back to the drawing board with regard to the linking of pictures.

Please bear with me
1973 350SE

rumb

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Re: 50th Anniversary Restoration challenge
« Reply #2 on: 12 January 2022, 05:23 PM »
Sounds like a great project.  It is a lot of work as you know. Have you removed the front fenders? If the sills are gone up front then that is needed to access everything.

I made up a bunch of jack points if you need some.

Can you post pictures of your starting point?
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ptashek

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Re: 50th Anniversary Restoration challenge
« Reply #3 on: 13 January 2022, 02:29 AM »
This reminds me I still haven't shared some of my restoration pics with you!
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