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Started by TJ 450, 29 October 2011, 08:27 AM

Big_Richard

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TJ 450

I agree, another 280 would be best, but I won't hold my breath on that.

I'll keep an eye out.

Tim
1976 450SEL 6.9 1432
1969 300SEL 6.3 1394
2003 ML500

Big_Richard

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Casey

Why don't you just get one of those many Australian W116's destined for the scrapyard, and swap everything into that instead?

s class

Rear fender replacement will be quite do-able now that the car is completely stripped down.  Just drill out the sport welds, offer up the replacement fender, clamp it in place and weld.  I would agree with you that there isn't really an alternative solution for this one. 

Replacement of the front cross member is equally a routine excercise in the panel trade. 

BTW, I applaud you guys' effort and committment to go ahead with this.  I think it will be more fun and rewarding than simply re-shelling the car. 



[color=blue]'76 6.9 Euro[/color], [color=red]'78 6.9 AMG[/color], '80 280SE, [color=brown]'74 350SE[/color], [color=black]'82 500SEL euro full hydro, '83 500SEL euro full hydro [/color], '81 500SL

TJ 450

Quote from: Raptelan on 07 November 2011, 08:28 AM
Why don't you just get one of those many Australian W116's destined for the scrapyard, and swap everything into that instead?
That's the easy way out, but I'd only do it as a last resort.

I do concur regarding the rear 1/4/fender.

Tim
1976 450SEL 6.9 1432
1969 300SEL 6.3 1394
2003 ML500

MB_Mike

Quote from: TJ 450 on 07 November 2011, 06:30 PM
Quote from: Raptelan on 07 November 2011, 08:28 AM
Why don't you just get one of those many Australian W116's destined for the scrapyard, and swap everything into that instead?
That's the easy way out, but I'd only do it as a last resort.

I do concur regarding the rear 1/4/fender.

Tim

I hope you fellas have some wheel barrows handy...you know for moving around your enormous balls  ;D I've been dying to use that one since I heard my mechanic use it the other day.

Seriously, I am excited to follow this project. It shows dedication and commitment to the marque that more than makes up where others lack (pointing a finger back at myself)
1987 Home market 560 SEL

Big_Richard

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Big_Richard

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TJ 450

I agree with MT's sentiments, but I would still work on a daily driver if I needed to.

The key is not to think of how huge the project is so much, but to just get stuck into it and do what's required, bit by bit. Of course, you need to have established the scope of the project in the first place, such that you're aware of the "big picture", but don't dwell on it if it's within the realm of feasibility.

And no, I won't be giving the car away at the completion of the project... I'll keep it for the duration, or until I decide to get something else (I will be the arbiter if it comes to this). ;) 8)

Tim
1976 450SEL 6.9 1432
1969 300SEL 6.3 1394
2003 ML500

Tony66_au

Tim may I suggest you source and peruse the Wurth catalogue, Ive used a lot of their products and tools and although a tad expensive they make panel work a lot easier especially when reclaiming panels from donors.


The only small issue is that Wurth don't sell retail and have Reps that will come haunt you with the latest goodies, this is an evil pleasure but somewhat expensive as these bastards will tailor the goodie of the month to something you only dreamt of in those feverish hours between working on the cars and going to earn money.


Some car tool porn at its finest, just a taste.....  http://www.wurth.com.au/


Tony

TJ 450

Alrighty,

The truth is out.

I've canned the restoration of this chassis, as it is too far gone, and too much hassle.

I purchased a South Afrikan 4-Speed manual 280S today that is in very sound shape, and doesn't have a sunroof either. I'll run it with the carby for a while and consider swapping the engine from the 280SE in the future... It even has a service history until quite recently and had a replacement engine fitted in the late '90s.

What a relief!

I'll post some pics later.

Tim
1976 450SEL 6.9 1432
1969 300SEL 6.3 1394
2003 ML500

oscar

TJ, whoa! Two manuals! They're everywhere.  8) Anyway, good move, the two combined should make a good example.  Look forward to the pics.
1973 350SE, my first & fave

TJ 450

Indeed. When it rains, it pours I guess.

As much as I like the idea of restoring the manual SE, it was a shocking amount of work. This is the next best thing.

Tim
1976 450SEL 6.9 1432
1969 300SEL 6.3 1394
2003 ML500

Tony66_au

A wise man knows his limits!