Originally Posted by jodyt
I live in Ontario and when I brag up 21 years on the 124 that IS something. They pour the salt on the roads. We do not get the dry reallll cold of the west of Canada so it is always around freezing and salt is a MAJOR factor. Of course I can not say if the 210 had been in an accident but I can assure you it is no longer on my list. What a shame. Not the 1st 210 I have seen with rust but by far the worst.
Two bits of information on rust and the 124/210 mercedes. First, the 210 has lighter fenders. with thinner metal which means that any rust is going to find its way through to the outside faster than on one of the older cars.
Now, we have a 500E in the restoration shop right now that was in Hurricane Katrina. IT WAS UNDER WATER FOR A WEEK. Salt water, sewage, swamp, everything. We had to wear masks during all of the stripping process. After it was recovered, it sat for six months not being cleaned or rinsed or anything. Just sat in State Farms impound lot. When I bought it, it still was wet on the inside.
With the exception on a small corner of the right rear trunk area where a previous rear end accident had not been repaired correctly, THERE IS ZERO RUST on the car, anywhere. We went in expecting to need a complete chemical dump to clear rust. instead we spent 30 minutes with a grinder cleaning up a previous body shops sloppy work [which would have been fine had the car not become a submarine].
The point of that little narrative is that some of the other cars from Katrina that had restoration attempts [CL55, SLK55 are the two that I keep in touch with] that both came from the same State Farm impound lot, with the same treatment, could not be restored due to RUST AND COMPLETE STRUCTURAL FAILURE. They could not even be made into race cars, much less pass DOT inspection for a rebuilt title.