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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-17-2009, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Under the knife

That's where the C107 is going on Monday. Having almost completed the W123 and taxing and MOT'ing it ( and loving every minute of driving it too!) I have decided to take the SLC in for new sills, arches and a few other bits. I have got the new paint already, though it's not Thistle...I chose BMW Opalgrun instead. Mainly as I don't want to have to paint base and clear in my badly ventilated temporary shop, but also because, besides being cellulose, it's so close that you wouldn't notice to the point where I don't have to worry about doing the door-shuts.
I'm still busy with the new wheels and they are pretty much stripped at the moment awaiting paint and tyres. I also have to sort out a misfire under load on the V8 and am hoping it's something simple like plugs, leads or bad fuel from having been stood for years.

So anyway, here's a before shot. I will post some up once the car is done.
And a gratuitious one of the W123 now that I have almost finished it.....



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The W123 looks great. I had a W124 and I've always been partial to MB mid-sized sedans. They seem to get those more right than anything else they do.

Good luck with the C107. The 107 series isn't my favorite because of the ungainly bumpers they have on the US versions. The European ones are much better looking. We'll look forward to the "after" pictures.

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Oh--why don't you fill out your profile information so we know where you are? We assume you're in Europe, but could be British Isles, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands....help us out.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-18-2009, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Oops, sorry about that. All done now.
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I should have noticed the RHD dash panels on both pictures and figured Britain or Ireland. There are a lot of Brits (and Irish) on this site, so you should be able to find people nearby that share your Mercedes interest.

Welcome to the forum.

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Thanks. Luckily, I also work with a lot of classic car guys in the area. Hightone Restorations is a Mercedes and Alvis specialist and look after a lot of the MBUK owners club cars. I used to specialise in BMW, but these two are my tenth and eleventh Mercs.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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So this is what lurks under the sills......!!! Anyway, I'm sure there are worse out there that have been saved before.


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Now welding is all completed, getting it sorted for paint....


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Cancer is an ugly disease in grand old cars like 107s. We'll wait with pleasure to see the paint job.

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I heard about taking things with a grain of salt, but, man, that is quite a bit. Well, you probably wouldn't be doing the reconstruction if it weren't for oxidationville, so thanks Lord for little favors.
What do you usually do for paint? Do you stay with base color, as original, or go with "now" clear coat top, so much easier to shine and maintain on a DD?

The finished A123 looks great.

Cheers. JV
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