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#21 (permalink) Old 07-29-2009, 05:07 AM
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that was brilliant just like my 1975 350sl I learnt a hard lesson...bought the car looked fabulous until i looked harder found out it hard serious rust issues, from that point on i learnt everthing i could about the R107 luckily a week to my insurance running out some guy driving really fast spun of the road and rammed into it while i was parked on my driveway on a sunday morning as i was fast asleep, i almost cried ....but turns out to be a blessing in disguise, as the insurance paid exact amout i paid for the car 5years ago i bought my current blue 1989 500sl R107 for a bargain was is the rarest as it has all the upgrades from the 1st year the cars was made as you all know and i went to a classic car centre to value it and it came up to £5000 more than i paid and the car is almost flawless everything in it is original it still has its fire extinguisher and spare wheel never been used and it is virtually rust free..i still wish i can take it apart and redo everything myself by hand..i dont have agarage like most people and i would need a restoration manual..but i dream of doing this and taking my car to the states and crossing from east to west miami to carlifonia oooo yeah! 1 day...it will happen
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#22 (permalink) Old 07-29-2009, 05:09 AM
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Awesome Job. More inspiration for me to keep moving on my project.

Seeing other projects in progress and come to completion is real motivation.

Thanks for the Pics..
+1 thanks for the update. Will be starting on mine very soon....
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Great pic's and a project only feasible for some one with skills and equipment to do it.. I did a '36 Ford in this condition 35 years ago and the only way I was able to succeed was my best griend owned a big body shop, with lots of tools and advice. That is the car I regret most selling because of what went into it. I hope you keep yours.
That's horse shit, Rondor. I never owned or worked on a Benz b4. As long as someone is mechanically inclined and motivated, even a frame up resto. is not out of the question...

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Oh, and retired. And financially well off.

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That's horse shit, Rondor. I never owned or worked on a Benz b4. As long as someone is mechanically inclined and motivated, even a frame up resto. is not out of the question...
Eh, not so fast there. I could have rigged up a spray booth in my garage, I could have researched paints and found the right one, I could have done the prep work, but I couldn't have painted it. I've tried, and I have no talent with a spray gun. I'm convinced that being good at paint work requires at least a little bit of artistic ability, and I have none, at least not that way. I can build furniture, and I can do computer graphics all day long, but I couldn't sketch something to save my life.

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IDK, I'll bet you could. It's like golf. If you don't practice or play alot you won't get better at it. I will respect the fact that some people do have a gift for it.

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i'm with Bandit - anyone could do what i've done with time, patience, the right tools, and a sensible head. its just things like welding you need to practice first and then just go for the belt & braces approach to ensure everything you do is solid.

as for painting i painted my wings in my garage. care and prepwork is the key. to be honest, i'm not happy with my passenger wing - i had to order more paint half way through and unfortunatly it seems very slightly brighter than the rest so i've got to redo that at some point.

the car is no where near finished - the whole rear of the car needs work. plenty of rust back there to deal with - all bodywork stuff though behind bumpers and under the wheel arches. nothing great but want it to be nice and clean.

i'd say my resto is going to be a 4 year thing - but just working nights and over winter months it means it takes longer. and of course, as i'm learning as i go, it also takes longer than a pro who knows the cars etc.

you need an understanding wife/girlfriend/boyfriend aswell or atleast one that wont walk out on you after several months of retiring into the garage on an evening!!

there is also HUGE difference in rebuilding a car to 'nice car' standards or 'concourse/show' condition. my aim has always been to just fix up stuff and make the car a good looking, safe classic - i'd never be able to make it good for concours - i dont have the time, money or skills required.

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nice car man
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so great! nice work
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