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Date registered: Jan 2010
Vehicle: 1965 - 220 SEb/Coupe - Magic Red
Location: Altadena, CA
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The Red Magic 1965 - 220 SEb/C, RESTORATION TIME
I've been searching these forums for the past 5 years.
My "Heckenflose" as some germans call these little finned W111s, has been sitting for just about that long.
This is my dream car, I looked for about a year till I found her and got her in fairly okay running condition.
The paint was peeling as was the chrome on bumper and trim parts.
but about 8 years ago, I payed a bodyshop to take off all the chrome for me and I took it to get dipped.
And I got her painted.
I asked around to make sure I got the right color for this car of that year...
'Mercedes Medium Red and some numbers'
I was sad that they had to use a little bondo in some areas, I didn't know if there was a way around it and I figured it was such a deal (Dad's friend=Free) that I should go with their recomendations. I figure I could paint it again in 10 years (now).
Then I had the engine overhauled, this was by far the most expensive procedure, in fact it cost as much as I paid for the car originally, about $2500. It probably would have been cheaper to install a new engine, but I thought I should keep it as original as possible.
So then she was put all back together and I was in love.
These were the best days; driving along the 1, on painting fieldtrips with car full of women artists, carshows, graduation shows, dates, even just going to a meeting or market was another world...
Well back to reality (scratching record sound)
She's sleeping on the street (covered) but on the street, cold and misty every night. And hasn't ran for the last 6 years at least.
Everything is peeling again.
The interior is moldy and looked like miniature spiderman had a playday or year.
Then in the middle of the night, some coward @#% bleepbleep, hit the door left a 1 and a half foot dent and I can't quite open the drivers door now.
Okay and if it can't get worse just a few weeks ago, a humungous tree branch broke off and fell on the front left headlight area, shattering the large (euro) one piece, inch thick, headlight glass etc.
But with shiva-like determination and hopefully some feed back from you guys, we're going to get her back on the road and looking like the classic foreign bombshell powerhouse she is.
The first thing I did was to check the electrical, looked good, getting spark.
Then I tried starting, just to listen, and never got more than a cycle of attempted firing.
I looked at it with a mechanic friend and deduced its the distributor. we changed the points, condensor, everything...still no help.
I took it out and well it won't even turn! Something inside will not let the distributor shaft turn. I tried distributor rebuilders and even one that kept it for two weeks said he wouldn't be able to find the parts, returned it.
So that's when I found distributor upgrades. Great, like in chess, make an offensive move out of every defensive situation.
I found the 123 distributor system on some forums and everyone was praising it. Many complained of the price but in my situation 760 for an available, new and very improved distributor, was fine.
I'm going to stick with the distributor for a bit more here, because i believe its the biggest problem right now. So I have my 123 distributor and a new super blue mega coil.
Step number 1 rotate engine to Top Dead Center on Cylinder number one.
I must of spent an hour looking around for a way to do that.
THIS IS WHERE I NEED HELP.
There are no large bolt, hex nut anything, on the front of the engine. Nothing at the end of the crankshaft.
I wondered if I put it into gear and a few people push it?
There's got to be a way...
to be continued