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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-14-2011, 08:48 AM
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It looks like a good project to me. The paint is burnt but the interior is nice, it's a solid color so you should be able to get a nice paint job on it for not a lot of money.

I have a hood sitting at my shop, if you can figure out a way to get it from Dallas, TX , I can cut you a heck of a deal on it.

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I can attest to that ^^^(I have the trunk!)
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post pics for the build
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post pics for the build
Thanks again fellas for all the great advice. Grube, thanks for the name of the outfit in El Cajon, I'll definitely be giving them a call. Again, As the first priority is get it up and running, and then I'm going to give it a good cleaning/buffing and we'll see how it shines up.

Question about the hood - should a dent like that be removed so as to retain the original part, or would it be better/cheaper to replace it?

Alabbasi, thanks for the kind offer, and as it happens I may be swinging through Dallas with a Uhaul over the summer.

My primary area of interest is in in vintage guitars, so my gut instinct here is to keep it as original as possible, while at the same time get it to peak performance - and I totally get the request to post photographs of the whole process! I'll post updates here as things move along. Are there any other classic Mercedes forums or internet resources that I should be aware of?

I'm out of town until the 23rd and then it's going to be heavy-duty family time for about a week. The guy from Brighton is going to drive out to take a look at the car and give me an estimate, so I think I'll have a better idea of things like rust, the viability of the engine, etc once he does that, and I'll let you guys know what he says.
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