Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 1962 W111 220SE Coupe
Location: Cloud City, OR
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Congrats on your new car!
My personal opinion is you're on the high end of what that car is presently worth, so unlikely to make double, but you love it and it's a lovely car so that's not bad to pay for a terrific old cruiser that will last your lifetime. You can always trade towards a coupe or SL.
Heater controls may very well be the cables seized, you can remove the underdash panel with screws to expose them and hit with penetrating fluid, wait a while, then slowly and very carefully move your heater controls back and forth until you get full range of movement. That should do it.
Fuel gauge is more likely the sending unit in tank than gauge itself, tho could also be a poor ground at gauge. Sending unit is removed from top of tank via access port in trunk floor. May not even need replaced, some have luck pulling it out and moving it back and forth until it's freed up. BTW I hope you're noticing a trend here, on these old tanks it's more likely parts are old than broken and running the car in will do wonders. If it runs drive it if it hasn't been driven much and she will settle in.
All stainless steel bumpers available from Vietnam and sold by various folks even eBay, they scratch more easily than chrome and don't have 100% same reflectivity, look a bit more clouded, but as a quick resto for a driver they are more than suitable and will clean the car up. I opted to keep my bumpers original, dings and all, and spend the money elsewhere. Yours don't look too bad and once you get her cleaned up well, polished, wheel covers put back on, etc., they will be less noticeable.
Interior wood can be removed and refinished. Use chemical stripper for varnish, do not sand it off or you will wear right thru it as it's very thin. Clean all residue off with fine grade steel wool and stain with color of your choice, then clearcoat. I didn't even remove mine, just scraped clear off since it was flaking so bad, then oiled the wood using wood preservative, looks like a shotgun stock finish rather than glossy but I like it. While you're in there give the leather on seats and door panels a good cleaning with leather cleaner and then condition once you've removed much of that dirt. If it's a really hot day, put a dish of water inside and the heat after a few hours coming through the windows will "steam" the interior just enough to make the dirt and grime come up easier or use an actual steamer if you have one, keeping it away from controls, gauges, etc. If you go this route, use damp washcloth first, then leather cleaner, then use conditioner.
The Coupe Group (W111/112 coupes and cabs)official website
The Coupe Group on Facebook
"Too many people are working at jobs they hate, to buy things they don't particularly want, to impress people they don't even care about." --Dr. Deepak Chopra
Last edited by DirectLA; 07-22-2012 at 11:47 AM.