I'm new here, but a big fan of classic cars, particularly German made
So recently my aunt approached me about restoring her '65 220SE Coupe. It's in pretty good condition, no major dents or rust and most of the pieces are all there (including a becker radio in the dash). The interior needs a lot of work, especially the door panels and wooden dash (I don't know if it ever had the padding). I'm missing a headlight piece, tires are rotting, and some of the seals probably don't hold up any more (which sucks because I know that seal aluminum trim is a hassle to install). There's the nifty original owners manual in the glove box, along with some maintenance records (the most recent is from 2004, if I remember correctly). Looks like the cars spent its life in Los Angeles county.
Car doesn't run, but she says it still turns over so I'm thinking of changing all the fluids, plugs, and battery, and trying to fire her up. I think its been sitting for 6 or 7 yrs now
Before I get ahead of myself, though, I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good online resources for these cars (i.e. history, maintenance manuals, good forum threads, etc.) I've done a little research so far on my own, but anything is appreciated. I'm particularly interested in the maintenance manual (I'm certainly willing to buy one online)
I'm no professional, so I'd also like to find a mechanic for the car in the Los Angeles area, preferably somewhere close to Glendale and Burbank who I can rely on for the bulk of the mechanical work. If you guys have any recommendations, please let me know.
Finally, any tips on where I can get interior parts for this baby (including wooden dash restoration, headliner, door panels, floor mats) would be awesome.
Heres a link to a Photobucket album, filled with some pics of the car: PHOTOS
Again, I appreciate any help whatsoever. Keep in mind I don't want to make this a show winner, necessarily, just a classy cruiser for my aunt. Thank you