Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year to All,
As this is my first post, please let me know if I have followed the guidelines.
Roughly three months ago I practically stole this 1960 180B. It is as solid as solid can be. The floors, frame, panels, you name it; it's original German steel. The only problem was that it was stored in one of those cheap pre-fabricated sheds and the upstate NY snow collapsed the roof, BADLY. In the past two months I have well over a hundred to a hundred and fifty hours in her. Not just the roof, but the cleaning, engine (bad #3 exhaust valve-no biggie.)
This car has become an obsession. My father and I own a building where in the front is his Mercedes repair facility and in the back addition I design and manufacture designer industrial furniture and lighting. I've been a metal sculptor for 20 years so the transformation to bodyman was interesting. I've become addicted to on-line videos about Mercedes repair and maintenance and am pretty proud of myself. I just have one more upper rear door sill to straighten and then align about 18" of the railing that supports the perimeter of the roof by the door. All the gaps are good and the rear window fits nicely. I'm quite proud of that since when it was hit the glass POPPED OUT and a 7" deep crease appeared. I'd say there's another 10 hours of metal work and grinding before I begin the mud work. Ideally, there'd be no plastic at all, but that's just not possible. This roof looked like the Pacific ocean. It even pushed the rear drivers side door out 3"-5" at the window frame.
MY MAIN PROBLEM IS THE WINDSHIELD. Mercedes wants over $1,000 for it and the best price on EBay is $500. REALLY? The seal alone is $125! I know it's not a Neon or a Cavalier, but 1K? If anyone out there has a windshield they want to sell for a moderate price or trade for something we may have in stock from 40 years of Mercedes, I'd love to talk to you.
Future plans include those neat stainless steel bumpers from the U.K. I already have mine off and I've worked them over to be nice cores. The bumper guards are actually really nice. I'm eventually going to have the custom carpeting put in that you can buy off of EBay (Dynamat the floor first, of course.) I have a great hook up with an upholsterer whose going to do the head liner in color matching perforated vinyl using the original bars. The little chrome tha'ts on it like the handles and mirror will be done in time. AND it's getting a color change. I've seen a dull satin black on some of the early diesels and I'm going to add some purple mica and/or pearl to that. Lots of priming and block sanding to make it right though.
Well, that's my story. I'd love to hear your thoughts, suggestions, death threats.
Thanks for reading and have a terrific day. I have a ton of pictures I'm going to post in the gallery. You wouldn't believe how clean the undercarriage came out with concentrated degreaser and a pressure washer. Just wait till I get my 220 Diesel pressure washer up and running