Date registered: Apr 2014
Location: Los Angeles,Delray Beach,Seattle & Taipei
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If we get in trouble for being off topic, my apologies. But for guys like us this information is invaluable. in 2001 price was 5000 DM so I paid about $5300.00 for the two kits with VAT included, I did not bother with trying to get a refund. That was before the EURO began its rise to where it sits today.
Reinforcement was over the top but I followed completely as my wife drove the car a lot and I wanted to make sure it was safe.
TUV approval for such a conversion is difficult, so the reinforcement is over the top and overkill IMO.
The second car I did I used about half of the reinforcement and felt just as safe.
If you can used a grinder and mig welder it is difficult work but not impossible. Took me 3 months start to finish including a minor restoration and full paint. I'm an exception Mercedes Technician, but below average welder.
I have detailed start to finish pictures of the conversion, plus a detailed step by step color catalog the Baehr gave to me, They are at my house in Washington State but I live in Florida right now. If you are serious about doing the conversion next time I'm in Washington ill dig it all out of my basement and scan and email you a copy of everything I have.
For my next 250C/280C cab I will not use a kit, I will fabricate myself, as I have built 3 other Mercedes Cabriolets since and fabricated everything myself.
Baehr kit had 2x4 box beams in the rockers and tied the frame together left to right it was extensive.
After Baehr, I went crazy with my grinder and cut the roof off every Mercedes I had at the time 1976 6.9 1967 300seb of course the two w114's and another w123 sedan.
My current 250c is just a super car baiter..so im looking. by next summer expect to be done ....I really like the removable hardtop but that is far from practical for South Florida or Washington State considering between the two places it raining about 9 months per year....