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W114 1973 280c rebuild thread

I have several threads started that ask questions about this car and where to find parts, but nothing to follow the course of the rebuild... until now! This thread will be filled with pictures of the car in various states of being, from the day I bought it.
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The day before I bought the car, when I first went to go look at it in October 2014. It ran, but the carb is in rough shape. I drove it 30-40 miles home on the side roads and service roads with an average speed of 20 mph... top speed of 45 mph. Brakes felt good, lights, transmission, radio all worked. The windows and a/c didn't work. I feel good about my $1,100 purchase.
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Pics from the day after I bought the car...
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More details from the beginning of my journey.
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I started some poking and prodding to see what I was getting myself into... I found a bit of rust under three layers of gold paint. I put a bit of red oxide primer over areas I stripped, and then I'll take the car to a body shop when it's fully stripped.
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I'm getting an error when trying to upload more pics... I'll have to add more later.
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More stripping of the three paint layers
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Nice work! Often I wish I had just one to focus on and do a serious restoration like this.

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Nice work! Often I wish I had just one to focus on and do a serious restoration like this.
That can be tough... I have some other projects that could use some attention, and there's only so much time and money to go around!
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Since I'm having trouble loading some of these pics, I'll link them from an external site...





Here's a shot near the end of a work day on the car. I didn't have time to strip the whole section, so I probed to see how deep the bondo was...



The next day, I stripped it down.



Stripping it all the way down, even in the door jams and sills.



More detail shots after stripping, sandblasting, etc...



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