Date registered: Oct 2018
Vehicle: 1981 280E "Rusty"
Location: Orbiting over Bellingham, WA.
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Wednesday's Update, sort of:
Well, folks, I am still here, and it is almost time to start welding. Things are about to get better financially, I am about to have some time for Rusty (hopefully), and I admit have run out of excuses. We do still need to get ourselves a welder, and that is the purpose of this "update". Oh, and to give a vague idea that I have actually been working on the car.
I spent yesterday and today peeling back seals and pulling off more trim looking for rust and leaks. I found a bad leak around the base of the windshield gasket (not seated correctly), but surprisingly, there was no sign of rust there. I pulled the rear lights out to check the lip and sealing surface for rust (moderate rust near the bottom of the signal orifice), and temporarily treated the rust that was already there with one of those lazy "rust converters".
On to more important things. What I wanted to ask here was about welders, or more specifically, welder options. I'd like to go with sanity here, so what is a proven welder one of you people has used successfully on a Mercedes that is under $300 and is relatively easy to use? I am leaning toward a basic MIG welder, but that would probably mean something from Harbor Freight. What do you people think?
Additionally, from the last picture, does my jackstand setup look safe enough (for you, Nutz)? I placed two large concrete pavers under them, and stuck some fairly good quality compressible wood between the 'stand and the rail. The car does NOT shift, shake, or move in any way.
Here are my update pictures, somewhat ordered: