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A FULL restoration of euro spec 1982 Mercedes 500SEC

Hello everyone!

This is my first message on these forums and what better way to start it than with a full car restoration thread!

I haven't seen many of SEC restoration threads or videos around, so here's one for your enjoyment.

Well then, about the car - It's a 1982 Euro spec Mercedes 500sec. Got it quite recently from one guy, who originally bought it to restore himself but realized that he didn't have the time or money to finish it. He said the car had been garage kept for 10+ years without moving. And it definitely shows, as there are lots of imperfections from it not being driven for so long.

Upon closer inspection, the car seemed to be in overall decent shape. Few rust spots here and there, some dents and faded trim. The underbody is all solid, floor panels haven't rusted through and that's a huge plus in my book.

The leather isn't torn, but it has become dry with age. I think with some shampoos and new leather paint the interior will look as good as new. The seatbelt extenders do not work,
in fact, the drivers side one is missing altogether.

The wood has seen better days, but i do have a guy who can restore it to factory new condition for about 400$.

All window regulators and electric seats work fine, but the sunshine roof doesn't slide back. The motor works, it goes down, but something is preventing it to slide backwards. Will have to drag it to the shop for closer inspection.

Now comes the engine. There seems to be a knock under the valve covers on the passenger side. Also, a few cylinders are misfiring (could be because of ancient plugs and coils). I suppose the knock is due to the old chain that hasn't been replaced for 20+ years. The air filter box is in bent, i have no idea how that happened but i do have a replacement in the boot.

Now then, course of action is as follows: First, ill take care of all the rust issues, i know one guy who is really good with metal work, he will create new arches and fix all the dents of the car. He should come over this sunday to check the car fully over and give an estimate of how much it will cost.

Then i'm gonna send it to the shop to fix the engine and suspension (I really hope it won't be anything crazy, but we will see)

That's it for this short introduction, as i get new parts and or some work done i'll update this thread. :>
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Welcome to ya. Lovely colour car. US spec dashboard I think though?

Good luck with the restore. There's a rust thread in the archives that will show you other out of the way places that can rust.
Those jacking point holes are normal, haha. Easily fixed though.

They are built of strong stuff though, and where there's a will there's a way.

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Oh and check about Leatherique on the archives
Great leather stuff to restore softness and clean.
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Oh, this will definitely be fun.
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Welcome to ya. Lovely colour car. US spec dashboard I think though?

Good luck with the restore. There's a rust thread in the archives that will show you other out of the way places that can rust.
Those jacking point holes are normal, haha. Easily fixed though.

They are built of strong stuff though, and where there's a will there's a way.
Yes, this is one of my favorite colors for the car! I'm completely sure the whole car is EU spec, so i guess both US and EU spec are similiar.

The rust on the jacking points and every other rusted spot on the will be taken care of within a month or so, will have pictures on the whole process.

I will check the archives as per your suggestion, probably will find lots of cool information there. Cheers.
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Yes, this is one of my favorite colors for the car! I'm completely sure the whole car is EU spec, so i guess both US and EU spec are similiar.
I've only seen that dashboard with the lower section coloured to the interior, in US cars. Possibly the previous owner swapped it, or I'm just wrong, haha

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I've only seen that dashboard with the lower section coloured to the interior, in US cars. Possibly the previous owner swapped it, or I'm just wrong, haha
I won't exactly say it's impossible, but highly improbable though. The car is 37 years old now and unfortunately i can't trace back all the records of its previous life. But if i'm honest, i quite like the lower section being the same as the interior colour. Never knew that tiny details like that could differentiate whether the car is US or EU spec. Still have so much to learn about C126's, but i surely wanted one from a very young age.
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Yeah I like it too. In cars other than US, I've only ever seen that section be the same colour as the top part of the dash.

My 420SEC is the same colour comibintion as yours, paint and leather. I like it a lot.

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