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Hello everyone!

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

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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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 :grin
 

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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 :grin
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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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.
Checked around for some cars on mobile.de, they all seem to have the lower part in the same colour as the interior. Can you please send a pic how your dash looks like?
 

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Checked around for some cars on mobile.de, they all seem to have the lower part in the same colour as the interior. Can you please send a pic how your dash looks like?


Yeah. I just snapped a pic of my 1986 300se (didn’t exist in US) euro car.



I’m not sure why anyone would think that there are any “US only” features/options to any MB. The US simply got a limited set of predefined options in most cases. Some might say they were “loaded” to simplify the variations on the exports that had to get on a boat.


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Ah so that dash may have been in some parts of Europe too then. Interesting. Maybe it's just an LHD thing.

Fonzi - spec rather than options. All the ones you already know such as bumpers, lights, the coin tray too is something I've only seen in US. But now I'm wondering.
 

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Here's a small update:

Received some new parts for the ol' merc. Found the motor for the seat belt presenter from a UK car that was beyond saving, have to say, those things are quite expensive. I'm not going to fit it in yet, i'll do it once i get to the interior restoration. And i also don't think it's going to be as easy as just popping it in and it will work, will have to check all the fuses aswell, because the passenger side one is fitted in and doesn't come out.

New triangle, because the old one was already rusty and of no use.

New front speaker covers, the old ones were cracked. (it's interesting how the speaker covers were cracked, but the dash still looks like brand new)

New speedo, the old one had the needle deformed, i have absolutely no clue how that happened. Oh, and the old speedo also wasn't working, so i had to guess the speed.

And the most expensive part of today, the chrome boot trim. The old one was in horrible shape, no way could it be restored.

I also ordered a new electric antenna, the original becker radio (i'll try to keep the car as stock as possible) and new climate control wheels (it's as if a lady with long finger nails was scratching the current ones on purpose).

Current total cash spent on parts is somewhere around 1300$~

That's it for now. Tomorrow i'll have to meet the welder to get more information on how we're gonna fix all the rust.
 

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Follow up:

The welder came to check the car today. To his surprise, the car was in almost excellent condition. The drivers side rear arch was bad and the jacking points needed some welding, every other spot was fine.

Unfortunately, he will only be able to start the job in mid august, that's almost a month away.

Total cost of repair will be 350$.
 

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Follow up:

The welder came to check the car today. To his surprise, the car was in almost excellent condition. The drivers side rear arch was bad and the jacking points needed some welding, every other spot was fine.

You should remove all the wheel arches -or whatever they're called- as they are not standard and hide rust. Also, those wheels have got to go, a nice set of Aeros, BBS, or Lorinsers would be period correct and improve the look/stance tremendously.

Welcome aboard mans draugs.

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Also, on my 560sel, had rust spot hiding under the plastic side panels. Fortunately on mine it wasn’t far advanced. But may be worth popping off those pieces to inspect...pics of my rust is somewhere in my thread I posted a link to
 

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The welder will pop off all the plastic panels off as he begins his work on the car. If there's anything under there, it can't be too bad. Thanks for the heads up though.
 
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