85 500SEC (Euro), 87 560SEC (now sold)
You mean what remains of the chop shop or what's to the left of it?Crazy story. I looked up the chop shop from street view and can see that its the same shop shown in your picture
What is left?
Whats left of your build, not the chop shop lol. You have the mechanical work to do now?
This paint job looks good.
Did you do all the prep work yourself? If yes, than how long it took?
Engine most definitely did not come out! lol. Engine bay is still grody in terms of detail too. I'm going to leave some of that to my housekeeper who I like to give as much work to as possible. She grew up with her dad driving old MBs so she really likes the project. But the parts she doesn't do are in phase 2.How about the engine bay, was it done as well?
It was about 15k. Well more than the car will ever be worth. Basically all labor. 174 hours. After the chop shop experience I decided just to go with a restoration shop recommended to me by a trusted colleague. The estimate hurt, but it was lower than what other restoration shops wanted. I called around a lot. The thing to keep in mind is that this was a full stripping of the old paint and then re-paint. Normal body shops don't like to do full re-sprays (collision is more lucrative) but I found one that reluctantly said they would do it for about 7k. They didn't inspire great confidence for what I'm shooting for on this project and IME painting over what's already there can work out poorly. If you see the screwed up paint on the hood in the before pictures that's because many years ago I had the hood painted and they went over the old stuff. The black vinyl was my cheap temporary solution to small peeling that started on the side. Racing stripe!Would you mind sharing the cost of the job?
Thanks again. This one is a labor of love. And I'm hoping the minor little things I come across and devise solutions to might be helpful to others who want to keep the cars we love on the road. I've been trying to post things I wasn't able to find info on (though surely many others have found better solutions).I’m so on the fence about the stone chips on the front of my car. Wonder how well could the paint be matched if had that corrected/re-sprayed? Posts like yours encourage me.