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Well, the moment I've been longing for these past few years has finally arrived and my queen (nervously looking behind my back if SWMBO isn't watching ;-)) is off to a no holds barred, all-paint-must-go, back to bare metal full body respray! And in what style - supported by her younger sibling, an indestructible 1981 W123 200D. I'll be posting as pics and lessons learnt as we go - so if you're interested stay tuned for updates!

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Got the windows up!?

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I can't believe a 200d is towing that. Is it just the Shell? No drivetrain or interior?

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Hehe, I sure did Jason, thanks! I needed to drop the glass in order to remove the chrome trip at the top of each door, I forgot to do it earlier.

It's not a shell, everything's in it except for the interior and whatevers removed from the body. The 200d did a mighty job, the only difference being that it probably took 30 secs for 0-60 instead of 15 馃槄
 

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Looking forward to your updates, and seeing the new paint. Great pics of your 200D pulling your 107. It's pretty amazing. I shouldn't be surprised though. It is a Benz, after all.
 

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Hehe, I sure did Jason, thanks! I needed to drop the glass in order to remove the chrome trip at the top of each door, I forgot to do it earlier.

It's not a shell, everything's in it except for the interior and whatevers removed from the body. The 200d did a mighty job, the only difference being that it probably took 30 secs for 0-60 instead of 15
Wow. MY 300SD isn't happy about hills in 4th gear with far less weight. But I guess the gearing is way different. I've got a 2.77. it does pull fine around town though.

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Good luck Miko. Make sure you seal off the dash area- dust gets into everything after stripping. I did mine about 15 yrs ago and quite a lot of dust ended up under the dash. Easy to seal off with plastic.:)
 

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Thank you gents - I appreciate the tips and advice.

Just to clarify, the 200D isn't mine (unfortunately I might add) - it belongs to my buddy who's a mechanic and looking after my babies. We're both in favour business and I try to keep him happy with beer and parts for his old lady :D
 

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This makes me miss my 240D - worst mistake I ever made in selling it. I enjoy my C280, but the 240D was something special and unique. Mine had a manual 4 speed, which made it a joy to drive. The W123's were unbeatable.
 

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The work started - evidence the car was fully resprayed once and some elements twice.
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Next door neighbor is a German import, we have a lot of conversations about MB's.

He said his first car was a 200D (I think I'm getting this right). It was tan colored and he and his buddies nicknamed it "the Dune". Not for the color, for the speed it moved. That was funny for awhile...until he named my 1997 S-10 with it's amazing 4-cylinder, "the Glacier". We have fun talking about both.

I am considering a respray on her 280SL. Where can I find info on how to remove all the trim?
 

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I am amused by the Mercedes-Benz diesel crowd. They are proud of those bullet proof drivelines and favor the tortoise over the hare in real life. I love to see them smiling in the slow lane on the freeway.
 

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Be prepared for some surprises when the paint comes off. Our SL had obviously been side swiped at some point.
The passenger side fender and door had been replaced with used parts (different color paint) and the quarter panel had been stripped for paint.jpg "repaired" by filling the dent with Bondo. Previous owner bragged that only Benz dealers had ever touched the car.
 

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We also had one of those multi layer (12) paint jobs. I think the paint was thicker than the sheet metal. layers of paint.jpg
 

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Thanks @107merc - lucky for me, I'm happy to report she's straight like an arrow! Bar some rusty spots that we'll fix, but overall great nick for a 41 year old car living in wet climate.... Just look what they did to my old lady :D
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Wow! they didn't miss anything.What colour will they prime with? The usual duck poo grey I suppose? Or maybe duck poo is green in Ireland! :devilish:
 

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Still a lot of work before primer, the paints removed 80% but the tricky part now is to remove the remaining 20% from all the other surfaces, crevices etc. The whole bodys done with 40 grit sandpaper, next steps are rinse and repeat with 80, 120 and 240.
 
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