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I saw some cars had black and some had grey plastic covers - and I thought mine were black too until I removed them. It then became clear they were oversprayed, as well as tops of the aluminum frames, as the paint was scraping off and they were grey on the bottom edge and on the inside - just like this example ⚙0788⚙ Mercedes-Benz W107 350SLC Tail Light Right Side 1078201264 | eBay.

Are yours black on the inside as well?

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Interesting, I wonder was there any factor deciding which cars had black or grey covers. Maybe light interior vs dark interior, or maybe it was random. Maybe one day we'll find out the truth 🤔
 

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Maybe it's RHD. Mine are all LHD. One light, one medium, and the rest dark interiors. Just another MB anomaly.
 

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My RHD are black. Maybe it was a Monday car or Murphy was visiting from Ireland :oops:
 

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Interesting, now I am really curious if there was a pattern or was it just randomized. Judging by markings and overall look I'm pretty sure mine are original, unless both were replaced decades ago.
 

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I picked up the wheels today - the finish is amazing, I didn’t think the powder coating mixed with water paint would work out that well. Now, they’re not 100% perfect, more like 99%, as there’s a tiny dent in 3 of them where a weight used to be, but I’ll get over it once I have tyres on - there are 4x new Vredestein Sprint Classic waiting in the garage. (y) 🚗

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It’s been a while since my previous post - and those are the last pics of the DeLorean look-alike as almost the whole body’s been sanded with 240 & she’s getting primed this week. If you look at the pics from a few weeks ago vs current it may seem that not much has changed - but it has, and the devil’s in the detail so incl. a couple of zoom-in pics. The gaps between individual panels are now identical on both sides, tolerance <0.5mm.



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Will you put it on a truck to the painters after priming? Big job nearly done!
 

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Thanks Graeme - yes, there's defo light in the tunnel! To answer your question = no, the car will be painted where she sits right now, following extensive clean up of the area of course. I hear you "that's crazy" and the same alarm bells were (are?) going off in my head - but that's where he works on the cars and just tells me "don't worry". So far I can't fault him, and I am picky, so I'll follow the old proverb "leap, and the net will appear" :D
 

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Just so long as dust is minimal. that's the benefit of spray booths. Maybe hang plastic curtains? Plus vacuum exhaust.
 

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Agree Graeme, the good and bad news is that the ceiling is 7-8m up so building a temp spray booth is tricky. I'll trust the guy, he's been doing this for 30+ years so I'm sure he has a few tricks up his sleeve to get this right. He'd better... :D
 

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This chicken is all dressed up and ready for the oven!

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I also got all the hardware back from yellow zinc plating; this allows me to finish rebuilding the lights, alternator and power steering pump which I hope to see through over the next few evenings. The radiator fan has just been cleaned & original look brought back to life. Since this is magnesium I’ll protect it with either clear lacquer, or spray it silver, or rust inhibitor like ACF 50… To be decided. I included a couple of before & after pics for comparison, not bad at all for 41 year olds! :cool:

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Amazing transformations with the hardware, and fan, miko! The body is so good that it almost looks like you could just clearcoat it, and be done.
 

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Thanks gents. I am going to miss that cool steel look :D At any rate done for tonight, body sprayed with Debeer Washprimer which protects metal from oxidizing and then primed. Still got bonnet, doors and a few other bits & pieces, busy times but there's light in the tunnel!
 

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Earlier this week I finished a light restoration of the steering pump reservoir, which essentially involved cleaning up the tank and painting it with POR-15 enamel - which is simply brushed on self-levelling paint that gives a really nice smooth finish.
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I also decided to refresh the fly wheel, the challenge was that the gloss black spray can was running low and with shops being shut down there was no plan B; I knew the spray pattern wouldn’t be perfect but I was not ready for this hammered finish!

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With not much to loose at this point I applied a few more coats, and once hardened I wet sanded the paint with 500, 1,2k, 2k and 3k paper.

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Next I took out my faithful DA polisher and cut, buffed and polished the paint - this being the end result. Not perfect, but good enough - especially that there’s no clear coat, just POR15.

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The last piece was the easy one, which involved a new filter and refitting the recently replated cup & wing nut; it’s ready to go back, along with new hoses, once the respray is complete which unfortunately will take a few more weeks due to the lockdown in Ireland…



Question, does anyone know if there’s ought to be any decal / label on the pump?
 
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