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Old 10-15-2013, 01:50 AM
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W123 restoration

Here are a few pictures of my 1983 Mercedes w123 230e, affectionately known as Arny, I have owned him for just over a year and am slowly going to bring him back to his former self, rust wise he is in not too bad shape (or am I just kidding myself) with the worst of the rust on the jack points and inner cills from what I have discovered so far, the floor pan seems in good shape and all the doors are solid, I have replaced the hood and boot lid with donor parts and have sourced new bumpers, I am in the process of sourcing new panels to replace the rusted ones which include rear wheel arch panels both sides and inner rear wheel arch panels and new front wings which I think will be pattern parts due to the cost of new ones (ouch!!) I have replaced one with a pattern part and the fit was not too bad with only minor fettling required. Unfortunately I do not have a garage so anything I do is outside, which is going to make welding an interesting experience. This is my first classic car and although I am quite confident with car bodywork, ie dent repair and painting, I have never welded and thought this an ideal opportunity to learn something new. Any links to useful web sites and parts distributors very welcome and welders in the Essex area even more so .
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:57 PM
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The jack points are part of the rocker panel and are structural components. There are threads on this forum about how others have fixed jack point problems.
Just a suggestion, but make sure all the safety items like brakes, steering and suspension are working correctly.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:58 PM
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So long as he's got an English MOT he should be more or less in a safe vehicle.

I can see why the car got called Arny - that plate is probably worth quite a bit if it is transferable.
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:28 PM
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fortunately the only failures at the last mot were the sills (rockers). I will have to do the brakes etc as it has been standing for the mot but the guy who I bought it from drove it to me so I am confident the safety bits are ok but I will obviously make sure. I hadn't thought of transferring the plate, but what would I call him then lol, just bought a pattern wing today and am very surprised at how good the fit is bearing in mind the terrible reviews some pattern wings have received, will take a few photos at the weekend before I fettle with it.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:11 AM
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I'm interested in seeing the pattern wing - who made it?

If you need some tips on German sourced hard brake lines I know of a place that is much cheaper than the dealer.
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Here are a few pictures of my 1983 Mercedes w123 230e, affectionately known as Arny, I have owned him for just over a year and am slowly going to bring him back to his former self, rust wise he is in not too bad shape (or am I just kidding myself) with the worst of the rust on the jack points and inner cills from what I have discovered so far, the floor pan seems in good shape and all the doors are solid, I have replaced the hood and boot lid with donor parts and have sourced new bumpers, I am in the process of sourcing new panels to replace the rusted ones which include rear wheel arch panels both sides and inner rear wheel arch panels and new front wings which I think will be pattern parts due to the cost of new ones (ouch!!) I have replaced one with a pattern part and the fit was not too bad with only minor fettling required. Unfortunately I do not have a garage so anything I do is outside, which is going to make welding an interesting experience. This is my first classic car and although I am quite confident with car bodywork, ie dent repair and painting, I have never welded and thought this an ideal opportunity to learn something new. Any links to useful web sites and parts distributors very welcome and welders in the Essex area even more so .
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/261041-welding-fumes-galvanized-metal-can-kill-you.html

Welding Video threads, auto body
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http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/346251-butt-weld-clamps-make-hard-jobs-easier.html

Unibody & Chassis measurement specifications for Frame rack operations.
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/267186-unibody-chassis-measurement-specifications-frame-rack-operations.html

"Sandblasting and Restoration" Going to bare metal
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/145168-sandblasting-restoration-going-bare-metal.html

Welding Video threads, auto body
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/272893-welding-video-threads-auto-body.html

Beginner welder: What type of steel should I use to repair Floorboards?
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/142064-beginner-welder-what-type-steel-should-i-use-repair-floorboards.html

Technical issues associated with welding floorboards..
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/143078-technical-issues-associated-welding-floorboards.html

#!! I am finally going to learn to Weld.. need recommendation for a used Welder..
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/139241-i-am-finally-going-learn-weld-need-recommendation-used-welder.html

best way to bridge a gapping hole?
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/148070-best-way-bridge-gapping-hole.html

Danger: Painters Lung
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/tools-tricks-supplies/251775-danger-painters-lung.html

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