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Old 10-02-2008, 07:14 PM
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One of the best memories I have is of my father pulling a 27 Ford Model A out of the woods and chasing the squirrels out of it. A couple of years later, he was driving it in parades and back and forth to work (150 mile round trip) every day. That was in 1964. The car is still running to this day and my brother has it.

Interesting. Must of been a prototype.
The Model A didn't come out until 1928.

Model T ran through 1927, and the Model 18 (V-8), and Model B (I-4) superseded the A in 1932.

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Old 10-03-2008, 03:20 PM
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Cracking project, reminds me of my 6.9 restoration. Keep it up.
If you need some sheet metal parts, let me know. I parted a 450SLC recently.
Your 6.9 shots are part of the inspiration - they helped me take that initial leap. Now that I've done it I kind of feel like I'm playing with Lego's, just bigger.
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:57 PM
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Interested in adding a REAL AMG Front Bumper Spoiler for $250?

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Here are the before pictures: http://s284.photobucket.com/albums/ll4/pwogaman/1980%20Mercedes%20280SL/

All I have to do is replace the rusted frame and body. Seriously though it does need new front fenders, the first of which I just bought off eBay for $125. If I slammed on the brakes with the existing fenders I figure the headlights would come flying out - one of them is held on with 1 screw. Just the same, the prior owner gave me the euro headlights.

It looks as if the rust is pretty much limited to the fenders and quarter panels. Since I have my own mig welder changing that out should not be too difficult. The rest of the body looks sound and straight: no rust in the pans or the structurals. I figure the massive fender rust came from prior owner filling rust holes with fiberglass and bondo - without cutting out or sealing the existing rust.

I got the 280 because it is a Euro, and I figured I start my first MB gaser with a smaller engine that is easier to work on with room in the engine bay, much like my 300SD with the 5 cylinder 617.95. The engine sounds good and strong (and loud with an exhaust leak. The prior owner's records reflect about 150 compression.

While the mileage reads 217K, I know that is off significantly. The car lived its first 50-60K kilometers in Germany as indicated in the service stamp books. It then came to the U.S. and a used replacement speedo-cluster was put in (even has the U.S. O2 sensor light). Looking back through the records the lowest mile mileage I could find is 192K. So, best case the lowest mileage would be about 25K on the replacement speedo and 50-60K kilometers on the original for a total of approximately 75K miles. In any event, it probably is not above 100K.

This will be an extensive restoration. I already took 98 pictures in the as received condition and will post them once I size them down to shop forum limitations. I will also take many as I go.

Picking up the car was a bit of an adventure. Powerpig gave me a ride to get it and drive it home. Unfortunately the alternator was not charging and the battery was totally dead (unlike the one that was in it when I bought it). Piggy and I decided to leave the car and I would come back later with a tow dolly, but before we left a caravan of about 40 exotic cars came racing down this little curvy road: Porsches (loads of them), BMWs, Lotus', Ferraris, a couple of Mercedes, etc . . .

U-haul didn't have any tow dollys, so they gave me a full trailer for the same price. I brought another battery and jumpers and returned to the car. Wouldn't you know it! My other battery was dead too. And because I was in the mini-van for the tow I didn't have tools to take its battery out for the load. Being at least an hour from home I really didn't feel like driving the full trailer back to get more tools or another battery. What I ended up doing, however, was putting the mini-van with the trailer at the bottom of a slight hill and set up the trailer ramps. I nexted pushed the 280 back, about 4 inches at a time, until itl was lined up with the trailer. I then pushed down the hill and up on the trailer. I had one shot and I got it about 90% of the way loaded: the rear wheels were just barely hanging on the ramps. I used the minivan jack to raise the rear wheels and slipped flat fence posts underneath and then leveraging up the rest of the way. What a way to spend an hour!

Once I got home I used another battery, which I knew worked, to get it off the trailer and into the driveway. The damn thing didn't work again! After about two minutes I figured we had the terminal leads mixed up.
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:21 PM
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Interested in adding a REAL AMG Front Bumper Spoiler for $250?
You've been pushing that front spoiler just about 2 years now - wouldn't it be about time to start reconsidering the price?
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Old 11-23-2008, 12:07 PM
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$200?

$200 then?

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You've been pushing that front spoiler just about 2 years now - wouldn't it be about time to start reconsidering the price?
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