Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3
|Restoration Log by Dan Mooney
The following sequence of photographs show the trial fitting of the engine and 5 speed transmission conversion. Jake fabricated and welded sturdy plates either side of the transmission tunnel, with a heavy duty chrome-moly bar to support the weight of the transmission. This week we will begin the process of fabricating a set of custom headers and custom exhaust for the car.
All of the sheet metal repairs and panel replacement have now been completed.
Lots of progress with the big Mercedes in the Team CJ Coachworks.
|New upper side panels required for both
sides of the engine bay
|Front shock support welded in place
|Preparing to weld the new panels in place
|Captive nuts welded/bonded to inner wings
||Trial fitting the front panel and both front
|Trial fitting the radiator
||Trial fitting the grille
Back from being blasted back to bare metal. The news isn't too bad, but a few additional panels will need to be sourced or fabricated.
The following sequence of photographs show some good progress in the CJ Coachworks this week. We also received the interior wood back from Madera Concepts who did a beautiful job refinishing the macassar ebony veneers.
Time to get the sheet metal repairs underway.
I am pleased to report that we now have this exciting project underway. With the engine and drive train removed, lots of corrosion and some very shoddy previous repairs are on display.
|The silver car in the background will be the
of several parts
|First job is to remove the engine and front
|6.3L V8 is crammed into the engine compartment
|With the axle removed, the first signs of
rust are exposed
|Engine and front subframe removed
as one unit
|Engine and front suspension weigh about the
as the orange car in the neighboring bay!
|Engine bay stripped, will be refinished
|A custom wiring harness will be made from
||In the restoration business 25 years and I
seen duct tape panel repairs before!
|More duct tape hole patching
|A lot of bondo beneath lower RH quarter panel
||Bondo was hiding these huge rust holes
|Original seat upholstery is in fantastic
|Scraping away multiple layers of undercoating
||Interior wood being removed for refinishing