1969 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3
Restoration Log by Dan Mooney


Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

Total restoration with significant performance and reliability upgrades, including an extremely high performance M-100 engine build.

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Update report - April 10, 2019
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 source
of several parts
First job is to remove the engine and front and
rear suspension

6.3L V8 is crammed into the engine compartment

With the axle removed, the first signs of significant
rust are exposed

Engine and front subframe removed
as one unit
Engine and front suspension weigh about the same
as the orange car in the neighboring bay!

Engine bay stripped, will be refinished

A custom wiring harness will be made from scratch
In the restoration business 25 years and I have never
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 condition

Scraping away multiple layers of undercoating
Interior wood being removed for refinishing

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