1969 Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3
Driver restoration
Restoration Log by Dan Mooney



 

 
Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

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

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Opening report - July 28, 2018
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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