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Old 08/17/2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Repaint under way...

Decided it was time to spruce up the GT/CS. Shop had a window or opportunity, and the EXP is on hold for various reasons...

Stripping begin, about 5 hours of work and
  • all badges and exterior trim
  • hood locks
  • rear panel and valence
  • rear seat and rear interior panels
  • trunk area bits
  • vinyl top
  • headliners
  • windows
  • side scoops

Removed...

Overall the car is in good shape. So far no surprises and the rust under the vinyl roof was far less significant than I expected (see other post in restoration ref sections)

Plan is to strip horizontal surfaces, scuff back the rest. Pull engine and repaint bay/repaint engine, some new minor wiring under hood (oil feed, hood turn signals), new motor mounts, and completely redone brakes (master cylinder to drums). Some new suspension rubber, but nothing else under the car.

Hopping 8-12 weeks... we'll see...







One odd area near the rear window, hard to tell but almost looks like some factory error in the metal... very odd, need to dig a bit further and see what happens in stripping the paint and prepping the rear glass channel... a big "flange" of metal away from the base, but with pint over it and as the second paint job was a quick and nasty and overspray is on most trim edges not sure if this is factory or some form of "repair"....

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Old 08/21/2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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Looking good! You will probably beat me done. In your last photo, I think that's the lead seam from the qtr C pillar joint that is separating.

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Old 08/21/2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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Yep, some funky lead that will be removed and replaced.
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Old 08/26/2013, 05:20 PM   #4
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You actually found a body guy that can do lead? I thought they all died off!

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Old 08/26/2013, 11:03 PM   #5
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My body guy built half of this out of sheet metal... amazing skills.... most of the chrome trim parts were hand made from brass base stock.

http://sleepingbeauties.com.au/1934mercedes.html

And then they won a trophy at Pebble Beach with it...
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Old 08/27/2013, 05:28 AM   #6
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Well, a few more hours today and a few over the weekend and the car is almost completely stripped. All that is left is to remove the guts from one door, pull the engine/trans (no access for the lift at the shop, all loose and ready to come out), and remove the brake lines.

Still needs to roll so the rear axle and leafs will come out to be cleaned, painted, and put back in later. Same with the front suspension, and will do the Shelby drop then.

In the "exploration" I am really pleased with the car. The underside will clean up great, no repaint, and on the interior found this...



Completely intact, no cracks, dry inside, no rust...

And this too, which is a score for me, never found one in such good shape.





Usually I drill out all the rivets, and redo the whole thing... this one is getting a mild clean-up, no dye, no paint other than on the removable inner metal bits, new brass core, and going back in.

The steering column retainer was held in by two bright zinc screws, and 4 shiny copper washer ones as well... the firewall pad looks new.... did not have the camera at the shop. Amazingly well preserved.

One odd item, the black retainers for the resistor. I have always seen the white nylon push-pins/split rivets... these are quite different, anyone else have them?

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Old 08/27/2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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And some pics of the driveshaft. Cleaning only with wax and grease remover and a scotch-brite....





Any suggestions on a finish to keep it looking OK as long as possible? Rust converter, wax? Not keen on clear coat as it will encapsulate rust.
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Old 08/27/2013, 09:23 PM   #8
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Looking good. I sand my driveshafts with 220 then progressively finer sandpaper untill the DS looks new. Then I mix paint and brush the correct color stripes back on. I've used clear in the past and with the sanding there's no rust and it works great. I'm thinking on the 65 coupe I'm restoring now trying RPM ( Rust Prevention Magic) I get from NPD then apply the stripes. Not sure what will work effectively without cleaning off the rust unless just paint with Por-15 type, cast blast paint or maybe Bioshield T-9. gary
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Old 08/27/2013, 10:00 PM   #9
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Thanks, but I am not stripping back to bare, want to leave the existing factory paint so will not clean up much more than shown in the areas already done... looking to preserve as much as I can, not replicate...
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Old 08/29/2013, 04:55 AM   #10
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Engine and C4 out today... both VIN stamped. Guys at the shop concur that it looks like its never been out of the car...
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Old 09/03/2013, 06:56 PM   #11
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A few codes and dates from the engine. Look reasonable, but he Jan manifold and lack of a date on the water pump (maybe a repro, not sure yet) are looking like maybe a rebuild and some add-ons.

Block C8AE-6015-B 8C5 5-Apr-68
RH Head 8C7 7-Apr-68
LH Head 8C6 6-Apr-68
RH Exh Manifold C6OE-9430-F 8B23 23-Feb-68
LH Exh Manifold C6OE-9431-F 8A25 25-Jan-68
Intake manifold 8B29 29-Feb-68
Water pump - -
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Old 09/07/2013, 01:29 PM   #12
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Continued prep before paint, a good few hours yesterday removing some spray on goo the PO added to the trunk. I guess the plus is it may have helped keep rust away...

Before







After







Next, strip engine bay and finish removing old vinyl roof glue...
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Old 09/07/2013, 01:35 PM   #13
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Good thing its just a "minor repaint"!



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Old 09/07/2013, 02:18 PM   #14
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Kind of ironic that you are doing this the same month that your car is the calendar star.

Nice work by the way!!

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Old 09/07/2013, 03:42 PM   #15
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Well... as a faded driver not really a "star", and an odd coincidence of timing.

In disassembling have been VERY pleased with the condition of the car... very little rust and other than a LH front bingle and repro front bumper/arms and service fender/bucket looking pretty unmolested.

Anyone know what a chalk "X" on the front part of the RH outer apron would indicate?
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