My 560SEC restoration

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My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Thu 05 Apr, 2018 1:45 pm

Hi Everyone,

I just thought I'd start this thread about the restoration of my 1986 560SEC. It is a UK delivered car imported into Australia in 1999. My Uncle was the only Australian owner of the car until I aquired it in 2012. I knew the car well and it's always been mechanically maintained but on closer inspection once the car arrived from interstate I was disheartened by the amount of rust I found in the car. I parked it in my shed and didn't look at it again until 2017. Since then the car has had some major body work done, transmission completely rebuilt and is on its way to a full restoration.

Below are some photos of the progress so far. I wanted to start this thread to not only document the progress of the car, but to encourage other Mercedes enthusiasts out there to never think hope is lost. I took the car to many people and businesses to get a rough idea of where to start and the general consensus was to scrap the car. I was told that this model was made in high volume and would never be worth much into the future. Anyway enough of that. I dont care what the future value of the vehicle may be, this is all about me getting to drive and own the car I admired growing up as a child.

I'll upload some more photos in this thread once I master the uploading process. It seems to want to rotate the pictures 180 degrees.
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Thu 05 Apr, 2018 1:50 pm

The initial inspection
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Thu 05 Apr, 2018 1:56 pm

Left hand boot sill
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Thu 05 Apr, 2018 1:57 pm

Jacking Points
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Thu 05 Apr, 2018 1:59 pm

Doors particularly on the passengers side rusted through
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Fri 06 Apr, 2018 12:14 pm

Most of the rust was isolated to underbody, sills, jacking points, boot and parcel shelf
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by John Green » Fri 06 Apr, 2018 2:02 pm

13 years of UK roads when driven in the winter will do that. Is this the car that is at Ray's place?
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Fri 06 Apr, 2018 6:14 pm

Hi John, yes the car is down with Ray in Ballina. Bodywork is all done except for inspecting of the sunroof but we will do that just before painting. The less times we touch that area of the car the better. Im quietly confident it won't be too bad. The parcel shelf condition surprised us all with how minimal the rust around that area was. Next step is to move the car to Brisbane to get some mechanical things done, then back to Rays to drop the engine, strip paint and prepare to go back to its original colour tone!

Thanks for the doors too. That has saved an enormous amount of time and money!
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Sat 07 Apr, 2018 8:28 am

This is the after the new piece of metal was tacked in ready to weld
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Mon 09 Apr, 2018 12:49 pm

Very true what they say. "These cars rust from the inside out"
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Tue 10 Apr, 2018 8:27 am

Fabricated part
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Tue 10 Apr, 2018 8:30 am

Job done. The whole car will be resprayed back to its original colour later in the year.
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Thu 12 Apr, 2018 7:46 am

Removed the rear window to treat the usual rust prone areas of the C126. Not as bad as originally though. Mobile sandblaster was used to treat under the parcel shelf.
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Thu 12 Apr, 2018 7:50 am

Parcel shelf surface rust removed and treated with rust preventative paint.
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Re: My 560SEC restoration

Post by SW4 » Thu 12 Apr, 2018 7:55 am

Rear window sill repair.
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