MERCEDES W123 ESTATE

PROJECTS ARCHIVE

MERCEDES W123 ESTATE.

The workshop saw the arrival of a Mercedes W123 estate for a partial restoration and respray.

After being in storage in the workshop we now start work on this Mercedes. The first part of the job sees us take care of the structural welding issues under the car. The front wings are refitted and we take care of the rotten areas at the bottom of the wings, cutting out and inserting new metal and attending to any dents.

We strip the car of any trim to enable us to take care of any other areas in need of repair the idea is to try to keep repairs quite local. We attend to 2 doors by replacing the lower sections of the door skins, and fabricating and fitting sections for the frames and inner door bottoms.

The rear quarter window is removed to cut out and replace an area of rust. We next move on to door three which also requires a new bottom section fabricating. The near side of the car has the panel gaps checked and filler work completed. In the end all 4 doors get attention on the bottoms for rust, we move to the rear tailgate area and some areas are cut out and replaced.

We take the bonnet back to bare metal. We remove the wings after trial fitting and treat the inside of the outer arch and the outside of the inner arch with stone-chip. The front screen is removed for access for a repair around the screen area. Repair work completed we start to approach the priming stage.

It has now been decided to freshen up the engine with body colour, as we are preparing by stripping ancillaries a hidden are of rot is found hiding behind the coil mounting area so this is cut out and replaced with new metal. The bay is then prepped and masked ready for painting. The shell is primed and the engine bay sprayed in body colour. The car then returns to the booth to have the door shuts painted.

We then start to dry sand the primer coat ready for the car to return to the booth again for its top coat. It has now been decided by the customer that we will now paint the whole car and so the headlining is dropped and the roof rails are removed and the roof prepped. The car returns to the booth for its top coat. The bonnet is next painted inside and out and the wheel trims given a freshen up.

It has been decided while the trims are off to give the wheels themselves a freshen up with a satin black. New shock absorbers are fitted on the rear and we also fit a new driveshaft to the off side.

The rear callipers had seen better days and their seals were very worn, rather than buying new seal kits a few calls to suppliers came up trumps with two new items being sourced at a cost not much more than a seal kit and a saving on labour to refurbish the old units. Once fitted the brakes were bled but now the callipers working correctly produced much more pressure and blew a corroded brake pipe a tell tale leak appearing on the frame.

Using the old pipe as a pattern a new length of pipe was made and fitted to the car. A new radiator is fitted and the old oil cooler is sent off to be re-manufactured as these are no longer available. While the oil cooler is away we start the refit of the car with its lights, bumpers and mouldings. A check of the electrics and lights is also completed. As we continue the build up we fit the bonnet along with a new grille.

The next stage is to ensure that the vacuum system is working for the central locking, checking for any leaks as we go. We trace each pipe to check and find 3 leaks at various points around the car split sections are removed and joined with new vacuum pipe and we find that the door actuators have also failed due to splits in the rubber boots.These items were all replaced.

The vacuum system repaired it is now tested. Due to leaks the steering box is sent to be reconditioned and refitted along with a new track rod end. Tracking is checked. The underside is given a coat of under-body wax.

A final valet and MOT (advisory free) and the car is ready for collection