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Post by Datsundrew » Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:15 am

That's two of us then Ronnie! When I went to view the car originally, I thought that looks ok, oh, and the side looks ok too, then got to the front and saw the bonnet! Not only does it look absolutely crap, it gets worse, when it rains the engine gets soaked, and, the bonnet itself fills with water so when you open it it drains the entire contents into the accelerator cable hole! I have another bonnet as I'm not sure I can make this any better? Any ideas?



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Post by ronnie » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:09 am

Let all that heat out.
Just some grp work to fill in the sides as you still use the bonnet flap.
Worth a try with your old bonnet.
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Post by BusaPhill » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:54 am

Great work and keeping us informed.

Love the bonnet.


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Post by Datsundrew » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:55 pm

That's a brilliant idea! I really like that, and a nice mesh fitted at the back would look great too, and it'd hide the holes where the previous owners garage replaced the wiper wheel boxes from the top. Not sure my glassing is up to speed yet, but ll give it a go!



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Post by ronnie » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:09 pm

Pull the old wiper system out and fit a modern unit.
It'll look better, park better and work better.
Do the lot before the spray gun...............
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Post by Datsundrew » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:28 pm

What modern system have folk used? The dash is out, the paint is crap and I have holes in the bonnet.....so now the time!



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Post by Datsundrew » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:08 pm

Well 3 weeks since I last did anything, Mercedes is up for sale so I need to get on with it so we have a back up car in case the daily breaks! So a big shuffle about and got the scim in the garage and over the pit, a few mods and holes drilled to fit the fuel tank and after a lot of messing about got it bolted up, the fuel lines connected, and the filler hose replaced as it had completely perished and cracked. No wonder it stank of fuel before with this and the tank neck rusted through. The tow bar stays in and the tow bar bolted on, progress indeed. This job I've been putting off for months now so I'm glad it's all in. Tomorrow should see the rear bumper put back on too.
I put some diesel in the tank, primed it through and drove it out the garage on its very own tank, no more fuel can in the footwell :D



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Post by Datsundrew » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:10 pm

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Post by Datsundrew » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:36 pm

So, today I finally got the heater plenum made up and in place. This has just been a total nightmare to try to get right, and a trial fit yesterday Mede me realise that the radio would hit it, so out it came and a slot cut out of it. It's now in, the dash top fitted and looking ok. I did have to take the dash off again though as I'd left the screen heater wires taped to the screen....doh!
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Post by Datsundrew » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:42 pm

Having got the heater sorted, I went on to fit the rear bumper. I though removing it was difficult, but trying to put it back on my own- nightmare! The bolts at the ends are impossible with one, so I came up with a plan.....weld the bolts onto a retaining bar and then hold it in place with a zip tie!
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Post by superleggo » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:47 pm

Great project keep the pictures coming.

I am enjoying this build. Great work



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Post by Datsundrew » Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:49 pm

That moment you wished you'd marked up all the wires befor removing the dash!
What I did discover is that 2 switches are swappable, I can't remember the other, but if you mix them bothheater fans run on half speed. It took me ages to figure out, then there was the issue with no indicators and hazards which turned out the be the hazard switch not working, and then the lights wouldn't work on dipped, then worked, then not. This also turned out to be the switch! My conclusion? Well, having looked at the switches carefully i think that they were jointly made by Walt Disney and toy town productions. They really are the worst quality ever. I've coaxed them to work (with a jiggle) but I don't think I'll be putting up with them for long.
On a plus side, the new chassis and earths have resulted in everything brighter and faster. The wipers now work on both speeds , the rear wiper works ( didn't before) and all the lights are working and bright!



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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:27 pm

Probably the weakest area of the switches is that the holes left for the panel lights allow dirt to fall in, and they eventually clog up with gunk inside. On the bright side, they are quite easy to take apart and clean, and they all work on very similar principles (hence why some will swap around), so it's not too difficult to repair them. (see window switch overhaul


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Post by Datsundrew » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:12 pm

Thanks, and yes you're right, there was a lot of crap inside them! I blasted them with contact cleaner for now, but I am not convinced that they won't fail sometime, especially the light switch which although I run relays now, it still struggles and needs a jiggle.



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Post by scimjim » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:25 pm

Fit new ones? They lasted 40 years :-)


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