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Old 19th January 2011, 16:44   #121
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Here is another pic of a 1959 180D with a webasto top.
Wow this is the next best thing to a convertible! not a bad investment I would say. Is it true there were other sliding roofs available for the ponton?

Oh and I forgot! You have well deserved five stars for the thread. Congratulations my friend!

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Wow this is the next best thing to a convertible! not a bad investment I would say. Is it true there were other sliding roofs available for the ponton?

Oh and I forgot! You have well deserved five stars for the thread. Congratulations my friend!
Thank you very much Amol, for the complements on the stars. Yes, other types of sunroofs were available as extra paid options but they were even rarer than the webasto kit. One could get the steel sunroof, also made by Webasto, though this was usually found on 220S Coupes, not so much the saloons.

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Thank you very much Amol, for the complements on the stars. Yes, other types of sunroofs were available as extra paid options but they were even rarer than the webasto kit. One could get the steel sunroof, also made by Webasto, though this was usually found on 220S Coupes, not so much the saloons.

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You will have to take great care not to compromise the structural rigidity of the car when you slice thru the roof
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You will have to take great care not to compromise the structural rigidity of the car when you slice thru the roof
Hi Wasif,

Yes this was the first thing that I had taken into consideration and asked Bumpu if he was ok with it, to which he said that there will be no problem. Ponton roofs had sufficient bracing on all 4 sides, and were in fact made keeping in mind that later Webasto Tops could be put in. Have a look at the attached pics, they are of an IPOG member who has gone one step further and removed even the rear glass. Also a pic from my manual, showing the Webasto parts.

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The more i see the more i learn. The more i want to comeback to this Tread..

This tread is seriously informative for people you are true Petrol Heads and who would love to keep these ageless Beauties on road all time.

I am now eagerly waiting to see your Beauty ready and on the road.
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WOW they have a lot of added reinforcment alongwith that kit. I am sure you will be OK with it and your car is in very capable hands to start off with.

Looking forward to seeing how it looks finished.
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Hi Prithvi, what happened to the fitted luggage project that you were going to try out in Kolkata for the Ponton. I dont mind having a set made for my car as well!
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Hi Prithvi, what happened to the fitted luggage project that you were going to try out in Kolkata for the Ponton. I dont mind having a set made for my car as well!
Very interesting.

out of curiosity, Amol how will you fit this with your dual spare wheels?

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Well, actually will get a set of fitted luggage for my car, along with replicas of the Karl Baisch etc. tags. Actually, KPS has a very valid point Amol, how are you going to fit in the standard size luggage bags into your car with 2 spares? I think we may have to make "one of" custom sizes for you

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Hello,


New water pump housing and radiator to engine head cooling pipes (Aluminium) have just arrived from Bangalore. Will be getting the remaining suspension rubber parts in a few days, 18 of them after which the car will again be turned on it's side for painting the under carriage. Then the suspension will be re-assembled and the engine fine tuning will start. Along side that, the upper body panels like fenders, doors etc. will be re-fitted to get the panel gaps right and then final panel tinkering.

Have also picked up a Bosch Blue Coil, Hirschmann Motorized Antenna, new Km/hr speedo, a pair of new headlight reflectors, tail lamp housing and reflector. Now I need a pair of license plate reflectors. Closer to time I will be ordering the triangular blinkers and door sill rubber mats, as well as original German square weave carpets. I am also ordering a Bosch glass fog-light lens, to replace one of mine which is Hella.

Have finally decided the colour for the car, black lower body (Schwarz) with a Mercedes Blue upper body and roof, using the original paint supplier Glasurit. These colours are original, and should look nice. Have to paint in a heat chamber, finished of with some coats of clear coat paint.

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Here are pics of the new cooling parts for the 180a.

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Hi all,

Here are 3 colour choices that I've zeroed in on for my car, with a lot of help from Photo-shop. Feel, free to let me know which of the 3 would look best on the car.

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A couple of more experiments, silver blue and black and blue.
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Maroon and Black looks awesome

Why dont you try with White body and Black top. It will add a different dimension to the car.
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Maroon and Black looks awesome
^^ First choice, then comes green top and finally the green, maybe a stlightly darker shade of all these.
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