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Old 26th January 2009, 09:50   #1
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Here's my 1938 Mercedes Benz 170V after restoration. It was a 'ground up' restoration which almost took me two years. Complete work has been done from body denting, mechanicals, electricals, woodwork, upholstry and cosmetics. The car runs well for its age.
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How come It has West Bengal registration number? Good job on restoration.
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How come It has West Bengal registration number? Good job on restoration.
Thanks, Its from there.
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Wow thats simply awesome!

Please post more pictures, I can look at this car all day long!
When I come to chennai to visit I'm definitely coming by whether you like it or not haha.
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Very Nice to admire.was that odo working?
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Wow thats simply awesome!

Please post more pictures, I can look at this car all day long!
When I come to chennai to visit I'm definitely coming by whether you like it or not haha.
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Very Nice to admire.was that odo working?
Thanks, Atlblkz06 and deepclutch. You are certainly welcome to visit me when you are in Chennai.
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Here's my 1938 Mercedes Benz 170V after restoration. It was a 'ground up' restoration which almost took me two years. Complete work has been done from body denting, mechanicals, electricals, woodwork, upholstry and cosmetics. The car runs well for its age.
Very neat, looks great in this shade. I think the wheelcaps are of a later model. The meters look so crisp, did you get the face plate remade? Im especially happy to see the black number plate.
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Absolutely wonderful Dussey. It is a treat to watch the beauty, now the next time i am in your city i have to see her in person. Great job done
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Lovely work Dussey. Very neat job if i may say so. The crimped map pockets in the doors and the crisp new like meters. I remember getting a set of meters for a buick 47 restored by a guy who worked on clocks. What a job he did.

Nice to see the wool headliner and the working semaphores

If im in Chennai, whenever im inviting myself to see your lovely restored 170V.

Kudos.
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Awesome !!! Congratulations Dussey. She looks terrific. Interesting to see the speedometer go from right to left. Even the right turn signal indicator is very interesting. Please do post more details of the kind of work that shes been through. What all have you done during the restoration? Have you had her for a long time?
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One of the best examples I have seen of the 170 Mercedes from the pre-WWII-fine restoration and the best part is the awesome dash.
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Dussey, could you please post som epics of before restoration and while restoration so we can all see what it was like before. Also shouldnt there be a chrome strip across the ashtray holder?
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Also shouldnt there be a chrome strip across the ashtray holder?
And the ashtray is from a Fiat I see. Neat!
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Very neat, looks great in this shade. I think the wheelcaps are of a later model. The meters look so crisp, did you get the face plate remade? Im especially happy to see the black number plate.
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Absolutely wonderful Dussey. It is a treat to watch the beauty, now the next time i am in your city i have to see her in person. Great job done
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Lovely work Dussey. Very neat job if i may say so. The crimped map pockets in the doors and the crisp new like meters. I remember getting a set of meters for a buick 47 restored by a guy who worked on clocks. What a job he did.

Nice to see the wool headliner and the working semaphores

If im in Chennai, whenever im inviting myself to see your lovely restored 170V.

Kudos.
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Awesome !!! Congratulations Dussey. She looks terrific. Interesting to see the speedometer go from right to left. Even the right turn signal indicator is very interesting. Please do post more details of the kind of work that shes been through. What all have you done during the restoration? Have you had her for a long time?
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One of the best examples I have seen of the 170 Mercedes from the pre-WWII-fine restoration and the best part is the awesome dash.
Thanks so much Karl, Speedy, V-16, Lalvaz & Anjan for your gracious compliments!! It does give a tremendous amount of encouragement for the trouble one takes in the restoration.

Karl, yes the hubcaps belong to a later model. Even this I had to get from UK. Its very difficult to get a prewar 170's hubcap. These came in the postwar 1952, 220. This is the next best, I suppose. The meter faceplate was faded and damaged,hence a new faceplate was replicated.
The wool headliner is a blazer material sourced from Delhi (Dont get a choice of woollens in Chennai, due to the hot climate).

Lalvaz, I have been having this car for close to ten years now. It was no where near what it looks like today. I had taken up the restoration much later since I was in the process of restoring my '46 Citroen Avant & '42 Ford GPW Jeep and '43 BantamTrailer. (Pics in "My Garage").

Most difficult part of the restoration was the woodwork in the window sills. The top portion has to be done with bentwood, I must have wasted atleast 4 sets before I got it right as the wood had to be bent, and this was done by a period furniture restorer. So was the steering wheel, although the four spokes were intact the metal circular wheel did not have any covering, perhaps it had disintegrated over the years. The wheel was rebuilt with wood and polished. I had tried to get the original wheel from abroad, but it was not available, only the postwar 170V/S of 1952's three spoke streering was available in California,but even that was sold out by the time I approached the seller. Whew ! what a task, but the end result is well worth the trouble.
The upholstry was also done by an oldtimer, who had worked on vintage vehicles,and one had to put up with his temprement and slow work.
Anyway, alls well that ends well !!
Speedy, I really appreciate your compliment as you are also an owner of a 170V.
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Karl, yes the hubcaps belong to a later model. Even this I had to get from UK. Its very difficult to get a prewar 170's hubcap. These came in the postwar 1952, 220. This is the next best, I suppose.
Someone had manufactured these for a 170 in Bombay, let me ask him to contact you if more can be made.
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