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Old 17th October 2017, 13:00   #76
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Default Re: Mercedes W123 240D - Yet another addition to the family

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Welcome to the wonderous world of the W123.

Obviously these cars have a phenomaly good reputation for lasting for ever. In reality that's more on the mechanics then the chassis. They rust badly! I was very surprised when I started looking into buying a W123 how big a problem this really is. Having owned Italian and English cars from the same era, I thought I was pretty familiar with rust, but the W123 is particular prone to rust in multiple places.
Indeed, it's a true rust magnet.

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Will you be doing some additional rust proofing, such as Dinitrol or similar when you're finished welding?
I am planning to use a smearing of grease/used engine oil to protect the body from rust. So far, it has worked really well on all my cars, except for the mess this causes.
The mix of grease/oil dribbles and needs to be wiped off with a rag from time to time.

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Just noticed an image of some work done on the trunk. I noticed two large presses/jacks sort of pressing the two sides of the car apart? Why was that, is there a problem with structural intergrity of the car at the rear?
You are right. Turnbuckles were pressed into service while the rear structural members were being repaired. Else, the body would have been warped out of shape.

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Good luck with the project. I enjoy folllowing it!
Jeroen
Many thanks !

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Old 23rd October 2017, 17:52   #77
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Default Re: Mercedes W123 240D - Yet another addition to the family

Updates from 23rd October -

A tray was fabricated to replace the corroded section of the cowl.

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It was riveted in place as we didn't wish to remove the dashboard from the vehicle for welding it in, and introduce additional delays in the process.

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Waterproofing measures were adopted in advance.
Half measures, agreed ..

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Damage to the firewall seams was also attended to.

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The cowl was welded back in position after riveting the tray.

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All gaps/sheeting joins were sealed using seam sealant.

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Corroded sections of the bumpers were repaired and would be sent for electroplating in due course.

The car also needs to be properly cleaned before being sent to the paint shop.
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