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Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2016 11:03 pm
by escort89
I know Fred, that's why they are in my dining room! The problem is when I have to go to the workshop & find a part, took me weeks to find a door latch I knew I had :)

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:43 pm
by escort89
Finally got it on the jig & rolled. Exposed a whole new can of metal worms...

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:51 pm
by escort89
One chassis rail needs repair, which I have a repair piece for. Not so easy is the bottom of the A pillar :(
I've stopped poking it with a screw driver as I was getting depressed...

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2016 11:59 am
by Fred Dukes
Have a word with Steve Hammond - I gave him a pair of decent A pillars that i extracted from the Sportshatch when i cut it up - he may still have them :roll:

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:04 pm
by escort89
Thanks Fred, I will give him a nudge. :)

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:30 am
by droopsnoot
A-pillar bottom rot is very common though, because it's so close to the inside of the front wing and "stuff" gathers there, rotting out through the wing and in through the scuttle. There were some factory sills that included the bottom of the A-pillar, though you'd still have to manually repair the scuttle panel.

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:26 pm
by escort89
Removed the sills & found the old sill still attached, with a reasonable coat of paint still on one. I tell my other half things get worse before they get better, but really wasn't wanting to see what I saw here..
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outer sill removed
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repaired sill removed
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Good job I have a pair of sills to replace, don't fancy repairing any of that.
Also got another bucket of expanding foam out :|

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:43 pm
by escort89
droopsnoot wrote:A-pillar bottom rot is very common though, because it's so close to the inside of the front wing and "stuff" gathers there, rotting out through the wing and in through the scuttle. There were some factory sills that included the bottom of the A-pillar, though you'd still have to manually repair the scuttle panel.


Common on most cars of that era, at least it's not a puma (they used carpet wheel arches, recipe for disaster there...)
I have the arch protectors for my gls but after the repairs we did on that I decided to "lose them" in the loft :)

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:47 am
by droopsnoot
Yes, I've never put the arch protectors in the Firenza - much easier to hose it out regularly, though it's worth putting a grommet on the sill access hole to keep water out of it. If you can reach.

Re: 2300 SL Sport, restoration begins

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:28 pm
by escort89
Well, this has been a very busy week. The car went to the blasters on Monday, surprising how long it took to get there, all the roads you can't go down because the trailer is too wide or long. We both had a headache afterwards.

Then on Friday we did it all again taking the blasted shell to the body shop. I have to say it wasn't as bad as I was expecting. The blaster used a smaller bead which wasn't as aggressive. The doors, boot & bonnet are still being done.
I will add the photo's when I have shrunk them all to fit :)