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pjtigger

United Kingdom
153 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2009 :  16:06:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the words of encouragement Mike - hopefully the rest will turn out as well

The weather has been so bad here that we've been unable to unload the shell and so i have not been able to take any good photos but the company who stripped & dipped the body sent me some pictures of the shell part way through the process - it had been stripped but not yet e-coated




While the shell was away i made a start on the axle , Ron had kindley sent me a copy of the relevent pages from the manual for the axle and advised on what manual to look out for. After a bit of seaching i found a set for sale in the US (a bit expensive but well worth it)



The pages look like have never been used & i plan to scan them and then i can print off a copy to use in the workshop.

I stripped the axle completely & anything worn was replace. It was suprising how little wear there was - the crownwheel & pinion look like new !



Putting the rollers back in the slip joint is not a nice job - it took ne nearly an hour.



I'd had a discusion with the owner about the finish wanted of the suspension components and both of us had said that we did not want the parts high gloss - more semi gloss/satin as per the originals. After a bit of hunting i came across a Glasurit paint - Mercedes Benz semi gloss chassis black - MB9124 . This was a commercial vehicle chassis paint - just right to withstand the English weather



The only problem i've run into so far are the 2 bronze bushes the axle pivots on - there NLA from Mercedes & seem to be a custom size so i'm having 2 made specially by a specialist.

Edited by - pjtigger on 11/13/2009 16:13:57
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Ron B

Australia
11633 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2009 :  16:22:29  Show Profile  Visit Ron B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That car is going to be too nice to drive in English weather i think...
The manuals look like a good buy,congratulations! .
I've mentioned before on here that the manuals were only supplied to dealers so to actually find a set is unusual and as with any specialist publication they are going to cost$$. Keep them insured .

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What the heck, try to stuff a MB 6.9 liter V8 in it. What a machine that would be..
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Art Love

Australia
6237 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2009 :  17:23:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Paul,
All very nice. That semigloss is correct. If your man is making two of those bronz bushes, can you ask him for a price for 6 or even 10? Justin is at exactly the same stage with the diff in #5810. It is usually cheaper per unit to do several units than one or two, and I'm sure that Justin would take 2 or 4 and maybe others on this board would be interested.
Art
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pjtigger

United Kingdom
153 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2009 :  17:43:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll ask the company on Monday , for 2 bushes they are charging 35 each !. I could make the bushes but i can't machine the figure of 8 oiling spiral on the inside so i've had to find a specialist. I visited a number of small engineering companies locally & they could all make the bush but not cut the oiling spiral - the cost of programing a CNC machine for a couple would be prohibitive. The specialist i found only make bushes so they have a special machine for the job. I'm having the bushes made with the inside bore 1/2mm undersize so they can be reamed to mach the sleeves when installed.
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james lawson

USA
1334 Posts

Posted - 11/13/2009 :  21:50:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you are interested I would also be interested in two.


jim
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Ron B

Australia
11633 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2009 :  17:42:00  Show Profile  Visit Ron B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'll take two also.

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olliw109

Germany
385 Posts

Posted - 11/16/2009 :  11:17:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello;
I would also take two. Overhaul of the rear axle/diff is the next job in my project 5327. Please send my a private mail with your details.
Thank you in advance.
Oliver

300 SEL 6.3 3478+5327
Oliver
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pjtigger

United Kingdom
153 Posts

Posted - 11/16/2009 :  15:00:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The weather has finally got better here so i've been able to unload the shell & take some better photo's.






I'm very pleased with the result so far - i think its about as close as i can get to a new bodyshell

For those of you who expressed an interest in the axle bushes i'm waiting for a new quote to come back from the company for the revised quantity & i'll contact you as soon as i have the info.

Paul
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Ron B

Australia
11633 Posts

Posted - 11/16/2009 :  16:53:28  Show Profile  Visit Ron B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
...and the Citroen?

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pjtigger

United Kingdom
153 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2009 :  16:15:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Citroen belongs to the owner of the 6.3 !!. It had been in a barn for a number of years & has only done 20000 kilometers. Its great for short journeys but at its top speed about 55mph its deafening inside - you have to wear ear defenders. It has a low floor that makes loading much easier than a modern van and you can lay an 8 x 4 sheet flat on the floor (you cant do that in many modern vans of the same size). It can carry about 1 tonne but being French has a few unusual design features. Only 3 forward gears with a reversed shift pattern , a hand brake that works on the front wheels and no oil filter on the engine (thats a 1930's design). It does attract a lot of attention & a lot of people wave to you as you drive around.
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Ron B

Australia
11633 Posts

Posted - 11/18/2009 :  16:50:14  Show Profile  Visit Ron B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I saw one in an Audrey Hepburn movie the other day..

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What the heck, try to stuff a MB 6.9 liter V8 in it. What a machine that would be..
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S class

South Africa
955 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2009 :  05:03:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's magnificent. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

I'm interested in having some of this stripping and e-coating done in South Africa, but I'm having trouble finding anyone who does it. Is there perhaps an alternative name for the process?

Thanks



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Craig Tucker

Australia
654 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2009 :  06:09:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Paul,

Great job........

DO THE TRIAL FITTING OF THE FRONT AND REAR SCREENS NOW!

C.T.

1969 300SEL 6.3 (to be AMG 6.8 replica)
1971 300SEL 6.3
1993 300E-24
1959 220SE Ponton
1983 Schuler 5.0lt Range Rover
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Ron B

Australia
11633 Posts

Posted - 11/19/2009 :  15:58:24  Show Profile  Visit Ron B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by S class

That's magnificent. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

I'm interested in having some of this stripping and e-coating done in South Africa, but I'm having trouble finding anyone who does it. Is there perhaps an alternative name for the process?

Thanks



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It's not a common process outside of manufacturing plants. I know of the english company and one or two in the USA who do it. There isn't even a stripping place here in OZ that does dipping anymore so we are on our own here.

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pjtigger

United Kingdom
153 Posts

Posted - 01/10/2010 :  11:33:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Time to post a few updated pictures , The weather hasn't been good over here so i've spent most of the Christmas break putting central heating in the workshop ! -6 outside & snowing !

After the body came back from e-coating it was given a coat of Glasurit epoxy primer and then i spent 3 days seam sealing all the seams (there's a lot of them on a 6.3)



This was then given another coat of epoxy and then the stonechip/guard applied (used 10 litres so far)



Once this has fully dried it will be given another coat of epoxy and then the colour can be applied (picked up the colour from Glasurit just before Christmas)
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