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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on January 4th 2011, 11:16 am

I got more filling and sanding done on this door, and the hood. I have today and tomorrow off, so as long as the weather is acceptable, I should make some progress. Hopefully?!?!
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Post by austin26372 on January 4th 2011, 4:06 pm

nhmercracer wrote:I got more filling and sanding done on this door, and the hood. I have today and tomorrow off, so as long as the weather is acceptable, I should make some progress. Hopefully?!?!

Awesome! Good luck to ya. sunny
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on January 10th 2011, 6:50 pm

Drivers door is now white.



Another view.

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Post by nhmercracer on January 12th 2011, 2:47 pm

Drivers door is hung. Now onto the drivers rear door.

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Post by austin26372 on January 12th 2011, 3:20 pm

Progress! Very Happy
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on January 12th 2011, 3:27 pm

It's always fun reassembling a car after paint, and watching your work come together.
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Post by nhmercracer on January 13th 2011, 12:11 am

Ha! Thank you all.

Tommy, you now have me stopping to look at every darn "For Sale" Mustang I pass!
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Post by Roadking41a on January 13th 2011, 2:09 pm

nhmercracer wrote:Ha! Thank you all.

Tommy, you now have me stopping to look at every darn "For Sale" Mustang I pass!

There's a few Mustang projects here in NC for sale Cheap. Check craigslist
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Post by Roadking41a on January 13th 2011, 2:10 pm

BTW great job on your MB.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on January 14th 2011, 4:37 am

nhmercracer wrote:Ha! Thank you all.

Tommy, you now have me stopping to look at every darn "For Sale" Mustang I pass!
I haven't worked on my car in months. It's been too cold/snowy. I did have to drive it for two days when my beater was down a couple weeks ago...
Still haven't chosen a color yet either. I just might go with white myself.
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Post by RoboGeek on January 15th 2011, 10:32 pm

mine is parked for the winter.. somehow that defeats the 'winter beater' purpose it was intended for. its sad when your old $50 painted car ends up being your best looking.. lol
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on January 26th 2011, 1:12 am

Drivers side rear door and hood are white.



I have several problem areas which will need attention after wet sanding. I will repaint these areas, wait three or four days, then wet sand again. Then hopefully buffing.

I wonder about the durability of this paint. The front bumper is outside painted, and has been since August. The bumper has been in the sun and rain with no protection. The water still beads, and the paint is smooth. Time will tell.
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Post by nhmercracer on January 31st 2011, 10:57 pm

Painted the right rear quarter. Many runs. Sad Will take a lot of wet sanding to fix. Oh well, it is better than the rust.



Spent the last day or two doing some assembly. Realigned the rear deck-lid, looks better now. Repaired the lock mechanism in the deck-lid also. Now I can open it with the key.

Started the front fenders, as they are very rusty also. I plan to wirebrush, followed by naval jelly. I will roll the inner lip, and pull the front edges of the wheel well.

I cut one coil from the front springs, and may cut more. The rear springs are not cut yet, still waiting advice from a friend. I have a set of aftermarket split five spokes in a 17 inch size. I plan to run 235/255 front/rear. I may have to drop down a size depending on rub.
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on February 2nd 2011, 11:16 pm

Did some inner door reassembly. Purchased a rivnut installation tool to replace the small studs which hold the front inner fender liners in place. Replaced a defective exhaust gasket which has been in the glovebox since July. Started a list of the plastic fasteners I will need to replace the parts I destroyed disassembling the car.
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on February 4th 2011, 5:29 pm

I am tired of sanding.....
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by rmdhokie on February 4th 2011, 9:08 pm

looking good...keep going!
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by austin26372 on February 5th 2011, 3:26 am

nhmercracer wrote:I am tired of sanding.....

I hear ya!

The worst thing is stripping paint to get to bad filler repairs. smash
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on February 5th 2011, 3:55 am

You're making good progress.
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on February 7th 2011, 11:36 pm

Rear bumper painted and reassembled.



The top trim was originally chrome, it was starting to corrode in areas. I sanded the chrome strips with 80 grit, them primed and painted them. We'll see if the paint stays on.
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Post by ruskie on February 8th 2011, 8:25 am

Definitely liking this thread, great work and commitment.
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Post by nhmercracer on February 8th 2011, 8:24 pm

Fitted the front bumper to look at the alignment of the hood and fenders. This car was involved in an accident at one time, and repaired by trained monkeys. Fitting the headlights and marker lights will be next. I have started removing the rust from the drivers side fender. I need seam sealer to fill the fender bead after it is rolled back. The fenders are aftermarket, and not the best quality.



Here is the other side.



A couple shots of rust on the passenger fender. This is a small sample of the rust I have had to deal with.



Inside shot of the above rust.



Shot of the front. The bumper had to be tweaked to the left to allow it to line up correctly. I will have to realign everything after the fenders are finished. Just wanted to get an idea of where I was starting from.

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Post by austin26372 on February 8th 2011, 11:38 pm

Starting to look like a car!!! cheers
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Post by nhmercracer on February 9th 2011, 11:55 pm

Started the first fender roll. I wanted to get some paint inside the lip before I closed the seam. Cleaned of rust, primed and painted the inner side of the left fender. After the paint has cured, I will roll, the seal the seam.



My used and abused BFH.



Once I am finished with the inner side, I'll fill then finish the outer side.
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on February 11th 2011, 1:14 am

You can prolly just unbolt that fender at the bottom there between the wheel and the door, and gently twist it so that the wheel side comes toward you, and the door side goes away from you.
It probably got drawn that way from tweaking the wheel-opening lip. Not too awful bad of a predicament.
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on February 11th 2011, 9:09 pm

Tommy, I did just that. I bolted the front of the fender, then pulled hard to stretch the wheelwell. After that, I removed the fender, and put it on the floor. Then I pushed down to make the fender narrower. This moved the rear of the fender back towards the door. Looks like it should fit fine.

Spent some time working on the plastic inner fenderwell liners. They were damaged in the previous collision (not my doing, I bought it after it was repaired), and repaired shoddily. Plastic pieces were pop riveted into place to repair the tears. Normally, I would find this acceptable, but at least try to do a decent job. I have started cutting aluminum patches to rivet into place.

Hopefully I will make some real progress this weekend, and post some pictures.
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