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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on February 13th 2011, 8:41 pm

A few shots of my plastic inner fenderwell repairs:













I bought a box of one thousand rivets back in 1982, and the box is still 3/4 full. I think the box will outlast me. I did have to pick up the backing washers however, as I lost the box of them I had.

Headlights temporarily installed. Everything will line up nicely I hope. Passenger fender will need a little shimming in the front, otherwise looking good. Someone used filler on the drivers fender, to build up an area. It really did not need the filler, so I may remove it.





I really need to find the bumper mounting nuts.

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Post by 78StangII on February 13th 2011, 8:48 pm

You car is looking good. I hope mine comes out as nice.
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Post by nhmercracer on February 13th 2011, 8:49 pm

Thank you. And I'm sure your car will come out excellent.
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Post by nhmercracer on February 17th 2011, 9:16 pm

Removed some unused equipment. This car had the Bose option, which someone had disabled. Most likely, the amp failed. So. I partially gutted the interior to remove the amp, along with most of the associated wiring. I also removed the built in phone wiring. I should have taken a picture of the mess I removed. I do have some pictures of the parts.

Bose amp.



Jack.



Pair of Bose speakers. These were from the rear doors.



I pulled the amp power wire back into the passenger compartment, and into the center console. Now I can add a power tap for other equipment in the future. I did save the in-dash tweeters, and repaired one of the tweeter connectors which was damaged. I will eventually splice them into the sound system I have now.
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Post by nhmercracer on February 27th 2011, 11:20 pm

Left front fender is white. there is a lot of work needed to install them to help prevent future rust. I have made many plastic washers to help protect the paint from the installation bolts. I still have a long way to go.





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Post by 78StangII on February 27th 2011, 11:25 pm

Looking good man.
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Post by nhmercracer on March 8th 2011, 1:44 am

Front right fender is in primer. Cut 1 full coil from the rear springs. I may have to cut more from the front springs, but I will wait for my new wheels.
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Post by nhmercracer on March 8th 2011, 10:41 pm

I know, this is the internet, and without pictures, none of this happened.

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Lower. I think the front will need another 1/2 coil cut, but not till later. What do you think?



Another angle:





Right fender painted:



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Post by nhmercracer on March 14th 2011, 10:40 pm

Been busy.

Fender mounted.



Lining up the front sheet metal and bumper.



Bumper lined up left and right.





Got her running. Went around the block.



A little wetsanding. I have more paint if necessary. Most of the work I have done so far is to deal with the rust.



A couple of notes:

Best to install the door gaskets before wetsanding.
The interior gets WET if you forget this step.

Remember to tighten your lug nuts after you install the wheels. Car makes some horrible noises with loose lugs.

Remember to tighten suspension bushing bolts after installing springs. See previous sentence regarding noise.

Remember to remove the wheel chock before trying to move the car. Prevents the " I just installed this new transmission, what the heck is wrong with it?" panic.

Someone remind me to put the sunroof back together before I work on the roof.
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Post by nhmercracer on March 14th 2011, 10:42 pm

I need a piece of mesh to replace the piece missing from the front bumper. Anyone ever bought any of this from the home stores? I want stainless, I think.
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Post by austin26372 on March 14th 2011, 11:09 pm

nhmercracer wrote:Remember to remove the wheel chock before trying to move the car. Prevents the " I just installed this new transmission, what the heck is wrong with it?" panic.

Sounds just like me. Your heart sinks into your chest wallet.

Almost there!
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Post by nhmercracer on March 16th 2011, 9:22 pm

Still re-assembling doors. No pics of this, but do you need any?

Test fitting a wheel, I have not decided on tires yet.





I will paint the center caps white. Wow, those calipers and rotors look horrible. I plan on doing something here, we'll see if upgraded calipers are in the budget (ha, right Sad).

I have a better jack, however it will no longer fit under the control arm. Someday I'll have to pick up one of the low, long jacks.
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Post by austin26372 on March 16th 2011, 9:25 pm

I like the wheel... grab a set of clean lug nuts and finish off the caps and you're golden!

As for the calipers, paint the suckers red. Get the rotors re-surfaced. (I'm all about cheap Very Happy)
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by nhmercracer on August 1st 2011, 12:20 am

I am still working on the never ending project. Two of the wheels are bent pretty good. I am looking for a new set of wheels. I have not decided on a style yet. I am torn between 18", and 19" wheels I really want the 19's, but going with 18's will save about $300. I know, wheels are a big investment, but this will be the only major expense in this project.

I bought and installed 75mm wheel studs, which will allow me to use up to a 12mm spacer if necessary. The stock 15" wheels are long gone

I ditched the front brakes, and am in the process of upgrading them to Crossfire SRT 330mm units, along with rebuilt calipers.

The car is back in the garage, but I still have lots to do. I have removed the springs I cut, to replace them. I have found Vogtland springs for a decent price. The drawback here is I need a new spring compressor. Along with the upgraded brakes, I want to attempt to fabricate brake cooling ducts.

Anywhere, here is a picture.

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Post by nhmercracer on August 8th 2011, 2:29 am

The Crossfire SRT rotor installed.




I am hoping to route a brake cooling duct in this area. The space is very tight. I relocated the alarm horn. Hoping for a 2 1/2" duct, may have to settle for 2"



Calipers are here, snagged the last pair from Autohaus AZ. Arrived in four days.



Yes I bought a pair.



I plan to order a G2 caliper paint kit. Most likely silver. I also have Goodridge SS brake hoses to install.
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by marinecadence on December 1st 2011, 4:28 pm

Am I looking wrong, or is most of these paint jobs taking well over a year to complete??
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by cac1967 on December 1st 2011, 7:56 pm

Most of these car's are not daily driver's so why rush it , some were done in a few month's. thumbs up checkout the 68 firebird and the 69 cougar painted with brightside.
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by retired plumber on December 1st 2011, 11:39 pm

A lot depends on what you started with and what you want to end up with. You can do one in a couple of weeks if you just want it all one color or the body is cherry to start with or if you are a perfectionist, well then................
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 2nd 2011, 1:18 am

Mine only took a month or so, but I never really finished it either... Not yet.
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Post by nhmercracer on December 5th 2011, 4:20 pm

I was essentially finished in March. This included swapping the transmission.

In the meantime, I have made some repairs. New lower ball joints, drag link bearing, steering tie rods and center section, lower control arm bushings. New front calipers and rotors, pads. New rear calipers, rotors, and pads. New braided stainless lines. New flex disks. New coolant reservoir.

Used set of real AMG split five spokes. Need tires, alignment, and a few odds and ends.

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 5th 2011, 4:52 pm

I like those wheels.

That cat looks like he's wondering why that car is in his room...
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Post by cac1967 on December 5th 2011, 8:26 pm

Lookin good man, love the wheel's,that must definately be the cat's room because he's got the look of " MAN GET OUT OF MY ROOM FOR 100TH TIME"
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Post by nhmercracer on December 22nd 2011, 7:39 pm

The cat wakes me up every morning to go out into the garage. She'll spend two or three hours out there watching the birds.

I spent more than two years finding those wheels, with a price I could afford. I am actually still friendly with the person I bought them from. Great guy.

Thank you for the compliment Tommy. There is still much to do, and I now have a deadline. Look for more progress soon.
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Post by occupant on January 8th 2012, 12:24 am

I have noticed many Mercedes and BMW from the 80s and 90s suffer from the same paint delamination, clearcoat lift, and oxidation that plagued US made cars of that era. These cars are really wonderful to drive and are still mechanically simple enough to fix economically. Being able to paint it as well with these techniques only makes the prospect of a budget luxury car that much more intriguing.

I hope your C280 ends up the way you want it. Back in 97-98 when these were new, I tried to buy a new '98 C230 Kompressor sedan. I had saved up the 30% down payment money the dealer asked for, I was prepared to spend $450 a month on the payments for 5 years, and of course when I go in to sign off on it they re-evaluate my '93 Dynasty trade and decide they need another $4000 to cover its negative equity.

Now that these cars are approaching the $1500-$2500 mark used, even in good condition, it might be time to re-visit that car that was my dream 14 years ago!
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Re: My 1999 MB C280

Post by 63Falconconvert on January 8th 2012, 7:33 am

Your car is looking really good. The stance is perfect.
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