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    RonRapp
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    So how complete was it when you got it? & how long ago has it been?

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    I don't like the 190SL with the hardtop, but that car looks soo good that it's even beautiful with the hardtop! And the result in relation to the before-picture... Respect!
    Joakim Nilsson
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonRapp View Post
    So how complete was it when you got it? & how long ago has it been?
    WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get.

    It was there because the chrome got lost at the chrome shop, I was told. BUT, it was not rusted out. Most damage was from being in the wrecking yard and being exposed outside for some time.

    I got a body, front and rear lids (which they had to find,) doors, front suspension, two wheels and the transmission (have forgotten to check if it is original) and I bought a 200 short engine while I was there. Maybe I got one piece of chrome. The wiring loom was in it too along with a few scraps of leather. The rest gone. No dash, no pillar posts, no seats, no tops, no chrome, no glass no door guts. Pretty much an empty shell. $1200 with the 200. That was in July of 1982 while I was going to college. (I bought lots of cars during that time, it was a boom time for restorations then too.)

    Later, in my searches, I ran across a lot of the parts from that exact car. Just no mechanical and only a couple of chrome parts. I did get the clock and door handles. I did not re-chrome the door handles, they were still descent and are the correct code for the car and I assume the originals. I got both tops, thank God. I got some random "stuff" from it too but nothing to really make note of.

    We totally mechanically rebuilt the car. It drove great. It looked like hell. It really should have become an SLR, but who knew what that was, back then! It lived in a few storage garages for about 20 years from around April 1984 until November of 2003. The rest was just the really expensive - time conssuming part of bringing a relic like this back to presentable condition.

    -Walt
    Walt in the West says: Don't ask: "Use the SEARCH Luke"
    1959 190SL DB050 with 333 leather blue ("It's Alive!" - 653 miles) Chassis 14445
    1961 300SL Roadster DB608 with red - fresh brakes and rebuilt engine hung in - more work coming!

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    RonRapp
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    Well I don't know what you got in it now, but you started at a GREAT price. Even though it was at a great time to pick them up at a reasonable price.

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    Walter your poor car came about as close death as possible. Thank God you saved him from the crusher. Remember they ain't making them any more. Thanks for sharing your story.
    Graham Keene
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    57 220S Cabriolet

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    Apologies for this poor quality photo - the weather really was that bad today. In the sky that's the last operational Spitfire that flew in the Battle of Britain
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    Nice picture Rod. In my office on the wall behind my desk hangs a picture of the spitfire flown by Johnnie Johnson...the leading allied air ace. The great thing about this picture is that it is a Gerald coulson print signed by himself and signed to me personnaly by Johnnie Johnson. He was here in florida back in 1991 at fly in of ww2 air legends that included Adolf Galland! We don't get a chance to see these incredible people very often given that not many of them are still around.....kind of like our cars.
    miken
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    On the subject of famous names the show yesterday was won by a blue corvette (previous owner John DeLorean), 2nd was the white XK150 which you can almost see in the photo (just had a mild restoration after 40 years in storage), 3rd was my red 190SL (but I'm too modest to mention it).

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    Here is mine. Just two year ago it was in pieces (July 2005) and the second photo was this past weekend on the Columbia Gorge.
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    Rich

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    Rich,

    Nice picture at the Vista house. My wife and I had my car last month. It was a great drive.
    Gerry Lazo
    56 190SL (6500870)

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    A mini update on progress so far…

    Things always go slower that planned and I’ve just spent the weekend removing the final ‘bits’ before the car goes to the Media Blaster (possibly next week)

    I removed the dash after reading many of the posts about the sequence etc. but despite my many chants of ZUNDfolge 1342, my hands were just too big - I read the suggestion about grandchildren, but my grandson has hands like feet too! (The grand-daughter could be a possibility though – a mental note for the re-installation)

    In the end, I found it easier to ‘ease’ the dash forward after removing the steering column and disconnect the gauges & switches from above. (After struggling with removing the steering lock for an hour or so, it dawned on me that it was easier (necessary) to actually put the key in to release the pin (more cursing!) Someone mentioned that Mercedes-Benz AG GmbH must have used double jointed midgets for this kind of work – I AGREE

    We then steam-cleaned the engine bay and I then used my new vehicle tilter to turn the car on its side and steam-cleaned the underside. This certainly makes life easy. We were also easily able to remove the fuel tank, fuel lines, exhaust, seatbelt fixings etc. With the car on its side, I also found I was able to ‘heat’ with steam, that awful tarry, tacky soundproofing which is stuck on the floor panels. When softened, it came off quite easily with a scraper.

    I’ll be able to start on the engine soon (block is currently in the machine shop having a re-bore, pressure test and acid clean)
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    1961 190SL (DB180 Silbergrau metallic / Blue interior 121040-20-020378)
    1992 300SL (R129 LHD) (Now down in her 'new home' in sunny Spain)
    2005 SL55 AMG (The play thing)
    1936 MG-TA (the current project)
    2004 Jaguar XJR (The daily driver)

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    diesel
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    Here are pictures of my present and past 190sl

    I have been lucky to own a few 190sl. Here are some pictures!

    Matthew / Atlanta
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  13. #43
    diesel
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    More Pictures of the PAST 190SL!

    Here are more pictures of the past 190SL I have owned. I have more pictures somewhere.

    Matthew / Atlanta
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  14. #44
    diesel
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    Thumbs up Some of you have some parts also!

    Some of you 190sl groupies have the parts from my 2 55's 190sl's . I hope those parts are living the good life somewhere out there. Bill I now where your front grill came from! HAHAHAH Talk to you guys later!


    Matthew / Atlanta
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    RonRapp
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    It's really amazing how far gone these cars can get & still be brought back to life.

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