Technical Articles

The MBCA Technical Committee contributes articles to the Star magazine and directly online...

Beyond Mercedes-Benz cars, I like tools. I’m a DIY guy, and when I was asked to contribute a series of technical articles for The Star, we agreed that it would be a good idea to start by describing the basic set of tools that a shade-tree mechanic should have in his garage. I have an opinion on a lot of things and sometimes, I’m even right.
With 50 years of paint, road grime, and bad bodywork removed from my project car, it was ready for structural body work. Unless the restorer has solid experience, this can be done by a good body shop with experience on Mercedes-Benz cars.
We don’t know whether a car that can truly drive itself will ever be part of our future; what we do know is that the pursuit of the goal by Mercedes-Benz is already providing significant benefits in driver convenience and occupant safety.
A basic key to success in the automobile hobby is an intimate knowledge of how parts are fastened together. My main concern is, of course, the nuts and bolts for the construction of Mercedes-Benz cars built after World War II, and how these have changed over the years.
After making the plan, time to take the car apart. Here are a couple of good rules to follow during a tear-down, and some tips along the way.
Five important lessons I learned from restoring a 1971 280SL as my first full restoration.
Okay, so now let’s say that you’ve found your dream car to restore, you have the perfect place to carry out your project, and all the tools and equipment you think you’ll need to complete this task. However, you should not touch the car until you’ve set some specific goals for your project.
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