Next steps in my 280TE project

The underside and the engine bay is now more or less finished. I will probably continue the main parts of this project next year. I am eager to start working on something else for a while. I have a W111 220 that needs a lot of TLC as well.

Next steps on this procect is:

  • AMG side skirts and rear spoiler
  • Exhaust and headers
  • Mounting new fenders and rear tailgate
  • Welding some minor rust spots, particularily on the right rear wheel arch
  • Fresh coat of paint

AMG side skirts and rear spoiler

I already have all the parts. They only need to be stripped of paint before I can paint them and mount them on the car. I hope to tackle this project soon, as I this as something I can do when I am not at the workshop (e.g. preparing the parts for paint). Nice to do some car related stuff while at home too.


Exhaust and headers

This is a big and expensive thing. The exhaust manifolds on my car now is from a 500 and are of the “log-style”. This means that they are really not rated for the amount of power my engine puts out. I may be able to utilize the so called tri-y manifolds, but they may also be way to big for my engine compartment. This leaves me with the custom option.


The rest of the exhaust will be custom made in stainless steel. As there is no readily available options for my car, and the exhaust that I have plainly sucks, I have to do this before next summer.


Mounting new fenders and new rear tailgate

I have new fenders already, and will during the autumn travel to Hamburg and buy a new rear tailgate from Mercedes-Benz. There are some rust on the parts on my car, so before painting anything, I want to fix this as well.

Welding some minor rust spots, particularily on the right rear wheel arch

There are some spots that needs welding. Two spots on the underside that I will tackle myself, and some on the right rear wheel arch that I will get someone professional to fix for me.

Fresh coat of paint

And when all this is said and done, I will paint as much of the car as I can afford. The original paint is really thin in places, and there are som deep scratches that I am not able to remove with polish, since they are deeper than the paint.



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