Evan

Evans 1965 Mercedes Benz Fintail

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So that was roughtly June/July last year, the car sat in Archetype shed until the new year where I spent a week commuting back and forth to his house to pull it apart over the xmas break. I don't understand how some people can live in Hamilton and commute to Auckland for work - it's the worst drive in the world.

It all came apart reasonably easy except for a bit of dicking around with the heater core and a bit of lost sweat trying to get the dash pad out.3.thumb.jpg.f33601ef711d5c54edf61f3ad962dedc.jpg4.thumb.jpg.d0fd57999995748a5fda43edbbde4d23.jpg5.thumb.jpg.06bed51d1e7819a462b7d015889c7978.jpg

 

The floors got the dry ice and hammer treatment to get the sound deadening out. This revealed what I suspected when I pick up the car originally, that the front left floor pan/sill area was junk. The front left door flexed a bit when the strop was slammed in it when it was on the trailer, which suggested the area was a bit soft. you can kind of make out a bit of daylight through the passenger floorwell in the above photo.

 

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The big push for it to all be apart in a week was because it had a booking with Autoblast in Glenfield to get blasted and primed. after 6 months sitting and a week of bashing away on it, it left Brents.

 

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It turned out to be a bit holy-er than I thought it was. We will start with the Good - the roof! Apart from a small dent above the right rear door it might as well be brand new!

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You can semi make out in the bottom right corner of that second photo and the top of the next photo some cut marks around the upper lip of the parcel shelf. The previous owner has cut chunks out of that entire lip all the way around, which is going to be a pain to correct

The Engine bay isn't bad either, a few pin holes around where the brake master cylinder bolts up, but no rust under the battery mount.

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The not so good: mainly seems to be contained in the LHS and boot, with the boot and spare wheel wells shown here:

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Hello, 

Have skipped forward 756 steps and made a start on tarting up the wood interior pieces (wood interior, daaaaaaaamn). The original varnish has faded/cracked/gone yuck after 50+ years so I thought we can't have that. These photos are a bit out of whack but give a comparison:

Before, as you can see - yuck.

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After 3 applications of paint stripper/scrapping parts came out like so:20180206_163649.thumb.jpg.0d35ec66ff4dcf3124a20d85ee237579.jpg

 

I took a trip to Bunnings to find some new varnish/stain. After 10 minutes staring at the shelf wondering 'do you get interior stain because it's for inside the car, or exterior stain because the car is outside in the sun...????' I walked out with a pot of Cabots interior stain and proceeded to throw 3 coats on things

New vs OG:

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Ta da, photos are a bit weird, they make the pieces look like they're rough textured or has a bit of grit in the stain, but they don't they're smooth and look choice in person. Have a couple more pieces to do then that's done.

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Some more cutting and welding has taken place, this time in the rear seat/ C pillar area. I haven't got any photos of these bits all sealed up but they aren't holes anymore.

 

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