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1994 Mercedes E500 Restoration Project Phase II

Laumbach Restorations has meticulously detailed the wheelwells of the E500.

Laumbach Restorations has meticulously detailed the wheelwells of the E500.

Laumbach Restorations has been hard at work on “Project E500.” The car is back from Lee’s garage and the bodywork looks great. They are now in the process of completing a full detail. Dean’s definition of a “detail” is not what the average term implies. He is going to do a ton of work on the paint and interior, however, he is also going to attack the undercarriage as well. His email to me last night gave a hint as to just how extensive this “detail” will be:

“I think this undercarriage will clean up well. Most of the rust present on the undercarriage is surface rust and can be removed with abrasives and treated. A combination of spot media blasting, and wire brushing will get the job done. The spare tire well is easy, we will knock out any dents remove the rust and spray with rust encapsulater, then repaint.The good news is the floors are nearly rust free except for one small spot. The shocks look like they were changed fairly recently. Inside of the fender wells are free of any rust also. The photos show the undercarriage at its absolute worst. Today we did and extensive initial cleaning underneath the car. You will not recognize this undercarriage by next week.”

On Monday we will also begin extensive mechanical work with a master certified Mercedes-Benz mechanic. I am looking forward to seeing the progress over the coming weeks!

We will be working hard to bring this back to like new condition

We will be working hard to bring this back to like new condition

Wheel wells will be carefully cleaned and detailed

Before: Wheel wells showing years of dirt, oil, and grease buildup.

Old fashioned elbow grease makes a difference....

After: Old fashioned elbow grease makes a difference….pristine!

Rear wheel well: After

Rear wheel well: Before

The E500 is really cleaning up well

After: The rear wheel wells are really cleaning up well

Let the cleaning commence!

Let the cleaning commence!

We will be doing a full check and update of the brakes

We will be doing a full check and update of the brakes

We are looking forward to the before and after comparison photos

We are looking forward to the before and after comparison photos

Before

Before

After

After

Door panels are going to be corrected

Door panels are going to be corrected

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