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Pagoda Spotting / Old Canadian Advertisement
« Last post by mdsalemi on August 08, 2022, 21:27:18 »
Brigham pipes? Random golf ad? Who knows.
General Discussion / Re: Restoring a 230sl in the UK
« Last post by JamesL on August 08, 2022, 21:11:22 »

What sort of resto are you after. If you’re after showroom condition, sure you could get to that number (ask Stickandrudderman how many hours they can get in on a a full body resto). Depending of course on what they find in the body work (ie how rotten is it) - most other stuff, from interior to engine rebuild is largely a known quantity price-wise and you have (I guess) a reasonably complete car
If the car is in decent shape and has the wear and tear of being in your family, and you’re happy to drive something that’s original and bears the marks of life, get the mechanicals done well, get a really good detail, and drive it.
If electric is your thing, do that and keep the change.
It’s nearly 60 years old.
Research & Development / Bessy now has fridge installed!?!
« Last post by Merc_Girl on August 08, 2022, 20:29:06 »
Yes, yes, I know, this is way off the originality framework, but following on from my post of nearly two years ago,, I finally found a (very) small fridge to go into Bessy’s boot.

Very pleased with the outcome, just hope my husband doesn’t realise I stole his belt, even if it was used in a good cause!?!? 🤣🤣.
Inlet 0.08mm  Exhaust 0.18mm if you work with standard non-metric tools  inlet 0.003 in exhaust 0.007 in
General Discussion / Re: Restoring a 230sl in the UK
« Last post by Colingo on August 08, 2022, 20:16:59 »
I've had a spectrum of 50-100k. I did briefly look at Hemmel's and Everrati's ready to go conversions but they're a bit like your Polish restorers. Like you I have an electric car. I think the serenity of electric drive will be very well suited to the Pagoda. The engine and gearbox in mine has done 115k - still runs OK, but for how long and with what reliability? The plus side is that I'm looking at 200→240BHP with only 1300kg so there should also be brisk performance when needed.
Can anyone tell what the clearance is for intake and exhaust value adjustments on 1970 280SL with M130.983 engine
General Discussion / Re: Restoring a 230sl in the UK
« Last post by JC50UK on August 08, 2022, 19:02:29 »
How much are you getting quoted for a conversion?   I drive a Tesla MX and seen a few conversions at Fully Charged Live over the years, so it has crossed my mind, albeit I'd would like just a calm classic drive in a pagoda.  Yes I think it's for the top end factory refurb.
General Discussion / Re: Restoring a 230sl in the UK
« Last post by Colingo on August 08, 2022, 18:44:01 »
Wow - I thought Poland was an economic place for restoration. Presumably this is for concours ++.

I've just got my 64 230, prices are about 30% off a 280. I'm not looking to do a concours number, I'd be afraid to park it. I couldn't justify this level even though I'm converting mine to electric.
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