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W116 Manufacturing Film
« on: November 26, 2021, 15:13:13 »
I think quite informative for us:

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Re: W116 Manufacturing Film
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2021, 17:43:10 »
Great video, thanks for posting.
It's interesting to note that the shells were elctrophoretically primed and yet they still rusted prolifically!
Also interesting to see a tiny detail confirmation of something I learned back when I was an apprentice:
at 7.36 you can clearly see that the number plate backing is edged on three sides only and the the side without the edge is uppermost. Front number plate backings were edged on all four sides. :)
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Re: W116 Manufacturing Film
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2021, 17:03:42 »
Thanks for posting Pawal. I thoroughly enjoyed.

I bought a new 116 in early 1975 and it served as the family car, along with the 113, for many years when we were in the USA.  I have always considered that 116 the best car I ever owned.  Unfortunately the 116 story didn’t end well.  In the late 1980s when I moved to Singapore I sold the car to my brother. His wife and my mother were hit from behind a few months later totaling the car. Fortunately there were no injuries. 

A few years ago I asked my brother, a tool fanatic, what happened to the 116 tool kit when he scrapped the car.  A few days later he brought me the tools along with the front hood ornament from the 116. I now have these items in my garage along with other MB miscellany.


1969 280SL, 4 Speed Manual, Dark Olive (291H), Parchment Leather (256), Dark Green Soft Top (747)
1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4.5
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
1995 Jaguar XJS Convertible
2007 BMW 328xi (E90)
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Re: W116 Manufacturing Film
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2022, 07:37:48 »
When I purchased my 220D in 1972 I picked it up at the factory in Stuthgart.
We took the tour and I was impressed when I saw a flat piece of metal go  into a press
and out came a hood.
Also going by in a bus we could see thru a large glass window the frames being dipped in the bath
which covered the complete car.
Also went by a line where the top of the car came down a ramp and the bottom of the car came up from the bottom
and the two joined together to form the complete car.
But I noticed at this juncture where men with impact guns attached parts.
But in my group there were many females and the workers would turn heads to admire the women.
So I would not want to own any of those cars.
IN 2013 I took another tour but it completely changed. You did not see about 80% of what I saw in 1972.
They took real shortcuts.

71 280SL-8  Euro
67 250 SL
72 220 D
1982 300 SD
1983 300SD
1985 300SD
1931 Model A Ford Roadster
1997 Corvette C5