A picture taken from the first meeting with the Mercedes. The rear end had fresh body filler from a more recent restoration.
1957 Mercedes 300SL front end restoration: Part 1 Metal Shaping New Headlight
A 1957 Mercedes 300SL was the first project for The Metal Surgeon upon arrival in Denver Colorado. Classic Restoration of Englewood, CO had contacted me 6 months prior to starting this project as for my help on the body repairs, as their employees were not up to the task. At the time I was living in Orange County, CA and in the middle of a client’s 1929 Ford. When the Ford was completed, I agreed to fly out and help them with this project. The car had been restored in Mexico City some time ago, to a low standard where the headlight housing even had body filler on the inside.
The first set of pictures show the front end stripped down to bare metal and an attempted restoration on the headlight housing to the stage where the previous restorer gave up. From that point we begin work on the left-hand headlight housing, by shaping new metal ready to graft in.
The completion of this head light housing restoration will be continued in Part 2.
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