1957 Mercedes 300SL front end restoration: Part 3 Fitting New Headlight to Body and Gullwing Templates
This is Part 3 of a series of posts on the automotive restoration of this 1957 Mercedes 300SL. Part 2 showed all the pieces we made in Part 1 TIG welded together and metal finished to make one headlight housing piece to now offer up to the body as one unit.
This post shows a little more detail on creating and using our templates from our Mercedes Gullwing reference car. Pictures show one by one each template alphabetically labeled and offered up to the metal work to show the level of accuracy we like to achieve. We then move on to grafting the housing into the body, metal finishing, and final assembly of the light, trim ring, and bumper to round off the restoration of the front left-hand side. The pictures show very satisfying results.
Restoration templates from Mercedes Gullwing
Mercedes 300SL Restoration Process
Completed Mercedes 300SL front end restoration
The completion of this Mercedes 300SL automotive restoration will be continued in Part 4.
For more information check out the automotive restoration services we provide at our workshop in Denver.