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    • A lesson in what a little stance can do - Airbagged 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL

      This network focuses on what is the newest and what is the fastest so often that sometimes the fact one does not have to have a billion horsepower to enjoy their car gets lost in the shuffle. Case and point, here is a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL. The car's classic lines have held up incredibly well. It does not need some crazy body kit, wings, carbon fiber pieces, etc., just a little bit of a drop and one is reminded just how well Mercedes designed their past cars and why their name is what it is.

      The work here is done by @alex@ABRhouston. Just look at the transformation from stock to present. The end result is quite simply gorgeous, enjoy.























































      This article was originally published in forum thread: Airbagging an old Mercedes. 1972 280sel 4.5 started by alex@ABRhouston View original post
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by alex@ABRhouston Click here to enlarge
        question:
        im subscribed to this, but in my BB userCP, it doesnt show that it gets bumped... as if i have to go to GB to see subscriptions... I have to go into my subscriptions link and look for the thread to see if its been updated...... odd?
        Not sure if I'm following?
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        alex@ABRhouston -
        see, that time it showed up in my userCP.

        yesterday and a few other times when this thread was bumped, it wouldnt show up- so i had to look in my subscription list link and see if the post was replied to.....

        maybe it was when you were screwing around with the forum, IDK.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Possibly. If it shows on one of the site it should show on all...

        Regardless, a new and improved notification system is coming.
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        alex@ABRhouston -
        Ran some #4 power from the battery to the back. mounted a junction block and compressor relays.....and ran air hoses and level sensor wiring to the front floorboards, but can't go any further. I ordered some body plugs, since I have to cut 1" holes to make the connectors and air lines fit thru, then seal them back up..... Can't drill holes till I get the plugs. Can't mount sensors till I get the bag brackets.... Kind of waiting on parts.
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        alex@ABRhouston -
        STOOPID busy at the shop.

        managed to make the rear bag brackets and bumpstops out of polyurethane.

        got the front (I think) figured out the way I like it. Need to copy it for the other side.

        trying to come up with a way to secure the bag brackets in the front so they don't move. I thinking of welding tabs to the bottom ones and drilling a hole to pass a bolt into it..... The uppers I'm thinking of drilling/tapping the sides and bolting them from the side of the cup..... Air should be entertaining to hook up lol...... The bag clearance is close, and I don't want them to move around and possibly rub the control arm or subframe.

        bumpstops up front are NLA either, so I'm gonna knock off the factory cups and put universal polyurethane ones on there..... I need to space them up with washers or something so they hit correctly. Meh. We'll see if it looks ghetto or not.


        once the bag brackets get done and welded up I can finish that, run lines and get it sitting on air. Then off to the alignment machine so I can measure for ride height sensors and brackets.

        i only get to work on this thing at night.... Sucks.
        today I did a starter on an e90, motor mounts on a E63 AMG, diag'ed an E46, a E65, put panels together on another E65, showed an insurance adjuster a S6 Audi..... It just never ends... Not that I'm complaining Click here to enlarge

        pics when I get time. iPad no likely the forum still and I'm going to bed.
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        alex@ABRhouston -
        So apparently I didnt take as many pics as i thought lol
        And, WTF is with this forum and pictures lol Click here to enlarge
        I have to manually resize it, then it turns monster huge etc.etc.

        But really, whats hard about making some coil buckets? not much.

        the fronts took a little time to make sure the bags will not touch the subframe and lower control arm when compressed. the lower mount is offset a little.....


        the uppers got some bolt holes threaded/tapped to hold the upper mount in the bucket, the lower mount is gonna get a 1/2" stitch weld on the control arm to keep it in place.

        pretty easy honestly. now its just a matter of running air lines/control wiring for level sensors, then getting it on the alignment machine so i can measure where the level sensors sit.
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        alex@ABRhouston -
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        got some new polyurethane mounts fabbed up, since the original ones were NLA

        the factory sheetmetal was too thin, so i tacked on some drilled/tapped little squares so that the level sensors could be mounted easily.

        Thats how i routed the right front wiring and hose to keep the wheel out of it.
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        alex@ABRhouston -
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        mounted up some sweet ass white walls on the car.
        did an alignment on its "normal" ride height of "2"

        threw some new KYB shocks on the 'ole girl


        you can see how i mounted the front level sensors......


        and then the owner came by on saturday and took me for a spin in it Click here to enlarge

        im gonna drive it for a while to make sure everything is 100%.... still need to drop a water pump and tstat in it.....
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Whoa! It's looking good, really good.

        You're having no trouble posting pics but I guess that's because you're on the desktop? What is the issue on Ipad I want to get it resolved?
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        alex@ABRhouston -
        Tipsssssss
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        Sticky -
        I think I might make a front page article out of this. It's just flat out sick.
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        alex@ABRhouston -
        Stretched the ole'girls legs out tonight with the wife. We cruised a few spots on the north side of houston/woodlands and ate din din.


        this thing BREAKS NECKS wherever it goes. Seriously. you can people watch from inside the car- they straight up stop talking/point/stare/take pics.

        You cant drive it without someone honking at it, asking what year it is, thumbs up,etc/etc/etc/

        We drove by a local youngin's hangout where their ping ping bull$#@! was ...... they all went like this:


        its radClick here to enlarge


        I'm sad to see it go tomorrow night Click here to enlarge

        I'll be delivering the car back to the owner at a local classic car meet.
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        DavidV -
        This endresult looks absolutely stunning.
        Props to you sir.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        This network focuses on what is the newest and what is the fastest so often that sometimes the fact one does not have to have a billion horsepower to enjoy their car gets lost in the shuffle. Case and point, here is a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL. The car's classic lines have held up incredibly well. It does not need some crazy body kit, wings, carbon fiber pieces, etc., just a little bit of a drop and one is reminded just how well Mercedes designed their past cars and why their name is what it is.

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        Sticky -
        Where did they get those high quality photos?
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        alex@ABRhouston -
        a photographer took them? Click here to enlarge
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by alex@ABRhouston Click here to enlarge
        a photographer took them? Click here to enlarge
        Well yeah cool they were able to get a photographer to go out and do that. Great photos.