Hi I have a 1981 280se w126 and it has severe rust in the lip of the boot/trunk (big holes)....is this expensive to fix/replace? Also the metal panel underneath that area on the inside of the trunk is...
Considering your car is only worth $5,000 in great shape, I don't think it is worth repairing a rusted out frame and under body. If it was a 72, I would say yes, but 81, ahh, My brother used to restore cars, I saw what he went through, buying and selling his cars, He stopped buying rust buckets, if they had one spec of rust, he didn't touch it, there are plenty of rust free cars out there, And repairing rust is a nightmare, your Mercedes is not like a Chevy where they have every panel in stock ready to weld in, You would need to hire a body man full time for a year to get those panels fixed back up, and get it done on the frame??? Forget it, the frame is probably shot. Painting the undercarriage will take most of your money, you will never get it back out of the car. Hope this helps.
Dec 25, 2010 |
Mercedes-Benz SLK280 Cars & Trucks