1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 S
Started on Dec. 20, 2011, 9:40 a.m.
Our 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230s is a moderately rare example with 4-speed floor shift and factory air conditioning. It’s a running, driving car in need of some TLC, so follow along as we get to know the “heckflosse” or “fintail” Benz.
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 S
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We get some parts from Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.
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To the Front
Our front end needed to undergo a facelift—of the ball joint kind.
Testing Out the Bigger Engine
We should now be calling it a Mercedes 280 S.
An Expert's Analysis
Nate Landers of Mercedes-Benz Classic Center helped us improve our Heckflosse.
Cars and Coffee at Amelia
As the sun came up, we were on the lawn talking Mercedes.
Finishing up the Orange Blossom Tour
We only had a couple minor fuel issues on the long tour.
A Successful Start
We embark on the Orange Blossom Tour with our Mercedes Heckflosse.
Heading Into the Orange Blossoms
Our Fintail Mercedes departs for the Orange Blossom Tour.
We adapt the accessories and install the new engine into our Mercedes fintail.
On the hunt for a more powerful engine.
Finding the Oil Leak
Our tired old engine is burning and leaking oil.
Tunes for the Open Road
A road trip calls for a good stereo.
Making a New List
With the old 230 S safely home, it was time to make a new list of things to fix and decide what event we wanted to run in next.
We Made It Home
Driving home in our Mercedes-Benz 230 S after our family vacation was a ride to remember.
With our alternator repaired, our biggest problem was a vibration coming from the rear.
Stopping for Help
Our modern devices put the drain on our old alternator.
Extra Brake Cooling?
We try out some cooling fins.
Taking a Family Trip
We had to leave our tools and spares at home, but that didn’t stop us from taking our Project Benz on our 3400-mile family road-trip vacation.
Prepping for a Family Trip
Upgrading the Differential
A two-in-one upgrade: rear discs and limited slip.
Making Sure the A/C Works
It’s getting cold in here.
Ready to Rally
We give this Benz the rally look.
Off to Pinehurst
Our visit to the Pinehurst Concours was memorable, though not fruitful.
We fire up the old Fintail’s engine and go for a drive.
We literally cut our lens out with a Dremel tool.
Dealing with the Chrome
Chrome doesn’t get much better than this work by Graves Plating.
Rearing the Rear
We disassemble the rear end of our Mercedes-Benz 230 S.
Emptying the Engine Bay
We took out the engine so we could properly paint the engine bay and refresh the driveline seals.
Carpets and Headliner
We cover the top and bottom inside our Mercedes Heckflosse.
Our Benz has fresh paint, so it’s time to put it back together.
This Mercedes has lots of brightwork
Painting the Fintail
Two tones for the tub
So, what color do we paint this thing?
We looked at an original Mercedes sales presentation book to decide.
The bodywork begins
We were very pleased with how nice and straight our nearly 50 year-old Mercedes turned out to be.
A trip to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center
They’re a great source of parts for your old tri-star.
Off to the body shop
We don’t have the time to do the body ourselves, so we called up the professionals.
Front rocker panel repairs
The next ones to need attention on our Mercedes Fintail are the fronts, of course.
Rear quarter repair
These problems weren’t as minor as we thought.
Installing a new trunk floor
Our hole-riddled trunk receives a much-needed replacement.
Repairing the front crossmember
We begin an adventure into rust repair.
Rust repair is the first order of business.
Taking a Ratty Benz to a Concours
We’ve done rallycross, soon it’s time to bring the dirt to the show circuit.
We repair our fintail’s rusted front crossmember.
More Interior Restoration
We continue restoring our fintail Benz’s interior on the cheap.
Starting our Benz's Interior Restoration
We got our seats all awesome.
Tearing apart our parts car
We’re very happy with our parts car.
In search of a parts car
We looked for a parts car to source some much-needed interior pieces.
A cheap fix for our transmission
We were frightened by the $3000 repair bill, but we found the real problem with our transmission was an easy fix.
Our Second Rallycross
We took our Benz to another rallycross—and then swore we wouldn’t do another until we get the gearbox fixed.
Fixing the exhaust system
The loud exhaust on our fintail Benz was driving us nuts. Nuts, we tell you.
Because Shifting Gears Is a Good Thing
Fixing our Mercedes-Benz’s shifter bushings.
Getting Our Benz Ready to Rumble
We head out for a little off-road shakedown to make sure our Benz is ready to rallycross.
New Subframe Bushings
It’s a good thing we checked the subframe bushings before our first rallycross.
Can We Get a Reading?
We either need an accurate odometer or a working fuel gauge.
License, Insurance and Registration, Please
We make our Mercedes fully street-legal.
Time to Weigh In
Let’s check out the weight distribution on our 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 S.
A Place To Rest Our Heads
It’s time to reinstall the factory headrests.
Mercedes Rallycross Debut
TIme for some good, dirty fun in our Mercedes. Let’s go rallycrossing!
Refreshing the Zenith carburetors on our Mercedes-Benz 230 S.
Wheels and Tires for Our Classic Mercedes
We’re getting ready to rally with our Mercedes 230S project.
Fighting Corrosion and Carelessness
The devil is in the details, and our Benz 230s has a lot of details.
Better Braking for Our Benz
Our fintail Mercedes gets some needed stopping power.
Fixing Doors and More
We prefer our Benz to have working windows and doors.
Beginning With the Benz
This ‘50s-looking car isn’t fast, but it’s fun to drive and handles like it’s from the ‘80s.
Meet our new project. These fintail sedans are rugged as hell and have a great rally reputation.