1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 S

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 S

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.

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May
08
May 8, 2014
The Mercedes Makes Power

Our project Mercedes-Benz 230 S gets a workout at the dyno. Check out the results.

Apr
21
Apr 21, 2014
Christmas for Car Guys

We get some parts from Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.

Apr
10
Apr 10, 2014
Autocross Our 230 S? Yeah, We Did That.

Think you can’t autocross your vintage car? Think again.

Mar
26
Mar 26, 2014
To the Front

Our front end needed to undergo a facelift—of the ball joint kind.

Mar
21
Mar 21, 2014
Testing Out the Bigger Engine

We should now be calling it a Mercedes 280 S.

Mar
14
Mar 14, 2014
An Expert's Analysis

Nate Landers of Mercedes-Benz Classic Center helped us improve our Heckflosse.

Mar
11
Mar 11, 2014
Cars and Coffee at Amelia

As the sun came up, we were on the lawn talking Mercedes.

Mar
07
Mar 7, 2014
Finishing up the Orange Blossom Tour

We only had a couple minor fuel issues on the long tour.

Mar
05
Mar 5, 2014
A Successful Start

We embark on the Orange Blossom Tour with our Mercedes Heckflosse.

Mar
01
Mar 1, 2014
Heading Into the Orange Blossoms

Our Fintail Mercedes departs for the Orange Blossom Tour.

Oct
11
Oct 11, 2013
Final Touches

We adapt the accessories and install the new engine into our Mercedes fintail.

Sep
20
Sep 20, 2013
Swapping Engines

On the hunt for a more powerful engine.

Sep
05
Sep 5, 2013
Finding the Oil Leak

Our tired old engine is burning and leaking oil.

Aug
05
Aug 5, 2013
Tunes for the Open Road

A road trip calls for a good stereo.

Jul
15
Jul 15, 2013
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.

Jul
15
Jul 15, 2013
We Made It Home

Driving home in our Mercedes-Benz 230 S after our family vacation was a ride to remember.

Jul
15
Jul 15, 2013
Rear Vibrations

With our alternator repaired, our biggest problem was a vibration coming from the rear.

Jul
02
Jul 2, 2013
Stopping for Help

Our modern devices put the drain on our old alternator.

Jul
01
Jul 1, 2013
Extra Brake Cooling?

We try out some cooling fins.

Jun
25
Jun 25, 2013
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.

Jun
25
Jun 25, 2013
Prepping for a Family Trip

Summary

Jun
24
Jun 24, 2013
Upgrading the Differential

A two-in-one upgrade: rear discs and limited slip.

Jun
24
Jun 24, 2013
Making Sure the A/C Works

It's getting cold in here.

Jun
20
Jun 20, 2013
Ready to Rally

We give this Benz the rally look.

Jun
20
Jun 20, 2013
Off to Pinehurst

Our visit to the Pinehurst Concours was memorable, though not fruitful.

Jun
19
Jun 19, 2013
Finishing Up

We fire up the old Fintail's engine and go for a drive.

Jun
18
Jun 18, 2013
Taillight Restoration

We literally cut our lens out with a Dremel tool.

Jun
14
Jun 14, 2013
Dealing with the Chrome

Chrome doesn't get much better than this work by Graves Plating.

Jun
04
Jun 4, 2013
Rearing the Rear

We disassemble the rear end of our Mercedes-Benz 230 S.

May
30
May 30, 2013
Emptying the Engine Bay

We took out the engine so we could properly paint the engine bay and refresh the driveline seals.

May
24
May 24, 2013
Carpets and Headliner

We cover the top and bottom inside our Mercedes Heckflosse.

May
22
May 22, 2013
Beginning Reassembly

Our Benz has fresh paint, so it's time to put it back together.

May
01
May 1, 2013
Trim Prep

This Mercedes has lots of brightwork

Apr
12
Apr 12, 2013
Painting the Fintail

Two tones for the tub

Mar
29
Mar 29, 2013
So, what color do we paint this thing?

We looked at an original Mercedes sales presentation book to decide.

Mar
20
Mar 20, 2013
The bodywork begins

We were very pleased with how nice and straight our nearly 50 year-old Mercedes turned out to be.

Mar
15
Mar 15, 2013
A trip to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center

They're a great source of parts for your old tri-star.

Mar
13
Mar 13, 2013
Off to the body shop

We don't have the time to do the body ourselves, so we called up the professionals.

Mar
06
Mar 6, 2013
Front rocker panel repairs

The next ones to need attention on our Mercedes Fintail are the fronts, of course.

Feb
27
Feb 27, 2013
Rear quarter repair

These problems weren't as minor as we thought.

Feb
20
Feb 20, 2013
Installing a new trunk floor

Our hole-riddled trunk receives a much-needed replacement.

Feb
08
Feb 8, 2013
Repairing the front crossmember

We begin an adventure into rust repair.

Jan
07
Jan 7, 2013
Getting Started

Rust repair is the first order of business.

Dec
21
Dec 21, 2012
Taking a Ratty Benz to a Concours

We've done rallycross, soon it's time to bring the dirt to the show circuit.

Dec
14
Dec 14, 2012
Restoration Creep

We repair our fintail’s rusted front crossmember.

Sep
26
Sep 26, 2012
More Interior Restoration

We continue restoring our fintail Benz's interior on the cheap.

Sep
12
Sep 12, 2012
Starting our Benz's Interior Restoration

We got our seats all awesome.

Jul
18
Jul 18, 2012
Tearing apart our parts car

We're very happy with our parts car.

Jul
05
Jul 5, 2012
In search of a parts car

We looked for a parts car to source some much-needed interior pieces.

Jun
15
Jun 15, 2012
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.

May
30
May 30, 2012
Our Second Rallycross

We took our Benz to another rallycross—and then swore we wouldn't do another until we get the gearbox fixed.

Apr
25
Apr 25, 2012
Fixing the exhaust system

The loud exhaust on our fintail Benz was driving us nuts. Nuts, we tell you.

Apr
23
Apr 23, 2012
Because Shifting Gears Is a Good Thing

Fixing our Mercedes-Benz's shifter bushings.

Apr
13
Apr 13, 2012
Getting Our Benz Ready to Rumble

We head out for a little off-road shakedown to make sure our Benz is ready to rallycross.

Apr
11
Apr 11, 2012
New Subframe Bushings

It's a good thing we checked the subframe bushings before our first rallycross.

Mar
30
Mar 30, 2012
Can We Get a Reading?

We either need an accurate odometer or a working fuel gauge.

Mar
23
Mar 23, 2012
License, Insurance and Registration, Please

We make our Mercedes fully street-legal.

Mar
20
Mar 20, 2012
Time to Weigh In

Let's check out the weight distribution on our 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 S.

Mar
13
Mar 13, 2012
A Place To Rest Our Heads

It's time to reinstall the factory headrests.

Mar
06
Mar 6, 2012
Mercedes Rallycross Debut

TIme for some good, dirty fun in our Mercedes. Let's go rallycrossing!

Mar
02
Mar 2, 2012
Carburetor Rebuild

Refreshing the Zenith carburetors on our Mercedes-Benz 230 S.

Feb
02
Feb 2, 2012
Wheels and Tires for Our Classic Mercedes

We're getting ready to rally with our Mercedes 230S project.

Jan
26
Jan 26, 2012
Fighting Corrosion and Carelessness

The devil is in the details, and our Benz 230s has a lot of details.

Jan
10
Jan 10, 2012
Better Braking for Our Benz

Our fintail Mercedes gets some needed stopping power.

Jan
06
Jan 6, 2012
Fixing Doors and More

We prefer our Benz to have working windows and doors.

Dec
27
Dec 27, 2011
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.

Dec
20
Dec 20, 2011
Merry Mercedes

Meet our new project. These fintail sedans are rugged as hell and have a great rally reputation.

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