May 30, 2013 update to the Mercedes-Benz 230 S project car

Emptying the Engine Bay

This is our engine compartment with most everything removed and the whole mess pressure-washed. After the rest of the car was painted, we still decided to remove the engine.
Yup, after we took the trouble to bag everything, we decided from here it would be only a few hours' job to remove the engine and to do this rolling restoration right.
So, out comes the engine and transmission.
A few days' work, some Eastwood Chassis Black and finish paints can do great things for an engine compartment.

Originally, with time running short for our coming-out party at the Pinehurst Concours, we decided to just take off the engine ancillaries and bag up and paint around the engine. We changed our minds at the last minute and decided that the right way to do this job was to remove the engine and transmission from the car. This would not only make painting the engine compartment easier and allow for a more thorough job, but it would also give us a chance to properly pressure-wash the powertrain assembly before we reinstalled it in the car.

We could also put new gaskets and seals on the engine and transmission where needed and check the clutch assembly. We had already decided not to rebuild the engine, as again we did not have time before the concours. The car ran well before we dismantled it.

As it turns out, our clutch was like new. It was obvious that the clutch had been changed recently. The throw-out bearing and pilot bearings were also like new, so we left everything alone, put new seals in the transmission and bolted everything back together.

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