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Mark, some nice photos of the various 116s you have dug up. One of the pics. features Gleaming Beauty with alternative 15" rims that were fitted to the car - probably some eight years ago. Ialso see some pics of our friends in W.A. - I just hope that they are in agreement of having their pics featured in T.K. Regards Styria
 

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A couple of photos feature Bill Babe's car - sadly, he is no longer with us. Wonder what has happened to his collection of cars. Much missed by us on TK. Regards Styria

N.B. The rims that you see on Gleaming Beauty are still in my possession. They are actually two piece, 15" ers. One should be able to retain the centre section which is a bit Penta look alike and purchase separate 16" chromies to attach (bolt) to the centre section. Alas, it's all money, isn't it ? Twenty years ago I would not have hesitated, but now ? Especially, considering that I have my 18" Taiwanese Speedies, as well as a spare set of 14" Chrome Bundts with really great tyres on them. Anyone perhaps interested in those ? Chrome and all - great tyres Yankee manufactured. Regards Styria
 
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Great pics Styria.
I just love the shape of the W116.
However, as mentioned previously, I’m a 116 with hub caps guy.
Just the soft spot I have from my early days as an apprentice.
 

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When I look at these pictures, I am more convinced than ever that the shape and uniqueness of body fittings clearly surpass those of the Ch. 126 models. I have mentioned this comparison before, but when the first 380, RED, owned by a next door neighbour appeared in real life, there was also a RED 450 SE/L at Glenorie at the same time, and honestly the 380 styling wise could not hold a candle to the 450. The former was very plain in comparison, and it certainly did not have the brightwork as evidenced on the 450.

Part of that appearance, of course, refers to the front and rear bumper bars on the 116s. Very delicately and beautifully shaped adorned by those thin rubber strips, they are an absolute delight to look at when in good, or better still, beautiful condition. Unfortunately, even though sturdy looking, they are quite flimsy in a number of ways. I don't refer to the chromed parts themselves, as they are nice and thick, and the exposed surfaces beautifully chromed - no, I refer to the main rubber on the back that stretches full length from side to side, and virtually the slightest touch will damage or break them. Good luck finding a new replacement as presently they are no longer available. I have managed to just recently repair two of those but, at best, one could describe the repair as passable only. The other issue relates to rust that can be devastating beneath the rubber strips, and repair or rectification is almost impossible. The problem is the, shall I call it channel, that the rubbers are "pushed" over. Don't really know how best to describe it. Might find a pic. The edges of that "channel" are easily damaged and difficult to straighten. As I have said, it only takes a touch. Rust can be another real issue - removal of the rubbers will invariably exhibit rusty crusts that need to be vigorously wire brushed and then coated with Rust Converter. More to come - I just want to ensure that the post doesn't get timed out. Regards Styria
 

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So far so good. The following pics. illustrate the "channels" I have referred to. The masking tape is applied to prevent overspray.20211104_120534.jpg20211104_120534.jpg20211021_134932.jpg20211021_134936.jpg20211021_134940.jpg20211021_134951.jpg
 

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This is getting a bit complex, but I am hoping. Four pictures illustration the rust problems. Regards Styria
 

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The following pictures illustrate the rust proof paint and fish oil that I coat the underside of the bumper bars, and once fully dried, I then apply similarly coloured paint as done by Mercedes when the parts are new.20211104_120607.jpg20211104_120610.jpg20211115_140307.jpg
 

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All this work that I am describing is part of what I do when doing restoration work. Gleaming Beauty has had all of that work done over the years, and it is the difference between my 6.9 and others that may be advertised for sale as being "the best", but have never been subject to a thorough going over on parts of the body, and even mechanicals, that are not immediately evident to the eye. It's just the way I do things. Regards Styria
 
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The 116 certainly beats the 126 in the external looks department! Internal features not so much. From a rust & self preservation perspective the 126 is definitely superior. The 116 is full of water & dust traps that seem determined to destroy the car if not regularly maintained!
 
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