Welcome to Behind The Build, a series where we go in-depth on the restoration that will be happening to our lovely Mercedes-Benz 280 S, aka Heinrich, that we’ll be taking on my first winter rally. Over on the Car Throttle channel, we revealed Heinrich for the very first time and I showed you what he was like to drive on some lovely roads around Stuttgart, before bringing him to the garage we’ll be using to carry out some vital pre-rally work. Right, so what we’re going to do now is the 160-point check, but it is important to remember that Heinrich is going to be my awesome rally car, so we’re not going to worry too much about paint defects and little bits of rust here and there. Remember, I love a bit of rust! So we’ve got a bit of a paint defect there underneath the chrome. We look at everything. Door rubbers, windows, chrome pieces. A little bit of rubber is sticking out here. That would need attention, however, rally car – we don’t need to worry too much about that. So, we’ve got a bit of corrosion there and the paint has come away, we’ve got some rust here underneath, I say a bit of rust, it’s a fair amount, isn’t it? But for me actually that’s nothing, I would gloss over that. Heinrich is 50 years old, Swen is also 50 years old. He can’t understand a thing I’m saying, can you? You can’t understand me? Nein. Perfect! Swen is also 50 years old and I have to say that Heinrich looks a lot better than Swen! Isn’t that right? I hope! So nothing to worry about here and then this side looks glorious… So the chrome is a bit deformed here, you can see the rubber has come away again. Then at the bottom here, we’ve got a bit of rust. Again, nothing to worry about, because rally car. Apart from that, I think it looks pretty good. It’s good! It’s in good condition. That means “it’s very good, I like this!” Right, so now we’re gonna have a look at Heinrich’s beautiful booty, what are we seeing here? It looks good to me… So, it’s not a fuel injected car, it’s carburetted. Right, so Swen, what are we looking at inside? First we’ll make sure all the lights work inside, on the dashboard and with the clock. They all seem to work… And then we can test the hazard lights. They’re all working on the inside and on the outside, too. Well done, Heinrich! Then we’ll test the sunroof. That’s glorious! Nice and big, right? Exactly. Hello! Yeah, so that’s all good. And electric! – Yeah, and electric. Then the radio… It works – radio works. Ashtray, cigarette lighter… That’s not clicking in, we need to look at that… And then we look at the glovebox light. So lights all work, the only thing that doesn’t work is the doobry to light your cigarettes, but who needs that? We need to look at the engine bay to check that the right battery is fitted, for example: Are there any technical modifications? But the most important thing, Alex, is for you to read out the engine number for me. So we have: 130… 920…10… And then: 820883… I think… Sure? Now, let’s raise the car. I need to get on my tippy-toes a little bit, I don’t know where Swen is. Alex, I brought something for you. Is this a joke? No, this is a wheel! Swen has very kindly brought me a wheel to stand on. Thanks, I think? – You’re welcome. Now we need to have a look at the gearbox number to make sure that it corresponds with the documentation that Swen has got. Swen, where would you find the number? It should be etched here. Here? Really? There’s no number… There’s no number on this gearbox. Then this isn’t the original gearbox. Then it was swapped at some point. So what we’re gonna do now is we’re gonna have a look at the suspension components and then step underneath Heinrich’s heart and have a look if there’s any oil spillage, of which… I can see quite a bit… The first thing that I’ve noticed is that the guys have already taken the anti-roll bar out and they’ve sent it to H&R, who are gonna give us a more sporty anti-roll bar. The seal at the front of the crankshaft is leaking oil, you can see that very clearly. That needs to be pulled out and a new ring put in place. Check the axles… And everything looks pretty good. So yeah, just having a check for play and checking the bushes as well. Feels good, tight. No play. Yeah no play in there at all. Then I’ve seen that the underbody protection has opened up and that rust is coming through, which means that we need to ice-blast the entire underside. It wouldn’t be my car without some rust! On the gearbox we’ve noticed that there’s an oil leak, that means it needs to come out and we have to seal the gearbox housing. It’s not getting better over here. So these bushes, you can see they’re completely deformed. They’re too old, they’re buggered, so they need to come out. In the middle of the differential, we’ve got an oil leak and we can’t leave it like that for the rally. Which means that the whole rear axle needs to come out. So as a reminder: gearbox needs to come out, rear axle needs to come out. Heinrich needs a lot of work, but we have got a rally to compete in, so we’re going to not worry too much about blemishes, we’re gonna get all the mechanicals sorted. But if we did have time, we could make Heinrich look as good as that car over there… With the 280’s good and bad points established, the next step is to dry-ice the underside to get rid of years’ worth of muck, in preparation for thorough rust-proofing to ensure that this classic Mercedes-Benz is protected for its new owner when it goes up for sale at the end of the series. So Alex, it’s time for the ice-blasting! It’s very important that you have: ear protection, mouth protection, eye protection. Never point it at people, keep a good distance. And better to go slower than too fast. Understood. Just point and shoot! Good luck! I’m going to stand over there. Okay, Swen’s going to bring himself to safety. I don’t think he’s got much trust in me… Let us start, dry-icing!! So you might be wondering: Why am I using ice-blasting and not something like sand-blasting? Well, Heinrich has actually got a whole bunch of underseal on, so ice-blasting actually means you can get rid of the really thick stuff and then inspect underneath a lot more closely without damaging too much of the metal, or punching through rust, or anything like that. So ice-blasting is good for getting rid of gunk and dirt and a lot of wax-oil, for example. So as you guys can see, this is a very laborious and time-intensive job. Swen actually tells me it’s gonna take around three days to do it, so… Swen… Can you come here? Here you go. I have to go now. Good luck to you and your team! Good luck! Bye! – Bye. So with work on the Mercedes-Benz 280 S well underway, join us next time on Project Retro Rally, where we’ll be taking the transmission out and fixing those pesky leaks. To subscribe, click here, and to watch another video, click here!