Two people from Hamburg are restoring a Mercedes W124 T model

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How an old Benz turned Mr. Pursche into a mechanic

Two people from Hamburg are restoring a Mercedes W124 T model-people

Still life with car fans. Arne Weychardt (left) chose the run-down T-model to teach his friend Peter Pursche how to screw

Source: Peter Pursche and Arne Weychardt

Peter wanted his friend Arne to be able to do a bit – and simply bought a 300-euro station wagon as a demonstration item. Today they both say “Dare!” Because you grow with your tasks.

“Let’s stay friends and leave this shit.” The Hamburg journalist Peter Pursche was not really enthusiastic about the idea of ​​the old station wagon, which his friend and photographer colleague Arne Weychardt discovered on Ebay for 300 euros.

First of all, the Mercedes was standing For more than ten years in a barn without a roof somewhere behind Rostock, the condition was correspondingly pathetic. Second, the author has always wanted to work on old cars. But somehow it never came about, respect instead of routine.

But the appeal to friendship came too late. Weychardt had long been on fire for the Stuttgart station wagon. After all, he runs the car sharing service “Rent an Oldie” in Hamburg, whose fleet consists exclusively of Mercedes vehicles from the eighties and nineties – and mainly of the first almost chrome-free E-Class, called “W124” in Mercedes jargon.

Not a bad choice for such an offer. The series is considered tough and durable, the scene is large, know-how and spare parts are very readily available – all good prerequisites for keeping cars on the road for a long time. By the way, Weychardt came across the model through his former driving style. He had so many points for him in Flensburg introduced that he had to do a follow-up training. There they advised him to take a decelerated vehicle – it was an old Mercedes Diesel.

Four weeks of screws up to the badge

Weychardt is self-taught, but over time he has dug his way into Mercedes-Benz – even if he continues to leave welding work and more complex engine repairs to the professionals. He recognized the dodgy station wagon from Rostock as the perfect object to introduce his friend Pursche to the subject – and presented him with a fait accompli.

"Suddenly the Benz on the trailer was standing in front of our door in Hamburg", Pursche remembers that fateful day last October. "The car was so in the bucket that you really couldn’t break it anymore." Weychardt announced the slogan: "Everything that you can unscrew, you can screw on again." In other words: just do it!

Two people from Hamburg are restoring a Mercedes W124 T model-people

Conditionally ready to drive. Such an interior looks very impressive, but in fact a steering wheel is not particularly difficult to dismantle

Source: Peter Pursche and Arne Weychardt

First it was the turn of the technology. Indeed, the car still seemed to have substance. Because it only took four weeks and spare parts for a good 1000 euros for the car to pass the TuV hurdle managed – what the two screwdrivers were most amazed at.

“We did most of the work on the curb. Including replacement of the front screen, ”Weychardt describes. “And that in a rainy autumn in Hamburg.” The self-help workshop was always used when the car had to be lifted for repairs. It was necessary four times in total.

Recycling instead of restoration

Even with a fresh TuV sticker, the Daimler didn’t look much better than it did at the beginning – and: the car was supposed to be rented out. Brightening it up therefore turned out to be the more complex part of the revitalization: This time it took a few winter weekends and cost a good 3,000 euros for the car to be presentable again, with new paintwork, replaced moldings and better-preserved wood for the interior, among other things. It was a point of honor that the upholstery was also cleaned intensively.

The old T-model is now making a difference again. Pursche and Weychardt stand by their pragmatism. There was not an unlimited amount of money, time and skill, so Weychardt prefers to talk about recycling rather than restoration and is happy that the car is back on the road. A report certifies a value of 5000 euros.

Two people from Hamburg are restoring a Mercedes W124 T model-restoring

Grinding witch. There are nicer jobs than getting a car ready for painting, as Arne Weychardt is doing here

Source: Peter Pursche and Arne Weychardt

Pursche and Weychardt have written down their experiences in a book. "Bring the wreck up to speed" is the motto and presents the revival of the Mercedes as a series of 28 repair instructions (Haffmans-Tolkemitt publishing house, 22.95 euros).

More important for both of them than the detailed description of individual work steps is their credo: “Dare to do it and just start. Anyone who can drive a nail into the wall can repair a car with the right instructions. ”And an old Mercedes is certainly not the worst project to start with, at least if the sheet metal is still intact.

Next up is Porsche

Pursche has thus qualified for the next level. He wants his new knowledge next in his Porsche 912 benefit. Technically, it is fully up to date, but it could use a little cosmetics – and now its owner has the courage to tackle the upcoming work.

In the meantime, Weychardt is doing a few photo jobs again and is taking care of his rental. However, the two screwdrivers don’t have a new project on their plans for the time being – after all, they don’t want to put their friendship to the test.

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2 thoughts on “Two people from Hamburg are restoring a Mercedes W124 T model”

  1. All is well and good, but if there is no space available in which to carry out this work, you are in a fix. If the neighbors in the old building are already complaining when you dremelt on model airplanes, how should major work be carried out??

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  2. It started as a student due to the lack of a financial background. Only simpler work such as the exhaust or the disc brakes (and those under the supervision of a specialist).
    I now have my own screwdriver hall with a lifting platform and a number of special tools and do almost everything myself. Lately I even dared to repair a 2.0 16V TDI that had a broken timing belt. Took a while, but the car has already run 25,000 km again.

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