An Aussie Special: Stone Guards ...

4 December 2020

 

As there are many gravel roads in Australia, there was a quite common accessory at the time: the stone guards. They were officially available in the 60s / 70s, but only in Australia, protecting the front part between the lights and the grill. As they're somewhat unique and the origin of the Pick-Up (Argentina) has bad roads too, I had a new objective of what to get.

Luckily Craig from South Australia had a pair, that he sold to me (so to speak an original import). I could also get photos from Chai (Oz) to "prove" that it was a contemporary accessory. This was also important for registration here in Germany. I had them rechromed (to perfection again) and the last step will be the reassembly (but I need a new sealing for that).

So together with the original tank protection, the 15"-wheels (all Mercedes bad road extras), these stone guards complete it in my point of view.

That's how they look mounted ...
MB Club of Victoria magazine ... two W114/5's there!
Perfect ...
Original state of the ones I got ...
Rechromed, brackets black galvanised ...
In case you're interested in my ceiling's wallpaper ;-)

Stone Guards finished ...

11 December 2020

 

Today I finished putting the stone guards together. I used M3 screws  (instead of rivets), but they look like rivets. Was a tight squeeze, as the new chrome and the galvanising adds a coating, that makes the stuff bigger, but I got it into the frames.

To stop the actual guards from clattering in the frames, there was a rubber ring pressed in. Of course very old and I replaced it with a 6mm round rubber profile; with a plastic spatula I could squeeze it in, so no glue necessary.

Getting the rubber in ...
Mounted ...
Both finished