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.
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.