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.

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.

Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Original state of the ones I got ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). Rechromed, brackets black galvanised ...
Bild in Lightbox öffnen (open image in lightbox). In case you're interested in my ceiling's wallpaper ;-)