Head- and foglight (82)

Head light

 Partly restored Bosch headlights for a Mercedes-Benz Ponton model 219 -57

Partly restored Bosch headlights

The head lights were, as many other parts on my car since my father cared for it, in good shape. I still decided to re-chrome all chrome parts and repaint and/or re-plate the other parts. Retaining springs, sealing rings for the glass as well as parts necessary for the light adjustments were bought new. The reflector I diagnose as being enough bright as they are, not needing restoration.

  • Complete, unrestored Mercedes Bosch headlight unit
  • Bosch headlight sealing ring
  • Bosch headlight sealing ring
  • Reflector of Bosch headlight
  • Bosch ornamental ring for Mercedes Ponton before re-chroming
  • Bosch ornamental ring for Mercedes Ponton before re-chroming, rear

The supporting ring, the black and silver painted ring that the headlight is sitting in, was a candidate for repaint. I didn’t want to destroy the original markings on top of it, and don’t have the means to re-create them yet, so I covered them up instead. After that it was just a matter of sandblasting the ring and then paint it in silver and semi-gloss black. The adjustment ring, as I call it, had to be sandblasted, plated and repainted. The adjustment screws, with their locking mechanism were removed in order to be replaced.

  • Unrestored Mercedes Bosch headlight supporting and adjustment ring and glass
  • Unrestored Mercedes Bosch headlight adjustment ring and glass
  • Unrestored Bosch supporting ring and glass
  • Bosch Ponton head light supporting ring
  • Bosch Ponton head light adjustment ring, front
  • Bosch Ponton head light adjustment ring, rear
  • Detail of Ponton addjustment screw on Bosch headlight

Below you can see the sandblasted, and then plated, adjustment rings as well as a box with ornamental rings and light pots, cleaned by the chrome shop and awaiting polish. I did what I could here but I let the chrome shop do the final polishing.

  • Bosch headlight adjustment ring sandblasted
  • Bosch adjustment ring plated
  • Head and fog light of to chroming

In the next gallery you can first see some of the new items for the light adjustment as well as the painted supporting ring. I also deliver some pictures of rechromed ornamental ring for the Bosch headlights as well as the fastening screws.

  • New adjustment screw for Mercedes Bosch headlight
  • Painted Bosch supporting rings
  • Bosch Ponton headlight ornamental ring chromed
  • Bosch Mercedes headlight ornamental ring chromed
  • Bosch headlight MB219 ornamental ring chromed
  • Screws for Bosch  Mercedes ornamental ring chromed

Final restoration and assembly not yet done so stay tuned!!

Foglight

I went for the same procedure with the fog lights as with the head lights. The car was actually equipped with Marshall fog lights from the beginning. Or rather, my father bought them on the aftermarket after the car was delivered to him. They look something like the ones in the gallery below. To me they didn’t look that good on the car, too large diameter. Hence, I decided to go for the “standard”, smaller Hella/Bosch fog light. I got this pair as part of a repayment of a debt.

  • Marchal fog lights
  • Rear of Hella reflector
  • Front of Hella reflector
  • Hella fog light sealing ring around and under glass

They were in a decent shape as well but as usual I took them apart and had everything re-chromed, re-plated and fixed up. As you can see below they were converted to H4 lamp socket which I will keep.

  • Disassembled Ponton Hella fog light socket
  • Front side of Hella Mercedes Ponton cover ring snapp fitting before re-chroming and re-plating
  • Rear side of Hella Mercedes Ponton cover ring snapp fitting before re-chroming and re-plating
  • Lampholder, H4, not original for Ponton Hella fog ligth

Before re-chroming I drilled out all riveted parts. The base of the fog light is not chromed. Since I don’t have good enough cleaning equipment, I decided to polish the base and then have it “white cadmium”, hoping that it’s luster will go down rather quickly. Grinding them would not be an option since that would be visible after the plating.

  • Base rivets of Hella MB219 fog light being drilled out
  • Plated, restored parts of a Mercedes Ponton Hella fog light

Step-by-step they will reach their restored, final look. Below the re-chromed pot and ornamental rings.

  • Ponton Hella fog light pots chromed
  • Benz Ponton Hella fog light cover ring chromed
  • Benz Ponton Hella fog light cover ring chromed

Final restoration and assembly not yet done so stay tuned!!

Rotary switch

This has a very short write up under the "Instruments and switches" (group 54) where I decided to collect all instrument panel stuff.