Radiator (50)

The radiator was gone through and repainted by a radiator shop. To be honest, the result sucked immensly. It looked filthy on the inside, most of the fins in the radiator core were bent/damaged and the bad paint job also had started to flake.

Completely restored Mercedes-Benz Ponton 219 radiator

A completely restored radiator

So, I removed all the paint, cleaned and pressure tested it n the same way I did the heat exchangers for the ventilation (see the article Heat exchangers). I spent a couple of hours to straighten out all the bent fins and after that I put a thin layer of Eastwood's Radiator paint, black satin.

  • Mercedes Ponton W105 radiator stripped from paint
  • Mercedes Ponton W105 radiator stripped from paint
  • Pressure test of Ponton radiator
  • Ponton radiator painted withh Eastwood Radior paint

The thermostat was treated in the same way.

  • Ponton 219 thermostat stripped from paint
  • Mercedes Ponton W105 thermostat paint with Eastwoods semi-gloss black radiator paint

Some extras

I’m not sure the English wording is correct for these items, extras needed for the cold Nordic climate. Let me know if you have the right terminology, or if you know anything about these items.

Radiator jalousie

Not yet restored. This is a Swedish variant of the radiator jalousie, probably mounted by the importing company, Philipson, at arrival and before handing out to the client. Could also be that my father installed it afterwards, by himself. Unfortunately I don’t know.

  • Orginial Mercedes Ponton radiator jalousie before restoration - Kühler jalousie
  • Swedish label on orginial Mercedes Ponton radiator jalousie before restoration - Kühler jalousie

Grille cover

Not yet tested. If it is an original MB-product or some sort of aftermarket cover I don’t know. I got it from an old, within the Swedish Mercedes-community well known but now deceased person.

  • Front of original Mercedes Ponton grille cover
  • Rear side of original Mercedes Ponton grille cover
  • Print on rear side of Ponton grille cover

See also the article Engine cooling.