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The Spanish ring knots on reproduced Mercedes-Benz 219 Ponton leather straps in color code 1079 Roser red

Spanish ring knots on reproduced Mercedes-Benz Ponton straps

Due to "weight" of “Sun visors, straps”-article I moved the majority of the pictures from the disassembly and remaking galleries of the strap section into this, separate article. I hope you don’t mind.

As usual, see the pictures' title texts for information about what parts you're seeing. I do however keep the comments to a minimum and let the pictures speak for themselves. Since I’m not a saddler the risk is that I will say something stupid.

Disassembly

In these pictures the saddler takes one of the two leather straps I got from mr Apels apart in order to understand how they were made.

  • Rivets and nails under Spanish ring knot on MB Ponton straps
  • Rivets and nails under Spanish ring knot on MB Ponton straps
  • The Spanish ring knot on a Ponton strap, from the underside
  • The Spanish ring knot on a Ponton strap, from the underside
  • The Spanish ring knot on a Ponton strap, from the underside
  • The Spanish ring knot on a Ponton strap, from the underside
  • Disassembled handle on Mercedes Ponton leather strap
  • Disassembled handle on Mercedes Ponton leather strap
  • Disassembled handle on Mercedes Ponton leather strap
  • Disassembled handle on Mercedes Ponton leather strap
  • Disassembled handle on Mercedes Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of construction of MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap, note cut markings
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of Spanish ring knot on Mercedes Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of Spanish ring knot on Mercedes Ponton leather strap
  • Rivets and nails used on Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of construction of MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of construction of MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap
  • Detail of loop on MB Ponton leather strap, note cut markings

Reproduction

In these pictures you can see how David from SadelmakarmästarnaSadelmakarmästarna made new straps in leather including some test items. The leather came from Holger Merker Autosattler in Hamburg.

  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop, preparing for Spanish ring knot
  • Making of Mercedes Ponton leather strap loop, preparing for Spanish ring knot
  • Leather piece under knot to get the correct bulge of the Ponton leather strap knot
  • Leather piece under knot to get the correct bulge of the Ponton leather strap knot
  • Construction of the handle of the Ponton leather strap
  • Different tests of handle and knot, the original Ponton strap to the right
  • The first test knot on the leather strap, too rough
  • Last test of knot on Ponton strap, made with fine leather from Holger Melker, Hamburg
  • Another test of Ponton leather strap, all in leather from Holger Melker, the knot however not yet perfect
  • Well, another picture of a Ponton strap in the making. Leather from Herr Holger Melker, Hamburg

One of my old Mercedes-Benz 219 Ponton cloth straps, fitting the original gray/green interior

One of my old Ponton cloth straps, fitting the original gray/green cloth interior

Interior (67, 68, 69, 72, 73, 76, 81, 91, 92)

These pages will show you the work on the Ponton interior. As usual I won't cover the whole process and all the parts here, mainly those that shows what I did on a general level as well where I had problems or where I think my ideas and pictures can be of any help to others.

The restoration of the different parts of the interior can be found in the sub menus under Interior. Enjoy everything!

Mercedes-Benz Ponton interior, © Daimler AG

Interior of a Mercedes-Benz Ponton, an early 180 (see e.g. hub caps), © Daimler AG

Instrument panel, floor, parcel shelf, window frame (67, 68, 69)

Mercedes-Benz type 219 interior, © Daimler AG

Interior of a Mercedes-Benz type 219, © Daimler AG
This is how my interior looked like originally in my 219.

Instrument panel

In the article How to dismantle a Ponton you can see how it looked at the beginning of this project. In the article Welding the work that was done in the area and finally Putting it all together for how I painted it. Then the instrument panel was covered in the red (1079) vinyl.

  • This shows the bare frontal part of the interior with the glove compartment and its black (or dark gray) paint
  • The top coat of the interior in place, it is not DB124 that some suggests. Note black glove compartment!
  • Ponton instrument covered in 1079 Roser red vinyl

Carpets

Carpets in gray rubber. As I've understood it you can also go for tufting/bouclé carpet (?) in a color adapted to the rest of the interior. Don't ask me about the details since I'm going for the gray rubber.

Work in progress...

Parcel shelf

A bit unsure if this is the correct English term for this part, but anyway.... The old one looked awful. So I had CB's AutoteileCB's Autoteile make a new one for me. He made it in fiber glass exactly according the original look and feel incl holes in correct place as well as providing me with new fasteners. Many thanks!

  • The old parcel shelf
  • CB Autoteile's new production of Ponton parcel shelf
  • CB Autoteile's new production of Ponton parcel shelf
  • Ponton parcel shelf covered with cloth and assembled in car

Windows frame

Content will come as soon as I've come to that part. Have patience!

Interior (67, 68, 69, 81)

Mercedes-Benz type 219 interior, © Daimler AG

Interior of a Mercedes-Benz type 219, © Daimler AG
My 219 did not have these door panels or sun visors, see the other articles for my original panels.

The choice of material

Despite looking for a cloth interior over several years and having been in contact with dozens of saddlers and restoration material suppliers over the world, I couldn't find what I was looking for, either it looked too old (170/220) or too new (60ies). You can see cloth samples from my original seats below. The codes for my interior was:

  • Stoff (St) G1 = Farbe Grüngrau (cloth on seats green gray)
  • Kunstleder (Kl) G1 = Farbe Hellgrau (vinyl light grey)
  • Himmel G1 = Farbe Grau (cloth in ceiling/dome gray)

Since the USD exchange rate was favorable in 2008, I went for a leather interior from GAHHGAHH, color code 1079 Red. First I ordered just the driver's seat to verify that everything looked ok and after that I ordered the rest as well as a couple of hides.

In 2015 I saw and article in the German Club Mercedes-Benz InteressengemeinschaftMercedes-Benz Interessengemeinschaft's quarterly magazine "Ponton-Kurier", about a company in Holland that wove fabric by hand according to your pattern, as much as you need, Corrien MaasCorrien Maas. Expensive? Qualitative? Worth it? No idea, check them out and come back with your experience! That could probably have been the answer to my search, had I known about this company earlier (if they existed at that time…?!).

And I really want to point out, as I've said before, some of old parts do really look ugly below. The car look "OK" on the inside when I started the restoration. But now, when you see the pictures of the different parts dismantled and having been stored in moist attics, barns etc this is how they look.

A side note here since we're talking about Mercedes, leather interior and my color code 1079, Red (or Rot if you use the original language). This color is often called Roser red (you will also find a couple of other color suffixes, like black). That is, to my knowledge, a bit stupid since red is red and Roser is Roser. Red is a color and Roser is a company that made leather for Mercedes-Benz. They produced it in other colors than red... The special thing about Roser is their dying technique. There are several descriptions of this but you can for example read Gerry's article About Roser leatherAbout Roser leather. My leather comes from GAHH and is their "1079 Roser red". I've never double checked with them if I should have ordered a Roser-Roser-Roser red in order to get it surface dyed. My seats and separate hides are definitively not surface dyed but vat-dyed. But I'm rather happy anyway :). But if I'm correct on this one, that the GAHH leather is actually not using Roser's technique, surface dyed, the patina the leather will have when I'm dead will not be as beautiful as it should be.

  • Original unbleached Ponton cloth (St) G1=color green grey
  • Sun bleached cloth

Door panels, armrests (72, 73)

Mercedes-Benz type 219 interior, © Daimler AG

Interior of a Mercedes-Benz type 219, © Daimler AG
This is how my interior looked like originally, except the sun visors and the armrests.

Door panels

  • Rear side of front door panels before restoration
  • Front door panels of a Mercedes Ponton before restoration
  • Rear side of rear door panels before restoration
  • Rear door panels of a Mercedes-Benz 219 before restoration

The old panels where actually not in such a bad condition. Had I had the possibility to restore with a nice green gray cloth interior these could have been cleaned up.

  • A roll of 1079 Roser red hide to be converted, among other things, to door panels of a Ponton
  • Rear side of new front door panel
  • New front door panel
  • New MB219 front door panel with chrome lists assembled
  • New Ponton rear door panel with chrome lists assembled

The door panels were renewed and covered with a leather skin and the chrome lists attached as on a car with cloth interior. There shouldn't be a waffled intermediate part as I had in my original interior. Had my door panel had a decorative seam/baseboard/socle at the bottom that should have been in the same way but made in leather.

Armrests

The armrests were taken apart, bakelite polished and the base for the leather was repaired with spray foam which is easy to form. When redoing the armrest leather they hung moist leather over the "foam", attached weights and by doing so formed the leather perfectly after the base.

  • Where the restoration started
  • New base for the door handle in its making
  • New base for the door handle in its making
  • New Ponton door handle in its making
  • New Ponton door handle in its making