Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: another non-500E question, sorry

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    124

    another non-500E question, sorry

    Several years ago I had the wood dashes and window surrounds for two of my older MB cars refinished by a very talented guy in NC named Drew Tibcken. Company was called Heritage Woodworks, they were in Andrews, NC. I can't find them now. They did a beautiful job which has held up very well.

    Does anyone know if Drew and Co. are still around, and if so how to reach them? And, if not, who has had a good experience with having early 70s MB wood refinished, and would they like to tell me who did it? I am looking at another car which needs some attention to that piece of wood under the windshield, on the inside- you know, the piece that peels etc.
    1992 500E, 1985 E320 cabriolet, 1985 300CD, 1980 280GE
    1971 6.3
    1971 3.5 cabriolet
    1969 280SL

  2. #2
    E500E Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Central VA
    Posts
    517

    Re: another non-500E question, sorry

    It's my recollection and understanding that Drew Tibcken passed away at the end of 2013. I don't know if the enterprise, Heritage Woodworks, survived Mr. Tibcken's death.

    I personally don't know of any other person/company that was as skilled in working with the pre-80's wood as Heritage.

  3. #3
    postwhore posterchild Klink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Abstract Plains, USA
    Posts
    3,605

    Re: another non-500E question, sorry

    It is true. Drew passed away a few years ago. I have found no evidence that anyone else has carried on the business. The best MB wood work that I have seen lately has come from a company called "Madera Concepts" in Goleta, California. Their prices seem high, their turnaround is decent, their work is superb. I would also contact Doane Motorwerks and ask Stuart Doane for his recommendations. You can find both companies all over the innerwebs...
    Putting the fun in dysfunction...

  4. #4
    E500E Guru captruff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Orange County
    Posts
    1,435

    Re: another non-500E question, sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by Klink View Post
    It is true. Drew passed away a few years ago. I have found no evidence that anyone else has carried on the business. The best MB wood work that I have seen lately has come from a company called "Madera Concepts" in Goleta, California. Their prices seem high, their turnaround is decent, their work is superb. I would also contact Doane Motorwerks and ask Stuart Doane for his recommendations. You can find both companies all over the innerwebs...
    +1. Madera does some quality work.

    Jeff
    "Nice Things Cost Money" - Oskar Schindler

  5. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to captruff For This Useful Post:

    Klink (09-09-2015), Maui (09-08-2015)

  6. #5
    E500E Guru
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Central VA
    Posts
    517

    Re: another non-500E question, sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by captruff View Post
    +1. Madera does some quality work.

    Jeff
    +2 on Madera, they re-finished the "ski slope" on my 500E last year. Very nice work. The distinction, if there is one, was that Madera specialized in the later urethane finished wood. I'm not saying that Madera couldn't work earlier wood, just that Heritage's specialty was with the older lacquer based finishes found on the older MB's. So to some degree, where you would go will be influenced by the age/type/finish of the wood you need restored. Perhaps a member of one of the specialty groups featuring older model MB's would know more. Another thought would be to contact Tom Hanson to see if he had any recommendations.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to vatc5637 For This Useful Post:

    Klink (09-08-2015)

  8. #6
    Site Honcho
    Klugscheisser
    Ich bekenne mich
    nicht schuldig.
    gerryvz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    The Woodlands, Texas, USA
    Posts
    15,115

    Re: another non-500E question, sorry

    I'd also go with Madera Concepts. Confirming that Drew did pass away several years ago. I believe his wife and family were going to try to keep the business going, but evidently that didn't end up happening.

    One other expert in the US in MB wood restoration and refinishing is M. Gregory Merrick, of Old Powerhouse Restorations in Wisconsin. I've known Gregory for 20 years and he lived for many years in my former hometown of Portland, Oregon before relocating to Wisconsin about 10-12 years ago. Very good guy and his work is artisinal, it's so good. He specializes in early MB wood (pre-1973) but is also excellent at urethane-coated MB wood too (1973 and newer).

    Cheers,
    Gerry

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to gerryvz For This Useful Post:

    Klink (09-08-2015)

  10. #7
    postwhore posterchild Klink's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Abstract Plains, USA
    Posts
    3,605

    Re: another non-500E question, sorry

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    I'd also go with Madera Concepts. Confirming that Drew did pass away several years ago. I believe his wife and family were going to try to keep the business going, but evidently that didn't end up happening.

    One other expert in the US in MB wood restoration and refinishing is M. Gregory Merrick, of Old Powerhouse Restorations in Wisconsin. I've known Gregory for 20 years and he lived for many years in my former hometown of Portland, Oregon before relocating to Wisconsin about 10-12 years ago. Very good guy and his work is artisinal, it's so good. He specializes in early MB wood (pre-1973) but is also excellent at urethane-coated MB wood too (1973 and newer).

    Cheers,
    Gerry
    Honch!

    Merrick! That's the other wood guru that I was trying to remember. Mark Wallach kept popping into my mind, but I know that he has been long gone for many years now...
    Last edited by Klink; 09-08-2015 at 05:46 PM.
    Putting the fun in dysfunction...

  11. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    124

    Re: another non-500E question, sorry

    Thanks to all for this update, although it is sad news. I did not know that Drew had died. His company did the dashwood in my 71 3.5 cabriolet- it is beautiful, the only thing that I have that compares to it is the finish on a guitar made for me years ago by Paul Reed Smith. Heritage also did the wood on my 6.3, which is also lovely.

    I will try the sources you all mentioned and thank you all for your help. I don't know if I am going to end up owning this car, so we'll see about that.
    1992 500E, 1985 E320 cabriolet, 1985 300CD, 1980 280GE
    1971 6.3
    1971 3.5 cabriolet
    1969 280SL

Similar Threads

  1. Question about selling 500E, in U.S., to a buyer overseas.
    By FalconOps in forum Cars for Sale - 500E / E500 ONLY
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-21-2014, 12:15 AM
  2. Newbie Question(s): Does this fit my 1993 500E?
    By Calspeed in forum Body Shop
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-22-2013, 09:28 AM
  3. M5 question
    By sheward in forum Off-Topic Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-20-2012, 11:27 PM
  4. 500E tire question
    By nyc123 in forum Wheels and Tires
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-15-2012, 07:39 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •