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    Thread: AMG 1985 500SEC Wide Body Conversion

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      08-09-2012 08:40 AM #201
      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      For those interested in more early AMG info and networking, I've put together a website dedicated to classic AMG models.

      www.mercedes-AMG-classic.com

      Hope you enjoy!

      Cheers,
      Very Nice! I would love to see some W124 stuff - just to dream, you know!
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      08-09-2012 08:44 AM #202
      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      Danke!

      Spiced up the interior a bit referencing my muse, the 500SEC 32v AMG Wide Body featured in the July 1984 German Magazine Publication, "Auto Motor und Sport," Dan Miller Auto Tops and Interiors reproduced this Gembella styling, designed for AMG, door card insert.

      Coupled with the AMG styled door wood trim by Madera Concepts, the inserts offer a unique touch to the coupe's cabin.

      Madera Concepts does some wonderful work. I have sent them some real trash in the past only to get back a box full of stunning, mirror reflective wood trim (usually with a large bill attached). They've done MB's, Rolls' and Bentleys for us (among others) and have always been top notch in service and in results. They're a great shop - I just had to sing their praises!
      Classicmotoringllc.com - my new brokerage and consulting business based out of a lavishly converted first floor bedroom in Allentown, PA. I am always looking for quality enthusiast cars to consign, research projects or consultation opportunities. Keep an eye on my page as you can see my blabberings about cars and other such junk in the blog section!

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      08-09-2012 10:55 AM #203
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      Can't find the admission price, if any.

      Sent from a rotary-dial phone using Edna the Small Town Operator
      Admission is free.

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      08-09-2012 11:06 AM #204
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      a) Very nice final touch!
      b) Common, man, you should have someone take some proper pics of the car. Such a tease to watch some smartphone pics of such a gorgeous thing.
      c) You should hint about your car to Mercedes in Germany. I'm sure they'd be interested in featuring your car in their AMG Facebook page or something.
      a) Thank you.

      b) here: http://mercedes-amg-classic.com/featured.html just click on the coupe, a drop down menu appears, click AMG gallery and there are a handful of high quality photos.

      There is also a nice write up in the January/February issue of MBCA's The Star magazine. Online article can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the same page.

      There are also some nice photos in the July issue of Mercedes Enthusiast as found above: http://news.renntechmercedes.com/wp-...b1-216x300.jpg

      c) Thanks for the suggestion. Meanwhile there is this: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Merce...07798765975892

      More to follow after the Legends event.

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      08-09-2012 11:07 AM #205
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      the OG Benz big body coupe. love it. what kind of headlights you got
      Thx. They are euro spec headlights.

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      08-09-2012 11:10 AM #206
      Quote Originally Posted by geofftii2002 View Post
      Very Nice! I would love to see some W124 stuff - just to dream, you know!
      The forum side of the classic site is a bit W126 heavy but the all of the model designations are represented and growing. www.amgclassic.com

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      08-09-2012 11:13 AM #207
      Quote Originally Posted by geofftii2002 View Post
      Madera Concepts does some wonderful work. I have sent them some real trash in the past only to get back a box full of stunning, mirror reflective wood trim (usually with a large bill attached). They've done MB's, Rolls' and Bentleys for us (among others) and have always been top notch in service and in results. They're a great shop - I just had to sing their praises!

      Madera is best. Together with Madera we produced the jigs for the W126 SEC AMG door wood as posted above. Real enthusiasts.

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      08-16-2012 02:54 PM #208
      Found. The long search for the elusive period correct wheels as originally optioned for the AMG wide body is over. I want to thank the fellow enthusiasts that have sent leads during the search!




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      08-16-2012 03:02 PM #209
      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      b) here: http://mercedes-amg-classic.com/featured.html just click on the coupe, a drop down menu appears, click AMG gallery and there are a handful of high quality photos.
      Thanks for the link. Such a BOSS looking car. I appreciate going all original with the new set of wheels now but I gotta say I think I'll like your car more with the 3-piece wheels you have on it now.

      BTW, what's the "MHN" on the speedo?


      c) Thanks for the suggestion. Meanwhile there is this: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Merce...07798765975892
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      08-16-2012 03:09 PM #210
      Quote Originally Posted by Son View Post
      Thanks for the link. Such a BOSS looking car. I appreciate going all original with the new set of wheels now but I gotta say I think I'll like your car more with the 3-piece wheels you have on it now.

      BTW, what's the "MHN" on the speedo?



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      I agree, the 3pc are stunning. Nothing 20 lugs won't change. Consider the period correct wheels as the "winter" set.

      My initials. This, along with many others, was a personalized touch offered by AMG back in the day. True, thru and thru.

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      08-16-2012 03:13 PM #211
      How reliable are the W126s? I see some come up once in a while and there's something about driving an old flagship that interests me... however I'm certainly not interested in a potential basketcase

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      08-16-2012 06:41 PM #212
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      How reliable are the W126s? I see some come up once in a while and there's something about driving an old flagship that interests me... however I'm certainly not interested in a potential basketcase
      As with most, buy the best example you can find or budget allows. Look for examples with service history. Timing chain replacement a must every 100-125k. If you're mechanically inclined, you'll save by doing some of the standard services yourself. These 126 will run forever if well maintained.

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      08-16-2012 09:08 PM #213
      how are the accessories and electronics?

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      08-19-2012 01:10 PM #214
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      how are the accessories and electronics?
      A/C is a weak spot if not properly cared for ; compressor, vent controlled vacuum pods and climate control unit solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Idle control unit solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Cruise control unit solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Fuel pump relay, use only Genuine MB unit.

      As with all aging vehicles, make sure all electrical connectors are periodically checked.

      It's a wonderfully robust, well engineered vehicle overall.

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      08-19-2012 07:54 PM #215
      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      A/C is a weak spot if not properly cared for ; compressor, vent controlled vacuum pods and climate control unit solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Idle control unit solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Cruise control unit solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Fuel pump relay, use only Genuine MB unit.

      As with all aging vehicles, make sure all electrical connectors are periodically checked.

      It's a wonderfully robust, well engineered vehicle overall.
      are these replacements expensive?

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      08-19-2012 09:50 PM #216
      See bold within reply below.

      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      A/C is a weak spot if not properly cared for ; compressor, 300-400vent controlled vacuum pods 30-40ea and climate control unit 150-300solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Idle control unit 175-325solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Cruise control unit 250-300 solder circuits often tire and needs replacing.

      Fuel pump relay,125-200 use only Genuine MB unit.

      As with all aging vehicles, make sure all electrical connectors are periodically checked.

      It's a wonderfully robust, well engineered vehicle overall.

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      08-20-2012 02:08 AM #217
      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      If anyone is in the area during Peebles Beach Auto Week, you should really make it a point to visit Legends of the Autobahn at Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel Valley, CA August 17th.

      This is a four marque annual event which includes BMW, Porsche, Mercedes and for the first time Audi.

      More info here:

      http://legendsoftheautobahn.org/Home.html

      Hope to see you there!
      Another fantastic event co-hosted by Mercedes Club of America. Wonderful turn-out, fantastic examples sprawled across the green.

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      08-20-2012 11:40 AM #218
      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      See bold within reply below.
      not bad. My friend offered me his RennTech W126 600SEL (the 6.0L V8) for free... but the body is all rotted.
      The body is rusted through in several places, and has several additional rust spots that are not through yet - we addressed those and the failed paint by filling the gaping holes with urethane expanding foam and treating the entire car to a plastidip. It looks a bit like primer, but is a rubber textured coating. Mechanically, the car is solid, though the brakes are about used up. The engine is strong, but we left the thermostat out when replacing the water pump. A/C and heat work. The factory radio needs a code, and the factory wiring/amp need some attention - better to go aftermarket audio anyway for the effort. Other recent repairs too numerous to list, but "a good home" means dealing with scarce parts and fixing things that are a surprise. If you want to go hog wild, a drive line overhaul will give you a very capable burnout machine - expect to replace clutch packs in the transmission and LSD with 600SL V12 parts. Otherwise, it makes a fairly reliable beater that runs strong and shifts clean. The interior show the age - She's a '90 with almost 300k miles. I'll share some pics on g+ in a bit.
      might be too much work for me

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      08-20-2012 11:46 AM #219
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      not bad. My friend offered me his RennTech W126 600SEL (the 6.0L V8) for free... but the body is all rotted.


      might be too much work for me
      Again with most all vehicles, rust is the enemy.

      I'd be interested in more info on the example mentioned. Please PM me with additional details. Thank you.

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      08-20-2012 03:07 PM #220
      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      Again with most all vehicles, rust is the enemy.

      I'd be interested in more info on the example mentioned. Please PM me with additional details. Thank you.
      emailed. The thing was a train when I got a ride in it

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      08-21-2012 01:02 PM #221
      Quote Originally Posted by 48hp View Post
      Another fantastic event co-hosted by Mercedes Club of America. Wonderful turn-out, fantastic examples sprawled across the green.
      Two quick picts:







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      08-21-2012 01:04 PM #222
      I'm going to bug the crap out of you on email about these things now

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      08-21-2012 04:15 PM #223
      Please do!



      The Mercedes W126 was well represented this year, winning a total of three awards. Our coupe took 2nd place in it's class.


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