Wrap it in vinyl. If you don't like it in a few months you can take it all off again. No harm, no foul.
It looked so sad sitting in the driveway unused, and its been really mild around here, so I took it to Toronto and back Christmas day for a family get together, clicked over 5000 miles on my way home since I put it in my name in June...
Also dropped the RS's off at the powdercoaters last weekend. Car finally gets stored indoors tomorrow, so I'll have a place to work on it till spring, mostly maintenance stuff will be getting done this winter as school had a bigger impact on my car fund than anticipated. Looking forward to many more miles in 2012!
My problem is I'm a bad perfectionist with little things like that. No matter how much work I put into restoring the lips, I'd probably never get them the way I want them. Still debating whether to go aluminum or stainless with the new ones...
On another note, look for some big updates coming next week...
Started tearing down the engine bay today so I can get everything to the powdercoaters. I wanted to wait until I had the engine out and I could do the complete bay all at once, but when you have the opportunity to do something, sometimes you have to take it! Even the girlfriend helped me, though we didnt get much done due to the fact it was -13*c out and I forgot both my light (so we could see with the garge closed) and my portable heater. Look for more pics of the teardown throughout the week...
Reference pictures, I can never remember how these damn linkages go back together...
Smiling, though she was not that impressed with me forgetting the heater...
Done for the day, no feeling in fingers or toes. Not much progress, but still filled a whole box with stuff. Heading back sometime during the week when its a bit warmer...
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After an insane, Monster energy drink fueled four hours, I got almost everything I wanted out of the bay last Thursday before I left for Florida. Received all the stuff I ordered from Mercedes and currently awaiting my order to arrive from Mercedes Source...
And some pictures I found from the previous owner comparing stock ride hight. You can also see the difference Euro bumpers and the shaved marker lights make...
Mmmm new parts...
Lets see if I can remember what I've bought so far
Intake/exhaust manifold gasket
everything to re-seal the top end of the injection pump
fuel filter housing grommets
transmission tailshaft seal
exhaust manifold to downpipe gasket
throttle linkage bushings
throttle cable guide
some nut that I dont remember what its for
From Mercedes Source
Vacuum pump overhaul kit
engine shock mount kits
Power steering filter
brake fluid resevoir seals
Master cylinder to booster O-ring
driveshaft flew discs
driveshaft hanger-bearing and mount
driveshaft dust boot
From The Benz Bin
parking brake shoes
From local autopart store
inline fuel filter
rear brake pads/discs
transmission filter kit
So much work to do before spring. This weeks to-do list: remove old oil pan, check height of oil pickup to see if I can shorten the pan, take new pan/pickup to welders to have them modify it (my welding sucks), replace glowplugs, set valve lash, purchase all new vacuum/fuel line....
Still can not find any decent interior parts, seems like all the good original interior stuff is attached to $5000+ cars, I've looked at 6 different parts cars and the interiors have been trashed in every one. I've found two parts cars that belong to one of the customers at work, both total wrecks, but chocked full of useable stuff, including all the parts from a car that was wrecked in the early 80's, then taken apart completely and put into storage. The thing that makes me happiest is I got a near rust free OE passenger front fender! Pics when I go back to pillage more parts...
Last edited by Zman86; 02-12-2012 at 10:57 PM.
Not much has been going on lately with the car. I had stripped the bay to get everything powdercoated (removed everything I had already removed back in November), and then it fell through and I just got my stuff back a couple weeks ago. I'm in the middle of a move also, so things have been crazy. Towed the car from my girlfriends to the new shop last weekend, hoping to finally get some work done once I'm moved in. Also had a issue with the injector pump (I removed something I shouldnt have) and now I may have to pull the pump out for re-calibration :mad and I've been having issues with improper parts from both aftermarket suppliers and Mercedes....
Hoping to have it mobile by the end of April...
Its new home! We have from the two shop doors forward
View from the bedroom...
Hey, great job on the car restoring it. It still looks great. Since you've got the becker radio, have you thought of perhaps using the face as a cover for a more modern stereo? What I was thinking is have a little electric actuator, and a hinge on the top or bottom to make it fold down, and have a modern stereo behind the face. It'd require some fabrication, but I think it'd look great.
Nice meeting you too!
Well, the plans were to just drive it and fix stuff/install all the new parts I have stockpiled along the way. However, we too it out and put around 30km on it before the transmission started slipping terribly, so looks like it may be out of commission for a few more weeks. I may just do all the work I was planning on doing gradually throughout the year while it's down.
Well, It's back on the road, put about 200 miles on it this weekend. I ended up draining the semi-synthetic fluid I put in the transmission and re filled it with the cheapest ATF I could find and replaced a blown out bushing on the shift linkage at the transmission, and it's now shifting better than it ever has.
Anyways, some pictures! First wash of the year after getting it back together
Draining the transmission
Out on the highway
Some random pictures
Mine and the girlfriends cars
Last edited by Zman86; 05-14-2012 at 09:21 AM.