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    Thread: Bergwerk Rennsport and Weston Auto (lots of pictures)

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      07-16-2012 08:22 PM #51
      Quote Originally Posted by Der Audidude View Post
      OK this thread is just full of awesomeness. Following an insane build and then some ridiculous cars. The numbers on that S74 are impressive, to say the least.

      Keep this stuff coming! Thanks!

      The hardwired radar dectors: was the detector display integrated into the dash? I've always wondered about a setup like this.

      Thanks! I will keep the pictures coming on a regular basis. I have thousands of pictures on various computers--it's hard work going through them and deciding what to post up next.

      The radar detector display was "hidden" down by my knees next to the transmission tunnel (down to the right and beneath the steering wheel). You can see it in the picture showing the drivers seat area.

      It's one thing reading about the S74, but another to experience it. Crazy, crazy car. It handled well too. The Bilstein Sports and H&R springs coupled with the fairly wide tires made for one heck of a ride. It handled more like an E46 M3 than a 5200lb whale. I'm still not quite sure how on earth I managed to pull it off as well as I did.

      One of these days I'll have another. This time though I'd like a CL7x AMG (they made CL70, 72, and 73 AMGs). I have always had a secret admiration for the AMG CL's. Once I drove a coupe W140, it really made me think that they designed it that way first, then decided to make the sedan W140. The W140 is great, but the C140 is rolling perfection. Something like this:

      These are badged as S7x cars which merely stands for S-Class coupe which is the same as a CL-Class. The gentleman that owns both of these is a member on one of my Mercedes forums. He has quite a massive collection of AMG cars from the 80s and 90s.



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      07-16-2012 08:37 PM #52
      Wow man really great work. I don't know how i missed your thread. I could tell your 360 had some custom fiberglass bodywork. The 360 will be a lot of fun for you on the track, enjoy. I'll be keeping an eye on your thread
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      07-16-2012 08:45 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by RQ1 View Post
      Wow man really great work. I don't know how i missed your thread. I could tell your 360 had some custom fiberglass bodywork. The 360 will be a lot of fun for you on the track, enjoy. I'll be keeping an eye on your thread
      Thank you! Nice to hear another person will be keeping an eye and engaging in the thread!
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      07-16-2012 08:47 PM #55
      Here are a couple of teaser shots of my F360 race car. It is currently in the paint shop, but should be finished next month with some luck.









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      07-16-2012 08:52 PM #56
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      Goodness gracious do I love me some Big Body Benz coupes.


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      07-17-2012 09:49 AM #57
      This is truly awesome stuff. Can you share some info on the E36s in the background of some of the shots on page 1?

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      07-17-2012 11:07 AM #58
      This thread was already amazing... and then you post the 360 race car.

      Thanks for letting us regular schmucks live vicariously through you.

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      07-20-2012 02:40 PM #59
      So for us mere mortals who want an R129 V8 (500SL/SL500) should we just avoid the years with the crappy wiring?

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      07-20-2012 02:51 PM #60
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      R Compounds on a 220. Interesting.

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      07-22-2012 03:17 PM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by BagelConsultant View Post
      So for us mere mortals who want an R129 V8 (500SL/SL500) should we just avoid the years with the crappy wiring?
      Yes, avoid basically all Mercedes products made from 1990 through the end of 1994. A handful of the 1995's had problems with the wiring, but not enough to warrant them as faulty. By 1996 it was completely cured. Generally only the S-Class, S-Class coupe, and SL-Class had problems with the wiring, but even some of the E-Class's wind up with wiring problems.

      I had a 1999 SL500 for a couple years, it was a fantastic car. Great car to work your way into the Mercedes marque. Step up to a 600 in a few years though, they are worth it. The maintenance cost between a well sorted 600 and a well sorted 500 is fairly similar. Also, don't buy into the "my SL500 is just as fast as an SL600 malarky. The SL500 is probably as fast from 0-35mph but beyond that the SL600s walk away from the 500s. Same goes for the S-Class and CL-Class.

      If you want the AMG bodykit and wheels, the cheapest way to do that is to buy an SL500/600 with a factory sport package. If purchased separately, it will cost about $10-12k including wheels. You can find decent SL's with the sport package for between $9k-18k depending on year and miles.
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      07-22-2012 03:29 PM #62
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      This is truly awesome stuff. Can you share some info on the E36s in the background of some of the shots on page 1?
      Of course! I'll elaborate more at a laster date when I have time to take more pictures--the SL is keeping me quite busy right now.

      After I quite junior drag racing, I got into autocross with E36 M3s--found autocross to be a bore fairly quickly, so I got into road racing.

      The Yokohama #93 BMW is my personal car. It's a 1993 325is. In the first week I owned it, I stripped it out, installed a roll bar in the back, threw an AA 3" race exhaust, and AST 4200s on it. It went downhill(?) from there very fast. I begun using it as my DD. Fun little car, but lacking in power. I decided to supercharge it with an AA kit and had a Rieger widebody installed. The last dyno showed 459whp on 110 leaded. Long story short: it still wasn't fast enough, so I decided to take an extra S52 (3.2L M3 engine) I had laying around and swap it in with a bigger supercharger it. To compliment, I've got a 6-speed Drenth sequential gearbox. It should be making 550whp reliably with the new setup. If it's still not enough, then I'll build a turbo 2.8L motor and shoot for 650whp, or find a Cosworth V8.

      The white M3 in the background is one of my other drivers cars. He used to use it as a DD, but now uses his Acura. We just got done rebuilding the engine on his M3. It's now running 273whp.

      I've also got a 1997 M3 that is used as a trainer car, and a 1993 328is that is the next step up from the '97 M3.

      All of the BMWs (minus the '97 M3) have Stoptech front and rear BBKs, AST 4200 (or the new 4150), SPAL fans, full roll cages, and just about every other part you can find on Turner or Bimmerworld.
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      07-22-2012 03:35 PM #63
      More progress on the SL. The harnesses wound up costing about what I figured--a lot.

      I'll just post up pictures without much in the way of commentary for now, as I'm short on time.

      I managed to find a set of Bilstein B6 shocks in Germany that I'll use in conjunction with H&R lowering springs to replace of the ADS system. Removing all the hydraulic lines is a complete PITA.

      Reinstalling the harness is much easier than removal simply because I now know where the wires go. I've spent about 30-40 hours on it so far.

      Pictures for now, I'll be back with more soon and a better explanation.











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      07-22-2012 09:15 PM #64
      This is the driver side and upper harnesses back installed. I'm waiting on the throttle bodies, MAFs, passenger harness, and lower harness to arrive.



      Removing the ADS system from the car slowly but surely. I am waiting on Bilstein B6 shocks and H&R springs from Germany.


      RENNtech exhaust from the headers back. Sport cats, resonator delete, and muffler. Sounds great, but I'm ditching the cats in favor of 100cel race cats.


      Quite a bit of hydraulic fluid. I actually did mop some of it up--left the rest for my cleaning crew.



      Took a picture of my E55 in the new shop at the dealership.
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      07-22-2012 09:54 PM #65
      I never really wanted one before but this secures the fact that I have no interest in a Mercedes V12.

      It's really cool that you take the time to take pictures to document and share your work. Even on TCL we never get a chance to see what it's like a in a high-end specialty shop. So thanks.

      Also I may be wrong but in this picture it looks like the rear wheels have the tires mounted backwards.

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      Well I finally got the monoblocks on the E55. Here's a couple pictures I snapped earlier today:

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      09-01-2012 11:47 PM #67
      Stock wheels look leagues better on the E55!.
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      10-27-2012 01:08 PM #68
      The SL600 is finally coming back together. The Bilstein B6's took forever to get here from Germany--completely worth the weight though. They are amazing shocks. Very stiff ride with the H&R springs. Should actually have some decent handling after I'm done with it. Shipping it off to MB Westminster to have Mike give everything a once over after all the wiring work. Should be drivable in the next two weeks. I'll post a video up when it is. Wheels wise, I think 17-18x10 front and 11 rears should work just fine. The 8/9.5 wheels on it now are far too sunken in. Not to mention only having 255's on the rear. I'd like to run a 295 front and 305 rear. That should help quite a bit. We'll see.









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      10-27-2012 01:13 PM #69
      My latest toy; an '89 560sec AMG 6.0L with 121k on the clock. It dyno'd 247rwhp and 287rwtq which is right where it should be. Needs a little TLC, but a killer deal for what I paid. Awesome car. I can't wait to take it over the mountains and see just how fast it will go. Should be a 180mph car from what I remember. Maybe closer to 190mph down near sea level.













      Video from the dyno:
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      10-27-2012 02:54 PM #70
      Awesome thread

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      Quote Originally Posted by MB_Fahrer View Post
      Yes, avoid basically all Mercedes products made from 1990 through the end of 1994.
      I`m no expert on this but was not this an issue as new generation engines came around. In the comunity myself,not the US but the wire issues seem to be a 1993 onwards issue or?
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      10-27-2012 07:07 PM #74
      Thank you all for the kind words! I've been quite busy with end of racing season, work, etc, but I've got quite a bit planned for this winter. Won't spill too many details, but keep an eye for this thread. I'll update it more regularly.

      Update on the white AMG coupe; I have ordered Bilstein B8 shocks from Germany, a new center console storage unit (wood is busted on mine), and H&R sport springs.

      Thanks again for all the compliments!
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      10-28-2012 01:36 AM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by MB_Fahrer View Post
      My latest toy; an '89 560sec AMG 6.0L with 121k on the clock. It dyno'd 247rwhp and 287rwtq which is right where it should be. Needs a little TLC, but a killer deal for what I paid. Awesome car. I can't wait to take it over the mountains and see just how fast it will go. Should be a 180mph car from what I remember. Maybe closer to 190mph down near sea level.













      Video from the dyno:
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      Pic of original owner:



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