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Old 07-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #41
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The transition is currently in the works. I'm in a position now where my rent is $510/month instead of $850, so that will make me a hell of a lot more comfortable where I am. When more money starts coming in, it shouldn't be a problem to save up while doing what I'm doing. I don't spend a lot of money on my cars, but when I have enough money saved, I do buy about $1000 of parts at a time instead of putting it away. But still, the majority of my extra money goes to beer and food (huge shock, I know) so I'll need to slow that down before anything else if I want to start saving
if I were you I would ditch that benz and the BMW. get as much as you can private sale. Part the HRE's if you must. Save up and grab this puppy http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col/ctd/3863485526.html

don't tell me you wouldn't want to

PS- I drove that car..... It is as nice as it looks in pics
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:39 AM   #42
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if I were you I would ditch that benz and the BMW. get as much as you can private sale. Part the HRE's if you must. Save up and grab this puppy http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col/ctd/3863485526.html

don't tell me you wouldn't want to

PS- I drove that car..... It is as nice as it looks in pics
i just got a chub
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:06 AM   #43
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if I were you I would ditch that benz and the BMW. get as much as you can private sale. Part the HRE's if you must. Save up and grab this puppy http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/col/ctd/3863485526.html

don't tell me you wouldn't want to

PS- I drove that car..... It is as nice as it looks in pics
That air cooled engine flat 6 sound,
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Keeping the Benz and BMW for sure

I put the 2 easiest dash pieces in one day, waxed the door wood and put them in the trunk for later. I vacuumed the trunk and pressure washed the carpet after this pic was taken



Glovebox and corner pieces were really easy. There's a good comparison pic a few posts ago, both of these pieces were about to fall off on their own before I replaced them.



Laughable difference between the new and old trim.




Wiped down the outside and waxed it again. Looks really pretty when it's not completely full of dust



Not done cleaning the interior, but I did go over it pretty good
























Letting the wood glue soak in glass cleaner, one big glob by the ignition tumbler and another by the headlight switch. It was easy to chisel it off all the plastic by the vents, the leather was the worst...






So, hopefully my steering wheel and front bumper can go on soon. I decided I should probably do both at the same time. It'll be in 'project mode' until then. I think a good clean and new dash wood made a galaxy of difference though, it appears to be a very nice car now.
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And I took these pics once it was outside again. I got a windshield sun reflector for it, figured this new wood was finally something in the interior worth preserving. The top (hood/roof/trunk) needs to be buffed really bad with a machine buffer, no amount of wax can save it now. I have 4 coats of wax on the sides right now though. The car hasn't seen a machine buffer yet, and it will be HUGELY different once it does








Also threw the dash back together, with the exception of the radio wiring. Stupid radio wiring, I hate it with a passion


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Great job restoring the wood trim.....the whole interior is really looking great.

BTW, how much did you pick up the car to begin with?
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Also threw the dash back together, with the exception of the radio wiring. Stupid radio wiring, I hate it with a passion
no kidding. something in my car (94 350 turbodiesel) is messed up with the radio, but messing around with those wires is too confusing
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Looking great, buddy.cant wait to see how this turns out !!!


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Great job restoring the wood trim.....the whole interior is really looking great.

BTW, how much did you pick up the car to begin with?
$1200 cash, and the guy delivered it to me from Duluth (2.5 hour drive)
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$1200 cash, and the guy delivered it to me from Duluth (2.5 hour drive)
Maybe he knew you were going to look after it. I always remember seeing a very white W123 years ago, was a diesel and had no V5 (log book, like a "pink slip") so I turned it down, but always remember it.
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Another small but fun update

Starting with the bad part - this crazy damage to my AMG spoiler. Obviously I bought the car like this, but I still can't figure out how this would have happened. Poor thing. Worst case scenario, I'll lay a bunch of fiberglass over it and build the whole thing up. It's perfectly straight besides the bump and mega waves









Then we have the beautiful paint on the gas door. LOL. Giving this to the my buddy to spray with the front bumper.





And then we have.... my mini plates! Ta-daaaaa!!

I spent about 30 mins with a cut off wheel and sharpie, measuring and taping and cutting the tops of the plates to a 'suitable' size. Then I decided to cut a frame down and see how that looks. I used one that was a little big, but you get the idea. At least now the license plate doesn't extend below the tail lights and make the back of the car look weird

(imagine this with a fresh euro bumper, not the current one lol




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Some more progress after work today, got to spend a full 2 hours buffing out the hood/roof/trunk. Hood and roof look great, trunk is passable for now. I've been wanting to take a buffer to this thing since day 1 but a good opportunity hasn't really presented itself yet. I only did 1 stage out of 3 stages, wool pad with compound, so it will be a lot shinier when I finish!


Trunk reflection before/after



Roof reflection before/after



Hood reflection before





Hood reflection during



Hood reflection after - as the sun was setting
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Wow, that did wonders for that paint, what set up did you use?
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Wow, that did wonders for that paint, what set up did you use?
All 3M / Perfect-It 2 body shop safe stuff. It's the best I've ever used.

It's a 3-stage process using a direct drive buffer, between 1000 and 1800 RPM

1. Rubbing Compound with white wool pad
2. Swirl Remover with gray foam pad
3. Ultrafina with blue foam pad

On the benz, I only completed the first step with wool pad in these pics. Later on, I'll re-do the entire car with the wool pad, and then do the other 2 steps of the process. That will probably happen after I paint both front fenders and the rear door and quarter panel on the driver's side.
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I just realized mine needs a good buffing, holy sh!t. It looks good after waxing but nothing close to that. What did you use on the wood? The finish on most of my trim is cracked and I'd love to refinish it, especially the piece around the gear selector and window switches.

Edit: nvm, I see you replaced the trim.

A word of advice, replace all the old aluminum fuses with copper ones. I'll have to look for the link but there's a guy in Canada that sells replacements and they're really reasonably priced. The aluminum corrodes so if you don't have any problems it'll only be a matter of time. Also, the voltage regulator is probably close to shot and it's only a $20 part. When it goes the car will start acting really weird, like it's going into safe mode to save power.
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