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Old 08-23-2013, 10:38 PM   #61
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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.
Thanks for the info on the fuses! I already bought a new Voltage Regulator because the battery light was on.
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #62
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Me and my buddy recently did my Porsche with the SAME 3M wax with the machine after clay blocking with degreaser and finished it with a hand glaze.

Came out looking great like yours. Good taste in products my dude!
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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!


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Old 08-28-2013, 12:22 AM   #68
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Me and my buddy recently did my Porsche with the SAME 3M wax with the machine after clay blocking with degreaser and finished it with a hand glaze.

Came out looking great like yours. Good taste in products my dude!
Sounds like you missed a step if you guys used a wool pad like I did! Was the paint all swirly/hazy before applying the hand glaze? If you used a wool pad with the compound, it's essential to do step 2 / swirl remover afterward, and then a hand glaze or polish after that's done. Otherwise the swirls/haze will come back immediately
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Sounds like you missed a step if you guys used a wool pad like I did! Was the paint all swirly/hazy before applying the hand glaze? If you used a wool pad with the compound, it's essential to do step 2 / swirl remover afterward, and then a hand glaze or polish after that's done. Otherwise the swirls/haze will come back immediately
No Alec, my car is not covered in swirls. It's a tad bit newer and always garaged. No wool pad necessary.
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No Alec, my car is not covered in swirls. It's a tad bit newer and always garaged. No wool pad necessary.
haha, k good. I never use the compound unless I use a wool pad (only exception with the foam pad is when I'm buffing out 3000 grit wetsanding on paint) so I just had to make sure that you didn't ruin the whole car.
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #71
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Got the correct OEM trunk badge in good shape! My friend bent it up taking it off his parts car, but I got it arrow straight with about a half hour of careful hand bending.

Can't wait to 'un-poser' the car

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Old 09-12-2013, 10:13 PM   #73
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So I took the foam pad to the hood, roof, and top half of the body yesterday. Now I'm finally satisfied with the condition of the paint, it was killing me.





And I finally got around to replacing the chrome trunk handle.



Polished up underneath



Nice handle, really makes a difference. Gas door should be done this week.

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Old 09-13-2013, 08:31 PM   #76
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It's sitting because of a rusted bolt at the back of the intake manifold that doesn't allow you to get the last injector in. So the whole manifold has to come off again, which will happen soon. I told them October was my deadline.

Front bumper and gas door are coming up soon to get painted (I had to wait in a long line, but will only pay $170 to paint both parts!) It will look WAY better with a nice fresh euro bumper.

The doors all have rust starting, either on the inside or underneath the side cladding. So I'll get those spotted in or repainted. Also one quarter panel should be addressed at the same time. I'll wait to deal with the front fenders because they're only rusting around the area that the AMG lip was once bolted in. But I'll have to deal with the doors and quarter right away. Might do the trunk and spoiler at the same time.

Once it drives, I'll spend a night after work cutting the springs.

Exhaust, I'm going to use Porter Mufflers. One of my best friends owns the company so I'm trying to rep the 126 for him. They're steel-packed (like Supersprint) and have a bunch of simple muffler/resonator applications. My first instinct is to get some nice wide AMG-style tips and tuck them right up under the bumper as close as possible, similar to the supersprint on the e46.

Also, timing chain guides/tensioners. I'll definitely do that by the end of winter assuming the car drives and doesn't explode by then.
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So I... uhh...... bought this thing last year. LOL

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It was a Wisconsin/Minnesota car for its whole life, so there is some body rust. It's damn good underneath though. It was stored for 8 years before I bought it. Hell, I didn't even know I wanted a Benz until I came across this one.









cleaned and flow tested injectors


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Parts waiting to be installed once the car runs again:

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Currently working on vacuum lines and waiting on parts at the shop. Here's a link to the full thread on Benzworld: http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w126...d-up-euro.html



If anyone is thinking this already, YES I spent all my e46 trans swap money, and then some, on this car. LOL
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Dropped them off at my friend's shop. They've done 2 sets of injectors for me so far. 6 for BMW M50 and 8 for Merc M117

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