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Old 09-25-2013, 09:32 PM   #81
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Brought both cars to Finland over the weekend

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Old 01-25-2014, 06:09 AM   #82
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Sending the gas tank out to be opened up and re-sealed, my problem was the fuel lines getting clogged with sediment! The car does run with gas manually fed into it



Also polished the gas cap

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Old 01-27-2014, 08:04 PM   #83
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:16 PM   #84
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Pics coming soon, we are about to roll a new timing chain on! One of the guide rails was completely broken off and wedged between the chain and cover, so I'm very thankful nothing happened when we were figuring out how to get it running. It could have easily exploded the second it turned over.
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Went over there to have a couple beers, ended up doing a little bit of work. I buffed the car again with foam pad and polish (holy ****, was that needed!) and replaced the voltage regulator on the alternator. Brushes on the old one were extremely uneven.

My friend was working on the chain that whole time, it turns out that the new chain won't roll in on the spot because the timing is off at the crank, and something is catching or interfering, making the crank not rotate. So, he thinks that the timing is WAY off and the timing cover will be coming off tomorrow. As always, not the best case scenario. :/

Here's a pic of the first guide - broken as hell



And another one right before we left it for the evening - with the new chain half-rolled on.
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So, he got it all aligned without pulling the timing cover, and it fired right up and sounds awesome. Idle is consistent and there are no funky noises. One thing though - it idles at about 3500rpm

Turns out the clamp that holds the warm up regulator to the throttle body is bad/stripped out. So hopefully that solves the issue at least a little bit, I know that would cause a pretty insane vacuum leak.

But, I'll say it again, the car runs awesome! I'm so excited to start driving it. The fuse box had a ton of corrosion, so that got cleaned up today too, and I have fully functional headlights, tail lights, and fog lights.

Sorry I only took one pic, the car is in a super cramped garage and we can barely squeeze around it on the way in/out of there. BUT it's a pretty big difference from the last pic with the chain dangling there.

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Old 04-30-2014, 03:32 AM   #88
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i really like the time and care you are putting onto this old beauty
Thanks man

There was a point a few weeks after I bought it that I thought about selling it right away. That's no fun though, I would rather spend money going through a car and making it nice, plus learning a thing or two along the way. I could have made a thousand or two by just cleaning the car up and selling it as it was, but the only thing I would have done with that profit is go out and buy a similar car. I like this one a lot.
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Thanks man

There was a point a few weeks after I bought it that I thought about selling it right away. That's no fun though, I would rather spend money going through a car and making it nice, plus learning a thing or two along the way. I could have made a thousand or two by just cleaning the car up and selling it as it was, but the only thing I would have done with that profit is go out and buy a similar car. I like this one a lot.
Keep at it dude!
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I too must commend you on your progress. What a great car!

Brings back memories as my parents had an 84 500SEL (black on beige) and it was the car that started my love for cars. We had it from 84-94 and only put 40k miles on it, and it was fantastic. Best of luck with yours!
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Awesome thread, it's like a Wheeler Dealers episode.
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I would be damn good at what they're doing. The problem is, I can't sell anything, I just keep spazzing out and throwing thousands at all these basket cases
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So, after poking around with a mirror for a while, the problem has been discovered. There are little 'donut' pieces to the intake gaskets, and they're all fudged due to improper installation (thanks again, shop #1!) That would explain the supremely high idle, too much air entering the engine after the warm up regulator and the car can only compensate with more fuel.

So the intake came off again today, for the third time in the last 2 years or so. Obviously it's a real pain in the ass to do, the entire fuel distributor (spider looking thing at the top of the engine) and hardlines have to come off, then the intake stuff comes off piece by piece. It's so annoying that I already paid someone to do that part, and bought all brand new stuff from the dealership, and they still messed it up. Lesson learned for sure (I know I keep saying that, but I swear I really did learn lessons)
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Old 07-24-2014, 10:15 PM   #97
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ALRIGHT!

Sorry I didn't update much, I didn't have internet since the beginning of June. That also means that I've been spending all my time working on the 126 instead of rotting away on the couch.



So, picking up where I left off, here it was in the garage during the timing chain/intake redo.



Here's the result of my first day drive with insurance on the car. Delicious BBQ



Found this bad boy



Here's a pic of my friend's 111. It has a heavily modified 4.5L with a 4 speed manual behind it. His guess is 340hp or so.



Drove around in 'diplomat limo status' for 4th of July.







View from my new patio
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Since I've been daily driving the car all month, the ride height really got on my nerves quickly. After a week or so, I decided it was time to cut the springs. I also decided I needed to go big or go home, so I cut 3 coils off.






Yup, pretty damn low.




So I took a few jerk off pictures, knowing it wouldn't be this low forever. Not trying to worry about the oil pan or fuel system getting dragged away.






Buffed the front end for the 3rd time this month



And about a week ago, I swapped some new springs in. Only cut 1.5 coils this time and it sits perfect.




Euro front bumper should finally be painted tomorrow.







Loving the car even more than I expected to! It's a great daily driver. The three things I need to figure out next are 1. A/C, 2. Driver front window doesn't work, and 3. Stereo
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