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    Had the same thing with vacuum lines few weeks ago.. Can be a satisfying job ultimately haha!

    Those old Mercs are great, big bodiessss!

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    Just another pic stuntin' outside the shop while waiting for parts

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    Here's the final result of the used/seized wiper motor assembly I got from a local guy. I was about to return it when the arms didn't move, but a friend of mine (tech at work) offered to let it soak and work the wiper transmission free, which took a whole week. He tested the motor and finished up yesterday, I bought new lock rings to fasten the arms in place, and today I cleaned it up with steel wool. It's so fun when this little stuff works out smoothly for a change



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    Well my update for the day is that the injectors are pulled. Couldn't make it to my friend's shop since they closed at noon today, so those will be dropped off on Monday to get cleaned and flow tested.

    Anyone know the fuel pressure they run in the car? I can look it up but would like the info from someone who has done it plenty of times before. I searched and all I found was a 3.7 bar minimum, with a new spec of 4.3 to 4.6







    Waiting on one more vacuum part for the throttle body, and a couple random hoses that are hard, and we should be ready to put it together after that!
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    Photoshop is a good skill to have, thinking of doing the wheels a nice silver or off-silver color. Obviously the conservative drop is also photoshopped in, likely what I would shoot for. Plus get some nice tires on it and a buff, of course.

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    Got the injectors back from cleaning, here's the readout. Kinda what I expected.



    Here's a pic of the HVAC wood area, mainly taken for reference. I removed the ash tray and radio so I can wire up a new one when the time comes. Also cleaned out some rodent remnants that somehow got under there.


    And the shifter wood. I remembered these pieces being in really bad shape, but turns out neither is very bad. Dash and door pieces, on the other hand, are awful
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    AMG Wheelin'

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    jelly, thats a nice wheel. glad to see you doing all the little maintenance stuff. little things like that matter. clean car!
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    So it rained for about 1 month straight, but now we're looking at a nice stretch of weather so I clayed and waxed it outside Looks slightly less like a giant paperweight now.







    Still waiting on le parts... front bumper is about to be dropped off to be painted, I'd like to throw that on next time it's on a lift at the shop. My plan is to finish this work, put new tires on it once it's driving, and drive it a mile down the road to the Benz dealer to do the timing chain guide rails and full inspection.
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    i loooooooooooooooooooove these big body benzes. Very intimidating car especially black with some amg chrome monoblocks. Love the meshies though and that woodgrain will look dope.

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    gangster

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    Thanks guyz.

    Replaced my door striker/locking eye today. Finally the driver front door closes all ze way. Opens and closes like a dream now, actually, as I said verbatim on other forums. >_<

    It was cool though. Remove 4 allen bolts and mind the extra slider brackets, realign with the 'dirt shadow' that the old locking eye left, and it worked perfect on the first try. Sweet



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    Good God that thing is massive. Looks so so gangster.

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    I love it! This thing is awesome

    When are you going to refurb those wheels? I love the meshies.

    Reminds me of something the yakuza would drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rice4life View Post
    I love it! This thing is awesome

    When are you going to refurb those wheels? I love the meshies.

    Reminds me of something the yakuza would drive.
    Hell yeah.

    I dunno, refurbing these wheels isn't very high on my priority list. The black is growing on me too. It will look way better once it's dropped and has the rears spaced out a little bit, with some nice tires and exhaust..

    edit: ALSO I found a receipt the other day, the PO actually spent some money to get them refurbed back in the late 80s. So I'm happy to rock someone Wisconsin guy's paint job for as long as it lasts. Looks pretty good in person and they could really use a polish
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    Took some more pics the other day to show original condition of the interior. I've done some random cleaning on all the carpet pieces under the dash, and all the vents cleaned out with a brush and class cleaner. So, nothing has been aired out or vacuumed yet.





    driver front door trim and switch, bad shape



    i like these clusters, they look really nice stock



    took the rear/center headliner piece down, it was just dangling by the dome light





    The back seat has this weird crusty pink staining all over the place. That will be fixed once it's driving, I have 'a guy' for that



    both B-pillars need to be taken off and reglued



    passenger front also needs the wood trim and seat switch replaced



    dash wood is VERY unhappy, across the board



    wood glue



    more wood glue
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    Very cool...with a little TLC, old mercs perform like new

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    Not sure if I'll use these yet, but I just picked up these 18x8 and 18x9 AMGs. I'm guessing their offset of 38 will be a little weak on the W126.

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    Finally met up with a local guy last night and got the wood trim. MMMMMM it looks so nice Also got some much-needed items like blower motor and windshield wiper cowl.



    I put the 2 easiest pieces in today, can't wait to tackle the long dash piece. Doesn't look too hard, the cluster just has to come out as far as I can tell. I need to vacuum this thing BADLY but the new wood still looks great.





    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b5Avant View Post
    "theres nothing more expensive than a cheap merc"
    QFT

    this is getting very interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marsss View Post
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    this is getting very interesting
    For sure, that quote is true.

    However, besides all the fun little stuff I've bought for the car so far, I've only spent $2400 on it so far. That's including the bill to do all the vacuum lines, test/piece together the wiper assembly, clean injectors, and R/I the entire fuel distributor/warm up regulator assembly. Plus 8 months of shop storage so far. lol
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    i like where this is going, interior should be easy to fix up, theres a ton of w126's laying around for pickin.

    That AMG steering wheel is tits man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hi its me alec View Post
    For sure, that quote is true.

    However, besides all the fun little stuff I've bought for the car so far, I've only spent $2400 on it so far. That's including the bill to do all the vacuum lines, test/piece together the wiper assembly, clean injectors, and R/I the entire fuel distributor/warm up regulator assembly. Plus 8 months of shop storage so far. lol

    "theres nothing cheaper than buying a dope benz"


    that should be the new quote.

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    Well, great news, the car made it into the shop today (and will likely stay there for a bit.) I finally vacuumed it out and shampooed the carpets. Also put the center console back together and made some cluster removal tools. Coat hanger worked great.






    Now I'm almost done removing the last dash wood piece, which unfortunately was wood glued in everywhere. Might need a new dash if I can't remove all dat glue.
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    Well, I put my man pants on and chiseled the hell out of the dashboard with a tiny flathead screw driver and a razor blade. Worked out great! All I had to do was soak the wood glue in glass cleaner and take a razor blade right to the center of each "crustacean." After that, you kinda 'flick' it up and a nice chunk of wood glue came up every time. Once I was done with the razor blade, I moved to the corner of the flathead to get any excess glue off. It wasn't super sharp like the razor blade, but was still strong enough to do the job. Now I just need to take steel wool to the rest of the dash to make the color match.

    Forgot my DSLR, d'oh



    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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