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Old 05-09-2020, 01:33 PM
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I haven't done any of the above. I'm getting too old to get up off the floor if I get under a vehicle now. One of these days I'll feed the tools to my nephew and con him into doing it.
I know it's fixable, just need the round tuit.
I hear you, chasing vacuum issues can be a real pain. I ended up buying a bunch of line and slowly going over everything and replacing. Some of them are pre-formed but you can usually make something that will work. The HVAC controls are notorious for leaks, could be the key switch as well. Temporarily capping off entire sections and applying a vacuum with a mighty vac can help point you in the right direction, kinda like "divide and conquer". My leaks were always external except the HVAC ones. When my shutoff solenoid failed a new diaphragm fixed it but it had completely failed all at once, not intermittently like yours. Another time I thought it had failed again but it turned out to be a tiny plastic Y fitting had cracked and was leaking vacuum that was going to the solenoid, couldn't see it till I started moving stuff around.
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Old 05-09-2020, 03:29 PM
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Looks like a nice rig. What did the engine oil look like? Probably run a couple tanks of new fuel, after you drain out the old fuel, and replace the fuel filter and you should be good to go. I always replace the rear end gasket and use gasket maker instead of a gasket. Never had a leak doing it that way.
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Old 05-09-2020, 05:44 PM
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Although maybe not quite worthy of suckage , that is a fine automobile you have there and the price was right! That is a vehicle that will experience a NEMP and not miss a beat!

That paint looks like it will clean right up! We'll need before and after pics...

I agree with BigB and Doug about the fuel--new, fresh pumped fully through the system before starting. Why risk crap and algae although the fuel is probably fine... Maybe it NEEDS that sulfur in its veins!
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Old 05-09-2020, 07:55 PM
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Looks like a nice rig. What did the engine oil look like? Probably run a couple tanks of new fuel, after you drain out the old fuel, and replace the fuel filter and you should be good to go. I always replace the rear end gasket and use gasket maker instead of a gasket. Never had a leak doing it that way.
The oil was black as Turdeau's heart. It got fresh oil and filter. Two revolutions of the engine it will be black as there is an engine oil cooler alongside the rad that holds a liter of the old oil. I wil probably dump this oil in 100km and put fresh in....consider this a rinse.
I want to first check the air vent on the dif. MB diff's are bolted solid to the frame The driveshaft has no U joints or slip joints. The axles are independent suspension. Everyone is stunned that in 1973 they had 4 wheel independent suspension and 4 wheel disk brakes.
And the fuel went out of the tank this morning.

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Although maybe not quite worthy of suckage , that is a fine automobile you have there and the price was right! That is a vehicle that will experience a NEMP and not miss a beat!

That paint looks like it will clean right up! We'll need before and after pics...

I agree with BigB and Doug about the fuel--new, fresh pumped fully through the system before starting. Why risk crap and algae although the fuel is probably fine... Maybe it NEEDS that sulfur in its veins!
I did go through a carwash on the way home so it is already better looking. There will be some pictures...
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That seems like a cool keeper Old School and Bulletproof. I didn't know Mercedes imported plain jane cars to the states. The thought of a car with a cable shutoff. Fuck, I'd fix it up and drive it just for that.
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That seems like a cool keeper Old School and Bulletproof. I didn't know Mercedes imported plain jane cars to the states. The thought of a car with a cable shutoff. Fuck, I'd fix it up and drive it just for that.
Today I hooked up a battery and tried the electrics. All good, electric clock is noisy, or I am spoiled by digital tech.
And I went to turn the key, no cranky.
I guess this knob that says 'Pull to Start'....Yep, it does crank the engine when you pull on this control cable.

This car is totally theft proof, even if it didn't have a standard transmission.
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Today I hooked up a battery and tried the electrics. All good, electric clock is noisy, or I am spoiled by digital tech.
And I went to turn the key, no cranky.
I guess this knob that says 'Pull to Start'....Yep, it does crank the engine when you pull on this control cable.

This car is totally theft proof, even if it didn't have a standard transmission.
It's chock full of "Millennial Anti-Theft Devices" German Engineering Decades Ahead of It's Time
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:11 AM
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WEll done!
Seats look great!!
Just yesterday i saw one of the older benzes with a hood rat driving that had those great big wheels on it,i shook my head thinking "they have found the benzes" what a shame..

Now tell us about the boat parked next to the benz in the barn..
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WEll done!
Seats look great!!
Just yesterday i saw one of the older benzes with a hood rat driving that had those great big wheels on it,i shook my head thinking "they have found the benzes" what a shame..

Now tell us about the boat parked next to the benz in the barn..
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Old 05-10-2020, 12:31 PM
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That seems like a cool keeper Old School and Bulletproof. I didn't know Mercedes imported plain jane cars to the states. The thought of a car with a cable shutoff. Fuck, I'd fix it up and drive it just for that.
The whole idea of a Mercedes used to be you buy it for life. Many workhorse models were brought to the US market and these cars were purchased by smart people. They cost more up front but less overall if you kept them. Not unheard of to see a million miles on the old diesels. Somehow the general public associated Mercedes with rich people, a status symbol. So as this notion persisted and the younger people saw it more of a status symbol that became the main driving force for them to buy. So then the manufacturers started making models to appeal to this ever growing sector lest they lose sales to BMW and Volvo etc. So the brand, IMHO, cheapened. They started offering entry level models which anyone could afford, for the same cost as a Ford they could have a Mercedes in their driveway now. What they didn't realize was they were not really buying a Mercedes, they were now buying just another throw away car with a silver star on it.
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