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Date registered: Aug 2007
Vehicle: 1967 250SE Auto
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Hello all vintage owner (very new to restoration)
Warning - very detailed introduction
Hey everybody my names mark wootton from Dallas, Texas and I was recently given a '67 250SE 4 door. It had been sitting for about 4 years. First I replaced the ignition system, the filters and fluids, plugs and plug wires, I had a much more knowledgeable friend help me with the drivetrain and originally he thought that just the U-joints and axle flex joint would need to be replaced. Unfortunately after purchasing those and taking the drivetrain off we found that a previous owner had bored it out and replaced the U-joints with a standard most likely GM U-joint rather than the original. So, after searching for 2 days we finally found some that would fit, barely and with some hammering. After that I still had a better but very bad knocking issue when changing gears mostly from drive to reverse (it's an automatic) and when I got up to 55 there was some fairly violent vibrating it would level off a bit at around 70-90 but was still pretty rough. 55-65 was just terrible. After driving for a little while and running about 5 bottles of injector cleaner in I realized they just needed to be purged. So I took it to a shop and they took care of that and after it sounded like a totally different engine, and made me think that they weren't all firing before. So that was great news but the bad news after a test drive I found the transmission will need to be rebuilt. That's where I am now ($1600 later and looking at a grand total of about $5000 to get it back to cruising at 110). Baby's at the shop and I have about $600 for rebuilding the tranny which will cost up to $1200 if I can find someone to do it. I could really use an old tranny instead, but I can't find one in any yard in Dallas. I'm very new to all this and am looking forward to learning alot from you guys. Thanks!
Last edited by mwootto; 08-11-2008 at 05:37 PM.