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Angry 116 & 126 Enthusiast

I live in Dublin, OH
I used a 1979 280S (middle east model) for 21 years and is still on the road in classic condition.

I am in the US for 7 years now. I bought a 1991 300SEL in 2001; still have it. But my work travel and financial pressures spoiled that lovel car from mint condition to engine/transmission replacement. My wife is using it though. I am learning to re-condition this classic BENZ.

I will need a lot of help you experts out there.

Now I bought a one owner, 68K, White 1986 420SEL from Orange county in CA, in mint condition. I got 54 point inspection done by MB service center and the only recommendation was to install a convertor for the AC.

Yesterday night something very unfortunate happened. After parking for 4 hours (family was attending a cultural celebration), I tokk off from the exit traffic at a pretty much very high acceleration and the car stopped in around 30 meters as if running out of gas. All the dash board light were on, but wouldn't start. I contacted a service expert friend and was told that the fuel tank must have developed a vacuum or the fuel filter is clogged or the fuel pump is dead or the fuel pump power is down.

AAA towed the car home. I tried to start in the morning using 'Starter Fluid' spray and to my shock noticed that the driver side 'VALVE COVER' had a crak open.

I have no clue why this happened. Timing chain is almost impossible to blow off in 68K.

Can any one give me some insight into this. I have already found a used valve cover and a new fuel filter. I plan to take the car to MB service center in couple of days. But I am still concerned if what else could have caused this.

Is there any frined out there who can shed some light on this kind of a wiered happening.

Thanks in advance to MB fans.

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