For those that haven't read my thread in the W126 section (or it may get moved over here), I'm Rob, from the great state of IL (Rockford area). I'm not new to the car hobby, Mercedes, or the W126 chassis, but I am about to pick up a new (to me) SEC. Little bit about my past cars:
1982 240D: yup it was a slug, carbon-loaded everywhere, but it was a good car for a kid, until I crashed it into a lighted construction arrow (I was cut off, so it was either my and the sign, or me and an Escort...)
1985 300SD: The replacement for the 240, WITH a turbo!
Developed a rod knock on the highway... not my fault
1986 560SEL: Codename Big Black Monster, it was gorgeous, I loved it... picked it up off a mechanic's lien for $2400 after a car thief tore up the center console. It was quick, had rear-sag issues, and I loved it. My first V8, and my first (and lengthy) encounter with the 117 engine. Then I let my sister drive it while I was in Basic... 6 weeks in, my dad talked to me... blown trans.
1989 190E 2.6: My dad's car, I've fought with it many a time between brakes, tune-ups, belts, and water pumps.
1991 190E 2.6: Sister's car... I've also fought with this car, as my sister doesn't believe in oil-changes, or fixing things that are broken (that costs money, and my labor is free ><!)
1991 190E 2.3: I got scammed on this car, kid wanted to turn it into the Cosworth 190... treated it like a racecar too... did neutral-drop burnouts in it. 2 weeks after I bought it, the trans went >POOF<
1996 C220: My mom's old car, I took my date to prom in this car (after a 4-hour detail job). Mom flipped it driving from IL to VA in January of 2004, coming to my AIT graduation.
2003 C240 4Matic: Mom's new car, and I gotta say, I LOVE the 4Matic system. Makes the car much more 'peppy' than the spec sheet indicates.
2004 Mustang GT: MY car. Bought it new after the C220 'incident', and currently it's running 310rwhp, 340rwtq with the stock shortblock and no poweradder.
Why is a Mustang driver on a Benz site? Simple. First, I remember with fondness my days of working on and driving the old 123 and 126 bodies. Second, I've just been offered a steal of a deal on an SEC. What kind of SEC? Your guess is as good as mine at this moment. The current owners say it's a 1982 380SEC, but my cursory visual this evening revealed a very prominent 560SEC badge on the trunk, with no traces of the badges having ever been replaced. I'll have to go in and look tomorrow, when I can pop the hood, check the VIN plates, and see what exactly is wrong with the car.