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My name is Duke. I live on the east coast of Fl. I have been working on restoring a 1984 Mercedes 380 SL. Its been on jack stands now one year ago last Feb. Im retired and have been doing a lot of other projects so it seems I never get to work on mine. So far I have replaced all the front suspension. A frames, tie rod ends, steering box everything rubber. I have new exhaust from the exhaust manifolds all the way to the back. Im working on the transmission mounts and starting on the drive shaft and half shaft u-joints. The rear suspension will be next then I can install the exhaust and that should be it for the underneith. Next will start on the body work. Its pretty straight and no rust. Just needs a lot of block sanding. Ill be in touch. If anyone needs anything let me know Im orginally from NC and know a lot of junk yards up there with a lot of Mercedes parts. Not much here in FL. The land is too expensive to load it up with junk cars. I do have a hard top that has a broken rear glass that I dont need. It is red, the paint and interior is good just a broken glass.

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Thanks. Ive been looking for a couple years to find a site that I could ask questions and get usable answers. Im retired so I have plenty of time but it seems like I spend more time than ever working on other's cars. I have about 5K worth of new parts just sitting around getting dusty. When I do have some time to work on my car I dont feel like it I need a rest. Also I like to spend a day straight working on it. I get started good and get interupted by someone with a strange noise LOL Then I quit what Im doing and by the time I get back to mine I forgot where I left off. Anyway I hope this site will speed things along when it comes time to research parts or if the front calipers go on the front or the rear of the disc. Ive had this thing apart so long I forget even the simplest things. Thanks for the welcome and I hope to be a help to others. I have access to a complete machine shop and a friend who is a genius when it comes to making custom parts from any material. He even has 5 plastic injection mold machines. His business has almost come to a stop so he is looking for some work. He is in NC and is the third gen that owns this shop. He used to and still does sometimes makes parts for textile mills that were all over in NC but are now in CHINA so his business fell all the way to the bottom. If anyone needs a custom part just need some drawings or a copy of one and he can make it. He has made some custom parts for a few NASCAR teams. Of course they arent cheap if you just want one but if its something that he can sell to others and can make a 100 or so they get cheaper. Anyway keep me in mind for stuff like that and thanks again.
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