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Newbie with a 420 SL


I recently bought what I think may be a bargain but time will tell.
Outer body - fine slight rusty bits in the usual places.
Inner body - inspected and surface rust only ( I hope).
Seats - bad
Engine - slight leaky manifold. Sluggish but runs fine.
Front bumper has been slightly pushed in and the outsides have come out a bit. I took it apart and only surface rust.

I have some questions -
Has anyone replaced the viscous fan with electric items?
If so, how does the performance become affected, and the noise?
Any strain on the battery?

Are the engines of the 420 and 500 basically of the same dimensions? I am thinking as to whether any parts are interchangeable like engine mounts, etc.

I am already enjoying ownership but am slightly tentative about costs.

Oh - and the back is a bit like Uncle Bucks car so new shocks needed there.
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