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New 500SL owner in Frisco, TX

Happy New Year everyone. I took possession of a relative’s 1990 500SL about six weeks ago and I want to thank everyone on the R129 board who responded to my initial posts in getting this car road worthy in a very quick manner.

My wife’s uncle had this car since ’93 and kept up with all maintenance. The records received proved that out – 272k on the clock but new engine and wiring harness at 205k. Regular transmission services as well. The car was with their mechanic the past eight months as they had no place to keep the car and the belief was the car was in good shape. A call to the mechanic verified “all it really needs is CV boots.”

Well…not so much. The first two shots show it as it rolled off (as in pushed off) the transport. The last two show the current condition of the car after input from board members, some work by me, and my funding of a couple local indies’ children’s college funds. Work done includes:
New battery, power steering pump, new Michelin Pilot AS Sports (245/50/R16), new pads and rotors all the way around. New antenna mast, new fog lenses. All other fluids changed: oil, coolant, differential, and transmission service. The front end was patched up and resprayed, and at that time I replaced a cracked headlight and broken bezel with Euro spec headlights from Adsitco. It took four nights of work with claybars, paint cleanser, polish and wax to get the paint back.

Future work includes new OEM shocks and alignment (ASAP), new hood pad (near future) and new leather upholstery. Top, carpet and dash are in great shape. It’s not quite a “restoration” , more like a “rescue”.
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