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Well There Goes My Weekends; 85 500SEL

Was getting bored so I recently adopted another MBZ, my seventh MBZ experience guess I am a slow learner; I have a 2004 Sprinter Van at west coast home (12,000 miles), but I work in Florida.
New member of FL family is a 1985 500SEL Euro with a legal conversion, 139,000 miles on clock, I am the third owner, spent its younger days out west; Colorado, Texas and last 3-years appear to have been in a parking garage near Orlando.
On first blush it had some problems, but easily corrected; throttle linkage, power antenna, ABS light on, interior lights not working, broken rear light retainer, mud lights out, etc.
Slowly working my way through the car, needs a couple of upper panels (sun damage) repainted but generally paint is 90% good; Nautical Blue Metallic Clearcoat (paint code 929), PaintChip is sending a refinish kit to correct those problems.
I am amazed at condition of leather and interior so I expect a ample application of elbow grease will bring everything to back Mercedes standards.
Going through records that were in the car, it appears a major engine overhaul occured 18,000 miles ago ($5600 in receipts), so that is good news.
I'll post my experiences as I bring this baby back to life.

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