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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-01-2011, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ijiwaru View Post
Congratulations! You have a most enviable situation where you can indulge your passion for MBs and earn a living at the same time.
thank you very much I just hope I dont go broke doing this.. lol

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Awesome story. There is nothing like finding something that is just sitting there not being used and fixing it up and getting it back on the road... good job and good find... post up a pic if you get a chance I would like to see it..
Well, here's what I found:

cleaned up pretty nice

Gray market, originally sold at a dealership in Zurich. That made for some fun, figuring out what they did to convert it. Looks like they just slapped a cat on it, still has the original ECE electronics, headlight adjustment (I thought that dial was the panel dimmer at first), and the Euro seat adjustment handle makes a decent cup holder, too. Dogleg 5 speed took a bit of getting used to.

Lively little fellow. Quick, handles very tight, but still has that solid 'old benz' feel to it. Still needs new rear springs - someone took off the SLS shocks but didn't change the rear springs, so it squats in the back a bit. Old fuel residue had gummed up the CIS system pretty well, gave me fits until I finally put the fuel distributor in an ultrasonic cleaner along with parts solvent, that cleared it out nicely and saved me the $500-800 to get another one. Paid $1500 for it, put another $1500 into it replacing the front seats, one side skirt, and a few other odds and ends.
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