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Date registered: Jan 2012
Vehicle: 1976 Benz 450SL; 1978 Corvette L82
Location: Carleton Place, Ontario
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I spent much of yesterday reading old posts on this forum. Wow! Lots of great info.
I found several posts about trans leaks in 450SL cars. The common note was that most who posted do not drive their cars often, and/or park it for months as we do (indoor climate controlled) . Also there were comments that when this trans sits unused for extended periods that they tend to leak, but leak less when used more frequently.
Also noted a comment about the Torque converter losing its fluid into the trans when it sits for some time. This may explain the reluctance of my trans to engage into gear when it hasn't been driven for some months. Once it has warmed up, the trans works perfectly. And also engages properly from cold starts as long as the car has been driven within a few days.
Anyway, I am going to hold off of a complete trans rebuild and see what happens when the spring comes. It will be no hardship to drive the car more often.
Otherwise the car is pristine and completely original with the exception of Lorinser wheels and a set of Firestone Firehawk 225 X 16 55s Z