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Date registered: May 2012
Vehicle: 1989 560sl, 1973 220, 2009 ml350
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hello from texas!
hello everybody, i am hoyett from texas, previous owner of a 1980 300sd (regrettably i traded that car off, will try to reacquire given the opportunity) and current owner of a '89 560 SL, as well as a '73 220 w115. as can be guessed the oldest is why i sought out this forum, and i will be looking around a lot at old threads regarding the 560. what i've seen so far would indicate this to be a very friendly and open minded forum about the best cars of planet earth, and hopefully i'll be able to acquire the information i need here regarding my '73, plus maybe even offer information from experience as a mechanic.
about me, the first car that i bought myself was a 1980 300 SD in late '02 (by production date already 23 yrs old) in my junior year of highschool. drove that until '08 when i was dumb enough to trade it for a $800-1000 paint job on my motorcycle (skeletal dragon motif) and had a 06 vw golf and a couple others to get me around until a month ago. april 28th 2012 will forever be a turning point in my life, the day i traded my '05 mini cooper S in on what is now MY '89 560SL. i have NEVER been happier with a car in my life (and the is a fair number of competitors, not all worthy, but many present...) and have greatly enjoyed the car i drooled so much over since the hotwheels toy i had oh so many years ago.
now to the reason i am here... october of last year (2011) i was going to help a friend get a decent car for not much money, and remembered my old 300sd being generally inexpensive to repair (being a mechanic meant 0 labor fees, and parts for thatone weren't hard to get) so when i saw a '73 220 for $400 thought that'd be a great deal, and quite a sexy beast when nicely painted and upholstered (i'm also nifty with a singer i'll add) so i got it. i towed the 220 to the shop i used to work at (quit on friendly terms, i'm not much for bridge burning) and began work on it. in replacing the radiator hoses i noticed the housings for the water pump AND the thermostat were irreparably eroded. in mid november i ordered a paper printed service manual, mid december saw that i got notice that those weren't available, so i ordered the CD, still haven't gotten that... so i paid my friend back for the car, and now have a job at a machine shop that typically specializes in 350 chevrolet v-8's, typically for dirt track racers, and often also for drag race cars. at this time the cheapest and easiest to obtain way to get this 220 rolling again is to give it a blasphemous chevy heart transplant... but some other minor technical difficulties have left me with questions to resolve before i go through with this. thankfully there are always other people out there who are friendly and sociable enough to give a minute of their time to help their fellow man.
otherwise about me as a person? i am a mechanic of 6 yrs experience, and lifetime car enthusiast. current machine shop employee learning more machines daily, and, hopefully, soon to be engine builder. through various hobbies over the years i have learned many trades partially such as upholstery and tool repair (pneumatic tools in particular) as well as motorcycle tuning and repair. this along with almost anything i expressed interst in as a child being supported by my mom with the purchase of a book or five has resulted in there being only a very select few conversations in my adult life where i did not have at least a basic knowledge of what was being discussed.
i look forward to gaining and hopefully giving knowledge here as the opportunity presents itself, and possibly even gaining new friends, thank you all for establishing such a community where knowledge and ideas can be exchanged freely.