Went to get some fence repair supplies saturday. (If anyone recalls me telling about losing 32' of fence to Sandy a couple of weeks ago). On the way back home, I hear a loud clunk and all of a sudden I've got what sounds like a nascar race truck. : (
I had washed, waxed and detailed lady blue after putting the hardtop back on (for the first time since she's been back on the road), so I figure heck, I'll drive her to work this morning. I get in and within a half hour, it's pouring. I just got back from lunch a few minutes ago. I need to replace the seals on the hardtop...
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R107 Parts Wanted:washer bottle (1978), blue r107 visors, 107 trunk spare tire well, 107 headlight wiper arms
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It was very nice here Saturday so I took my dog's car (the 560SL) and my family to the dog park with the top down, probably for the last time until March.
Driving the 380SL is not very exciting, because I do it every day, summer and winter. The hardtop is now on, and I recently drove it to and from Chicago. I dodged a bullet because the water pump started to go during that trip; I replaced it Sunday - with parts that I actually had "in stock" (i.e. ,in the basement), including the Zerex! I learned something interesting; my thermostat was bad. I replaced it "while I was in there", the car now warms up better and gives me MUCH better gas mileage. I don't think it was achieving "normal operating temperature".
I should mention a special "thank you" to Werner W for his great PDF's on rust repair. I went through basically the same exact nightmares he did on his car with my 380, and his documentation inspired me to do a very credible job welding and repairing these problems; between the repairs and the mass quantities of POR-15 and SEM Rust Shield that I used, I am confident that THOSE areas will NEVER rust again.
The body shop says what with the various body parts, radiator and who knows what else (full report coming later today), it will be in the shop for about a week and a half.
The tow truck driver was the 3rd guy they called who finally showed up. It was a 70 mile round trip for him and the first 2 backed out I tipped him a Jackson. After seeing what he left "behind" on the leather, I wish I hadn't.
Since the tow was supplied by the insurance, the body shop is going to do a full detail of the interior and charge it to the accident. Comprehensive coverage means no deductible on the "Bambi Strike"!
Meanwhile, no blower in the 107 means I have SOME heat as long as the car is moving. I'll take it.
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