Date registered: Jul 2005
Vehicle: 1995 E320 Wagon
Location: Los Angeles
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I second the recommendation for you to check out the junkyards-- there are three I know of in Wilmington, two on Blinn St, off of Anaheim Ave. It's $2.00 to go in, and parts can be had for about as cheap as you'll be able to find (unless there are folks who are just giving stuff away). A rear bumper will likely be about $30, the tail lights about $20 apiece. If you look online, many yards have half-price sales-- the Pick-A-Part in Monrovia is having one this weekend, for instance, and I know that one of the yards I mentioned on Blinn St. is a Pick-A-Part, so they may have it on the same days. Every time I've been in the Wilmington yards, there's several w126s (the 560 SEL body style), and I could almost guarantee you can get the door handle and a bumper from there. Sometimes the rear tails are busted, but the US spec ones are relatively easy to come by with a couple of trips to different yards. I know there's a good rear bumper on a 420SEL in the Monrovia yard, too. If you're willing to spend a few hours getting your hands dirty, you'll be able to get your sentimental car back on the road pretty quickly.
For tools, you'll basically need a set of screwdrivers and wrenches/sockets in 8mm, 10mm, 17mm and 19mm. There are other sizes on occasion, but not for the majority of your list. These cars are fairly easy to work on, and if you are patient, you can generally figure out how things are attached so that you can remove them without damage. A rear bumper, for instance, has something like four 17mm or 19mm bolts (look under the carpets in the trunk), and then it just slides straight back off of two clips on each side of the car.
Best of luck!
1995 E320 Wagon, 190K "Ruby"; Garnet red (512) on Cream beige leather (265). Daily driver, long-term restoration project.
1990 560 SEL, 190K "Ingrid"; Smoke silver (702) on Cream beige leather (265). Gen 2 euro bumpers, euro headlights/turns, W140 glass moonroof, orthopedic seats. SOLD
1983 300SD, 106K "Hans"; Orient Red (501) on Java MB tex (154). SOLD
Last edited by ElRojo; 03-05-2009 at 10:27 AM.