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I actually printed off this thread ha. I figure i can look at it in twenty years and say wow I was a dumbass! Anyway, yea I have actually really enjoyed this thread as well. Anyway, cleaned out my garage and parked the benz. I will be doing some work on it over break, so I will hav new pictures up in a couple weeks.
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New pictures will look great!
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This car is really in amazing shape, just needs new leather and new paint

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If that isn't contradicting!

The car is in amazing shape except inside and outside,amazing for me is how did you made it out of High school into College?
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This should not be a forum for personal attacks. No one is perfect, and anyone could be criticized. For example, check your grammar

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This car is really in amazing shape, just needs new leather and new paint

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If that isn't contradicting!

The car is in amazing shape except inside and outside,amazing for me is how did you made it out of High school into College?
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Is the paint just faded?
Try buffing it out with a product like 3M Finesse it or some polishing compound.
This car is worth more with presentable original paint than with a low budget new paint job. Don't start stripping it down and sanding it if you don't have the money to paint it properly. You'll have a harder time selling a car that's all in pieces!

Is the leather just worn and cracked in places or are there actually tears and holes in it?
If the leather isn't actually split it could just need conditioning and redyeing. A product called Leatherique is good for this but it's pricey. That company also offers leatherdyes that match original Mercedes colors, also a bit pricey so it might be better to leave it alone. Whatever you do, DON'T USE ARMOUR-ALL OR ANYTHING LIKE IT ON LEATHER! You will end up with shiny cardboard that will crack into pieces when you sit on it.

Has the car been sitting unused for a few years?
Assuming that's the case, you MUST drain out all the old gas from the tank and flush out the entire fuel system with fresh gas. I know it's tempting to just put some new gas in the tank and let it run itself out but, please, trust me on this. Old fuel turns into varnish which will gum up your injectors and mechanical injection pump (assuming it's a six, the V8 is electronic fuel injection) just like it gummed up your fuel pump. You might actually be able to get the old fuel pump running if you take it apart and clean it out.

Please go ahead and post detailed pics of the engine, paint, rust, what the seats look like under those sheepskin covers, woodwork, etc. If anyone is going to give advice or be interested in buying there just needs to be more info on the CAR.
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Went to four high schools actually. Anyway, I mean its in amazing shape as in its just a baby (think about the miles on it) and I'm only listening to my roomate who is one of the greatest mechanics of all time, I mean this guy knows his stuff. I'm installing a relay and fuel pump this weekend. Also, I will take more pics, of the engine, wood work and all that. Its finals time, pretty busy fellas. Again, thanks for the advice.
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I have already drained all the gas and flushed out everything, and leather in the back seats is just old, but no tears. However, the leather in the front is some little tears in it. I tried cleaning out the old fuel pump (its a V8), but I just bought a new one, it was not working. My roomate thinks that someone left it on, which killd the relay and fuel pump. The guy I bought it from who was a dealership owner, had said he had it running great about 5 years ago.
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BaltoBenz- thats a sweet ride!
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I tried cleaning out the old fuel pump (its a V8)

What, now your 280SE is a V8????
What engine size is in there?
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Its always been a v8 lol.
its a 4.5 L
I just put the fuel pump in, but still no start. hmm...my roomate and i are going to try again in the morning...so i went to napa, auto zone, and oreily's to find a 1972 fuel pump relay? it was a no go...
Where will i get a fuel pump relay for this thing? Thanks!
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