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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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1989 White 560SEC wrecked feeler

The Good.

Rebuilt/repaired/replaced by Blue Ridge MB (jhodg5ck):
  • Distributor 2009
  • Flex disks 2009
  • Alternator 2009
  • Full Transmission rebuild 2009
  • New Timing Chain and tensioner 2009
  • Brakes rebuilt all 4 corners 2009
SLS rebuilt 2008 by Alex Automotive

The Bad:
Passenger side T-Boned.
AC on the Fritz

The car runs and is drivable, (160k miles)I don't think it would be possible to fix the body, however the mechanical apsects are in great shape. Just trying to figure out what to do with her. Pics soon. She was beautiful before the accident.

Update: Well went to get her from the Garage. She'd been sitting for year not started at all. One tire was low and the battery was dead. Jumped her and put some fresh gas with some water remover and after a few turns she started up. Purrring. Then out of nowhere my GF starts yelling at me, and pointing. "Is that normal?" she says? I say what and look where she's pointing.

Gas is spraying out from near the fuel pump! Run turn her off and crawl under to find out my filter to fuel line(fuel delivery hose, #19 in the diagram, 07.3-275) has 2 pinhole leaks.

Off to the parts store. It's Saturday and nothing is open.

I'm a big fan of MacGyver, so with a little brain power I figure to get some kind of tape and sealant. I found "Seal-All" Contact and Adhesive and "Magic Mounts Self Fusing Rubber Tape" at Pepboys.

I just needed to stop the leak long enough to get her to her new home.

The Seal-All is resistant to "oil, gasoline, alcohol and most solvents" and this stuff dries quick. Use rubber gloves. I coated the fuel hose with one coat, waited 5 minutes for a film to develop then applied another coat. Let that dry 15 minutes, then applied the Self Fusing tape in an overlapping way from metal line to rubber hose. Then applied two more coats on top of tape.

Let cure 24 hours. Came back then next day and that patchwork was solid hard and looked good. I started her up and no leak. Nothing. Nada zip!

Anyway she's home and now I need to replace the hose and figure my next steps.


P.S. It was a huge Ford Expedition running about 35mph when he hit me.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 09:07 AM
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Holy crap! Wow, im sorry to hear that man. Honestly, I would tell you to keep it since I also own a 560SEC and they are just amazing vehicles. Did the damage effect the hinges or any of the side parts (meaning the alignment of the body on frame)? Did the damage reach the frame? In easier sense, do you think replacing the fender, door, and quarter panel will do it? If you can post a pic, I would tell you what to exactly do with it. Again, I know how you feel and I am sorry to hear that.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 12:54 AM
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I know exactly how you feel. This happened to me. Now I might sell my 560 too
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-14-2012, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Bump. Looking for opinions on what to do...
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Very sad indeed. I had a 1987 560 SEC and a 1984 500 SEC.

I'm no body expert but I doubt that the car can be fixed for a reasonable price. Even if you fix it, the doors might not seal properly and then you'll have annoying wind noise whenever you're on the freeway.

Probably best to sell it as a parts car to an MBZ restoration shops. The SEC coupes are collectible now and they'd probably make good use of the bones.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 07:52 PM
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I have actually seen worse damage than that repaired in the past. Did the other party have insurance?, sorry to see such a nice car get creamed and you didn't get hurt but if I were in your shoes I would seriously consider repairing the collision damage. It looks like you got hit above the sill plate so most of the damage is to the door and B pillar. Pull the door off and replace it with another, chain that baby to a huge tree and pull like hell with a come-a-long on the B pillar to get the B pillar back in line. Or you could sell it as-is complete or just part it out but I would hate to see that happen if the rest of the car is in good condition, especially after you did all the prior work to it.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 08:18 PM
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I have a complete passenger door off of a W126 chassis SEC, rust & dent free.

$125 for the SEC door plus shipping.

PM or call Denis @ 301-964-7355
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