matwaz - 5/14/2004 3:04 PM
I love the vintage. The power, handling, and breaking were great for the era, but not even acceptable in today's levels.
As I said, I respect your stand point, but what you said above, I am sure every owner of a vintage Mercedes would disagree with you.
I'll tell you this one time: my 450SEL and 4.5 will accelerate, brake and handle up to par if not better than brand new vehicles, even Mercedes of today. The engines are 32 and 26 years old and are just as reliable as the day purchased. If something does happen from age, a rebuild will be done and they'll be good for another 500,000 klicks without drama.
These engines have proven themselves over and over again. You make them sound like you can't go a block without the engine failing or it's like rolling the dice when you brake or they're so slow that they're dangerous to drive or something. This is basic, effective technology. If it's a crime not to have all of these crazy wires, assists, timing belts instead of chains, plastic radiator tops, then I guess these engines are very guilty. Look at brand new Honda, Ford etc...same technology...brake fluid that closes a calliper around discs to stop the vehicle...or an OHC design with fuel injection that propels a vehicle...sure if old and uncared for (like anything) it fails....but cared for and rebult systems will surprise you!
What vintage Mercedes have you owned, you got me curious.
All I am saying is that it's a cool idea, but Mercedes are a corporate money maker for Chrysler now and their reliability is at an all time low and everyone knows it...take a look here!
Anyway I am throught arguing...tell me about your Beznes and your plans for them and any more pages, specifically about Jaguar conversions would be cool to see.