I signed up on this site recently in the hopes of fixing my 99 ML430 which at 200K miles is starting to slowly die, but I started reading the vintage section and it made me think about the other love of my life....
im the proud owner of a black '61 220Sb. its sitting on all drum brakes (conversion tips please!) and i have a hydrak transmission (PITA). I purchased this car from an elderly polish gent for $1. We purchased the house from him, and I asked him about the car, and he said he was going to trash it. I told him id buy it, and he agreed for $1 if we buy the house. best deal of my life!
this happened 6 years ago, when i was 16. now im about to turn 22, and reading threads about reviving these cars made me realize the need to revive mine.
its currently sitting in my garage, away from nature. its got 49K original miles on it, and it still starts on the first key. everything on it is in perfect condition. the F and R seats are like brand new, cluster still works. the only issues with it are the front carpets are gone, the dash needs some work, im missing a couple of pieces, and the only major exterior issue is that there is rust on the front right fender behind the wheel. the biggest pain though
this car has not been registered or driven for more than 5 minutes probably since 1993. i have all the paper work for the car as well, title, original papers. the only thing i am missing is the manual. The one special connection that i have with the car is that the car rolled off the line on June 5th, 1961. I was born June 5th, 1988.
My main concern with it right now though is the dreaded hydrak transmission. I am having trouble shifting it into reverse for some odd reason. it may have to do with the fact that the plastic bushing that covers the metal plate that makes ground contact has disintegrated. I have had the worst luck finding a replacement for it, i even ended up buying a whole steering column just for the shifter assembly, but it was for a wrong model.
Also, since the car has been sitting for all this time, what needs to be done in order to get it to run properly again.... I am thinking mostly on changing the fluids, but what I am scared of the most is the gas tank and the fuel lines, which most likely have a lot of dirt in them from sitting so long. ive got so many questions about this car... im the type of person that asks a million questions before they do something, just to be safe.
anyways, to repay the ones who have been so gracious on reading my long thread, here are some pics of my merc.