Progress is always slow, a little at a time. Overtime it does add up. Problem for me, is that I do something, don't like it, take it apart and do it again. I am not a professional mechanic, as this is a hobby. Funny thing is, I have taken this and other cars to "professionals" and end up redoing their work. And they cost a small fortune. Don't get me started about an AC install on my 1936 ford, that they quoted $2500 and ended up costing north of $6000! (They billed me without an updated quote!)
Anyway, rant off. Here's my updated checklist, and some pictures of my latest changes. Items in red are completed.
1. Rear end must be changed out for a 3.27 (it's a 4.1 now)
2. Emergency brake has to be changed from the underdash to a center tunnel pull handle. (Summitt has a couple that should do the trick.) http://www.summitracing.com/int/part...000f/overview/
3. Lower the vehicle. I am leaning toward airbags at the moment. Airlift has a kit that looks promising. http://www.summitracing.com/int/part...7110/overview/
4. May have to move to power steering. The larger tires make it challenging to steer at low speed.
5. Fix/upgrade sub frame mounts.
1. Head rests. This is a safety item, and a must for daily driving with the heavy traffic around here in San Jose. I will either modify the originals, use later model MB seats, such as 280, or aftermarket vintage seats.
2. Three point seat belts.
3. Modern AC. It has the original AC unit in the car, but its not up to modern specs. I am looking at Custom Aftermarket A/C Systems & Replacement Parts for Hot Rod, Classic, & Vintage Cars/Trucks - Underdash A/C Systems - 200 Series
4. Gauges have to work, currently do not. I am fabricating a console for aftermarket gauges for now, but do want the originals to work.
5. Redo dash to wood veneer. Already have the veneer picked out, just need to do the work.
6. Restore original steering wheel.
7. Clean up tunnel modification that was done to clear the 6-speed trans.
8. Carpet the interior.
9. All weather trim needs to be replaced.
10. Central locking.
11. Git rid of the POS radio. Either Custom Audio or Retrosound. Whatever fits looks wise.
12. Install third brake light.
1. Swap the C230 throttle body out for a different one. (Or fix the high idle. Could be the IAC is not working correctly.)
2. Dynotune the engine. Factory rating is 147 hp. I am hoping for at least that. It's possible to go as high as 170hp as there is a header, cold air intake and aftermarket ECU.
3. Clean up wiring.
4. Detail the engine bay.
5. May move the battery to the trunk.
6. May have the radiator recored to larger.
7. Install a larger electric fan. If this fixes the idling cooling issues, then it's done. It gets to 210 when idling.
1. Staighten and re-chrome orignal bumpers. Front and rear need to be done.
2. Fix all the little dents and re-do the repair to front fender.
3. Repaint. More than likely the original color.
4. Front windshield needs to be resealed.
5. Door lock/tumblers need work.
The PO installed a aftermarket stereo that was a slight butcher job. So, getting a nice fitment of the Retrosound unit took more work than I expected.
The handbrake, I need to fabricate a "cover" and then I can mount the boot.
Third brake light is a Ron Francis unit, and looks nice, and I managed to do a neat install that is loomed into the factory harness.
Oh, and the gear shift knob is kind of a hint that something is different about this merc.
You can also see my aftermarket gauges that I am using for now. Still need to add a speedo.
This is still a work in progress and nowhere near done.
Forgive me for the sloppy wiring that i still need to dress.