Date registered: Jan 2012
Vehicle: 1989 560 SL - Signal Red & Palomino; 2011 C-300 - Black on Black 4MATIC
Location: Central CT area
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Great looking car, and a very good buy at $1,000 - I am convinced based on the number of these that turn up in great shape that these were really built to an incredibly high standard. Do yourself a favor, having bought this car so cheaply, as Marr's says, change out all fluids. Do a full tune up, and change out all hoses and belts. This will go a long way towards confident use. The hobby is much more fun if you can depend on your car.
You mentioned premium gas - this I would circle back on, if the engine does not call for premium (don't recall on these models) then don't use it. A lot of people believe it is just "better gas" - not the case, octane is merely an antiknock agent, for cars with higher compression engines, to prevent "ping" or "knock" -- ignition at any time other than during the ignition stroke in your engine initiated by your sparkplug is "knock". An engine that does not need premium can actually be inhibited a bit by premium, it helps in no other area, not to mention the cost differential. This is especially true in older vehicles with ignition systems that are not as robust as todays electronic ignition. One tank full won't hurt, I am just suggesting a better practice for you going forward.
That said, agree on your decision to pull starter, & rebuild locally. Take a few minutes to pull the plugs and examine & clean/replace, and check the points, if you are not comfortable doing this, get someone to do that. The next investment I would make would be a shop manual & owner's manual if you do not already have them. Even if you have most of your work done, it will help to know what needs to be done, plan preventive maintenance and assist your mechanic in diagnosing issues.
If it ran well when you picked it up, you will be able to get it to run well and set it up to be dependable, likely for a small investment. Looks really good cosmetically, enjoy it!
1989 Mercedes 560 SL
1930 Ford A Roadster
1914 Ford T Speedster
Last edited by OldWorldShepherds; 06-14-2012 at 12:47 PM.