Date registered: Dec 2012
Vehicle: 2004 E500 4Matic Wagon, 1980 450SLC, '94 SL500
Location: Litchfield County, Connecticut
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Newbie Starting My Rally Tribute Build
While my car is trekking across country from Seattle to Connecticut (glad I sprung for enclosed shipping), I've been collecting non-mechanical tidbits to start my Rally Tribute. The 230S, manual transmission, will remain mostly stock. No rear axle or engine swaps to make it more competitive. But I'll try a few tricks here and there that may have been available back then. I will be assisted by John Rogers, a friend of the family and well known race car mechanic. John is one of the few outside of the factory museum to restore a M-B W154 Grand Prix car here in the states. He did "Wagen 7" when it was owned by Roxbury neighbor Joel Finn. So I think I'm in good hands. And we will be using the same shop too surrounded by photos of the progress of Wagen 7's restoration.
I've assembled a pair of Super Oscars from the UK, a rectangular NOS Marchal for a reversing lamp. a beauty of a Marchal spot for the prominent position high up on the grill. Inside, I purchased an NOS Airguide compass, 2 Aux inputs, a vintage Butler gooseneck map light, chrome fire extiguisher, vintage battery cutoff switch (courtesy of Mr. Rogers). Also bought a VDO outside temperature gauge to help warn of icy conditions. Daniel Stern Automotive lighting is advising me on what I need to get all of the exterior and interior electrical components functioning properly.
It is to arrive tomorrow and brought to Auto Turismo Sport Ltd. in New Milford, Connecticut (autoturismosport.com) for a safety check, complete fluid replacement, lubrication, new hoses and filter changes. Hopefully the suspension and all the rubber parts are in good shape.
I'll keep the thread going with pictures if anyone is interested. And if anyone knows who has some belly pans or skid plates let me know.