By the way, for everyone who thinks it can't happen to them, my 280sel 4.5 had one of its metal guide rails come out in 2 pieces as well. Luckily there was a pin in each half.
Wow. That's the first I heard of a metal-backed guide breaking. Was this a case of significant rattle on startup?
The problem I see with (1979slc as a specific person) bringing this car back from the dead is... The car hasn't run in 7 years. It's not like everything was perfect on this car and then one day driving down the road it went kaput. There is a lot of service that these cars should get to out them back on the road after 7 years:
- brakes bled and new brake hoses.
- check brake calipers for scoring and potential replacement.
- fuel tank should be drained and tank strainer should be cleaned/replaced.
- probably replace the $125 fuel accumulator
- over 8 quarts of oil and a filter
- check/replace all vacuum lines
- good chance the fuel distributor is all gummed up and will need to be rebuilt or replaced if a good run of injector cleaner doesn't get it running right.
I'm sure there are a lot more items, but these are items that a hobbyist can accomplish stress-free over time.
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