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Safely arrived home! Where should I start?

After a long trip, i finally arrived home with a new toy. It will be my project for next couple of months. To be honest, I restored many American cars even though i had lots of benzs. On this one i want to use my hands on it. I know it is not extremely rare vehicle, but i know it is original and slept very long time. I have all the documents, original spare and tools etc. Please feel free and give your opinions. I bought as a non running car, lots of bad fuel smell from the tank. Should i drain before try to turn the engine or should i try to crank it with starter fluid? Brake reservoir has full fluids in it but definitely there is no brake at all. Please look at the pictures below and i will include more when i start to clean it tomorrow.
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Get rid of the gas and replace with new stuff. Blow out the fuel lines too, if you can.
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I know it is not extremely rare vehicle, but i know it is original and slept very long time. I have all the documents, original spare and tools etc.
Uhhhhh, no, not quite. It's not in the same category as a Bugatti, a gullwing or the car Hitler rode around in, but it's rare enough, has acres of chrome and is unusual enough that you'll get waves, thumbs up, nods and stares. I'm envious of someone starting over with a project car, to be honest

If I can impart one piece of advice, it would be to do research, use the CLassic Center as a last resort, and there's NOTHING wrong with "non Mercedes" parts. Your car is a carb'ed 6 cylinder, right? Mine has the d-jetronic fuel injection system, made by Bosch, and I was given a load of hate and affrontery that I was contemplating using a manifold pressure sensor out of a porsche (both share the same Bosch fuel system). You'll find a ton of aftermarket stuff for sale all over the place, and a lot of us have experience with what might ail you and yours.

If the car were mine, I'd clean out the interior from top to bottom to see if I wanted to replace anything in it. I'd do the same with the exterior, and learn every crease, fold and hazy/grey/rusty spot in the body. Look for rust, if you haven't already and start the plan of attack to get the thing on the road.

Regarding the fuel, again, toss it out in whatever legal way salves your conscience, and make sure ALL the old gas is gone. I wouldn't even use it to see if starter fluid will get the thing cranked over. If your carb is salvageable, crappy gas might end up gumming the thing up.

Once you start needing tech advice, look at the Online Resources portion of the forum - we've posted a ton of tech articles up over the years, and I have more. Let me know if something specific comes up as needed and I'll see about posting it up.

Good luck, drink a beer or two as you get into the thing
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Thank you for your advice. I really appreciate. I will start drinking and cleaning first tomorrow and post some pictures during the process. I am really happy to have a large community and professional people who share their knowledge with me. Thanks again and have a great weekend.


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Although you can get lucky with some "non Mercedes" parts and get exactly the same
part for less you are rolling the dice. Just because the part is made by the same supplier
doesn't mean it is the same. I've seen "non Mercedes" motor mounts and various rubber
parts fail in two or three years while the same genuine Mercedes parts would last years
longer. One more thing: when you buy your parts from the Classic Center or a dealer you
get a warranty which you will not get if you purchase parts elsewhere.
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Ok. I have some news. Cleaned all the interior of the vehicle today. Removed seats, pressure wash original carpets etc. I found many coins and receipt under the seats dated in the 70s. It seems that car was not run for a long time. I put new battery removed the plug wires and wanted to turn the engine. Starter just clicked. I put 27 mm socket to the crank pulley and tried to turn but no success. Could it be seized or rings were locked? If it is seized, should i get a new engine or rebuilt the original? Any suggestions? Thanks


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Nice buy and worth restoring it correctly ,have you put penetrating fuid/atf in bores?
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+1 what adler suggested. I recently bought a 4.5 that was not run for about 10 years. first off i removed all the plugs and filled the bores with mystery oil and left it for a few days. ( mine was not seized) but im sure this would give you a fighting chance. As recommended also said get rid of the gas. When i did mine i could not believe how bad it smelled Also remove and replace the fuel filter. I also have a 6cyl 2.8 which i changed out the other week and was blown away at the amount of sludge in the bottom of the fuel filter canister.
You may want to pull the fuel tank as well for a good cleaning. I did mine this weekend and it again had a lot of loose rust and dirt in there you would not want going through you fuel system. it was not hard at all to remove. Check the lower tank screen and remove the sender unit so you can have a good look around in there. You will, im sure need a new screen and gaskets etc for both.
Check out this video on how i cleaned the tank
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v...type=2&theater
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Thank you for all the help. I've just installed the carpets which i cleaned today. I guess i need front original carpets if there are any. (Any suggestion?). My buddy told me to remove all the belts and try to turn the engine again. He said ac compressor may be bad. What do you think? Thank you again for sharing the video to clean the tank. Will do it this sunday. Tomorrow i will remove the plugs, put some atf or mystery oil and let it sit for a night. Even though i get it turned, should i send carbs to rebuild or try to start with the currents first? Any body good at rebuilding those carbs in the country? Suggestions please.
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Zenith 35-40 inat carbs are a bit temperamental till setup correctly, then are very reliable ,mostly problem is tampering with setup and balance or clogged idle jets.
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