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my mechanic friend said when his came back it did not look original to the car anymore. I guess that's not a big deal but it would be nice to keep it original looking.
It is to some, but in my head, if I'm going to be showing the car at Pebble Beach and I want all 400 points, an original looking driveshaft is tops on my list. If I'm going to drive the thing twice or three times a week, or use it as a daily driver, the last thing I'm worried about is a part that no one sees and that will most likely never go wrong while I continue to own the car.

Portland are the guys I used for mine - I had no issues with the final product and it all went back together without issue. The whole thing also came with a warranty too and shipping was swift.
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I wonder if this sold at the auction? And how much?

1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3
That black leather interior sure looks blue to me ... And isn't a 6.3 something like 385cc, not "over 400"?
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I would still recommend taking to a driveline shop and have them check/repair/balance. If you move the ujoint even a little in your attempt it is now out of balance.

On mine they added what I thought was quite a bit of weights to it and said the some of the joints I replaced we not seated fully.

The only thing they did that I did not like was to spray paint the whole thing black gloss - right over the stuck on crud.
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I think I'll bite the bullet and get it to the driveline shop. Im waiting to hear back with a price. From what you said I think I probably screwed it up. O well you live and learn
thanks for your help
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Consider replacing the U-joint yourself. Here's a thread on how to do it:

Drive Shaft U-Joint Is Staked/Crimped In Place, Now What To Do? - PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum

I checked at the auto haus in Arizona and they have the joint for about $15.

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