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@dgosh28 told me that a locksmith can come out and make me keys for every cylinder. Is that true?


I assume I would at least have key blanks as these keys are not at every corner hardware store (or any I have checked).


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Since these are the old school keys, unlike those found on newer MBs like the 124, any skilled locksmith should be able to make those for you. I would insist on going with their highest quality steel blanks, rather than chromed brass



Since the classic center key still hasn't arrived, I picked up the phone and called the most reputable locksmith, and despite calling twice and describing the old school key, he said that not only can he not make a key without having the source key, but he doesn't even know anyone who could do this on an old import, he suggested that I work with the dealer.

Womp Womp.

Sounds like replacing all the locks with new tumblers is going to be the only way to go for any locks the dealer key doesn't work.

Does anyone know what the consequences of breaking a steering lock are?

I am wondering what happens if I put this car on a dolly to bring it the few blocks home and when I make a turn and break the steering lock, if that will be a big problem. If the dealer key doesn't work, that's probably going to be my plan. I would rather cut the steering lock out at home as opposed to at my mechanic's lot.

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Why not pull one of the front door handles with lock cylinder and take to a locksmith? They should be able to re-key with that.

I had a Cadillac re-keyed years ago that way. I was also told that keys are made with brass so they wear out and not the ignition or door locks. I would check with a locksmith about that again.
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Why not pull one of the front door handles with lock cylinder and take to a locksmith? They should be able to re-key with that.

I had a Cadillac re-keyed years ago that way. I was also told that keys are made with brass so they wear out and not the ignition or door locks. I would check with a locksmith about that again.

Without a key that works, I can't verify that a door lock would work anything more than that specific door lock. If I were to do this, I might just end up with a key to that one door. I would need to take the ignition lock to the locksmith.

The locksmith I called is also only about 2 blocks from the car. They simply said they won't do a Mercedes. Apparently a Cadillac would be no problem.

I will try some more lock-smiths if the key doesn't work when it arrives, but I will also get it off my mechanic's lot, and do the work on it here at home.

I am guessing that breaking the steering lock to dolly it home won't be the end of the world.

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Thank The Lord holy Jesus!

The factory key turns the tumbler in the ignition, glove box and both front doors. I found a spare trunk lock bezel in the glove box. So I think that ends the mystery.

The reason I didn't think the key worked the driver door is because the key doesn't lock the car.

So now I'm just down a trunk lock / timber and a good ornament. I found a source for a pedastal which I think is the hard-to-find part.

Back to the regularly scheduled programming.

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What's a pedastal?
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What's a pedastal?
The round disc that sits on top of the grill in which the star ornament is inserted.
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The round disc that sits on top of the grill in which the star ornament is inserted.
Ah, I was wondering if you meant the seat mounts
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So. Now I feel dumb. I found my "pedestal" and hood ornament in my messy garage, right where I thought I might have left it. I'm not sure how I missed it. I already ordered a new ornament repair kit, but didn't pay for the base/pedestal. So there is some victory there.

Ok. Enough of the boring key/lock/hood ornament stuff. How about some real repairs?

- smoking/burning oil:
drove the car around the block. Dare I say that the smoking seems to be decreasing? Maybe time for some Lucas treatment etc?

- sunroof:
Since I now have the car home, I mustered up the balls to press the sunroof button. It opened. It didn't close all the way. The rear is sitting low, more so on the drivers side.
This is my first MB with a sunroof that doesn't work flawlessly (as the one in my 250c did). I need to research what to start greasing things up with. I understand the sunroof motor is in the trunk, and don't know if I need to pull out the cables and grease them all.
Any sunroof advice would be great. Until then, maybe a few kent Bergsma videos.

I think that's it for now. I have to focus on getting my 280slc 4-speed stick shift gone. (Edit: gone as of ~wed June 10, 2015)

Sight unseen w108 purchase-imageuploadedbyautoguide1433647723.290571.jpg

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I discovered how to get the sunroof to move. It goes a little bit at a time fast before slowing down. Same in either direction. Solution for now is to move it just a bit in the direction I don't want to go, to move it farther in the direction I do.

Back to my smoking issue. I just want to make sure I'm not mixing up oil burning with trans fluid getting sucked up from the trans...
http://youtu.be/xYJb77LykN0

Edit:
Hmm... Smells like burnt oil... But could it be burnt trans fluid. Hmm...
http://www.aa1car.com/library/problem_engine_smoke.htm

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