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Old 05-08-2012, 05:52 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Alas, my solder job seems to have failed - the dash lights quit again. *grumble*

Dash lights became secondary however, when the ignition tumbler failed and ceased to function. *major grumble*

So, it's out to the car a few minutes at a time every day, try the key in the ignition, hoping for that one time it turns to the 1 o'clock position.. and remove that sucker.

In a week, failing all other options.. it'll be a forced extraction (not looking forward to that!).
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:10 PM   #32 (permalink)
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LOL thanks for the vote of confidence!

I like this car, it's supposed to be a work commuter mainly... but it does have *alot* wrong with it. I'm picturing a clean daily driver, that's all.

It needs paint badly... it may get a "car lot quickie"... not decided yet.

Got the windshield wipers fixed.

The Louisville pull-a-part only had ONE W126, a gas 2nd gen, and nothing I could really use sadly.

Next up: Climate controls, heat, and blower motor!
Not at all, forums like this exist to give people the confidence and the know how to get stuff done on the cars they love.

Simple really!

Love the progress BTW, good stuff
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:44 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Not at all, forums like this exist to give people the confidence and the know how to get stuff done on the cars they love.

Simple really!

Love the progress BTW, good stuff
I hang out at explorerforum and share what I can... yes give and take teaches alot, I agree! When I get more confident on 300SD's, of course I'll try to return the "love" to newer folks.

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Yes, we're making progress... but it's slow going! heh

Got my lock to turn, but the detent hasn't cooperated yet.. so the battery is unhooked until I get to it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:02 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Haven't been on in awhile, figured I'd check in.

My ignition tumbler turned one day, I removed it and flushed it with cleaner.. and it does work. It won't be in there long however, and I did discover that removing the "key" that holds it in place means I can get it out when/if it fails again. heh

Sadly, I'm not having much time to fool with the car. The new gal in my life is on my mind more than the Benz... and frankly I *really* should have waited for a better opportunity on a 300SD. The more I look, the more I find wrong with the ol' gal (the car, not the GF!).

I really like this car, but it needs a lot of work.

Also, it appears to have some grounding issues. Opening the sunroof makes the tach jump all over for example. Weird but true lol.

Been thinking about alt. fuels lately. I'm such a stickler for things, WMO or WVO would have to be virtually perfect for me to run it.. meaning it's probably not worth it for me.

Today, we'll get some work done on it and see how it goes. This car is going to eat my wallet alive if I don't pour tons of elbow grease in it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Well, after a hiatus from the Benz, I'm back to fixing the thing up some.

The heater control had several bad solder joints in it, the aux. water pump sticks sometimes (a sharp tap with an extension gets it going), and the monovalve is getting a kit this week lol.

Fixed some issues with the passenger door not latching correctly, and been chasing power seat gremlins (like the disconnected motors, for example). Fixed the dash lights again, and some other doo-dads.

Next up, a diesel purge and some underhood stuff....

I love driving this old car. Man it's addictive.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:39 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Better replace the Aux water pump, because it will fry your ACC controls if it goes bad and it sounds like it is headed that way.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:27 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Better replace the Aux water pump, because it will fry your ACC controls if it goes bad and it sounds like it is headed that way.
I was thinking of installing an inline fuse holder to it permanently (one amp?), to forever prevent that. It'll be unplugged until it's fixed.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:33 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Oh man! Sounds like you're succeeding in what I was attempting. I paid $800 for one that everything was broken and destroyed, but then I wrecked it and now I'm pulling the motor for a Jeep in the spring.

Have any pictures of yours?
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:38 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Oh man! Sounds like you're succeeding in what I was attempting. I paid $800 for one that everything was broken and destroyed, but then I wrecked it and now I'm pulling the motor for a Jeep in the spring.

Have any pictures of yours?
Well, I've taken a different route I guess, and still fixing the old gal up.

Fortunately, most things so far have been more labor than anything.

It is ugly tho. heh

Couple Pics Here
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:42 PM   #40 (permalink)
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I figured out that if I start the car, set the heat for what I want, then get out and tap the monovalve, it works until I shut the car off. :-/

Next up, speakers and tranny service...
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