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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Date registered: May 2007
Vehicle: 2005 200SLK (UK), 1974 450SL (US)
Location: Arizona, USA and Yorkshire, UK
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Hello - 1974 450SL

My wife has wanted an 107 since she saw a new one on display in a mall in the 1980s... now we have one!

Title says 155k, broken odo says 154k. No rust or previous rust repairs that I could see. Engine seems to run OK, transmission seems to shift OK, but lots of things broken. Bought for $4,500. No service history.

My only previous mechanical experience was replacing broken Jeep window motors, motorized antennas, etc. but I am eager to learn and start a new hobby!

I only have access to the car for three months of each year so I will have to research and buy as many parts as I can in advance, where possible.

List of things to do, in no particular order:

  1. Replace speedo cable (needle bounce)
  2. Fix odometer
  3. Oil change
  4. Check trans fluid
  5. Check timing chain and guides
  6. Check drains
  7. Install trunk lock
  8. Install new passenger-side lock
  9. Fix central locking
  10. Fix passenger-side mirror
  11. Fix fuel smell
  12. Investigate oil leak
  13. Replace ignition coil (has hole in side)
  14. Fix clock
  15. Fix shifter linkage – bushings?
  16. Fix blower
  17. Fix A/C?
  18. Fix heat?
  19. Fix difficult warm start
  20. Change spark plugs, cables and distributor cap
  21. Replace driver's seatbelt
  22. Get new cargo area base
  23. Fix rattle in driver-side door - loose glass?
  24. Lubricate door locks
  25. Replace seat chrome sides
  26. New floor mats
  27. Replace passenger-side console side panel
  28. Fix cracks in dashboard
  29. Replace trunk seal
  30. Replace door seals
  31. Replace soft top, or fix bad patches
  32. Check brake fluid
  33. Replace visor brackets
  34. Check power steering fluid

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