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post #4 of (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 11:22 AM
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Date registered: Sep 2011
Vehicle: 1974 450SL (always needs something!) new djet engine 1991; 1961 Besasie X-3 (being restored)
Location: SE Wisconsin
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Originally Posted by andya View Post
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

You can find many of the parts you need on ebay. There are also several recommendations and links on this forum about where to source parts. I, too would start with the fuel smell. Look for leaks in the system, most likely in the back. When I first bought my 74, it had a fuel smell. replaced fuel pumps and filter. haven't had a gas smell since. If it was me, I would replace the soft top, as it's 1 of the things people look at when buying a convertible.
Loads of great knowledge on here. Enjoy your car, good luck with the fixes, and welcome to the forum/asylum.
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