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post #11 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy It's here - sort of

Well, the trailer showed up today w/ the CLK. Only problem is that the key is still in Houston!!!

They are fedexing the key overnight, but boy, I gotta say, stay away from Copart in Houston. They are nice people, but they make a LOT of mistakes. -_-

With that said, the car looks good. I thought there was a dent on the driver's side C-pillar, but fortunately that was a reflection, and the pillar is straight. The Left front fender looks that it was dented just behind the headlight and inexpertly pounded out. Much easier to deal with IMHO than the C-pillar.

We pulled the dead battery and I put it on a charge. It did not need any acid/distilled water, so I'm hoping I can revive it enough to work to unlock the steering wheel and transmission when the key appears Wednesday.

Windows were open a couple of inches, so the interior is dirty. It's a leather interior, and the seats / door panels, etc look OK. Obviously they will get a thorough cleaning.

Rotors are rusted to hell so new brakes all around, and I've never seen the wheels so scratched up in my life. New/used AMG wheels and new tires for sure. Wonder what my options are there?

I'm putting this in a google photos album. Photos below. Enjoy!

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^ Going rate is about $200 a rim for repair and re-powder-coat. You have the option, of course, to have them coated in a different color if you like. If you can get a set of rims cheap on Fleabay or wherever, go for it, but remember the front and rears are different sizes, and different sizes again should you be lucky enough to find a set of kosher AMG ones.

Other than that for a used car of this age it looks pretty good!

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Thanks Jag, I found a set that's priced OK, doing final checks on the sizes. wheel-size.com is a great site

They are not AMGs but that's not important to me. And it's a 350, so it's not like they are going to be highly stressed.

The car looks good from 10 feet away, but it's really been neglected. Leather is in good shape, has a couple of small blemishes, but no cuts. Some plastic pieces need replacement inside. Left front fender was dented - looks like someone brushed a bollard - and inexpertly pounded out. You can see the side marker is gone. I'm going to get a used silver fender and see if it needs a paint match. Have a shop that works with me for bodywork. Front fenderwells are torn up - external temp sensor is broken - wiring dangling on right front wheelwell - shows 185 degrees.

So lots of little things, but if it was owned by someone who can't wrench, it's overwhelming. It was definitely girl owned - bits of girlie chatchkas found in the interior.

I'm not even going to start the thing until I get the oil changed and the gas tank drained and refilled with fresh gas. And brake rotors + pads are on order. So she'll be a garage queen at least through June.

Now if I could only get the key issue straightened out...

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^ Going rate is about $200 a rim for repair and re-powder-coat. You have the option, of course, to have them coated in a different color if you like. If you can get a set of rims cheap on Fleabay or wherever, go for it, but remember the front and rears are different sizes, and different sizes again should you be lucky enough to find a set of kosher AMG ones.

Other than that for a used car of this age it looks pretty good!
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Cool Today's festivities (5/18/19)

Got the CLK in the driveway with the help of some tire skates and my terrific neighbors.

One thing happened. As we were pushing up my sloped driveway, neighbor wifey says 'I'll hold the car!', and stomps the parking brake. Of course, the release handle was disconnected. Fortunately the cable was OK, and that was my first official fix on the car.

Pulled out the ashtray and the climate controls practically fell out, courtesy of broken mounts and some crappy wrenching by the previous owner (PO). Oh, well, found a replacement on eBay for $35. Did a first pass clean on the interior and it's shaping up. Center console leather is worn. Will replace later.

Cleaned the engine covers and a bit of the radiator support. Also pulled out the battery and removed, de-rusted, and painted the battery tray. Found a really crappy wiring 'fix' to what looks like the knock sensor. Sheesh, my dog could do better

And the hood struts took a dump, so they get replaced too.

Went to the local MBZ Dealer (MBZ of Laguna Niguel) and ordered a ignition key that will actually work. They can either have a tech come to me for $95, or I can tow the car up there. Honestly, I'm still uneasy about having the CLK public, so I'll need to think about it.

Brakes have been ordered and a bunch of other incidentals. Probably won't be able to get the the car this week, but I've seen enough to know it's not a lost cause. It'll probably languish in the garage for a few days while I doo other things.

Oh, the center vent is sticky. I've seen this on other CLKs. Anyone have a good way to clean this, or should I just use Gasoline (just kidding) https://photos.app.goo.gl/N2JJ4Q1kZ2c5MJvEA

Photos here, enjoy: https://photos.app.goo.gl/av3kqnJuGCqQvnnn6
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Good work...well done..
To clean the centre vent area , just dab a cloth into a suitable solvent and carefully wipe it on a clean it off,,,I think I used mineral turps on mine.
Then clean with soapy water ,,clean water,,,and then Armorall or similar plastic treatment.
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Thanks for keeping us posted. What did she cost you at auction?
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Thanks for keeping us posted. What did she cost you at auction?
I think the real question is how much my total cost will be to get her on the road

We're still in the air on that, but I think June we'll know what's what.

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To clean the centre vent area , just dab a cloth into a suitable solvent and carefully wipe it on a clean it off,,,I think I used mineral turps on mine.
Then clean with soapy water ,,clean water,,,and then Armorall or similar plastic treatment.
Thanks Benzyle!
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Exclamation Rut roh!

Got a new key from the local MBZ dealer today, and - it didn't work!

Did not turn in the dash, and the car alarm went off.

So now I have 2 new keys and a CLK that will not go.

Yikes!

PS: The hard key inside the fob turns the trunk latch but the trunk does not open. I assume that the lock cylinder actuates an electrical solenoid? It did work the door lock.
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To open the trunk with the hard key, you have to turn it in the lock AND THEN pull the handle:

That worked! No dead body, just a bag of old newspapers. Spare tire, jack ,and tow hook in place. Fuse box in the trunk was opened, which tells me someone was screwing around with the car and failed to find the issue.
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