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