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03-27-2019 08:01 AM
Mercy107
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Originally Posted by oiltycoon View Post
I have space in my warehouse with at least one lift available for you to use if you want to DIY it. The only challenge is my space is in Spring TX... PM me if you have any interest.
I may take you up on this next time I need a lift! I'll bring the beer, if you drink of course.
02-23-2019 04:16 PM
oiltycoon
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Originally Posted by Mercy107 View Post
I hear you my friend. This is going to be a good hit against the savings account. I would normally DIY this entire list, but much of it is under the car in tight spots, especially the sub-frame work, drive-line and steering coupling. With the exhaust being welded into one piece the entire system needs to be removed, sub-frame partially dropped, etc. If I had a lift in my garage and a free month I would be doing this.

I know what you mean about this not being the end of it, this is our 3rd old benz (2nd 107), and i've done all the work on them so far. This is the first time putting one in the shop, which is why I was a bit shocked at the labor costs. But hopefully this takes care of the major stuff under the car for a while. The next jobs go back to DIY mode. Sometimes you just gotta throw a couple grand at it. Besides, in Texas, the riding with the top off weather is just weeks away!
I have space in my warehouse with at least one lift available for you to use if you want to DIY it. The only challenge is my space is in Spring TX... PM me if you have any interest.
02-19-2019 08:56 AM
Jyuma
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Originally Posted by okyoureabeast View Post
If the engine is anything like on my car, then yes it is. I can easily access all of the hoses minus the one going to to thermostat pretty dang easily. I wonder if 400$ of that is getting to that hose
That hose is a real bugger. During the install of my new thermostat, I must have taken the housing off 4 or 5 times because it wasn't sure the housing seal stayed in place due to all the contortions I had to go through to get that short piece of hose in it's proper position.
02-19-2019 08:47 AM
okyoureabeast
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Originally Posted by rcrmonte3 View Post
Along this line--and I don't mean to hijack this thread--is $600 reasonable to replace all the radiator/heater hoses? I was quoted this by my indy who is an older MB specialist.
If the engine is anything like on my car, then yes it is. I can easily access all of the hoses minus the one going to to thermostat pretty dang easily. I wonder if 400$ of that is getting to that hose
02-19-2019 08:00 AM
Jyuma
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Originally Posted by rcrmonte3 View Post
Along this line--and I don't mean to hijack this thread--is $600 reasonable to replace all the radiator/heater hoses? I was quoted this by my indy who is an older MB specialist.
Sounds high, but so does everything else on these cars.
02-19-2019 05:56 AM
rcrmonte3 Along this line--and I don't mean to hijack this thread--is $600 reasonable to replace all the radiator/heater hoses? I was quoted this by my indy who is an older MB specialist.
02-19-2019 12:50 AM
Jyuma
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Originally Posted by Mercy107 View Post
I hear you my friend. This is going to be a good hit against the savings account. I would normally DIY this entire list, but much of it is under the car in tight spots, especially the sub-frame work, drive-line and steering coupling. With the exhaust being welded into one piece the entire system needs to be removed, sub-frame partially dropped, etc. If I had a lift in my garage and a free month I would be doing this.

I know what you mean about this not being the end of it, this is our 3rd old benz (2nd 107), and i've done all the work on them so far. This is the first time putting one in the shop, which is why I was a bit shocked at the labor costs. But hopefully this takes care of the major stuff under the car for a while. The next jobs go back to DIY mode. Sometimes you just gotta throw a couple grand at it. Besides, in Texas, the riding with the top off weather is just weeks away!
I wish I was there instead of here. It's 3:45 AM and 23 degrees. It won't be top down driving here until May or June.
02-18-2019 10:57 PM
Lawrencefitzsimon
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Originally Posted by Jyuma View Post
You know the old expression "if you have to ask the price you can't afford it"? Well... who ever came up with that expression never owned a classic 107. Where the 30 to 40 year old 107's are concerned, nobody can afford it. If you're not a DIY'r, then owning a classic 107 will drain your bank account. I have cursed and bled more in the last two years than the preceding two decades... and I'm nowhere near done bleeding and cursing yet.

If the couple of thousand bucks in repairs you mentioned will get you on the road in early spring... and you can afford it... then go for it, but call me crazy if I don't see that as being the end of it. There's more shit that can go wring with these cars than Carter has Little Liver Pills. If it's not a labor of love than it's just labor.

Good luck.
Bang on. Iíve owned my SL for almost ten years now, it was my first car and Iíll never part with it. Almost like clockwork though, every time I fix something and get it to ďperfectĒ status, something else inevitably breaks. It was the radiator, then the idle control unit, then the door locks, then the HVAC, then a full timing chain failure, then a subframe failure, then the odometer gears, and now the steering coupler. Iíve spent four or five times the cars purchase price in keeping it going and itís worth every bloody penny (and outside of the rebuild post timing chain failure, I did everything myself).
02-18-2019 10:20 PM
okyoureabeast
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Originally Posted by Mercy107 View Post
He will be removing the diff and mount entirely. The mount is sagging and the diff howls loudly at 60mph +. So remove old diff and diff mount. Then install new diff and diff mount. He would need to pull the axles out right?
Yes. If you're getting a new diff out of that deal then you getting a great deal on that price. I would take it.
02-18-2019 08:37 PM
Mercy107
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Originally Posted by oiltycoon View Post
what shop is it? i have been extremely happy with Ronnie Jackson on Tuam St in Houston
Autohaus Ruffner in League City. He has 6-7 various year 107'S in his shop now. Has a cherry 280SL Manual trans grey market in one of the bays. I will check out your shop. Thanks
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