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04-19-2019 11:19 AM
miko1aj Same here joser, same here - I didn't expect that amount of tinkering, but it's just like you wrote - it's part of the experience, and it is fun... as long as the car starts ok after you're finished haha!
04-19-2019 08:34 AM
joser85
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Welcome to the club Andy & the never ending cycle of drive - fix - drive - improve - drive - repair - and always enjoy, even if sequence of events may vary
Haha! When I bought my car I had the naive idea I would just fix a few things then it'd be smooth sailing. Overall, while I've had much more sailing -- or driving, as the case may be -- than fixing, there's definitely been more fixing than I expected. To my surprise, this has turned out to be part of the fun.
04-19-2019 05:44 AM
miko1aj Welcome to the club Andy & the never ending cycle of drive - fix - drive - improve - drive - repair - and always enjoy, even if sequence of events may vary

I'd also prioritize the fuel issues and all stuff that really matters, i.e. around engine, drivetrain etc. You'll also find that your to-do list tends to grow, sometimes exponentially, but as long as you keep ticking the top items and keep adding to it that's all good.

As someone once remarked - "the best experience of owning a classic is behind you since you've already test driven it"
04-18-2019 10:20 AM
MBGraham
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After reading about oil changes I think I may just take it to an indy for fluid changes. Not keen on DIYing the messy stuff.
I do that sometimes for engine oil/filter (I supply the filter and have shop that has good price on the oil do the change). Other times I do it, but even with extractor, have to crawl under car My other cars can all be done from above.

Going to Indy, at least for first service,might be an idea. Especially if you want to change engine oil/filter, diff oil, brake fluid, Transmission fluid/filter, coolant. Lot easier for them up on hoist. But for these old cars, an Indy who knows these old Benzes is needed. I do a lot of stuff myself, just because I don't trust our local shops to work on my old cars. PS fluid is easy enough to do. Just suck old fluid out, change filter, refill, run, turn wheel back and forth, repeat a few times until fluid looks clear. Manual says to use Dextron/ATF, but ATF has changed over the years. I buy PS fluid because it has additives needed for steering systems.

Make a list of the fluids you want them to use. You will get a lot of opinions on those!
(For a car that, like mine, will sit in storage for long periods, I would use a good synthetic oil. It seems to stay on cams and be there when you next start car (got that tip from a long time Mercedes shop owner/mechanic). Valvoline Zerex G-05 for coolant.)
04-18-2019 10:17 AM
andya
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Originally Posted by JN74SL View Post
Get an extractor..
https://www.amazon.com/slp/best-oil-...hagxfusm5sz83f

I use mine to get the oil out of the engine, then I go under and change the filter and open the "huge" drain plug to get any residual oil out. It is a lot cleaner than trying to deal with the gusher of oil that comes out of the drain hole!
Cool - I didn't know these things existed!

Andy
04-18-2019 10:11 AM
JN74SL
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In the early 80s my wife owned a 1973 VW Squareback. She hated it because the fuel injection system never worked properly. To this day she won't buy any VW product as a result.

Fast forward to now and she is excited to get this car. She loves Mercedes. I start to research it and find the fuel injection system was made by Bosch. Hmmm... mid-70s... German car... third-party fuel injection system... what are the chances...

Yep! Her hated VW used the same Bosch Djet system!

Andy
Well it had HALF the D-Jet the Mercedes has
04-18-2019 10:05 AM
andya In the early 80s my wife owned a 1973 VW Squareback. She hated it because the fuel injection system never worked properly. To this day she won't buy any VW product as a result.

Fast forward to now and she is excited to get this car. She loves Mercedes. I start to research it and find the fuel injection system was made by Bosch. Hmmm... mid-70s... German car... third-party fuel injection system... what are the chances...

Yep! Her hated VW used the same Bosch Djet system!

Andy
04-18-2019 09:16 AM
JN74SL
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Looks like building a new harness is a good idea - something I can work on for the months when I don't have access to the car. Also perhaps refurbishing the cluster.

After reading about oil changes I think I may just take it to an indy for fluid changes. Not keen on DIYing the messy stuff.
Get an extractor..
https://www.amazon.com/slp/best-oil-...hagxfusm5sz83f

I use mine to get the oil out of the engine, then I go under and change the filter and open the "huge" drain plug to get any residual oil out. It is a lot cleaner than trying to deal with the gusher of oil that comes out of the drain hole!
04-18-2019 08:55 AM
andya Looks like building a new harness is a good idea - something I can work on for the months when I don't have access to the car. Also perhaps refurbishing the cluster.

After reading about oil changes I think I may just take it to an indy for fluid changes. Not keen on DIYing the messy stuff.
04-18-2019 08:03 AM
MBGraham
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A D-Jet in good tune is a joy to drive, couple bad connectors and not so much...
I got my 72 Djet out of storage yesterday. Been sitting since last November. Fired right up. Let it idle why I moved the other cars around. It at first idled at just over 1000rpm and then settled down nicely to about 700rpm. Took it for a drive until it reached full temperature. Ran perfectly. When I got back, opened hood to check for any leaks. Everything looked good. Engine just purring with smooth idle.
Why I am posting this? Shows what a properly working AAV and a rebuilt harness can do! See Brads thread on harness rebuilding.
https://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c...e-harness.html
I rebuilt mine with encouragement from Brad:
https://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c...t-project.html
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