Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1972 220 D, 1974 450SL, 1995 E300D 2002 S430, 1976 300D, 1986 SDL, 1982 SD
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OK, shopping list of items that want attention. Along with a goodly shopping list of things attended to.
The pipes are not tuned the same as the originals were. When I did update to my SL, the exhaust note was far throatier with a big cat growl than the soft purr it had before. Well, it also had a nasty leak a the manifold, cross over pipe, and rotted out rear. I thought it would be less muscular than it turned out. It could be that pipe sets produce a different note depending upon who made it.
Blinkers are related to the hazard switch. That could have a bunch of oxidation. Push the button a thousand times and maybe friction will make better contact patch. Possible same issue with the window switches. Both of these can be torn down and given contact cleaner. But, the things go sproing, so should be taken apart in a sealed baggie. Also might benefit from some more attention to contact on the pins with emery cloth to provide a really clean metal on metal electron path.
Brakes, throttle and shifting are most likely related to vacuum issues. Really old rubber would leak terribly. The brake hardlines could have had corrosion from water sitting in them with old fluid. I know not how to resolve that if it has happened. I had to make fresh lines for my SDL that had not had lines flushed right in 15 years and were plagued with pin holes, so much reduced pressure.
Shifter should have bushings. These get old and fall apart. It makes finding gear a bit sloppy and hard to find. Replacing these will produce a much crisper location. Messed up vacuum can mess with shift spots and kick down. Or, the kick down relay 801 545 53 05 could have issue. It is both kick down and fuel pump. Not that it would overcome the pedal pushing fuel into the engine.
I wish you much success in getting this back into spec.