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How long does it last until it has to be rebuilt and what goes bad in them that has to be rebuilt?
Impossible to say there is no fixed term for it. It largely depends on milage, type of fuel (octane & with or without % of Ethanol), if the car has been driven regularly or not and probably an other 10 reasons...

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post #102 of 126 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 08:53 AM
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Doing a little rust preventive maintenance and replacing some side trim. Put some rust inhibitor around holes and letting sit over night

Also pulled bulkhead out in trunk...anyone who has replaced hoses on the fuel vapor canister back there know what type and size these hoses are? What type of pressures do these hoses need to take? Do I need higher bar (like 10 or so) hoses? Thanks in advance!
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Doing a little rust preventive maintenance and replacing some side trim. Put some rust inhibitor around holes and letting sit over night

Also pulled bulkhead out in trunk...anyone who has replaced hoses on the fuel vapor canister back there know what type and size these hoses are? What type of pressures do these hoses need to take? Do I need higher bar (like 10 or so) hoses? Thanks in advance!
No pressure (very little anyway)... they're just fuel vapor vent hoses. They only need to be fuel rated.

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Today I made the decision to drop some $$$ and buy a replacement front subframe for my 450SL. I'd pulled the original out to weld in replacement gussets, but having cleaned it up and removed all the control arms it became clear that it had been accident damaged at some point, and one of the control arms mounts being completely replaced with some messy welding sometime in the past (kudos to ChiefRider who noticed the welding, I was already concerned about some of the other damage).

The Chief and I then headed out to our local airfield, where there's a bunch of C47s (DC-3s) assembling prior to a flight across the pond to drop paratroops over Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We toured all the planes, and got to chat to some of the crew. The standard of restoration was incredible... (hope everyone's ok with the OT photos below)
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The Chief and I then headed out to our local airfield, where there's a bunch of C47s (DC-3s) assembling prior to a flight across the pond to drop paratroops over Normandy for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We toured all the planes, and got to chat to some of the crew. The standard of restoration was incredible... (hope everyone's ok with the OT photos below)
One more OT comment if I might.
These tail draggers were real work horses in their day. Most now past the 70 mark. Unbelievable that they are still capable of crossing the pond. I last flew in one in the mid 60s (as a passenger) from Madrid to Rota, Spain and it already seemed old. The Navy version at the time had the seats facing the back. When taxiing one couldn’t stay in the seat without the seatbelt! Thanks for posting the great pics.
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So I finally got my car licensed. As I was putting the plate on the car I noticed a small puddle of oil under the left front or the engine. So I investigated tonite and found a few oil leaks, but it looks like most of the major leakage is coming the from the power steering hoses. The power steering gear unit is dripping with fluid also, so it looks like a major power steering system over haul is my next project. I may start with replacing the hoses and see how bad the gear unit is after the hoses are fixed. It looks like it is going to take a long time to get this bucket road worthy.
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Today I made the decision to drop some $$$ and buy a replacement front subframe for my 450SL. I'd pulled the original out to weld in replacement gussets, but having cleaned it up and removed all the control arms it became clear that it had been accident damaged at some point, and one of the control arms mounts being completely replaced with some messy welding sometime in the past (kudos to ChiefRider who noticed the welding, I was already concerned about some of the other damage).

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The lead C-47--That's All, Brother--was the lead plane on D-Day. Found in a boneyard and restored last year in Oshkosh, WI (home of EAA). Maiden flight was--I think--in Oct, 2018. I was going past the airport when it took off for the first time in years.
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The lead C-47--That's All, Brother--was the lead plane on D-Day. Found in a boneyard and restored last year in Oshkosh, WI (home of EAA). Maiden flight was--I think--in Oct, 2018. I was going past the airport when it took off for the first time in years.
We were able to board That's All Brother, and speak with her crew. They related her story and the serendipitous discovery that she indeed was the lead plane.As the Fixer mentioned the standard of restoration was amazing. I was humbled to be aboard.

Thanks to the Fixer for a great afternoon, and a real treat to make the trip in his lovely supercharged drop head Jaguar!
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We were able to board That's All Brother, and speak with her crew. They related her story and the serendipitous discovery that she indeed was the lead plane.As the Fixer mentioned the standard of restoration was amazing. I was humbled to be aboard.

Thanks to the Fixer for a great afternoon, and a real treat to make the trip in his lovely supercharged drop head Jaguar!
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