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Spray it with clear coat and leave it that way. Gotta be better than black.
I agree, it looks great!!
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How do you know when the steering damper needs to be replaced? Any pictures of it and where is it located?
Located under the car connected to the tie rods. It runs perpendicular to the chassis just aft of the front wheels.
Disconnect one end and see if it move easily in and out or if it resists motion like a shock absorber. If it doesn't resist motion it's bad. If it's leaking it's bad. If it's 35 years old it's hard to believe it's not bad.
On second thought... just replace it.

It's like this one... it may even be this one. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Steering-Da...924560a547aa10

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Took the top off of my 450sl and figured out how to raise the rag top. Got it out and latched the front but couldn’t latch the back! It was shrunk!
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My coolant reservoir was the plastic type that had yellowed with age as they all do. Several years ago I found a brass one in a salvage car. These are supposed to be painted black. I stripped this tank in preparation for that but started liking the idea of a polished brass tank.

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I don't know if I will keep it this way or even keep it in service on this car . . . just messing around in the garage yesterday.
I noticed that brass reservoir when I "helped" you with your AC woes a couple weeks ago and had intended to ask about it, but the conversation went elsewhere as they do. Was going to ask if that was the standard look for those things in a 450, but now you've answered my question. In any case, I think it looks pretty sweet!
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Took the top off of my 450sl and figured out how to raise the rag top. Got it out and latched the front but couldn’t latch the back! It was shrunk!
Letting it sit in the sun for a bit should loosen it up a bit.
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Took the top off of my 450sl and figured out how to raise the rag top. Got it out and latched the front but couldn’t latch the back! It was shrunk!
Don't tighten the front completely then try the rear.
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Located under the car connected to the tie rods. It runs perpendicular to the chassis just aft of the front wheels.
Disconnect one end and see if it move easily in and out or if it resists motion like a shock absorber. If it doesn't resist motion it's bad. If it's leaking it's bad. If it's 35 years old it's hard to believe it's not bad.
On second thought... just replace it.

It's like this one... it may even be this one. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Steering-Da...924560a547aa10
Thanks, but how can you feel that it's bad when you're driving the car?
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You will feel a wobble through the steering wheel (from subtle, as in my case to severe if the damper totally fails) for a second, or two after going over a bump, or undulation until the suspension settles itself.
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You will feel a wobble through the steering wheel (from subtle, as in my case to severe if the damper totally fails) for a second, or two after going over a bump, or undulation until the suspension settles itself.
Thanks I'll try that. Since one member mentioned that if the damper is 35 years old it's shot, I got to think what else should be changed on these cars not due to mileage but only because of age. What i typically mean is parts made of rubber and maybe plastic that dry or get brittle because of age. Is there maybe a list of this that someone has seen or made?
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Thanks I'll try that. Since one member mentioned that if the damper is 35 years old it's shot, I got to think what else should be changed on these cars not due to mileage but only because of age. What i typically mean is parts made of rubber and maybe plastic that dry or get brittle because of age. Is there maybe a list of this that someone has seen or made?
That would be a very long list but tops on that list would be chain guides, cam lobe oil tube fittings, throttle linkage ball joints, followed by every other plastic or rubber part including hoses, belts, pneumatic connections, engine mounts, sub-frame bushings, flex disks etc. etc. etc..

You could drive yourself crazy (or go broke) replacing all the age related failure points, but the ones with the potential to cause catastrophic engine failure are chain guides and oilers.

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