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Hello - 1974 450SL

My wife has wanted an 107 since she saw a new one on display in a mall in the 1980s... now we have one!

Title says 155k, broken odo says 154k. No rust or previous rust repairs that I could see. Engine seems to run OK, transmission seems to shift OK, but lots of things broken. Bought for $4,500. No service history.

My only previous mechanical experience was replacing broken Jeep window motors, motorized antennas, etc. but I am eager to learn and start a new hobby!

I only have access to the car for three months of each year so I will have to research and buy as many parts as I can in advance, where possible.

List of things to do, in no particular order:

  1. Replace speedo cable (needle bounce)
  2. Fix odometer
  3. Oil change
  4. Check trans fluid
  5. Check timing chain and guides
  6. Check drains
  7. Install trunk lock
  8. Install new passenger-side lock
  9. Fix central locking
  10. Fix passenger-side mirror
  11. Fix fuel smell
  12. Investigate oil leak
  13. Replace ignition coil (has hole in side)
  14. Fix clock
  15. Fix shifter linkage – bushings?
  16. Fix blower
  17. Fix A/C?
  18. Fix heat?
  19. Fix difficult warm start
  20. Change spark plugs, cables and distributor cap
  21. Replace driver's seatbelt
  22. Get new cargo area base
  23. Fix rattle in driver-side door - loose glass?
  24. Lubricate door locks
  25. Replace seat chrome sides
  26. New floor mats
  27. Replace passenger-side console side panel
  28. Fix cracks in dashboard
  29. Replace trunk seal
  30. Replace door seals
  31. Replace soft top, or fix bad patches
  32. Check brake fluid
  33. Replace visor brackets
  34. Check power steering fluid

Andy
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"I think this is the begining of a beautiful friendship" Rick

Personnaly, I would start with the fuel smell.

Good luck.
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Welcome to the forum. Seems your wife got her wish. At least you already know much of what you'll be facing. Think good thoughts!
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My wife has wanted an 107 since she saw a new one on display in a mall in the 1980s... now we have one!

Title says 155k, broken odo says 154k. No rust or previous rust repairs that I could see. Engine seems to run OK, transmission seems to shift OK, but lots of things broken. Bought for $4,500. No service history.

My only previous mechanical experience was replacing broken Jeep window motors, motorized antennas, etc. but I am eager to learn and start a new hobby!

I only have access to the car for three months of each year so I will have to research and buy as many parts as I can in advance, where possible.

List of things to do, in no particular order:

  1. Replace speedo cable (needle bounce)
  2. Fix odometer
  3. Oil change
  4. Check trans fluid
  5. Check timing chain and guides
  6. Check drains
  7. Install trunk lock
  8. Install new passenger-side lock
  9. Fix central locking
  10. Fix passenger-side mirror
  11. Fix fuel smell
  12. Investigate oil leak
  13. Replace ignition coil (has hole in side)
  14. Fix clock
  15. Fix shifter linkage Ė bushings?
  16. Fix blower
  17. Fix A/C?
  18. Fix heat?
  19. Fix difficult warm start
  20. Change spark plugs, cables and distributor cap
  21. Replace driver's seatbelt
  22. Get new cargo area base
  23. Fix rattle in driver-side door - loose glass?
  24. Lubricate door locks
  25. Replace seat chrome sides
  26. New floor mats
  27. Replace passenger-side console side panel
  28. Fix cracks in dashboard
  29. Replace trunk seal
  30. Replace door seals
  31. Replace soft top, or fix bad patches
  32. Check brake fluid
  33. Replace visor brackets
  34. Check power steering fluid

Andy
You can find many of the parts you need on ebay. There are also several recommendations and links on this forum about where to source parts. I, too would start with the fuel smell. Look for leaks in the system, most likely in the back. When I first bought my 74, it had a fuel smell. replaced fuel pumps and filter. haven't had a gas smell since. If it was me, I would replace the soft top, as it's 1 of the things people look at when buying a convertible.
Loads of great knowledge on here. Enjoy your car, good luck with the fixes, and welcome to the forum/asylum.
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Re the fuel smell. Check under the hood first. The 74 model is a Djet (has Djetronic fuel injection system). Check for fuel leaks in the fuel distribution system. The short hoses that connect the metal tubing (we call them rails) to the injectors are prone to leaks. Leaks around the engine can result in fires! Unless it's already been done, I would buy new fuel injection hose (It is 7.5mm ID) as one of the first jobs. This along with other safety items like brakes & seatbelts. Cosmetic items can come later!

If you look in the stickies, you will find one called EGV107. That covers all 107s.
In there, there are also sections on Djetronics. (especially section 07.4 and 07.5). There are also links to on-line manuals. I tend to use this one (which is not in stickies): Model 107 Maintenance Manual Index

You will also want to get access to the Mercedes epc (electronic parts catalog). Best way it seems is to check eBay for auctions for Mercedes WIS/EPC . WIS is only for later cars, but WIS covers all Mercedes.

Good Luck with your new "hobby"
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Andy,

I have a really nice copy of the Electronic Troubleshooting Manual (ETM) for your car. Much too large to post here. If interested, PM me and we can do it via email or Google Drive.
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My wife has wanted an 107 since she saw a new one on display in a mall in the 1980s... now we have one!
Welcome to the forum!

When I met my wife (back in '88, when she was at college) she discovered I spent most of my free time under the hood or underneath a collection of old jalopies.

I asked her what her dream car was - an SL Roadster. 30 years later we're still together, and the '76 450SL is getting close to finished....

It's great when your SO shares the hobby - hope you both enjoy the car!

-Steve

PS Agree with everyone else - fix the fuel leak first, but I say then drive it a little to make sure you've not missed anything serious. Also, definitely buy an EPC DVD plus the service manuals (paper or electronic) off ebay - you'll need them..

PPS How on earth does a coil get a hole in it - and work?!
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Welcome, Andy!

When you get around to your clock — and this should be near the bottom of your list — I had a good experience with this fellow. He was very responsive, communicative, and fast!

https://www.ebay.com/usr/gmspeedometerrepair
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Welcome, Andy!

When you get around to your clock — and this should be near the bottom of your list — I had a good experience with this fellow. He was very responsive, communicative, and fast!

https://www.ebay.com/usr/gmspeedometerrepair
Does the 74 have a separate clock in the center of the dash? There are instructions on how to repair them in stickies, I think. If not, I am sure I have somewhere here. It's usually a fusible link that has blown. Fix is quite easy.

Funnily enough, I just brought my SL out from it's winter storage spot. When I reconnected the clock, it didn't run! Will check main fuse first.
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Many thanks for the welcomes!

The clock is in the instrument cluster. It makes a very loud ticking noise but no hand movement. Yes, low priority but I figured I would do the speedo cable, odo gears and clock all at the same time.

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