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post #6591 of 6910 (permalink) Old 06-10-2018, 06:02 PM
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Hood Pad

Another small job in the bag. Not often do i spend so much for so little. G&K at $50US... $25US for 3M spray contact glue (yellow Super duty, it was what was available and advertises for hood pads).

Nice to be down to small jobs...
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Where is it again that we are going... And why are we in a handbasket?
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post #6592 of 6910 (permalink) Old 06-11-2018, 06:41 AM
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You are too kind, Sir, I'm just a guy who is willing to try anything, at least once

Sawing - no my friend, purchased pre-fabed ready to install leather skin specifically sawn for pre-face lift R129.
Original untreated and neglected leather dried up, and ripped beyond repair on the forward center (very typical)



New covering arrived today, soft, pliable and brand new!



It took about 1.5 hours for the base/bottom, but If I had to do it again, now that I've done it an know where to pull/push/tuck and stretch, could probably do each bottom in less than an hour.

Leather would need to relax a little, will steam it tomorrow, will massage it a little for flawless fit then condition and good to go!



Very happy with results, new, supple beautiful leather instead of the mummified original skins!


That is a hefty fee, $161 not installed??? Even if it was installed, $161, ok, even with profit on the filter, an hour charge? Come on!!!

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I should have clarified - that was $161 Canadian dollars - still about $120 USD. Even installed, as you suggest, that's a ridiculous amount. The job was simple, and actually fun. Making me think I can tackle many more similar jobs.
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Finally got around to fix my inoperable clock / watch in the cluster. Found a good used one on eBay from a W140. Two small T10 torx screws and some plastic tabs to remove the front "window". Then three T10 to r/r the clock unit. VERY EASY.

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post #6594 of 6910 (permalink) Old 06-16-2018, 02:22 PM
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Project SL500 continues...

Installed "Super Tweeters" in the dash locations to help the factory Bose with the lack of highs, what a difference! I'm use to re-doing the entire sound systems all at the same time, but with this little upgrade I can indeed appreciate very much!

Installed the inline level control to the subwoofer channel, much prefer "physical" knob vs. menu driven via head unit subwoofer level.

It may sound silly, but I still love basic "treble" and "bass" two knobs on my old home Harmon Kardon to the modern remote control adjustments...



For a basic upgrades, sounds ages better than the tired 1995 stock.

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Project SL500 continues...

Installed "Super Tweeters" in the dash locations to help the factory Bose with the lack of highs, what a difference! I'm use to re-doing the entire sound systems all at the same time, but with this little upgrade I can indeed appreciate very much!

Installed the inline level control to the subwoofer channel, much prefer "physical" knob vs. menu driven via head unit subwoofer level.

It may sound silly, but I still love basic "treble" and "bass" two knobs on my old home Harmon Kardon to the modern remote control adjustments...



For a basic upgrades, sounds ages better than the tired 1995 stock.

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D, I really like your gear shift knob. And yes, I prefer the "bass" and "treble" knob controls my self. Old school I guess.
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D, I really like your gear shift knob. And yes, I prefer the "bass" and "treble" knob controls my self. Old school I guess.
Thanks! And you know, there is nothing quite like "weighted feel" of the old school quality knobs, specially the Tuner knobs from the Akai of the 80's and alike...

Gear knob - I refurbished the old $5 W210 knob from pick-a-part https://www.benzworld.org/forums/r129...l#post17400839

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I replaced the passenger side bow cylinder using Alan's guide without removing ANY of the interior trim. It took 2-2 1/2 hours and was a pain in the a$$ but still easier than removing (and breaking) all the interior trim. I did lose one of the e-clips but had purchased spares and then found it at the end? Really not too bad but I have sausage fingers and two bad shoulders! Would be easier with help but a couple of flashlights, lots of rags to stuff in holes and I was done including putting everything away in about 2 1/2 hours. 3-4 cycles and no leak.

Only 3 cylinders left to repair/replace. Drivers side main, driver side bow, and tonneau lock. I have seals for the main and tonneau but will do an exchange with top hydraulics if and when the drivers side bow needs it!
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If you or anyone owns an R129 1997-2002 did you know that none of the keys or remotes are available. Even if you don't need a key at the moment call your local MB dealer and inquire about having a key and remote made. If they get enough interest maybe they will show a little bit of interest regarding solving this issue.
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SL500 got a little "love" today again... Out with the old:



In with the new:



I was told by the prior owner's son that all the plugs/wires/rotors/caps were replaced less than 1K miles ago by a shop... But considering the half ass things they have done with the vacuum lines under the hood (and the car has not been driven for 2 years), just as a piece of mind, properly torqued, properly gaped, replaced...
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I see those are the Bosch plugs that are made in Russia!


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I see those are the Bosch plugs made in Russia!
Mother Russia, brings back memories of childhood BTW, last 2 sets I bough for SL320, FR8DC were also made in Russia...

Just received a big box of suspension components for SL500 (FCP had very good sale + coupon), to do a complete overhaul, mostly Lemforder, all made in Germany!

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