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Well, I'll bet you're excited about getting your baby back on the road!

I noticed that your pulleys are quite rusty. If I were you, I'd take a wire wheel to them and then repaint them, or at least put something like a very thin coat of, say, linseed oil on them. I have an old Toyota pickup that just used to positively eat fan belts (the old style ones). It was quite a mystery until I figured out that it was the rust on the pulleys destroying them. Once I cleaned up the pulleys, it stopped eating fan belts.

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@CheckEngine Thank you and I will definitely be cleaning up the pulleys before I put a new belt on. They actually aren't as bad as the photos make them look but I'll be taking a wire wheel to them. It sure is exciting!
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I got the throttle actuator installed last night which completes the motor itself and all associated vacuum lines and wiring (minus the valve cover).
I went to install the new drive belt and discovered the whole tensioner assembly was all frozen up. I thought it was strange that the damper was completely compressed when I installed that the other day but didn't think much of it because I have never dealt with the version 1 tensioner setup before, my 95 wagon had the much simpler version 2 auto tensioner. Anyway, after loosening the bolt in the center of the tensioner and spraying everything down, it takes a lot of force to move the tensioner at all. The adjustment rod is not happy. So, another parts order will need to happen, which stinks. I started another thread to see if anybody has ever converted their version 1 setup to a version 2 setup but I have my doubts.
Brand wise, Febi seems to be it at many retailers. I'm not a Febi fan but I'm also not spending $300 on a MB tensioner. I see Rockauto lists a Gates one and a Dayco one. Not sure about either of those.

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I have two 95 TE's that have different belt tensioners. One of each. Like you, I find the spring loaded version is much better that the old style.

I suspect the two versions would swap out. Otherwise, the blocks would need to be different due to theounting holes. Measure the pattern of the mounting holes on the block and see if they mate up to the spring loaded version.

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You can swap out, but need the fan bearing cover from gen 2 I think.


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You can swap out, but need the fan bearing cover from gen 2 I think.
I think you are correct. There is part number 1042001328 for the gen 2 fan bearing bracket and 1042001528 for the gen 1 version. I wonder what else changes with hardware, etc. I know the belt length is different as well. I wish I had both version cars in front of me.
In any case, in the interest of getting this beast fired up again, I just ordered the Febi kit and Stabilus damper. Parts should be here Friday which is also when I hope to have the refreshed valve cover back.
With any luck, I will be firing this baby up this weekend!
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Here’s some shots from the powder coating guy. It should be done tomorrow!





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Make sure the people doing this job dont get the powder coat inside .
I removed a cover a few weeks ago ,- i will say it was an older W124 and all the black paint of the outer cover was missing, and insidethe cover i found that the paint was bubbled up ready to fall off ,,,and most had fell in to the valve lifters and cam shaft . Worth looking at your cars guys with these mercedes that have black rocker boxes that are powder coated ,.This is the truth i know .And if you open up your rocker box covers of the older type you will see the same fault. I hope yours is not like the one i opened up

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The original paint on the inside of my cover was flaking in some areas. I asked that the inside be blasted as well but it won't be coated inside.
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I pulled the belt tensioner, damper and adjuster shaft out of the car yesterday. Pretty easy job with the right tools. I've got a really old Snapon 3/8" air ratchet that is a torque monster which makes removing pulley bolts a piece of cake. Once the water pump and PS pump pulleys were out of the way, it's just a few bolts to get the tensioner and bracket out. It's funny I'm still pulling things apart when I'm supposed to be putting things back together! Oh well, it will give me a chance to clean up that side of the block better than I could before. Strangely, the adjuster shaft was actually fine (I thought I stripped it the other night) and the bushing/bearing/rubber on the tensioner all looked fine but I do believe it is pretty bound up. I'm glad to be replacing it all and amazingly, the little plastic ring with the pointer on it is still in perfect shape.
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