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Mmmmm Mercedes packaging........

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With Igor and Madera it appears the pricing has a great deal to do with how backed up they are. When I did mine about 2 years ago, Madera was easier to deal with and cheaper as well. I would just get quotes from both and go with the more economical. They both do fantastic work.

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Damn, Louis- that is gorgeous!

Always love seeing pictures of your car Since I know what the pricing looks like with Madera, I'll have to call Igor next
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1991 560SEC; 145,187 miles
2013 GL550; 99,960 miles

Previous cars
2007 S550; 146,541 miles (sold)
2009 C300; 95,861 miles (sold)
2006 S430; 101,719 miles (sold)
2001 SL500; 114,032 miles (sold)
1986 560SEL; 150,276 miles (hit by drunk driver)
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It took a bit if time as he was sick, it the dash had to come out to rebuild the hvac system so I had no hurry for it.


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Couple of new updates

First - I got a parts car. 1988 420SEL. I got it for $300 and was either going to fix/flip it or part it out.

It did drive, but definitely had some transmission issues (gets stuck in first gear until it redlines, then shifts hard to second. Rest of gears were fine). The engine bay is filthy; I don't think there's a proper seal on the valve covers and I also think the distributor cap was wired to the wrong cylinders (coils were super cheap URO parts too, which doesn't give me the most confidence)

Given all the above, I decided to part it out. Kinda sucks- the person I bought it from had a sentimental attachment (it was their first car, but they didn't have room). But I'm going to do my best to make sure all re-usable parts make their way into the hands of other 126 enthusiasts Pics attached; if there's anything you need, shoot me a DM
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2013 GL550; 99,960 miles

Previous cars
2007 S550; 146,541 miles (sold)
2009 C300; 95,861 miles (sold)
2006 S430; 101,719 miles (sold)
2001 SL500; 114,032 miles (sold)
1986 560SEL; 150,276 miles (hit by drunk driver)
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Most recent updates:

1. I got a soldering iron out and basically fixed broken plastic trim (that goes under the dash). I melted it, kind of doing a "plastic welding" experiment. With the extra tab, it holds in place great!

2. I met with my friend Bud yesterday and we pulled the fuel assembly out (the one by the rear passenger wheel). We replaced:
- both fuel pumps
- fuel accumulator
- fuel filter
- most of the hoses

We cut open the fuel filter, for fun... looks like someone did change it along the way (usually folks neglect it). Too clean IMO for 144k miles

Fighting a leak right now though. The main hose (coming from the tank) has a leak where it attaches to the tank itself. It's 22mm and pretty hard to get to. Gonna tackle that leak tomorrow. The new fuel accumulator absolutely fixed the issue I was having though: rough starts. Before, the accumulator was losing its charge after 20 or 30 mins. Now, it's holding it and fuel pressure is good to go, even after the car has been sitting. As fast as you turn the key, it starts

3. Last thing I did (after seeing this thread):
I pulled the airbox and lubed all of the throttle linkages. Everything was fairly clean (no sticky residue), so I just focused on all the ball joints / pivot points. Definitely made a difference; the throttle is nice and snappy now Shout out to @EEBreh for the PSA!
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2013 GL550; 99,960 miles

Previous cars
2007 S550; 146,541 miles (sold)
2009 C300; 95,861 miles (sold)
2006 S430; 101,719 miles (sold)
2001 SL500; 114,032 miles (sold)
1986 560SEL; 150,276 miles (hit by drunk driver)
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Fighting a leak right now though. The main hose (coming from the tank) has a leak where it attaches to the tank itself. It's 22mm and pretty hard to get to. Gonna tackle that leak tomorrow.
This is just my opinion based on doing this to two different cars AND taking a gas bath it the process with one of them. Pump the tank dry by jumping 7 and 8 socket under the relay then lift the right side rear wheel, set on a block of some sort so any leftover gas will settle to left side of tank. Pull the main tank feed hose (strainer will likely come out with it) and replace all rubber with new and new strainer. I also found that even newer rubber hoses, and especially old rubber, once disturbed WILL LEAK. The tank feed and return lines help hold an egg shaped rubber seal that hides where the strainer screws into the tank
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'91 300SE (sold) "Sadie"
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I know the answer to the redline in first!

There is a vacuum port at the rear of the intake manifold. A hose comes off from it and goes to the yellow vacuum check valves on the secondary firewall by the brake booster.

Take a very close look at that port at the manifold. It looks like there is only one port but there's another on it that faces down and goes to the transmission modulator. The vac line on mine fell off that downwards facing nipple once and I had the same shifting problem. I'm willing to bet the vac line fell off or that it's cracked somewhere between the intake manifold and the modulator valve.

Hope it's that easy.
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