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Date registered: Apr 2008
Vehicle: '92 MB W201 2.3, '10 MB X164 GL550 4Matic, '14 MB W218 CLS550 4Matic
Location: Calgary, AB
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I would suggest the 2.3-16 restoration thread of "Lomtevas" who is a knowledgeable and experienced member. The engine is different but I learned a lot from his thread and many others around here during my 1989 2.6 restoration work back in 2009.
Brake fluid: Flush/Replace/Bleed. Ensure that your pipes are free from any contamination of dust or other particles. You don't want any dust to get into the ABS system.
Fuel: Replacing all fluids and filters including the fuel filter (after flushing the tank properly) is essential.
Coolant: Check if the cabin heater hose have been isolated from the coolant cycle! if it is, it is an indication of a leaky cabin heater radiator (inside the cabin) and I really hope not as it involves full dash dismantling. You can also loosen the cooling fan tensioner and check the coolant pump bearing play and check if there are any coolant leaks there as well.
Oil: Have you drained the oil already? if there's no sign of "oil milkshake" from the pan, this will provide enough assurance that you don't have any overheating causing a head gasket issue.
Dolucasi is correct with the valve cover removal. it'll also be an opportunity to have a good look into the timing chain as well.
Many other "revival" items can be listed but lets start the engine and ensure that it is leak proof.
Snap pictures, post and ask. Research revival projects and there are many over here.
A wise man says "Nothing is more expensive than a cheap MB"
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