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post #21 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-20-2017, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Finished the Navigation Unit Install

The HD Radio tuner arrived tonight and I was able to finish my navigation install. The HD radio signal is noticeably better, plus I'm able to tune a few additional stations. The HD tuner is fairly large, but it did fit in the space behind the climate control. There was a lot of wire to pack into the space, but it fit with a bit of trial and error.

The generic Ipod cable I had on hand did not work with the Kenwood unit. According to the forums I've read, the Kenwood units are finicky about generic cables. I ordered the official Kenwood cable and I'm waiting for it to arrive before I can test the Ipod.

I'm going to take the car to my independent mechanic. If he doesn't find any major issues, the only items left on my "To Do" list are a headlight polish and a repair of the seat.
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I know you've got it all together now, but in case you need to go back behind the radio and want to make some more room, you can put things in the metal "rack" under the passenger footwell. The TCU is already in there, and the metal panel has plenty of tabs and holes for securing electronics. When I installed a Pioneer AVIC in my C240, with I put the Sirius and HD tuner there.

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I hope that I don't have to go back in, but if I do this will be helpful information.
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I polished the headlights yesterday. As you can see in the photos, the driver's side is crystal clear. The passenger side, while much improved appears to be "frosted". It may be a replacement from an older car. I've attached a photo of the car from a couple of weeks ago to show the starting condition.

I also polished the hood, trunk and roof with 3M FinesseIt. I noticed some improvement, but I think I need to take a different approach. I'm planning to buy some touch-up paint and fill in the major nicks. Then I'm going to go back with a little stronger two or three step polish and wax system. If anyone has had good results with a particular product, please let me know.
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Closing in on the finish line

I had to add some additional work to my list. When I had the car aligned, my mechanic showed me that both of the front wheels were bent and that the driver's side front wheel had a crack in it. He was able to balance the wheels, but I thought I should consider a permanent fix. After being unsuccessful in locating replacement wheels, I had the crack in the driver's side wheel welded and the wheel straightened. It set me back $150.

When I had the wheel off, I spun the brake disk and discovered it was dragging in one spot. I suspect a warped rotor. So, I'm considering taking the rotor to have it machined. I think the O'Reilly's auto part store near me turns rotors. I'm also considering having the passenger side front wheel straightened.

Here's a picture of the car showing the "re-manufactured" front wheel. It also shows the results of my polishing and waxing efforts. It looks great unless you get close to the hood and see the chips in the paint and the load rash. I'm considering using the Dr. Colorchip system on the hood and on a few other chips I've found on various spots around the car.

I'm taking the driver's seat to an upholstery shop on my way home from work on Monday. That's the last major fix on my list - unless I make any more unpleasant discoveries.
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Yeah, I had to have a crack on one of the rims on my SL welded. Damned potholes!

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Damned potholes!
My mechanic's theory is that one of the previous owners ran over a curb or a parking block. That would also explain the missing splash shields under the front of the car. Due to the low ride height of the car, the splash shields would also have been torn.
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The splash shields are very easy to rip off when parking. For some reason, many drivers believe that their wheels must be stopped against the curb or parking "logs". The low front bumper gets caught on that. When pulling in, it shears off the plastic rivets holding the liner to the bumper. When backing out, it pulls the bumper forward and the fender liner pops out below it. Then, when driving, it catches air, pushed back into the wheel,m and gets ripped off.

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Almost done, but a minor setback

I installed the splash shields on Saturday. I also had the rip in the driver's seat repaired. The before and after pictures of the seat repair are posted below. The fabric in the repaired portion has a slightly less prominent grain in the fake leather and the gloss level is a little lower than in the rest of the seat. However, it is not noticeable under normal lighting conditions.

Unfortunately, the seat heater in the driver's seat has stopped working. I'm going to start a separate thread on that problem and hope that someone can help me with it.
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It's been a while since I've updated this thread, and I want to report that my revival is complete. I've met all my original goals for updates and repairs.

I had a few extra expenses that frankly did not surprise me.
1, I missed the fact that the splash shields were gone - $112.50
2. Two of the rims were cracked and another one was bent - $450
3. I forgot to ask if the seller had two keys before I settled on the price - $284
4. Although the Sumitomo all season tires were in OK shape, I decided to upgrade to Michelin Pilot Sport AS3's - $582

On the plus side, fixing the evaporative system leak was a relatively inexpensive $145. (The problem was the fuel filler and I found the upgraded part used on ebay. I found instructions for doing the work myself on MBWorld.)

Possible additions to my list of repairs and upgrades:
1. I'm contemplating changing the timing chain. It's not making any noise at start up, but it seems to be the Achilles heel of these cars. If I get really brave, I might do it myself.
2. I may replace the grille with an aftermarket "Star" model.
3. I may paint the bumper using rattle cans.

At this time, barring major mechanical issues, I'm pleased with the car. It rides and handles well and returns outstanding fuel economy in the type of driving I do. (I measure about 30 mpg per tank and on the highway I'm seeing 34-35 on a good day.) The 6 speed MT is engaging. It does show its age in places, but it is a good looking car
If I had to do it over again - I would.
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