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Hey guys what's up. I'm going to be starting a build thread for my newly acquired SL. I've had an 95 E320 for a long time now, about 5 years I think maybe 6 and it has been a great car, very reliable. But I was getting tired of it. Here's the latest picture of it, I was messing with a custom front lip for it at the time. You can see my build thread for that car here: 1995 e320 (hwy hntr) - StanceWorks



anyways, I wanted something sportier. I swapped the AMG engine in and it's quick and everything but it's still a sedan. Looking at cars I've always loved the way BMW E36's looked and I wanted something similar.



But I'm not really a bmw guy. I like the way they look just not about them. Plus a lot of my friends already have them so... I was really considering a w124 coupe for a while but they're still kinda big, didn't want a w201, so the only other model I was still into was the r129.

I loved my 3.6, very reliable, gets great mpg (around 26 hwy) considering the power so I wanted a sl320. I'm also planning on using this for my daily so. I found a 96' Black on black (which I love, not really a fan of some of the interior colors that come in these cars). But it was all the way in Memphis :crybaby2: (I live in FL) soo.... Road Trip! :D



pic at the local hotel in Memphis


rolling shot of the car from the drive home



made it :)




Plans for the car are:
-clean it up get everything mostly into presentable/working condition
-Swap 3.6 out of the w124 into this car
-race seats, harness bar, grip steering wheel
-these wheels that came with the car seem ok but I may swap over the OZ AMG's over eventually
-lower it

I'm in need of a Driver's side front turn signal I would really appreciate if you come across one or if you know of anybody feel free to post here or pm me.

I also need a new front bumper so I'd like to get a brabus? one, like this. Anyone know where a good place to find front bumpers is? Maybe ebay? I also need a new front grill/star but I figure I can find that easily on ebay or the likes



I got a new key already should be here in the coming days as well as some maintenance parts like fuel filter and windshield wiper.

if you're still reading hope you enjoyed my intro. Here's a present for sticking around





I plan to keep this build thread updated. Let me know what you guys think, I already love this car :)
 

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Will be interesting to follow your build. Turn signals are all over eBay, as well as bumpers, grilles etc etc. Good luck finding anything Brabus though.

BTW if you slam it the way the other one is or that BMW, then quite honestly I'll just barf.
 

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Will be interesting to follow your build. Turn signals are all over eBay, as well as bumpers, grilles etc etc. Good luck finding anything Brabus though.

BTW if you slam it the way the other one is or that BMW, then quite honestly I'll just barf.
thanks, should be an exciting build. As far as ebay turn signals i just didn't want to buy a supposed oem turn signal and it be aftermarket or plastic or something and not match, I was really just hoping to get one used. Or I may just buy one from the dealer if it comes down to it. And yeah I figured brabus parts would be hard to find haha. Do they make any brabus reps that are any good? bumpers wise?
 

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There are plenty OEM turn signals available on eBay, but if you feel more comfortable at the dealer, then go for it.
 

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Subscribed..:D.. & good luck on your project.....:thumbsup:
 

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Lowering is one thing. Having the wheels tipped in like a Ricer Hoopdie is another. In a perfect world MB would have a goon squad with Louisville Sluggers to reward anyone who Hoopdies a SL :D
 

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always wanted to do something like this, but with a manual trans as well.
good luck, can't wait to see the progress
 

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The only thing I am not grasping is why not just buy a 500? Why go through all the headaches of transplanting a motor, figuring out wiring, work arounds for other stuff and still have a car thats going to be slower that a SL500??? Wouldn't it be easier and in the end a better product to do everything you listed minus the engine swap and just buy a 500??
 

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Crank that thing into the ground! How low do you plan on going?
pretty low ;) lol

Subscribed..:D.. & good luck on your project.....:thumbsup:
thanks :)

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always wanted to do something like this, but with a manual trans as well.
good luck, can't wait to see the progress
I have a manual trans on the long term list as well but it may be a little while before that. I was talking to someone about it and apparently the M104's need a special flywheel that is made out of unobtanium so idk we'll see. And thanks, i'll try to keep progress going at least an update per week.

The only thing I am not grasping is why not just buy a 500? Why go through all the headaches of transplanting a motor, figuring out wiring, work arounds for other stuff and still have a car thats going to be slower that a SL500??? Wouldn't it be easier and in the end a better product to do everything you listed minus the engine swap and just buy a 500??
In my first post I think I went over some reasons why I prefer this motor out of a 500, but to sum it up because of reliability, mpg, and power. Also ,fwiw, my friend has a 91 500E and I beat his car from a stop light till about 70 pretty easily. Now I don't doubt he'd beat my starting at 80-1xx (I hear those V8's love the highway top end) but I'm not really racing supras with this thing lol. Also the swap shouldn't be that hard, it only took me a weekend to swap it into my other car hopefully should be around the same time frame.


Ok so a boring maintenance update:

My spare key came in :woot:



replaced a turn signal bulb



replaced another bulb :/



when I was driving the car home the cigar lighter wasn't working (I was using it to charge my phone on the long trip) well the fuse was blown and some were missing, particularly the 15A ones



so I restocked them :cool: (no heated seats, but that's kay cause the stock seats won't be in there long anyhow



also my fuel filter was leaking a lil (looked like the one that came from the factory) so I replaced that too









welp, I know, boring update. I also replaced the windshield wiper and some other maintenance items but no pics of those. hopefully I'll have some more interesting pics this coming up week(end)
 

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You may want to talk to 5thscaleracer. He's been making w201 and w124 parts, and has done the flywheel you're likely after (out of a 16v I'm guessing?)
I picked up the down pipe he offers for a w124 cabrio project I'm venturing into again and will be looking into a 3.6L engine set up.
I think a 3.6L r129 with a manual transmission would be a lot of fun. Especially if you can tweak the motor a bit and get it closer to the 300hp mark.
 

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...some reasons why I prefer this motor out of a 500, but to sum it up because of reliability, mpg, and power....
I'm not following. The V8 is damn reliable, mpg will be a difference of 2-3 max, and the V8 simply has more HP and Torque. Am I missing something?
 

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You may want to talk to 5thscaleracer. He's been making w201 and w124 parts, and has done the flywheel you're likely after (out of a 16v I'm guessing?)
I picked up the down pipe he offers for a w124 cabrio project I'm venturing into again and will be looking into a 3.6L engine set up.
I think a 3.6L r129 with a manual transmission would be a lot of fun. Especially if you can tweak the motor a bit and get it closer to the 300hp mark.
Yeah it should be pretty cool. I still have my turbo stuff for the m104 and I was thinking of going that route as well, hmm.

As far as the flywheel is concerned, I mated the 3.6 to my stock 3.0 flywheel, only modification necessary was a little machining to relocate the cam sensor pick up.
That sounds awesome :) I may send you a pm or an email later on when I'm closer to that point.


Update: I fractured my fibula, pretty badly too, so progress on the car is at a stand still until it's healed (at least when it's back in one piece). However I did get to lower it a tad before my accident. Nothing crazy, just iPhone pics.





I have some small mods that I think I can pull off I'm thinking of doing as well as some maintenance stuff. Engine swaps and more in depth stuff like that will have to wait unfortunately due to my condition.

I'm also parting out my E320. If anyone is interested in any parts I made a thread: http://www.benzworld.org/forums/sale-wanted-trade-giveaway/2026625-parting-out-1995-w124.html pm me if you're interested in anything.
 

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Hope you feeling better....:)

Wishing you a fast recovery....:thumbsup:
 

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Hope you feeling better....:)

Wishing you a fast recovery....:thumbsup:
thanks, means a lot, this injury is awful srsly

Thank you posting pics of the car and not of your fibula.
haha

update, so when I got the car the front bumper was messed up. Looked like the previous owner drove over something then backed up and tore off the bottom of the bumper. So I had been looking and looking for a local bumper to buy and not pay for shipping. Found one for $300 bucks. Had a hole in it with some cracks on the lip portion, one of the mounting brackets was broken, but he included the fog lights with it which was kinda cool.

you can see the hole there on the left side of it (in front of my crutch at the time haha)



so we fixed the hole and cracks which came out pretty good actually. what we did was cut some of the old bumper (it was messed up anyway) in the same area to fit almost perfectly and used epoxy (I think) and it came out nicely. I also took out the rivets holding the frame/brackets out of the two bumpers, and swapped the good one from the old bumper onto the new bumper and re-revitted it, came out perfect (not pictured).



primed it



and here we were putting it back together and making sure all of the pieces fit (before I sent it off for paint, that's my older brother helping me out @johnnyvee on this forum I think)



and then trial fitting on the car just to be sure it fits before sending it off



awaiting the bumper to come back :,[



side story: I was driving back from school one day and I get home and the glass part of my turn signal fell off -____- like the frame and the bulb and everything was still there (I tend to keep track of my turn signals as the ones on my old 124 were always trying to jump off the car).

so pic of new signal



unfortunately it doesn't fit right :smashpc: . Actually getting it to fit caused my frame of my headlight to crack, this signal sits too close to the headlight >_< the old one was made in Germany and this one was made somewhere else I can't rembember, but I told the dealership and they said they would give me a new one and a new frame. They had this one in stock so I'm assuming a previous buyer of this turn signal bought it and returned it, idk.

I also bought a new star for the grill

and here is a recent pic of the car



I've been meaning to take some good pics with my dslr but have been studying for my MLT ASCP exam. Which I passed ;d so hopefully more parts and more pics coming soon. I plan on swapping in the 3.6 in December and doing some more maintenance. Hopefully some better pics soon as well. :)
 

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I just read some of the updates. Didn't realize you got hurt. That sucks. Hopefully you're on the mend. Keep posting the progress, it's going to be very cool.
 

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Glad you are up to working on it again. The bumper looks great. As for the lights, I would buy the euro lights on Ebay from the guy from Latvia. Better light pattern, all clear lights, and no more headlight frame. It's on my list of things that I want for my car. I'm still doing mechanical stuff, and my funds are limited. Family and house have to come first. At least my wife let me buy it in the first place! As a former 300SL owner, I have been following this intently.
 
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