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Found one!

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Car has been neglected very badly, so need to address a few things...most notably the suspension knocking noise from front and rear. Rear was obviously accumulators, but front end was most likely sway bar bushings.

Well, as it turns out....I was right. Sorta.

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This is the front passenger side sway bar. Doesn't look too bad, eh?

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Whelp. That explains the knocking noise.
 

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Doesn't really look that clean, but wagon keep the value.
I had sway bar bracket braking on W124, so it is weaker point on MB.
I wonder if you have a way to massage the dents at headlights? Body work was never my thing, so I was avoiding it.
 

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I wonder if you have a way to massage the dents at headlights? Body work was never my thing, so I was avoiding it.
Paintless dent removal (PDR) is really an art. I just started playing with it and it takes hours for a beginner to take out a small ding. I can make a ding look ~95%+ better and most people won't notice it was there.

I'm self taught (Youtube lol) and my understanding is if you want to be a professional, it takes a minimum of two weeks of training and two years of experience to be even remotely good!

@Deplore..............can't wait to see your project unfold!
 

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Whelp. That explains the knocking noise.
How about replacing the sway bar with a H&R one? Highly recommend that those torx bolts be replaced with hex headed ones.

I put an H&R sway bar on my 99 E320 sedan and it helped reduce body roll some...........lowering spring and Bilstein made a bigger difference though. Strangely.........in stock forms, my 2003 E320 wagon handled a lot better than my 1999 sedan.
 

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How about replacing the sway bar with a H&R one? Highly recommend that those torx bolts be replaced with hex headed ones.

I put an H&R sway bar on my 99 E320 sedan and it helped reduce body roll some...........lowering spring and Bilstein made a bigger difference though. Strangely.........in stock forms, my 2003 E320 wagon handled a lot better than my 1999 sedan.
H&R are very nice, but $$$. Polyu bushings/ grommets, lowering springs and shocks are a better choice, imo.
 

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Found one!

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Car has been neglected very badly, so need to address a few things...most notably the suspension knocking noise from front and rear. Rear was obviously accumulators, but front end was most likely sway bar bushings.

Well, as it turns out....I was right. Sorta.

View attachment 2617027

This is the front passenger side sway bar. Doesn't look too bad, eh?

View attachment 2617026

Whelp. That explains the knocking noise.
I take it that was the one on Craigslist in Castro Valley? I was looking at the same one as I am considering on doing the swap with a 2001 E55 as well. Good luck with the build!
 

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Doesn't really look that clean, but wagon keep the value.
I had sway bar bracket braking on W124, so it is weaker point on MB.
I wonder if you have a way to massage the dents at headlights? Body work was never my thing, so I was avoiding it.
Yeah it is definitely not clean by any stretch of imagination. There is a long list of things wrong with it, and plenty PLENTY of deferred maintenance. It really shows when I drive it.

I am going to try my hand at hammering out that little dent by the fender, I have to take out the bumper to fix the headlight fogging issue anyway. Plus silver W210 are dime a dozen, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find a replacement fender if I goof it up.

Paintless dent removal (PDR) is really an art. I just started playing with it and it takes hours for a beginner to take out a small ding. I can make a ding look ~95%+ better and most people won't notice it was there.

I'm self taught (Youtube lol) and my understanding is if you want to be a professional, it takes a minimum of two weeks of training and two years of experience to be even remotely good!

@Deplore..............can't wait to see your project unfold!
This will be fun! It'll be a project over several months. I plan on doing E55 swap, make it run and pass BAR referee, then I'll do a manual trans conversion.

How about replacing the sway bar with a H&R one? Highly recommend that those torx bolts be replaced with hex headed ones.

I put an H&R sway bar on my 99 E320 sedan and it helped reduce body roll some...........lowering spring and Bilstein made a bigger difference though. Strangely.........in stock forms, my 2003 E320 wagon handled a lot better than my 1999 sedan.
Yeah, they're pricey. I want to keep it as OE as possible, meaning factory stuff, factory ride height, factory installation, factory programming, etc. Basically if I ever lose my mind and have to have the car serviced by a dealership or a MB indy, they should have zero trouble -- everything will be familiar to them.

I take it that was the one on Craigslist in Castro Valley? I was looking at the same one as I am considering on doing the swap with a 2001 E55 as well. Good luck with the build!
Haha yes, that's the one! Were you the guy who offered $1200? Small world.
 
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