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Hi Folks,
Not been here long, but been a fan of Mercedes for a long time.
My son owns 2 x 124s, and brushed up my knowledge working on them with him... Some of you may know him... Ps2cho.

Thought it was time I made a formal introduction and showed my 190's.

First one I bought is a 1984 190D.


Bought it unseen for $560, on Ebay with 175k miles and "Ignition problems"...
When I went to pick it up, I found out what that was...
Once started it would not turn off!
Turned out to be nothing more that a vacuum pipe disconnected!
In the glovebox, I found a stack or receipts and stuff going back right to when it was new!

Anyway, it has been a litttle gem... 33mpg everywhere!
I have been slowly fixing it up... with Junkyard parts where needed..
New drivers seat, new window motors, headlamps, etc.
Only real expenses have been a new Battery, Alternator, Radiator and water pump.
It has been driven for 2 years by 2 teenage boys and whilst they complained about it being slow, they loved the mpg!

It now has 198k on it and looks like this...


I even collected everything I need for a 5 speed conversion someday..


Now if only I could figure out why the A/C wont work!
 

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My other 190 is a 1990 190E 2.6, with 88k miles on it.
California car, and kinda our pride and joy!.

I didn't buy it for myself... Honest!:rolleyes:
The plan was for it to be the perfect car for my then 16 year old daughter!
It fitted the bill, a strong and safe Mercedes with ABS and Airbag...






It is a real gem... beautiful condition, inside and out..
As the plan was, she was not going to be driving it for a year, so I went thru the whole car from top to bottom in my garage.
I wanted it to be as perfect as I could make it and reliable for her.

Euro Headlamps. and blacked out Grill.


New Hoodpad..


Next it was the mechanicals...
Even tho it was really nice shape underhood, the valve cover was starting to peal..
I refinished it..


Now the engine bay was looking nice..


A compression test was done, and it was about 175psi across the board with less than 5 psi between all 6.
New plugs, cap and rotor, Engine oil and filter, transmission fluid and filter, fuel filter, PS fluid and filter, brake fluid, coolant, serpentine belt... everything I could think of was checked or done. The A/C was checked and found to be a little low.. I found a leak in the Receiver/dryer sightglass, so it was replaced and recharged with R12, and now blows ice cold!

The inside of the engine and trans spoke volumes as to how this car had been cared for before i got it...



And after a wipe down the underside was looking the same!




It failed smog, so I have been working thru the problems and the Cat and O2 sensor are now replaced... the O2 was found to be sluggish and the Cat was toast... all broken up inside.


Replacement here is CA is an expensive matter as you must use a CARB approved cat..
Magnaflow to the rescue!


Anyway, that is my intro and my cars!
 

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That is a clean 2.6! Very well cared. Congrats on the great purchase of this 2 Mercs. :bowdown:
 

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Thanks!

I love them both, but for different reasons.
The 190D is not pretty, but is somehow so lovable and honest.
Putting the 17" rims on it, spiced it up a little... even tho the tires are too big, and it rubs sometimes....the 14"s were just plain awefull!
Its so slow... it even has solid, unvented front rotors!
The in the family, we all have pet names for it... Weasel, sloth, slug, etc.
I just wish I could get the AC to work... then I could enjoy it more when the temps are near 100F like today!
I still drive it, but it means I have to have the windows down... and listen to its diesel rattle at idle!

I think I will post and see if anyone here has ideas!
 

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that cat that came off the car looks like an aftermarket cat. I have a 2.6 too and my cat looks different.


I am going to replace my cat soon too ( not because its bad, it actually passes emissions and it is still original ) but because my exhaust is rotting before the cat and after the cat so i will need the pipes and i figured im going to try the magnaflow cat. They have one that comes with the downpipes and goes right up to where it bolts up to the middle muffler.
 

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Thanks!

Oh, couple of things I forgot to mention....
Here is the inside of my 190D's transmission @195k miles...
Clearly, it too had been looked after in its before me life!





On the 2.6, I put a K1 shift kit in the trans, my son said for the $13 bucks it was worth doing, while I had the pan off...


Also replaced the front flex disc, as it had slack..


Also tried a set of 8x18" Carlsson 2/6's(tires mounted are too big tho)that I have on hand, but I felt they were too "Kerb-able" for a young driver...
Would have looked good when lowered tho!
 

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I still cannot get my head around how clean and new the inside of the 2.6's motor was/is...

Closeup of the valve gear...


 

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A very well taken care of 2.6 indeed. Absolutely immaculate. I am lucky mine is too. I had to do a head gasket on my '92 and the engine was like that. Spotless. At 175k. I like the valve cover. What is this K1 shift kit you speak of?
 

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Back to the 2.6...

Magnaflow Cat installed, everything double and treble checked...

Went to Smog...

PASSED!
 

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Well, plans change...
My Daughter has confirmed her decision to stay in Europe and study for at least 2 years more.
Which left me with a decision to make..
We only have a 2 car garage, and the 2.6 has been sitting there for almost 2 years while I tinkered with it and got it ready.
After a long discussion with my Girlfriend, we decided that we do not need another car.
We had to decide between the 190D and the 2.6.
We chose the 2.6, so it will be readied for sale.
I am sad, for many reasons, but it's the right thing to do for us at this time... but I know I will regret it!
I think Ebay is the way to go, unless anyone makes me an offer I cant refuse...
I will post the details once I have it all figured out!
 

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