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Bought a 74 450 SL a couple of weeks ago, and have been waiting for it to come down from Seattle to my g/f's house in an LA suburb.

It came today, and it looks as good as it did in the pics, if not better!

Unfortunately, since I live in northern Illinois, and I have 3 cars now and only a 2 car garage, it's going to have to stay in LA until March. Then I'll fly out and drive her back home.

I'm not that crazy about the color combo, but the condition was too good, and the price was too low to pass up.
 

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That does look to be in good shape. My car is a 75 and the seats look much more worse for wear than yours.

Congrats!
 

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Thanks! I don't think it was up in Seattle for that long. The original paperwork revealed it was sold in downtown LA new in 1974. Probably garage kept since then.
 

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I drove a '74 for 16 years or so. It was a good car, mostly trouble free.

Good luck with yours.
 

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Did the seller know if the subframe recall had been addresed?
While it has to wait in Ca. might be a good time to do it.

What color is it?
 

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Welcome to the madhouse!!!!

We're here with suggestions, advice, tips, instructions, and abuse as necessary.;)

These things are often a lobor of love and a diversion from the everyday grind. A form of therapy, if you will. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it. :)

There are a LOT of people here in this community with a truly amazing breadth of experience and skills. If you need any help, we're here. Just grab a cold beverage, kick off your shoes, lean back, relax, and enjoy the show. No attitudes allowed.:D We can all learn or teach, whichever is appropriate at whatever time. Just remember, you're here for the FUN of it.

Scott


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Forgot to say: Nice looking car! The interior looks beautiful.
-S
 

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Finally got out to the LA area this week to pick up the 74 SL 450. Had some work done on it before I got here, just to make sure the trip back to the Chicago area was largely trouble-free.

Car runs and drives very nice. It's a solid car, with no shakes or rattles. Of course, that's with the hardtop on. Won't know how it is as a true roadster until I get home in a couple of weeks.

I still have another week out here, then I'm caravanning back with the g/f and members of her dog club in their motorhomes to the St Louis area.

Wish me luck!
 

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Thanks, Nobby. Still, 3 things in the car don't work: The A/C, the cruise control, and the odometer/trip meter.
 

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Looks good, you'll find it just as solid (IMO) without the roof on. She was built that way. Beautiful looking SL. At least your colour combo is timeless...

Get the subframe checked before you leave, if it's fine do your trip and get it done under the recall when you get back to IL. If it's not fine...
 

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In order to set my CC, I have to push the left side of the rocker swith to turn it on, then the right side to set it.

I just sort of went through my cruise control this last weekend. The servo is actually inside the cabin, behind the glove box. There is a vacuum line to it that needs to be intact for it to work.

The line starts at the mess of Y fittings and check valves behind the brake booster, goes across the firewall, and goes into a port on the passenger side. Make sure that's good. There's a Bowden cable coming out of the same port, that goes to the throttle linkage, under the air cleaner.

Check to make sure that everything is hooked up and free to move before you start getting into the component level stuff. Go for the Cheap stuff first, then the expensive stuff.

Scott
 
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