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This is my official post regarding my purchase and the fixes/upgrades I have performed and will performing to my 1991 C124 300CE.

1991 300CE 3.0 24V I6 with 154k miles.
No accidents ever. All original Vin stickers present at all panels.
0 rust.
Engine runs great.
Trans. shifts flawlessly.
Interior in great shape.

Here it is as it was sitting the day I bought it.









Tearing apart suspension and eventually entire front steering system. i.e. tie rods, ball joints, idler arm, Bilstein HO shocks, Eibach springs.



The look of the headers bothered me, so I painted them with high temp (2,000 deg.) Duplicolor spay paint.
I changed some vacuum hoses and connections, and some misc under hood stuff were replaced and/or fixed.



Valve cover original paint was not looking too good so I removed it an spray painted it with high temp silver duplicolor paint with aluminum. 1200 deg.



I removed everything out of the trunk so I can clean the trunk area and wash/clean the carpet, side carpet like molding etc.
No rust present in trunk and everything is in excellent shape. I guess the trunk did not get much use.
She will be painted all black, including the lower molding and all chrome/stainless.
Depos for headlights.
And probably C36 look duraflex body kit like this.

86-95 MERCEDES CE E CLASS W124 DuraFlex C36 BODY KIT: eBay Motors (item 390258960964 end time Dec-02-10 19:09:36 PST)

More to come, in the mean time I am loving this new project.
 

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I love these coupes and I think they will never go out of style. From looking at that interior picture you'd never know the car has the miles it does. Good find.

With regard to the Duraflex stuff, I was considering their kit because I wanted the 430 look on my 320. I asked around here and got a response from somebody who had first hand experience with them and it wasn't what I wanted to hear. I figured at that price it wouldn't be high quality and that is what I was told. While the side skirts may go on well the front and rear covers were a mess. The side skirts don't have jack points either.

Keep in mind we were talking about a CLK so the kit for your ride may be different/better but I wouldn't buy this kit without talking to someone who already has and get their opinion. Oh and put AMG monos on it.
 

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Thanks guys.

I really love this thing. It drives very nice. Compared to my other 2 cars (BMW MCoupe daily driver, '65 Cobra), this is a very relaxing car.

I think I will pass on the duraflex body kit, as I just took the 300CE of the jack stands and it stood on it's lowered suspension and new 17" rims and looks great. A new paint job will finish it off nicely.

As far as rims go, I do love the look of the monos but it seems that many have that upgrade and I wanted to be a bit different so I went with a different rim.
Pics coming soon.

Well, for now I will drive it and enjoy it. I am surprised that the 217HP on this car move the mass of the car this well. It is not a rocket ship, but moves nice and smooth.
I'll be back with more. Now I am off for an alignment.
 

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Well, for now I will drive it and enjoy it. I am surprised that the 217HP on this car move the mass of the car this well. It is not a rocket ship, but moves nice and smooth.
I'll be back with more. Now I am off for an alignment.

Now imagine if it were 750lbs lighter!:thumbsup:
 

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Looking great!

Make sure to check out the sway bar bushings. A fresh set of bushings makes a big difference.
 

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Thanks ps2cho.
I changed the sway bar bushings as well. New steering damper,
Center link, r/l tie rods, idler arm repair kit,
Ball joints, shocks, springs, etc.
Everything is new and the car has no slop at all.

Can anyone help with the above pictures please??
Thanks guys.
 

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The pic is your alarm relay. Nice progress you're making on the car.

Good Luck,

Jayare
 

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That would be great!!! No plans on making it lighter though.

BTW,
what is this? I was thinking alarm, but I could be wrong. My car has no alarm functions right now.




If you want to test your alarm a very simple way to do it is to just pop your hood (don't open it), then lock your car. When you lock your car the alarm is activated.
Now open your hood. If the horn doesn't blare and make you jump and the lights aren't flashing like madness then you can say your alarm is kaput and will need to diagnose why.
 

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Here she stands on her new feet right after her first shower in a LOOOONG time!!!
New rims, tires, springs, shocks etc.
Just waiting on some new clothes (paint) and misc. visual TLC.







and after she has been dried off

 

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Hey, here is another suggestion that will give your CE not only a better look, but provide enhanced functionality..

OEM Euro Headlights!

Many US model 124's have been converted to Euro headlights. They are what the designer intended the car to look like, it's what was sold in Germany and anywhere outside of the USA, the anal USA DOT folks needed to be different with headlights, resulting in lower light output, and just plain-Jane looks.

The Euro lights are full glass fronts and the combination of different reflectors, lens, bulb's etc. combine to give you outstanding light output. You will be amazed at the improvment.

They bolt right up, but you must change out the harness plugs from 4 pin to 6 pin, easy to do, a 5 minute job..

Also, a personal choice is headlight wiper delete. I don't need headlight wipers and I think the front end look is much cleaner without them. They make a flat metal panel with no holes in it for headlight wiper delete, you just need to paint it up, (the long skinny painted panel just under the headlight).

In case you do want to have headlight wipers, the Euro versions had them as well, you would need to purchase the Euro wipermotors and metal panels meant for Euro wipers, (different mounting positions). It's all available, just a bunch of more money to spend if it's important to you. Folks who drive year round in the snow belt will want them, for me I park my rust free car in the garage if there is salt on the roads, never a need to wipe salt grime off the headlights...

If you look at a lot of headlight convertion pictures, sooner or later you will see one where the owner didn't bother to install the wiper delete panel without holes, it's tacky... and they only cost $20 or so...

My CE looked similar to yours when I got it, when I installed the Euro headlights, I removed the headlight wipers at that time.

You won't be dissapointed if you install Euro's with or without wipers.....

I attempted a crude cut and paste trying to show what your CE would look like with Euro's, the pic's of the front end of my CE show it better..

If you decide you'd like to make the swap, I can send you a buch of detailed pictures I took when I did mine, helps with the harness connector particularly.

I bought Bosch OEM headlights, Hella also makes OEM euro's, and many folks swear by DEPO, who make copies that are very afforable. It's all been done many times before, lots of folks here know part/numbers, sources etc...

Good luck and enjoy the ride, I never tire of driving my CE, special cars..
 

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Thanks guys!

ohollenbeck,
thanks for the suggestions and the photos!
All that you have mentioned are in my list of mods/changes. I have already purchased the wiper delete panels from my local dealer and just got done with my stereo rewiring, new speaker installation, keyless lock/unlock, suspension, rims/tires etc.
Next is full paint job and bottom grey panels to be black.
This is a project, so I am taking my time.
More pics to follow...
 

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That would be great!!! No plans on making it lighter though.

BTW,
what is this? I was thinking alarm, but I could be wrong. My car has no alarm functions right now.



yes it is an allarm. I found mine disconnected so i reconected it and locked the car after i opend it it set it off so i had to disconnect it again.
 
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