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Ordered front shocks for my 300 and looked at the silver colour samples for the wheels. My head is still spinning. I want to make sure I get as close as possible to the factory look. Maybe someone can share the paint code and the brand I’ll look through the posts in meantime.
 

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It's the W126's turn for the weekly commute. So I filled her up, this time without any additives - she's burned herself clean, after all.

Well, I guess not...

I am trying to get the best possible fuel consumption from that I can, because I find her significantly heavier than advertised in the owners' manual. So I'm driving here light on the throttle, with the economy never going past 50% swing. But when I got home, the lumpy idle had returned. I will be adding more fuel additives again...
 

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Frustration day of my own making today. For the last couple of years I have been looking for a number of what I call hens teeth, they are: the front AMG spoiler, the AMG side skirts, both types, the rear AMG bumper spoiler and the trunk spoiler. I have the front spoiler, which is the dog eared type and mounted on the car, the trunk spoiler, which should be done next week, and a set of WB type side skirts that I had to cut down from a SEL (what a bitch to do). They were also Gen 2 and I really wanted Gen 1 but I decided to live with them for the time being. A GEN 1 WB type does not have a ledge like the GEN 2 does. The ledge juts out from the side some and I just don't like that as well. But a while ago I bought a rear bumper lip, and a set of really good shape AMG # 7880018 side skirts from one of the BW members. I thought I finally had everything. Well still need a Euro rear bumper but that will come. The side skirts I just recently received are not the WB type but what I would call the ledge type. While they were in good shape they still needed prep so they could be painted. As such I spent about 10 hours sanding filling little specs or divits etc. Yesterday I decide to dry fit them. So off come the WB type, and I go to put the new ones on and guess what? They are the wrong ones. GD!!!!! It seems like the GEN 1 side skirts are a little shorter than the GEN 2. I guess this is to accommodate the little longer side cladding on the GEN 2 cars. So now I have to either change the side cladding to GEN 1, which I don't want to do, or go back on the hunt. I supposed I could cut them, add length but I am just not up to this again. Well is someone out there with a GEN 2 set that needs GEN 1? Maybe one hen house on BW has one lost hens tooth somewhere. Attached is a picture of the too short AMG ledge type on my car.

I will post a before and after pic though of the trunk spoiler just to see reactions.
Ouch!

I was not aware that Gen 1 AMG side skirts would not fit Gen 2 (smooth) side cladding.
 

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As part of my ongoing diagnostic as to just how much damage was done to the wiring this last winter & documenting same, it occurred to me I should also take a look at the vacuum systems in the car as well.

I went over to the warehouse and tested the door/trunk/fuel door power locks, the seat backrest locks, the headlamp centering system, the HVAC system functions, and everything was good! I just have a few more wiring areas to inspect for damage now, my negative inquiry is nearly done. Yaay.

The icing on the cake was locating the connection into the ASR harness for my Tempomat/cruise switch. Its on the steering column support.
I will enjoy this mod thoroughly.

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More parts arrived for my planned trip down to FL to hang out with Pierre Hedary. I have been looking forward to this for months, but last night I canceled the trip due to the huge spike or coronavirus cases in and around Titusville. The risk is too great considering I spend a lot of time helping my parents here in North Carolina (they are retired and in their 70's). Here in Craven County NC we have very few cases. My town is near zero.

Now I have to contend with the fact that whatever is ailing my SEC is not going to be fixed any time soon and that means leaving it garaged for everything other than lower speed local drives.

I suppose I should mention the issue is a vibration at 62 mph and above. No one locally can figure it out. I am willing to bet Pierre can fix whatever it is. He's da'man.
 

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More parts arrived for my planned trip down to FL to hang out with Pierre Hedary. I have been looking forward to this for months, but last night I canceled the trip due to the huge spike or coronavirus cases in and around Titusville. The risk is too great considering I spend a lot of time helping my parents here in North Carolina (they are retired and in their 70's). Here in Craven County NC we have very few cases. My town is near zero.

Now I have to contend with the fact that whatever is ailing my SEC is not going to be fixed any time soon and that means leaving it garaged for everything other than lower speed local drives.

I suppose I should mention the issue is a vibration at 62 mph and above. No one locally can figure it out. I am willing to bet Pierre can fix whatever it is. He's da'man.
Darn, That's really too bad.

I do understand where you are coming from & agree totally with your very considerate reasoning.

Good luck, man.

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1783, I understand, my dad is elderly, my wife has COPD among other issues, and I'm sure not getting any younger. Covid SUCKS. Good looking out.

Hope things get at least a little normal soon. I'd love to have Pierre look at my car.

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Ordered front shocks for my 300 and looked at the silver colour samples for the wheels. My head is still spinning. I want to make sure I get as close as possible to the factory look. Maybe someone can share the paint code and the brand I’ll look through the posts in meantime.
I'm looking to get my wheels repainted as well. From my research, it should be:
  • DB180 Silver
  • 2 coats of clear on top
There are websites that can supply it or a shop can get the paint if you are having it done for you.

Brian
 

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I painted a set of w126 wheels today. It's all about prep and laying down some nice coats. Mike
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Yesterday finished up cleaning the undercarriage of a nice 1990 560SEL being prepared for market. This car is white with grey leather. Hope to have it pictured up before the end of this week.

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So pretty, Magic!
 

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Washed the SEC, not very exciting, but then found this piece of what I thought was unobtainium in the post, that I'd been waiting for.

I doubt I'll be able to chuck the box, I'm sad I know but I love MB packaging 😂

Paint guy will colour it to match for free for me, the original wasn't clipped on well and I lost it going fast a few weeks ago on a bizarrely humpy road.
 

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I am moving out of my flat because I have changed jobs. So, naturally, I would use the car with the most space to move smaller things such as crockery and linen to my parents' farm where I'll be staying until I can buy a house nearer to my new workplace. As such, I have been driving the W126 to and fro along a 110km trip of mostly open road.

For the first time ever, she is returning the incredible fuel consumption figure of 10 km/lt! I am most impressed... but I'll still be swapping in the OM606 ASAP...
 

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Haha they're quite good for moving house actually aren't they 😁
 

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Not w126 but a local gave me this car today (w124). Believe it or not I got it to run and drove it to my shop. Gonna need to dig deep into my bag of Magic to bring this one back. My lead mechanic said "this is what you do" "you're the best in the west". The interior is sound but my first thought was "this is a Chia pet car". Won't load up this thread about it but here are a few before pics. BTW, this is not the norm of what I do, but I accepted the challenge.
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Hey Plane Crazy: 10km/liter. Wow. Is it a four, six or eight cyl?
Magic: ok, look forward to seeing the after.
 

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I was reviewing some of recent the diagnostic images I have taken of last winter's rodent activity in my SEC.
So I might see the details better I was looking at them on the flatscreen TV downstairs..

I saw a detail as yet unnoticed.
I found the air duct traveling the length of the console 125 was partially disconnected at the left nozzle outlet 110 below the ashtray.
By the looks of things, I don't think it was properly installed from new. There is no mark the tube ever encircled the outlet on that side.

In that it is a pretty big gap, I guess I'll now have to look up into the ACC unit to see any possible damage inside.

Have a good weekend!

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I was reviewing some of recent the diagnostic images I have taken of last winter's rodent activity in my SEC.
So I might see the details better I was looking at them on the flatscreen TV downstairs..

I saw a detail as yet unnoticed.
I found the air duct traveling the length of the console 125 was partially disconnected at the left nozzle outlet 110 below the ashtray.
By the looks of things, I don't think it was properly installed from new. There is no mark the tube ever encircled the outlet on that side.

In that it is a pretty big gap, I guess I'll now have to look up into the ACC unit to see any possible damage inside.

Have a good weekend!

M

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M, hope you don't find anything interesting...
 

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Hey Plane Crazy: 10km/liter. Wow. Is it a four, six or eight cyl?
It's currently a six-cylinder (300SE) after I magically resurrected the engine😈

Haha they're quite good for moving house actually aren't they 😁
After 20 years of owning a W123, I had it all figured out: I know exactly how much of what I can squeeze into the 300D without damaging anything. But when I got all these together and loaded into the W126, there was still space for a whole suitcase's worth of stuff, and my other two guitars (I struggle to get two guitars in kit bags loaded into the W123 - the W126 actually took 4 with ease)!
 
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