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Next time, just slice the bushing so you can roll it in. That's what the MB dealer told me when I bought the first one fore about $4-5.
So you slice it through on onside? Very neat idea, wished I had known that trick before. Oh well, you gotta learn somehow. Thanks for sharing. Actually, I started to leave my temporary fix in there to see how long it would last - ithe shifter felt just as solid with hose sleeve as with the bushing.
 

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Quickly resprayed the front grill black. Unfortunately, the previous plastic on my grill had gone completely grey. Sprayed some extra heavy duty spray paint - let's see how long it lasts.

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Will send more photos when it's actually back on the car.
Looks good Chester! One thing I learnt about the grill when I was redoing mine is that early cars (up until 1974/75) came with black grill, and afterwards they came in dark grey / anthracite color. There's not much difference until you put the black and grey beside each other, either way this looks nice & fresh!
 

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Being somewhat anal - and a “completest” I ordered an SL tool kit off the bay for $90!

It did come with a top latch tool which is cool because I only have one. They seem to go for crazy money on their own.

Is it correct that this tucks in beside the spare - or is there another location?

And yes I realize the tools are mostly crap.

Here it is ....

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Looks great, and for that money it's actually FANTASTIC! The tools are super hard to get , and the cloth looks to be in top notch condition. When I was looking for missing buts & pieces for my kit I saw complete tool sets retailing for $400-500 and more. And yes, the soft top tool could easily go for $60 - so I think you should go to prison because a set like this for $90 is a steal!! :D :D :D
 

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You have a 1972 107.044 which was originally badged 350SL so that is what most web sites show. There are many theories why but dealers sometimes replaced the badge with 450SL when they came in for service. Beginning with the 1973 model 107.044 models were badged 450SL. True 350SLs are 107.043 Euro models beginning in 1971.

My '73 450SL (build 11/72) uses the same 000 158 26 02 as the '72.
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Just looked at my cap in the car and it IS the clip on version and not the screw-on that I purchased.
Which engine do I have? M117???
 

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Just looked at my cap in the car and it IS the clip on version and not the screw-on that I purchased.
Which engine do I have? M117???
If your VIN starts with (wdb)107.044, then you should have a 4.5 m117 motor.


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If your VIN starts with (wdb)107.044, then you should have a 4.5 m117 motor.


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Thanks.
It does.
But then why is my distributor cap different?
My cap in my car currently is a clip-on and not the spring-hook type deal.
 

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Thanks.
It does.
But then why is my distributor cap different?
My cap in my car currently is a clip-on and not the spring-hook type deal.
You’ve got an early d-jet. Most components like the distributor are more of a function of the year and fuel system than the engine model number. For example, a 3.5 m116 of the same year will look a lot more like your car than a m117 from 1975 or a k-jet from 1976-1980. The 71-73 were similar. The 74-75 were similar. The 76-79 were similar. The 1980 were probably more like a 1981-1982 m116 I think but don’t know. The 1980 was a stop gap single year for mpg standards I think.
 

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Nice one Andy! It's the little touches like this one that make a huge difference 👍👌
 

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Took her winter blanket off, had a friend put the battery in, put the top down and went for a 10 mile ride. She loved it! (and so did I)
 

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I thought I'd spin up a thread where we can share whatever we're doing with, or to, our precious babies -
I THOUGHT about The PIG today.
That's it.
 
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