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Be interesting to know whats being done to all the R107s on here.
Lets post a comment here when you do something each day so we will know what you are up to.

TODAY, I washed, detailed, and vacuum the interior on both Angel (380SL) and Sunshine (560SL) this morning.
Also installed Paracord to use as an emergency pull cord to open the Soft Top cover if it gets stuck.

(Uploaded pictures - all inside garage as it started raining right after I finished)
 

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Great idea, Carl. Over this past weekend I replaced the engine mounts (an exercise in patience), front subframe bushings, rear differential mount (discovered a bushing there too, which I'll replace), and the right side door trim bezel (triangle) for the one that the p/o had "reattached" by filling it with black rubber adhesive after breaking off the tabs. I'm still waiting for the transmission mount that I ordered.

Today I spent some time removing a/c clutch assemblies from two compressors so that I can mate the good clutch assembly with the good compressor, and reinstall in... I still need to come up with a name for her.:smile
 

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Nothing.
We have been apart for 3-1/2 months, soon to be reunited.
I will lavish her with benign neglect as usual.
 

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This weekend I changed the oil on both Samson and Delilah. I realized I hadn't changed the oil in 1 and 1/2 years. I also realized I only had about 500 miles on the oil. That has to change.
 

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Technically did this yesterday.

Took the car cover off after a long winter slumber. Quick check of fluids. Twist of the key. 10 seconds for the fuel system to charge and fired up on second revolution. Totally disappointed as normally starts up with a bump of the key. It's only been sitting unused for 4+ months. What a piece of crap.

Then this junk heap carved up the nearest Colorado canyon road like it owned it. Totally on song without a stumble throughout the rev band. Thumbs up from more than a few drivers heading the other way.

What's the fun of having a car that doesn't breakdown? Where is the challenge of ownership?

Thinking i need to get another Jag. Now that's a car you can love to hate. Damn.
 

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Started last night, finished this morning. Re-glued the vanity mirror in the visor, which had been working its way loose for a while. Now that I've been driving around top-down I was worried the wind might catch it and rip it off. Used a couple vice clamps with a backer board on the soft underside so as not to crush/deform the foam. Now it fits snug as a bug in a rug!
 

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Haven’t had much time to do anything with the car lately; plus didn’t really want to take it out anyway due to the tree pollen that turns everything green. What you see in the picture coating the hood and fender tops is not dust but pollen that accumulated while I had the garage door open for a couple hours mounting a new set of eye balls. Thank you @cwmoser.
 

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Started last night, finished this morning. Re-glued the vanity mirror in the visor, which had been working its way loose for a while. Now that I've been driving around top-down I was worried the wind might catch it and rip it off. Used a couple vice clamps with a backer board on the soft underside so as not to crush/deform the foam. Now it fits snug as a bug in a rug!
Now that you got the visor fixed you need to get yourself some window frame pads (forgot what the official name is - old age).
 

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Haven’t had much time to do anything with the car lately; plus didn’t really want to take it out anyway due to the tree pollen that turns everything green. What you see in the picture coating the hood and fender tops is not dust but pollen that accumulated while I had the garage door open for a couple hours mounting a new set of eye balls. Thank you @cwmoser.

That was a quick install of the Euro headlamps.
Nice meeting with you last week.
Glad you like them.
It does transform the looks especially with Euro bumpers.
 

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Carl, what is the coral red color of your SL called? I have only seen this color on a 107 once in person, and really liked it. It's unique, and striking.

RLT61, congrats on your euro headlights. They look great with your euro bumpers.
 

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Carl, what is the coral red color of your SL called? I have only seen this color on a 107 once in person, and really liked it. It's unique, and striking.

RLT61, congrats on your euro headlights. They look great with your euro bumpers.
Actually the color is Signal Red.
The camera flash made it look coral red.
 

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I have been busy this week rebuilding the HVAC pods. I used "Ears - dash in technique" to access the foot well and center vent pods. I was unable to find many of the pods, and so I manufactured my own crude "pod popper" which makes getting the pods apart pretty easy. The diaphragms are available from a source out in Arizona - the "pod popper" was no longer available.

The hardest part of the project is removal of the center console and the lower heater box. Removing the heater box is hindered greatly by a huge mass of wiring on the right hand side running parallel to the heater box. I spent a couple of hours of fussing with it and it suddenly slid out easily? I have little confidence it will go back in easily.

I am hoping to start the reinstall Saturday.:thumbsup:
 

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Now that you got the visor fixed you need to get yourself some window frame pads (forgot what the official name is - old age).
Good eye, RLT! I'm using some soft top buffers I got from the SL Shop, but they seem to want to stay with the pins on the soft top instead of staying on the receptacles in the window frame. I wonder if it matters?
 

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I have been busy this week rebuilding the HVAC pods. I used "Ears - dash in technique" to access the foot well and center vent pods. I was unable to find many of the pods, and so I manufactured my own crude "pod popper" which makes getting the pods apart pretty easy. The diaphragms are available from a source out in Arizona - the "pod popper" was no longer available.

The hardest part of the project is removal of the center console and the lower heater box. Removing the heater box is hindered greatly by a huge mass of wiring on the right hand side running parallel to the heater box. I spent a couple of hours of fussing with it and it suddenly slid out easily? I have little confidence it will go back in easily.

I am hoping to start the reinstall Saturday.:thumbsup:
If you are so inclined, I'm hoping you'll share a few photos and tips as you go through the reinstall, as I would like to do this myself one day. I am afflicted with the dreaded vacuum pod having come detached from the heater box wall syndrome, which leaves my defrost vents open all the time. (Yes, I've seen other threads on this topic, too.) Good luck!!
 

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It was two days ago I replaced the fuel tank. Major PITA.

Of course, whenever you do anything to one of these cars two more problems show up, so I wound up with a leak in the line connecting the fuel pump, filter and accumulator. Ordered a new fuel line... so now the car sits on the lift waiting for the new fuel line to arrive.

Boy do you guys have some gorgeous rides... mine looks like a pile of shiot next to some of yours. Carl, that's the nicest red I've ever seen on a 107.
 

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Carl, that's the nicest red I've ever seen on a 107.
This photo is more true to the Signal Red it really is:
 

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What did I do to my 107 today?

I piled up some acquired empty cardboard boxes on the hood...for lack of any other place.... and then rubbed the rear quarter with a garbage can.

Still more to do on my list.
 

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Carl, what is the coral red color of your SL called? I have only seen this color on a 107 once in person, and really liked it. It's unique, and striking.

RLT61, congrats on your euro headlights. They look great with your euro bumpers.
Thanks, I need to stop spending money on the car.
 
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