We are required to have a front plate here in California...but I haven't had a plate on my silver car or BMW in ten years. Then again, I don't daily drive either of them...it's just a fix it ticket, right???
A certain SoCal owner here has their actual WINDSHIELDS tinted on their cars. A little too ballsy for me, but it looks awesome.
So, in addition to going monochrome, I made three other changes that are not stock as delivered to the U.S.
The first is the license tag delete panel, no biggie.
Next is something you can't really see in the pictures...I elected to paint the entire outside mirror housing body color. Normally, the bezel around the glass is black. I think it looks much better body color...more modernizing.
Can anyone find the third thing I changed?
Better solution is to use a very light (~70%) tint on the windshield which most likely would not be detectable by the typical revenue generator.
ADMIN EDIT: Post below has been copied to the "Headlight Wiper How-To" thread, click here to view.
Looking inside the headlight wiper motor.
Was having trouble with the passenger side headlight wiper so I decided to take it apart. This isn't a tutorial or guide for repair, just a look inside so you can see how it works, although, you get a pretty good idea how it all fits together. By the time I started taking pictures, I had already taken it apart and cleaned up all the dry, crusty grease.
Here are all the parts:
Housing with motor:
Drive gear installed:
The wiper arm and rack & pinion:
And finally a quick video of it operating:
I like the modernization. What are you thinking as far as wheels, are you going to stick with stock wheels?
glen i'm curious about your decision to keep the headlight wipers on.
do you find the car looks more or less modern with the wipers?
the previous owner of the one i just bought had removed the wipers and now i'm thinking about putting them back on.
New hood star
Front fender liners...will replace with new in the near future
Currently repainting headlight wiper arms...will probably replace them though.
Any updates ?
1993 500E - 040 / 271 - Porsche Type 2758 ~~~~ 1971 250C Ivory / Cognac Leather
Past Cars - 1994 E500 - 2003 CL600 V12TT by SPEEDRIVEN - 1994 E500 - 1995 E320 Cab - 1988 BMW M6 - 1994 E320 Cab
One small bummer though. I never noticed before but the passenger side under headlight panel is not the correct one for this car. At some point in the past, it must have been replaced with a pre-facelift panel. I'm guessing it was bumped into or something as the wiper motor was messed up as well. I repaired the motor, see above...but now I need to source a facelift panel and have it painted. Ugh.
I might have one for you. I will check tomorrow to see if it is the passenger side.
Glen, It looks like it is the passenger that I have, but it has two holes, one for the wiper and another little one with an plastic nipple inserted in it. It is your for the taking if you want it.
Glen, the panel looks correct in your photo. I assume you mean that it has the pre-facelift Euro panel, which will fit and work fine, but is ever so slightly different when you put them side by side...
The car currently has a pre-facelift ('86 - '93) panel on the passenger side. It does fit but sits about 1/4" closer to the hood then the other side. That sort of thing really bugs me...
I just emerged back on the board after some Europe and other trips...WOW I am speechless about the old Lady!
Glen thanks so much, there are no words for the incredible work you have done! It's a new car now! It can live (and being used and exhibited) for the next 30 years.....words fail me, she is so beautiful again! Hope you are close to the 600k border soon!
Apparently I gave you the challenge of your life with this car, I am really glad I gave her to you! Is there anything major that is still original? How about the AC? I assume you did not rework the transmission (yet).....the engine mechanical parts should be ok as long as the gaskets hold.......
The paintjob is incredible....and I like the new grill!
In case anyone is interested my E55 (100% stock) is still in superb condition. Drove 80k miles so far (160k currently), not a single repair. Up to 2002 was the heyday of Mercedes quality...then electronics happened.
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I can mail it to you, or next time I am up in the north county, I can drop it off in your mail box.
Miscellany...my wife and I took the car to the mountains today for a quick ski trip. 227 miles round trip, mostly freeway driving and about 40 miles total up and down the mountain. Filled the tank last night and then just before getting home...20.9 MPG. Not bad at all.
That's pretty dang good if you ask me! I've never gotten over 18.
I know DrP had mentioned he routinely got 450+ miles per tank on his long commutes, it's nice to know the old girl is still running efficiently!
On my regular commute, I've been averaging about 17 MPG which is 50/50 city/highway and this has been consistent for months now.
New paint is probably worth 1-2 MPG since it is more slippery. I hope mine is just as slippery!
1992 500E 702/275
If you click on the photo of my E500 in the sig of my posts, you can see my Fuelly MPG analysis for my car.
Or just go to this link, and you'll see 11+ years' worth of fuel history: http://www.fuelly.com/car/mercedes-b...5401/fuelchart
The chart is interactive, so you can run your cursor along the graph to see exact MPG at specific points.
There have been a few points where I've hit 20+ MPG, but not many. My Fuelly history covers more then 57,400 miles of driving.
Anyone else here on the forum using Fuelly? It's a great site with a great companion phone app.
If you get +20 mpg on an 036, it simply means you have not been driving aggressively enough!
1993 500E Signal Red/Parchment
1987 300TDT Ivory/Palomino
1995 E320 Cabrio Black/Parchment
1969 280SL Silver/Green - 1970 280SL Black/Parchmen
1987 560SL Signal Red/Palomino
Like on the straight, flat drive from Houston to Dallas. Not much to drive aggressively on I-45...
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That sounds pretty impressive. I am averaging 19.3 with mostly highway travel.
Based on your returns, you are getting a 20% increase in mileage with your 2.24 vs. our 2.82s.
That would pay for itself soon IF gas would have stayed above $4/gallon.
Thankfully, for the rest of us, we have a temporary reprieve from high fuel prices and can motor down the freeway at a continuous 3000rpm and not worry about it.
However, 2200rpm might extend the life of your engine.
I'll probably start using Fuelly in the future.
1992 500E Renntech
1990 560SEC/ 2001 SL500
1991 560SEC ECE/1995 E320 Cabriolet
+20 percent seems a bit high.
By comparison, I found that the move to shorter gearing on my 560SEC (stock 2.47 to modified 3.06) resulted in around a 1 MPG penalty, with the car being around +800 RPM when traveling at 80 MPH.
This "penalty" is around 6.5-7% of the stock MPG.
As a downside, perhaps it hastened a bit my engine wear, but who knows? I did the top-end rebuild at 183,700 miles. My SEC currently has 223,900 miles on the odometer (+40,200 miles) since that point. I do know that on M117s, it is common to have to do top-end jobs between 150 and 200K miles, so mine didn't seem out of the ordinary.
Great point Glen!
With synthetic oil, metal oil tubes, and good maintenance, your car will be the first to reach 1,000,000 mi.
even WITH 2.82 gearing.
For the type of driving we do around here, the 2.82 is a better fit. Lots of twisty back roads with 50mph speed limits.
You still lead the pack as our high mileage king.
I just wish my 230k car looked as good as your 600k does. . .
1992 500E Renntech
1990 560SEC/ 2001 SL500
1991 560SEC ECE/1995 E320 Cabriolet