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    So today I'm back from three weeks of work. This week will be all about assembly of the plenum and cleaning up the last parts. I have not placed my order with Mercedes yet, will do tomorrow since I'm still missing a few bits to put on the list.
    Progress report will come this evening or tomorrow.

    But first, I just have to share this cool accessory, the Hella Raintronic, basically an aftermarket rain sensor. One of the very few "modernities" that I really miss on the W124, especially since you can't control the interval of the wipers in interval mode.

    2017-06-12 09.29.11.jpg2017-06-12 09.29.03.jpg2017-06-12 09.28.23.jpg2017-06-12 09.28.14.jpg2017-06-12 09.28.01.jpg

    I will mount this when the other work is done!
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    Re: OWNER - doolar

    Cool, its actually approved for the W124... is it a new old stock ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 195910 View Post
    Cool, its actually approved for the W124... is it a new old stock ?
    Yes NOS, I've been hunting for one for years, Ebay.de have them from time to time, but for crazy prices (€200 or more), I finally found one in Sweden for a very reasonable sum. They are not manufactured by Hella any longer, think mine's produced in the late ´90's. (edit, checked the box, it seems to been produced in November of 1996)

    Seems to work fine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVV7SdhgO6Q
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    So today I stripped my injectors of all o-rings, filters and pintle caps. They've recently been cleaned professionally, so I'm just replacing the o-rings, filters and pintle caps. Also I've cleaned them on the outside to remove all the dirt there, sprayed them with electronic cleaner afterwards. Ordered a set of above mentioned parts for the injectors, I'll rebuild them as soon as they arrive.

    Cleaned the ETA, I replaced it not so many years ago with a 2004-made one, so it was not so dirty, basically just a wipe off. The gasket area needed some further cleaning to remove old gasket residue.

    I cleaned the MAF with electronic cleaner, alcohol. Externally I just wiped it off, and cleaned the gasket surfaces with citric acid to remove the crud and dried in rubber.

    All other parts are cleaned or new, so I've just arranged everything neatly to be packed in my car for taking down to the garage where I have the Merc.

    This evening I'll place an order for the parts I need from Germany, they usually deliver within a few days, so I have those days for the final cleaning and preparation for assembly.

    Pictures and more progress will come tomorrow evening!
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    The parts I need ordered just now. I also got hold of some high temp insulation tubing today, ordered from a Swedish car parts dealer.

    parts.jpeg
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    Cleaned the injectors, they're waiting rebuilding now:

    2017-06-13 11.09.19.jpg

    One more fun Hella contemporary accessory, their take on the third brake light. They where only fitted to US sold cars, so of course Hella made one. I think it's to big to fit behind the rear curtain, but I'll try. Since the Mercedes third brake light seems to melt away, maybe this one is of better quality? Plus it was really cheap. NOS made in 1989 folks!

    2017-06-13 11.09.36.jpg2017-06-13 11.09.49.jpg2017-06-13 11.10.27.jpg2017-06-13 11.10.35.jpg

    I'll be back with more soon!
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    Re: OWNER - doolar

    Quote Originally Posted by doolar View Post
    Cleaned the injectors, they're waiting rebuilding now:

    2017-06-13 11.09.19.jpg

    One more fun Hella contemporary accessory, their take on the third brake light. They where only fitted to US sold cars, so of course Hella made one. I think it's to big to fit behind the rear curtain, but I'll try. Since the Mercedes third brake light seems to melt away, maybe this one is of better quality? Plus it was really cheap. NOS made in 1989 folks!

    2017-06-13 11.09.36.jpg2017-06-13 11.09.49.jpg2017-06-13 11.10.27.jpg2017-06-13 11.10.35.jpg

    I'll be back with more soon!
    very nice
    But what do you mean by 3rd brake light only sold on us cars? i have this standard on my car..and its in the datacard also.. do you mean this particular Hella one?
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    Re: OWNER - doolar

    My Canadian E500 has a third brake light.

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    To my knowledge the third brake light was never offered as standard equipment on the W124 in Europe, as an option, yes, but not standard. But I may well be wrong!
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    Re: OWNER - doolar

    It was standard equipment on all North American cars, including USA and Canada. As Thomas noted above, it was likely optional in other regions.


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    Today I started to reassemble some of the parts on the intake manifold. I also removed one of the cam magnets for closer inspection, I've held this off since I need to remove the power steering fluid can for the left side, no need to have that system opened for a year.



    Well upon closer inspection of the right cam magnet, I don't think it'll do with just a reseal, it needs to be replaced or rebuilt. I haven't seen this How-To by JC220 before, but that answered all my questions. New ones are €190 a piece, so I'd rather not buy them new if I can seal them properly on my own.

    So that's what I'll start with tomorrow. Other than that, I'm ready to assemble, just some minor cleaning to do in the engine compartment.

    2017-06-14 10.24.14.jpg

    Yes I know, it's not spotless. If I had not cleaned it myself it would look even better, but I'm satisfied. At least it is very clean now, just some discoloration of the alloy. The EGR does't look to nice either, but this was the best I could get it, and I'm not getting a new one...
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    Removed the power steering fluid can and the left cam magnet.

    Cleaned the power steering bits:

    2017-06-15 10.58.34.jpg

    Drilled out the rivets on the cam magnets, this is how they looked:

    2017-06-15 11.12.12.jpg

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    I can clearly see where the connector has been pressing the seal flat, and this is probably the main reason of the leakage at the connector:

    2017-06-15 11.11.44.jpg

    Some cleaning:

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    Citric acid and a razor blade to remove the old goo:

    2017-06-15 11.36.53.jpg

    Inside:

    2017-06-15 11.36.57.jpg

    Rebuilding next!
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    Ordered a few new parts from the dealership today, attaching the p/n's for future reference:

    A1199970045 sealing ring servo reservoir
    A1294660180 gasket servo reservoir (expensive piece of gasket, I know of the aftermarket ones that I've seen here, but they seem to be found in the US only. $22 for postage from Ebay... so that's out the window. I probably could have found it if I tried, but time is moneys toos )
    A0004662104 filter servo reservoir
    A1191800009 engine oil filter

    Insulation tubes arrived today too. DHL reports that they will deliver my package from Autohaus Dröge tomorrow. Waiting for the injector kit from the US to arrive, and tomorrow I'll rebuild the cam magnets. All our RTV at work was to old for me to dare use it, so I discarded it and ordered new from Würth, picking it up in the morning.

    Hopefully I'll have something to show for tomorrow evening! Getting closer!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by doolar View Post
    So today I'm back from three weeks of work. This week will be all about assembly of the plenum and cleaning up the last parts. I have not placed my order with Mercedes yet, will do tomorrow since I'm still missing a few bits to put on the list.
    Progress report will come this evening or tomorrow.

    But first, I just have to share this cool accessory, the Hella Raintronic, basically an aftermarket rain sensor. One of the very few "modernities" that I really miss on the W124, especially since you can't control the interval of the wipers in interval mode.

    2017-06-12 09.29.11.jpg2017-06-12 09.29.03.jpg2017-06-12 09.28.23.jpg2017-06-12 09.28.14.jpg2017-06-12 09.28.01.jpg

    I will mount this when the other work is done!
    I want one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    I want one.
    Here you go buddy:

    http://m.ebay.de/itm/Hella-Regensens...%257Ciid%253A1
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    Quote Originally Posted by doolar View Post
    The listing says no shipping to the USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maui View Post
    The listing says no shipping to the USA.
    My experience from Ebay.de is that most sellers are willing to ship outside of Germany. I've contacted many sellers on Ebay.de regarding this, and have never once been turned down.

    This particular item from this particular seller has been out on Ebay for months. The seller started his auction at around €250 IIRC. That makes it even more likely that the seller ship anywhere in the world.

    Email the seller and ask - it won't cost anything.
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    Negative reply. No shipping to USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doolar View Post
    Email the seller and ask - it won't cost anything.
    I've done this several times with mixed results. Sometimes they'll agree and ship to this side of the pond. I've heard of some people offering to pay a bonus on top of shipping costs to help convince them. I don't know why so many European sellers just flat refuse to ship to USA, even for small / light items. Years ago they wouldn't take PayPal and payment was a hassle (required international bank wire transfer, etc) but nowadays I guess they just don't like us.


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    Too bad that the seller didn't want to ship to the US, I don't get it to be honest. It's the exact same procedure as sending it anywhere else.

    Unfortunately I made no progress with the cam magnets today, I was sure that we had countersunk rivets in our workshop, but no. Spent quite some time today trying to find any locally, but no such luck. The only place that had them sold them in packs of 500. So, Ebay.de saved me, but it means a few more days of waiting.

    The DHL package arrived today, so I can start with other stuff while I wait for my last shipments to arrive. But tomorrow is conference day at work, so hopefully Thursday. One step forward, two steps back.
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    Re: OWNER - doolar

    I think people don't want the hassle of filling out customs paperwork, etc. for international shipping. I admit it is a bit of a PITA, but when I do spark plugs internationally, I keep a stock of customs forms handy and use them. Takes all of 3-5 minutes to fill one out, but it does require going "up to the window" at the post office to manually have them process things and affix the customs label and postage sticker.

    Yeah, it's a pain. But not horrible.....

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    Finished re-sealing the cam magnets about a month ago:

    2017-07-06 15.49.28.jpg

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    Today I began the assembly of the car, with a goal set to be finished on friday!! Those of you who follow my thread knows that something always gets in my way, but now I have my last week of vacation, and just to myself. So hopefully...

    I began with the two coolant hoses that passes through the firewall. The old ones where in really good condition, they are most likely the original ones. Still soft and with no visible damage. But now they're swapped out, hopefully good for many years.

    Continued with cleaning off the leftover goo from where the cam magnets meets the cylinder head:

    2017-08-15 12.10.55.jpg

    2017-08-15 12.10.44.jpg

    Finished off with wiping the contact surfaces with alcohol. Time for some gooey stuff, looked at GSXR's pictures on how much to use, I think and hope I hit the sweet spot:

    2017-08-15 12.47.20.jpg

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    Next up, reassemble the power steering fluid container, new gasket of course, and no over-tightening of those Torx's. Popped a new filter in and added fluid, I'll top fill once I get the engine running.

    Lastly for today I removed the insulator caps just to have a look. The left one had some moisture, the right one was bone dry. Cleaned out some dirt, and inspected my insulators more closely. They are made in 1992! So original one's then. I can't see any major wrong with them, but I'm enclosing images and if you think otherwise, please let me know. I can see that they are worn, but I don't know if they are bad:

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    That's it for now, the fun continues tomorrow!
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    Hi, I just changed the caps rotors to Bosch manufactured ones, not ebay, also did remove the insulators, allthough they were black
    also from '92 when AMG delivered the converted S60/500SEL. They were like new but anyway I gave them a couple rounds of clearcoat.

    I had new O-rings but thats it, so sweet it runs by now, unbeliveably smoth from 600rpm in gear to 6000+rpm. Satisfied.....? YES
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    Yea maybe some clearcoat does it? I swapped the o-rings recently.
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    Continued today with the car.

    First off, I see that it's time to polish the AMG door pins. They are normally making panties wet all around, but I haven't tripped over any women trying to get in the car in the garage over the past year. Usually there's piles of them!

    2017-08-16 12.25.56.jpg

    Next I refitted the center console wood and ashtray:

    2017-08-16 12.24.31.jpg

    Cleaned off the old gasket gunk from the heads, replaced vacuum tubing and spent about an hour thinking about which bolt goes where:

    2017-08-16 12.23.35.jpg

    Reassembling the intake manifold and plenum, with ETA and MAF:

    2017-08-16 12.23.17.jpg

    This vacuum line just snapped off, it was brittle as hell:

    2017-08-16 12.23.50.jpg

    Assembled the throttle linkage. Removed all ball joint bars, rollers and everything else moving and cleaned out dirt and old lube. Lubed with lithium grease and refitted. I also adjusted two of the bars:

    2017-08-16 14.25.42.jpg

    Ready to go in the car tomorrow:

    2017-08-16 12.58.06.jpg

    That's it for today, tomorrow I think I'll be able to finish it!!
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