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gerryvz
07-08-2009, 04:02 PM
:smile:Here are a few photos of me and my 1994 E500.

These photos are courtesy of Allen Stephens and ZorroAMG as well as some of my own photos.

I first was aware of the 500E back in the mid-1990s about the time that MB stopped making them. Around 2000, as an owner of a 300SEL 6.3 and 450SEL 6.9, I got very interested in these cars as well as the AMG Hammer (W124) as a possible acquisition. Due to extreme disenchantment with the M-100 Group in the 2001-2002 time frame, my interest in the E500E was hastened as I resolved to sell both of my M-100 cars and replace them with classic MBs with higher levels of both performance and refinement. To that end, the 560SEC and the 500E fit that bill.

I sold my M-100s in the 2003-2004 time frame, purchasing my 1994 E500 in fall 2003 with around 58K miles on the clock. My good friend and MB mentor Robert Fenton in the San Francisco Bay Area brokered the deal for me; I never met the owner/seller of my car other than hearing that he was "a very wealthy and eccentric individual who lives in Marin County" who did not want to meet me personally. A cash deal was completed and I drove the car from San Francisco to Portland.

The car has received a moderate amount of tweaks and mods, but nothing too tasteless. I have two sets of wheels for the car (18" AMG Monoblock IIs and 18" factory-pattern 8-hole wheels). It has a BergWerks first-gear-start system installed, 100-HP BergWerks nitrous-oxide system, as well as a Walker DynoMax-based custom exhaust, ASR defeat (using factory dash switch & wood), Euro fire extinguisher and warning triangle, Euro headlights, custom iPod mount.

The car has always been garaged and Griot's Garage products are used to care for the car. Best 1/4 mile time on the drag strip was 12.89 seconds (with NOS), with a 14.02 (without NOS). Mechanically, the car has been pretty stellar, needing only the occasional caps and rotors and general maintenance routine. I converted the car to full-synthetic Mobil 1 5W-50 motor oil at the time of purchase. It has truly been a nice ride the whole time I've had it, and I will never tire nor get rid of this car. In fact, my wife loves it so much that I eventually plan to purchase one for her.

Cheers,
Gerry



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Sweet ride, Gerry.

Postby need2speed on Tue Dec 02, 2008 4:53 pm

I see lots of extra goodies. How has your experience with NOS been? Any issues related to ambient temps?

need2speed
500E500 owners motto: "Lead, follow, or better yet, get out of the way."

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Postby gerryvz on Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:14 pm

The bottle has an electrically heated wraparound "bottle blanket" that keeps the bottle at the optimal temperature which IIRC is around 70F for best gas flow & physical characteristics.

If you've ever felt N2O coming out of a bottle you'll notice that it is quite cold, even to the point of freezing. At our E500E owners gathering at Portland International Raceway in February 2008, I removed the bottle from my trunk and opened the valve to let out about a 1/2 tank of "old" (a year old) N2O. As A-Man and Mike Spicer can attest, it let out quite a cloud for a minute or so while the gas evaporated, and at the end the upper half of the bottle and the valve area had a full layer of frost on it.

Ambient temperatures aren't quite as important with nitrous-oxide-based racing as they are with normally aspirated racing, because the injected gas is quite cold (per above) and thus has a "cooling" effect to the air charge going through the intake and into the combustion chambers. However, as the gas is mixing with normal outside air, obviously the cooler/denser the air, the better -- so yes there is some effect.

This is in contrast with normally aspirated temps. The coldest drag-racing days I did at Portland International Raceway were around 35-40 degrees F in late October. I found that in general, as a rule of thumb, each 10-degree decrease in ambient temperature meant a 1/10-second decrease in drag-race times.

So thus translated, summer racing at 80F and late-fall racing at 40F will result in ~4/10 of a second difference in ET, all other things being equal. I'd say that for N2O-based racing, this perhaps would be ~1/10 second difference in ET all things being the same.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Gerry

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Postby szvook on Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:55 pm

The true sleeper and much more, looks great Gerry!

Steve
1992 Pearl Black 500E (build 6/92)

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Postby J. M. van Swaay on Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:20 pm

Gerry,

Looks like a nice ride.

I see an S/E switch next to the shift lever. Is that part of the first gear start mod? I thought the US spec cars did not have electronic transmissions and therefore did not have the S/E switch.......

J. M. van Swaay

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Postby gerryvz on Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:51 pm

Yes, you are correct. That is a special-order (non-US) part that is part of the FGS modification that switches the system between sport and normal modes (i.e. holds the gear longer before upshifting). I have another small round switch on the console that switches FGS on and off. I believe talbir purchased those for BergWerks in the UK to assemble for the FGS kits.

I will get a similar E/S switch for my 560SEC when I'm there this year.

Cheers,
Gerry

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Postby J. M. van Swaay on Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:19 pm

Does it delay the upshift on all shifts or just 2-3?

I recently installed the FGSwitch made by the guys in Ireland. I'm still trying to understand the exact function of the "B" switch. Based on my experimentation, when the "B" switch contacts are made and the selector is in Drive, first gear is engaged when the car is (almost) stopped, and upshift from 1 to 2 occurs based on the normal kickdown profile. Upshift from 2 - 3 is inhibited with the the "B" switch contacts made. If the "B" switch contacts are open, the 2-3 and 3-4 shifts occur per the normal profile. I believe the only output of both the Bergwerks system and the FGSwitch system is the making or breaking of the "B" switch contacts. Both systems use a speed input as the trigger to close or open the contacts. If my understanding is correct, it would be possible for the Bergwerks system to delay only the 2-3 shift.

Anybody have an exact explanation of the "B" switch function?

J. M. van Swaay

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Postby gerryvz on Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:34 pm

J. M. van Swaay wrote:Does it delay the upshift on all shifts or just 2-3?



It enables the first gear, and delays the 1-2 upshift ony, actually.

The E/S switch (at least, I have it installed) just toggles between two separate (and adjustable) speed pre-sets to trigger the upshift.

Cheers,
Gerry

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Postby J. M. van Swaay on Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:25 am

Thats the part I can't figure out. The FGSswitch is programmable, but I can't notice any difference with the shift point set at 2 mph or 11 mph. With the selector in Drive, the 1-2 upshift occurs based on load only. Can you notice a difference with your Bergwerks setup?

J. M. van Swaay

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Postby 2phast on Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:27 am

J. M. van Swaay wrote:Thats the part I can't figure out. The FGSswitch is programmable, but I can't notice any difference with the shift point set at 2 mph or 11 mph. With the selector in Drive, the 1-2 upshift occurs based on load only. Can you notice a difference with your Bergwerks setup?



There may be something wrong with your FGS or the configuration of it. My FGS is set to upshift from 1st to 2nd around 20 mph or so.

If you set yours to something similar, it would be very obivous, as after your 1st to 2nd shift, your 2nd to 3rd will happen quickly after.

2000 CLK32k & 1993 500E

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Postby michigane500 on Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:51 pm

Gerry,

Can you tell me where you purchased the 18" factory look 8 spoke wheels?

Thanks,
Eric

1994 E500, Silver/Black
1991 Porsche 928 S4, White/Cashmere
1997 Porsche 993 Cab, Ocean Blue/Gray

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Postby gerryvz on Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:29 am

I purchased them from the Netherlands. The member here Robin500E brokered the deal for the wheels and shipped them to me. I believe I paid around $1,200 + shipping for the full set.

Robin has been on the lookout for other wheels of this type over the years. They are VERY rare to find here in the States but are much more common in Europe. Perhaps an enquiry to Robin would help with finding some at a reasonable price.

Cheers,
Gerry

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Postby maggot on Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:29 am

gerryvz wrote:I purchased them from the Netherlands. The member here Robin500E brokered the deal for the wheels and shipped them to me. I believe I paid around $1,200 + shipping for the full set.

Robin has been on the lookout for other wheels of this type over the years. They are VERY rare to find here in the States but are much more common in Europe. Perhaps an enquiry to Robin would help with finding some at a reasonable price.

Cheers,
Gerry




Wheels are Rial and are also VERY rare in Europe........ :(

maggot

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Postby 195910 on Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:58 am

One of the 500E owners over here has two sets. but both are pretty missed up !
You can't make a decent set out of both of them. some A-hole who tried to 'fix" them carved off a significant amount of material from the ends. so they some leak, the others have bents/cracks :(

I think these wheels are not very strong maybe.

regards

195910

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Postby W124 V8 on Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:09 am

Those 8 Spoke 18" Wheels looking very good from which model does they come from ?! I guess W140 ?

W124 V8

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Postby 195910 on Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:27 am

W124 V8 wrote:Those 8 Spoke 18" Wheels looking very good from which model does they come from ?! I guess W140 ?



No. they are not original MB parts. they are "Replikas"

195910

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Postby gerryvz on Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:41 pm

Yes, they are aftermarket wheels but patterned pretty closely on the stock 16" 500E/E500 wheels. M-B only produced these wheels in 15" and 16" sizes, but they were also made on the aftermarket in 17" and 18" sizes. :schater:

Cheers,
Gerry

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Postby J. M. van Swaay on Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:19 pm

Is it possible that "Rial" is an Italian Manufacturer?

It's hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks like these wheels have a slightly thicker and less sharp outer lip than the stock MB wheels. I have 16's on my car--I'm pretty sure they are not stock and they are very very similar in appearance to the wheels on Gerry's car. My wheels have a "made in Italy" stamp on the back. I've wondered who the manufacturer might be, perhaps this thread just solved the mystery........

J. M. van Swaay

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Postby gerryvz on Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:58 pm

Rial to my knowledge are German wheels, and my wheels don't have a direct manufacturer stamp/molding on them, but they do say "Made in Germany" on them.

Cheers,
Gerry

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Postby jafores on Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:39 pm

Hello Gerry, Great wheels, would love a set for my ride. BTW just wondering if your tires are unidirectional, as the front and rear tread patterns seems to be reversed.
thanks

Jorge
02 G500
97 E50
92 500E
70 300SEL 6.3
63 220SEB Conv.

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Postby gerryvz on Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:02 am

The tires are unidirectional. As far as I know they were installed correctly. I haven't run those specific wheels on the car for about the past 3 years, as I've been doing the AMG Mono IIs, but I'm thinking of changing back over in the next 5-7K miles as my Monos' tires are close to hitting the tread-wear bars and will need to be replaced.

Thanks for the observation though !

Cheers,
Gerry

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Postby Aki on Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:26 pm

ET of those replica 8-hole rims? Need any spacers?
I try to find one set. Very rare to find.
1992|199|124.036|500E

User avatar
Aki


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Postby gerryvz on Mon May 11, 2009 9:57 pm

I am cleaning my 18" Rial 8-hole wheels now and will be putting them back on my car very soon. They are all the same size and ET35 ... so no spacers required.

Cheers,
Gerry


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Postby Brodie on Mon May 11, 2009 10:28 pm

gerryvz wrote:I am cleaning my 18" Rial 8-hole wheels now and will be putting them back on my car very soon.



I don't normally get jealous, but....

Brodie

gerryvz
01-18-2010, 09:12 AM
More of the garage....

KarlC
01-18-2010, 11:46 AM
Nice cars Gerry !

What are you doing with those 18" Rial wheels, are you thinking about selling them ? If so let me know.

gerryvz
01-18-2010, 12:08 PM
I just put them back on my E500 last week after about 5 years off the car in storage. I plan to get both them and my Monoblock IIs refinished and at that point I'll figure out what I'm going to do with them. The problem is that I like both the Monos and the Rials equally well, and both are 18s (if one pair was 17" I'd sell them now), and both are equally fitting for the car.

I paid $1200 + shipping from the Netherlands for them about 6 years ago... :buggin:

Cheers,
Gerry

:tejas:

gerryvz
03-11-2011, 09:00 PM
Just got the AMG Mono IIs refinished - new center silver paint, polished lip and everything clear-coated.

Then I installed brand-new Hankook Ventus V12 evo tires. Staggered configuration: 245-40-18 on the front, 275-35-18 on the rear.

Here are a few photos immediately after refinishing and then after the tires installed.

Before I put these on the car, I potentially COULD (for the right price) be persuaded to part with them. For now I'll continue to run my Rial 18-inch 8-hole wheels (as in the photos above). However is someone wants a set of pristine, fresh-from-the-shop wheels with brand-new tyres on them, guaranteed to work on the E500E (ET31 and ET35), let me know and make me an offer.

You really can't get a more appropriate nor classic wheel for the E500E than these, and the staggered look is sexy on the car. A bit conservative, but oh so and always so proper for the car.

Cheers,
Gerry

tanger
03-11-2011, 10:50 PM
So tempted but on the hunt for the unicorn- 19s of the AMG Monos. At some point may tire of looking and send you an offer ;)

S500E
04-14-2011, 08:09 PM
Just got the AMG Mono IIs refinished - new center silver paint, polished lip and everything clear-coated.

Then I installed brand-new Hankook Ventus V12 evo tires. Staggered configuration: 245-40-18 on the front, 275-35-18 on the rear.

Here are a few photos immediately after refinishing and then after the tires installed.

Before I put these on the car, I potentially COULD (for the right price) be persuaded to part with them. For now I'll continue to run my Rial 18-inch 8-hole wheels (as in the photos above). However is someone wants a set of pristine, fresh-from-the-shop wheels with brand-new tyres on them, guaranteed to work on the E500E (ET31 and ET35), let me know and make me an offer.

You really can't get a more appropriate nor classic wheel for the E500E than these, and the staggered look is sexy on the car. A bit conservative, but oh so and always so proper for the car.

Cheers,
Gerry

Your refinished AMG monos look fantastic. So you had the lip polished to high shine and then also had clear-coated? Do you know if there will be any problem with the clear coat peeling off since it is now applied on high shine, polished surface? Does anyone have any issues with clear coat peeling off refinished/polished lips?

I am getting my AMG wheels refinished by a local expert, and he told me that clear coats can and will peel off since polished lips no longer have the factory "machined" surface. So he suggested painting the entire wheel silver including the lip and then clear coat. I would like to keep the lip area NOT painted and just clear-coated as in your refinished monos if clear-coating polished lip is typically not an issue over time. Thanks.

gerryvz
04-14-2011, 09:15 PM
The same thing was done before (circa 2005) and I never had one iota of peeling of clear-coat. Others may have stories, but I've had no issues.

I say go with what you want to do.

Cheers,
Gerry

gsxr
04-14-2011, 10:26 PM
Another option is to leave the lip polished and NOT clearcoated at all, i.e. bare metal. Then you can keep it shiny with metal polish. A bit more work, and not practical for wheels that see snow, but in warm/dry climates this may be an alternative to consider. My iForged wheels have powder-coated (clear) centers but the barrels are plain aluminum, not painted or clear coated.

:wormhole:

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2011/04/53.jpg

S500E
04-14-2011, 10:43 PM
Another option is to leave the lip polished and NOT clearcoated at all, i.e. bare metal. Then you can keep it shiny with metal polish. A bit more work, and not practical for wheels that see snow, but in warm/dry climates this may be an alternative to consider. My iForged wheels have powder-coated (clear) centers but the barrels are plain aluminum, not painted or clear coated.


Yes, that is the other option - bare, polished metal with NO clear coat. That may be a bit too much work for me though. I'll go with painted center, polished lip, and clear coat everything. Is that speedshine that you are using to clean your wheels? Good stuff...

T-500
04-14-2011, 10:55 PM
I just had my AMG wheels refinished and specified that the lips be polished. Unlike Gerry's, the lips are not clear coated.
They recommended AutoGlym metal polish to take care of them.
Machined lips, on the other hand, are typically protected with clear coat.

gerryvz
06-15-2011, 06:06 PM
Giving a technical session on the M117 at last weekend's Sixth Annual MBCA Texas Get-Together.
:v8:

gerryvz
08-24-2011, 01:07 PM
560SEC on a warm Houston summer night.... :watermelon:

Jelmer
08-24-2011, 02:42 PM
Now that's class. Wow.

gerryvz
08-24-2011, 03:07 PM
Thanks. My daily driver. She has 196,000 miles on her (314,000 km) and 13,000 miles on the rebuilt top end :)

mistermiata
08-24-2011, 06:59 PM
Gerry,

Any reason you use the 560 instead of the E500 as your daily driver?

Andy

195910
08-24-2011, 07:18 PM
Now that's class. Wow.

+1, complete with 1980s US style side stripes and 040 paint

sheward
08-24-2011, 07:47 PM
I didn't realize you owned an SEC, Gerry. Do both the SEC and your SL, (sorry, your wifes SL)... share the same motor (117) and which one did you document the top end rebuild on?

drew

....I suspect He cherishes the E500 more and like most of us He's concerned about the general populus and their driving skills.

gerryvz
08-24-2011, 09:50 PM
Thanks for the interest and questions. The 560SEC is the daily driver because it has more miles on it (196,000) vs. the E500 with only 112K.

Yes my wife's 560SL has the same identical motor as the SEC. (Actually there are few minor differences between them, but they are MUCH closer than say the W124 and R129 versions of the LH-injected M119 are). A few key differences between the M117s in the R107 chassis and the C126 are:


R107 only has one snorkel on the air cleaner housing; C126/W126 560SEC/SEL have dual snorkels
R107 has an oil filter canister that you remove from under the car. The C126 oil filter is like the 036 -- a lid that you remove from above. Same filter between the R107 and C126 though; you just get at it differently
R107 doesn't have the crossover pipe behind the motor (on top of the transmission bell-housing) whereas the US-spec 560SEL/SEC have the crossover pipe
R107 only has 227 HP in US trim; C/W126 have 238 HP in US trim (and about the same difference in torque)
MY SEC has a 3.06 rear end installed in it (I had a gearset custom made); the R107 560SL has a standard 2.47 gearset (which the SEC also came with stock). At 60-80 MPH, the SEC is running about 800-850 RPM higher than the SL does, and the hit on mileage is 1-2 MPG depending on the type of driving that is done. I've got about 40,000 miles on the adapted gearset in the rear end and it's holding up fine. Both cars came stock from the factory with limited slip.

The C126 SEC was the car I did the top end on last year. The R107 only has 50,800 original miles on it. It's unbelievable how smoothly the R107 idles, runs and shifts. The transmission (which is an earlier 722.3 variant than our 036s use, which is a bit less advanced) is very firm and really nice. The M117 is a totally different engine in the R107 chassis and the 126. 126 is much smoother, refined, solid feeling. The R107 is louder, and you sort of "feel" the motor more in that car. Not nearly as refined.

I really like the SEC and the E500 about equally. The E500 is funner to drive when you just want to go out and be naughty. The SEC is just a wonderful car for going out and driving and touring, for example the four-hour drive from Houston up to Dallas. SEC is much more luxurious, absorbs bumps better, and is just more refined. If I had to keep one car forever though, it would have to be the E500 because of the rarity and heritage, and power it has. Although the SEC is lowered (Eibach ProKit), the stock E500 handles much better. I've had the SEC since August of 2002, and the E500 since August of 2003 (right when Scott started 500Ecstasy).

Indeed the SEC is **very** 80s with the pinstripe and Lorinser deep-dish 16" ET11 RS90 wheels. It took me a while to really start to like the wheels (I paid $1,500 extra for the car including the wheels) but over time I've really come to enjoy them. Sort of like the Rials on the E500, not super common but entirely proper and correct for the car, not to mention classic :) The pinstripe was done by a very famous pinstriper in New Jersey - his signature trademark is a small pair of "Hang Ten" feet on the right rear corner of the decklid. This guy did A LOT of very high-end Benzes in the 1970s and 1980s on the East Coast. Paint on the SEC is all original except for the hood, which was replaced right before I got the car. The title is 100% clean. The leather is "mushroom / champignon" color :boxing:

Cheers,
Gerry

195910
08-25-2011, 07:28 AM
Hi GVZ,

How many owners did it have?

Classic status is coming up real soon for these cars. the W126 is starting to get H-plates in Germany.

gerryvz
08-25-2011, 08:41 AM
I am the third owner of this SEC. The second owner (from 1994-2001) was a Dutch executive living in Silicon Valley. I have all paperwork on the car from 1994 onward, when it had about 45,000 miles. It was well-maintained during the second owner's tenure. I really need to get a VMI on the car for its first 5 years.

My car will become "smog exempt" in 2-3 years here in Texas and I plan to do some tweaking on it at that time. The inspection authorities earlier this year gave my 1998 560SL "smog exempt" status a bit early (a sympathetic inspector) because the car was actually BUILT in September of 1986, which was technically 25 years before 2011 despite the model year being only 24 years old ;)

Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
12-20-2011, 02:26 AM
I decided to do a "GSXR-style" summary of my E500 mods:

1994 Mercedes-Benz E500
Pearl Black Metallic (199) with black leather (271) interior
Car purchased: August 2003, Marin County, CA
Mileage: (purchase) 67K; (currently) 113K


Interior Modifications:

Factory climate-control wood with extra cutout for ASR OFF switch
Center console wood modified with additional switch for FGS on/off control
Factory Euro fire extinguisher on driver's seat
Factory Euro gear-lever plate with E/S switch for FGS mode control
2PhastŪ Inc. Gentex auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated HomeLink & compass
Valentine One radar/laser detector hard-wired above rear-view mirror
Kuda leather cell phone/iPod mount on edge of center console
Factory SEC/Euro style door lock knobs
Griot's Garage autobahn (blind spot) mirror
Griot's Garage suit hanger on driver's side headrest


Stereo Modifications:

Blitzsafe iPod connection cable mounted to rear of stock head-unit (CD changer plug)
80GB Generation 5 Apple iPod video
Rainbow front dash replacement speakers (purchased at Rainbow factory in Germany)
Rainbow rear deck replacement speakers (purchased at Rainbow factory in Germany)


Body Modifications:

Correct Euro E500 headlight assemblies (obtained new, for free in Europe)
Jimbo™ brand cold-air intake slots added to wiper panels under headlights
German-made aftermarket 600-style grill insert
W140 toolkit fit inside spare tire
MacNeil Products (WeatherTech) clear/covered rear license plate frame
Factory front plate delete blank
Euro trunk-mounted warning triangle


Chassis Modifications:

AMG Mono II 18" staggered wheels (18x8 front, 18x9 rear)
Rial 8-hole factory pattern 18" wheels (all 18x8)
Factory R129 16" steel wheels (with BF Goodrich street-legal drag radials mounted)
Wiechers front strut tower brace bar


Powertrain Modifications:

1992 LH fuel injection computer (obtained new in the UK from Mercman)
Five different varieties of EPROMs (currently using stock 1992 LH EPROM)
Walker DynoMax cat-back exhaust with oval tip (maintains separate main muffler + resonator)
ASR (traction control) defeat switch
BergWerks First Gear Start module ("Mack Daddy" version w/security, winter and sport modes)
BergWerks +100HP nitrous-oxide system with custom in-trunk mounting bracket, bottle blanket, bottle heater
NOS gas purge valve for nitrous system
German-made, TüV-approved V-max removal box


Planned / Future Modifications:

Test purchased RENNtech carbon-fiber airbox
Silver Arrow brake upgrade w/new brake lines, performance rotors, pads
RDMTek modified rear lower control arms


Best dragstrip times - uncorrected:

Without nitrous-oxide activation: 14.02 sec @ 99.39 mph (sea level, 2.82 gears, no LSD, stock wheels @ 21 PSI, spare removed)
With nitrous-oxide activation: 12.89 sec @ 111.83 mph (sea level, 2.82 gears, no LSD, drag radials, seat and spare removed)


Both runs performed on different dates at Portland International Raceway. No correction necessary as PIR elevation is ~40' above sea level.



Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
12-20-2011, 10:03 AM
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC
Black (040) with cream-beige mushroom leather (275) interior
Car purchased: August 2002, Marin County, CA
Mileage: (purchase) 143K; (currently) 199K


Interior Modifications:


Center console coin tray modified with additional switch for FGS on/off control
Factory Euro fire extinguisher on driver's seat
2PhastŪ Inc. Gentex auto-dimming rear-view mirror with integrated HomeLink & compass
Valentine One radar/laser detector hard-wired above rear-view mirror
Griot's Garage autobahn (blind spot) mirror
Euro leather pillow cushion between rear seats


Stereo Modifications:

Upgraded to Becker 1480 head-unit (used in later cars)
16GB Generation 5 Apple iPod Nano
Becker iPod input modification to head-unit


Body Modifications:

Correct Euro 560SEC headlight assemblies & turn signals
Mercedes-Benz 250,000 km Award grill badge
Euro trunk-mounted warning triangle


Chassis Modifications:

Lorinser RS90 deep-dish 16" wheels (16 x 8.5 all around)
Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs (approx. 1.5" drop all around)


Powertrain Modifications:

BergWerks First Gear Start module ("Mack Daddy" version w/security, winter and sport modes)
Custom-modified 3.07 rear differential using MB gearset in a factory ABS 2.47 housing


Planned / Future Modifications:

Install BergWerks one-touch window-lowering kit (ready to install)
Install factory Euro gear-lever plate with E/S switch for FGS mode control (obtained in Europe)
Install factory tri-Y headers (ready to install)
Refinish all interior wood at Madeira Concepts
Refurbish headliner with mushroom alcantara fabric
Build high-performance (300HP) M117 motor


Best dragstrip times - uncorrected:

15.277 sec at 91.25 MPH
15.348 sec at 90.84 MPH


Performed on different dates at Portland International Raceway. No correction necessary as PIR elevation is ~40' above sea level.



Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
12-21-2011, 11:01 AM
Added drag-strip times above. The times listed were with the stock 2.47 US-spec 560SEC rear-end. I would expect approximately 0.7-0.9 second lower times with the current 3.07 rear-end.

Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
01-07-2012, 03:11 PM
Here are the emissions summaries for my 560SEC. I just had it in for its annual safety inspection / emissions test today. You can see that the December, 2009 test results were quite a bit worse than preceding and successive years because of the oil-burning through the valve guides in the 2009/2010 time period, which precipitated the top-end rebuild that I began on February 28, 2010.

In any case, for owners of SECs, I thought these results (historical, since I purchased the car in 2002) would be interesting. The car is still using its original catalytic converter, FYI.

The first four tests (2002-2008) were done in the State of Oregon. The last four tests were done in the Republic of Texas. Also, it is interesting to note that for the April 2008 test (my final test in Oregon), that state had changed its testing regimen and it became very consistent with the one used by Texas.

Also note that the state standard for that test is indicated in parenthesis, under my test result number. Both Oregon and Texas have tightened their emissions regulations over the past 10 years, as you can see from the figures in parenthesis from year to year.


1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SEC EMISSIONS TEST RESULTS




9/23/2002

5/5/2004

4/8/2006

4/26/2008

11/28/2008

12/5/2009

1/5/2011

1/7/2012

1/4/2013



Mileage

143,000

150,000

159,000

169,000

174,630

181,791

190,098

199,539

205,741



THC (g/mi)

1.89
(2.00)

1.23
(2.00)

0.72
(1.20)









HC (ppm)




2
(220)

16
(220)

40
(130)

5
(130)

18
(130)

10
(130)



CO (g/mi)

5.5
(32)

6.2
(32)

3.2
(30)









CO (%)




0.04
(1)

0.09
(1.2)

0.29
(0.83)

0.05
(0.83)

0.11
(0.83)

0.11
(0.83)



CO2 (g/mi)

1121.8
(none)

939.6
(none)

904.1
(none)









CO2 (%)





15.1
(none)

14.8
(none)

14.6
(none)

15.0
(none)

15.8
(none)



NOx (g/mi)

0.91
(3.70)

0.39
(3.70)

0.67
(3.00)









NOx (ppm)





0.00

73
(905)

175
(905)

50
(905)

47
(905)



O2 (%)





0.1
(none)

0.1
(none)

0.0
(none)

0.0
(none)

0.0
(none)



Dilution
CO+CO2 (%)




15.6
(>6)

15.2
(>6)

15.1
(>6)

14.7
(>6)

15.1
(>6)

15.9
(>6)



RESULT

PASS

PASS

PASS

PASS

PASS

PASS

PASS

PASS

PASS




My theory at this point (looking at the test results) is that my catalytic converter, while original and keeping the car well within the Texas emissions specifications, is slowly starting to fail. I've no doubt that it will last the two more years required by Texas law until the car reaches 25 model years in age, at which time I will replace the exhaust system with the European factory MB Tri-Y headers I obtained this past summer in Belgium (which add ~25HP as a bolt-on) and a new, X-pipe dual exhaust system. Probably will eliminate the cat at that point.

Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
01-28-2012, 01:53 PM
Passed a milestone today (321.000 km) in the 560SEC:

J-Sauce
01-28-2012, 01:58 PM
Got that same pedigree in my E320 wagon a few weeks ago!

gerryvz
01-28-2012, 02:25 PM
Hello all,

Here is a table of my cumulative emissions test results during my ownership of the 1994 E500.

The tests up to and including January 2008 were performed in Oregon (every other year).
The test including and after November 2008 were performed in Texas (every year, except 2009 when I did not have the car tested).

Hope this is useful for comparatives.

1994 MERCEDES-BENZ E500 EMISSIONS TEST RESULTS

<tbody>
12/10/2003
1/21/2006
1/12/2008
11/4/2008
12/6/2010
1/4/2012
1/26/2013
2/1/2014
4/25/2015 10/9/2015 10/22/2016

Mileage
73,000 88,000 97,000 101,570 110,989 113,837 117,182 124,857 131,394 133,372 136,559 Mileage
HC
(ppm)
3 0 (idle)
21 (2500) 19 1 11 (idle)
9 (2500) 15 (idle)
12 (2500) 4 (idle)
2 (2500) 8 (idle)
11 (2500) 80 (idle)
13 (2500) 2 (idle)
11 (2500) 3 (idle)
6 (2500) HC
(ppm)
CO
(%)
0.00 (idle)
0.01 (2500) 0.00 (idle)
0.07 (2500) 0.01 0 0.01 0 0 0 0.14 (idle)
0.03 (2500) 0.00 (idle)
0.02 (2500) 0.00 (idle)
0.01 (2500) CO
(%)
CO2
(%)



15.0 (idle)
15.1 (2500) 14.7 14.8 (idle)
14.7 (2500) 15.1 (idle)
15.1 (2500) 14.7 (idle)
13.9 (2500) 14.1 (idle)
14.8 (2500) 14.6 (idle)
14.3 (2500) 14.7 (idle)
14.3 (2500) CO2
(%)
NOx
(ppm)



0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
NOx
(ppm)
O2
(%)



0 0.6 (idle)
0 (2500) 0 0 0 (idle)
0.5 (2500) 1.4 (idle)
0 (2500) 0 (idle)
0.7 (2500) 0.0 (idle)
0.3 (2500) O2
(%)
Dilution
CO+CO2
(%)
15.2 14.8 (idle)
14.9 (2500) 15.5 15.0 (idle)
15.1 (2500) 14.7 14.8 (idle)
14.7 (2500) 15.1 (idle)
15.1 (2500) 14.7 (idle)
13.9 (2500) 14.2 (idle)
14.8 (2500) 14.6 (idle)
14.3 (2500) 14.7 (idle)
14.3 (2500) Dilution
CO+CO2
(%)
RESULT
PASS
PASS
PASS
PASS
PASS
PASS
PASS
PASS
PASS PASS PASS
RESULT
</tbody> Cheers,
Gerry

036
01-29-2012, 03:48 AM
Gerry, why donīt you drive your E500??

gerryvz
01-29-2012, 08:43 AM
You can see that for quite a few years I did drive it "daily". Since I moved to Texas in August 2008, I made the decision to drive my 560SEC more because it has much higher mileage. When you have multiple cars, you have multiple options about what to drive every day :)

Cheers,
Gerry

gsxr
01-29-2012, 09:07 AM
When you have multiple cars, you have multiple options about what to drive every day :)
+1.

In general, I prefer to rack up miles on my 300D (currently 313kmi) instead of the E500... and, the 300D gets ~28mpg. Our 500's get driven at least weekly except during winter, they pretty much get parked for 2-3 months during the snow & ice season, for obvious reasons. I'd be nervous driving an .036 daily just due to the enormous amount of distracted drivers on the road today, busier dinking with their phones than they are watching the road. It's getting harder to replace an squished .036 these days.

:seesaw:

gerryvz
01-29-2012, 10:27 AM
It's getting harder to replace an squished .036 these days.Umm ... Some people have done this with W210 E60s..... ;)

036
01-30-2012, 04:00 AM
When you have multiple cars, you have multiple options about what to drive every day :)
Maybe in the US it makes sense to drive C126 and keep 036 in the garage....I donīt see any sence in this here =)

gerryvz
01-30-2012, 08:50 AM
Maybe in the us it makes sence to drive C126 and keep 036 in the garage....I donīt see any sence in this here =)Yes, an R107 560SL too (with 51,010 miles on it).

Choices .... choices.....

gerryvz
01-30-2012, 10:57 AM
The GVZ SEC last (Sunday) night, 5:30 PM sunset, after a fresh washing ....

Jelmer
01-31-2012, 03:05 AM
Lookin' good! (He said, while being blinded by the low sun, while it's -5C here).

E500W124
01-31-2012, 07:41 AM
*BLING*

gerryvz
01-31-2012, 09:32 AM
Lookin' good! (He said, while being blinded by the low sun, while it's -5C here).I was outside in shorts and a t-shirt working up a sweat polishing and waxing that car !!

Jelmer
01-31-2012, 09:35 AM
blahblahblah! Don't want to hear it.

Anyway, fancy posting some interior pics of the old girl?

gerryvz
01-31-2012, 10:38 AM
Sure, I can take some. It's pretty dirty right now.

And mushroom(TM) leather is so light colored that it soils quite easily.....

gerryvz
02-11-2012, 05:57 PM
Some photos of the GVZ R107 1987 560SL .... just to round out what's sitting in the garage, MB-wise.

I purchased this car in the summer of 2006 as a 10th anniversary (wedding) present for my wife. Robert Fenton stored it for me for 3 years at his San Rafael, CA shop. The car was a Sacramento car for all of its life until I got it, sold new by Von Housen Motors in Sacto.

When I obtained the car, I installed Euro headlights, a new black soft-top (GAHH German material), new leather on both front seats, and a new rear folding "jump-seat." The car also got a brand new piece of shifter burlwood, to the tune of about $400.

You can see an extended collection of photos of this SL in a separate photo album by clicking the "Gallery" tab at the top of your screen. This is only a small sub-set of the photos.

sheward
02-11-2012, 06:25 PM
Car looks pristine, Gerry. Very nice.

drew

bing
02-11-2012, 06:49 PM
New soft top and new leather on such low mileage? California sun damage? Or is it GVZ being GVZ ? :mrgreen:

gerryvz
02-11-2012, 07:12 PM
Car looks pristine, Gerry. Very nice.:thankyou:



New soft top and new leather on such low mileage? California sun damage? Or is it GVZ being GVZ ? :mrgreen:A little bit of both.

The driver's and passenger's seats had popped cotton stitching along the pleats. This is evidence of California sun damage, because the stitching gives way when prolonged exposure to the sun happens. The leather was a bit sun-faded and hard (not cracked though). The popped stitching is a very common issue with SLs exposed to the sun.

The soft top had one very small hole in it about the size of a US quarter, at a point where it folded and thus received a lot of wear. This I didn't like and coupled with the fact that the top was original and nearly 20 years old, just decided to have it replaced. Unfortunately replacing an R107 or R113 soft top is not really a "DIY" job and is best accomplished (at considerable labour expense) by a professional. And tops are not cheap either, when purchased of good quality -- they tend to cost about USD $700-1000.

I deleted most of the photos and added them to a new dedicated photo album in the "Gallery" section here (http://www.500eboard.com/forums/album.php?albumid=20).

The US double sealed-beam headlights really blow chunks ! :barf: This car is now "exempt" from all Texas smog regulations. The next and only real modification I see it getting in the future is European (smaller) bumpers. Note that the M117 engine only has a single intake snorkel, as opposed to the M117 found in my 560SEC. The M117 as found in the 560SL only made 227 HP as opposed to the 238 HP in the SEC.

Cheers,
Gerry

Jelmer
02-12-2012, 02:17 AM
That's one heck of a nice ride, Gerry. Very nice indeed.

So, does X0 LULU mean anything? I did notice the small 10, related to the 10 year anniversary? I wish we could get custom plates here ;(

bing
02-12-2012, 04:25 AM
The next and only real modification I see it getting in the future is European (smaller) bumpers.

Yes, those bumpers don't do it justice.

I like these kind of presents to the Mrs, one's that make you look real good and one's that you can share :smiley_emoticons_ro.. also a perfect way to get more clearance on spending time in the garage tinkering and, more importantly, keeping this site informed and entertaining.

:man:

Cheers!
Bing

gerryvz
02-12-2012, 09:05 AM
So, does X0 LULU mean anything?(Lulu is my wife's nickname (from childhood and what she goes by with friends & family). XO is just like you put at the end of a letter "XOXO"


I did notice the small 10, related to the 10 year anniversary?(The 10 sticker is the month that the registration year sticker (which you see on the other side of the license plate) expires. So in this case it was October. In Oregon & neighboring Washington State they give you a new "year" sticker when the car passes emissions testing, which is usually 2 years from the present expiration. There is no vehicle inspection in Oregon (other than emissions every two years) nor Washington that I know of (I haven't lived in Washington since early 1992 though).http://homepage.mac.com/gerryvz/plate.jpg

In Texas they give you a large blue & white sticker for your windshield (no stickers on the license plate) that denotes the month and year of the expiration (which is every year). The other Texas sticker is to indicate that the car passed the annual vehicle inspection.
https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2012/02/13.jpg

gerryvz
03-14-2012, 04:32 AM
WARNING: OFF-TOPIC:


With all due respect, but I doubt that you can see *anything* negative under those circumstances. :) When you live in one place for two weeks, you do start to see the negative, as well as the positive. Vladivostok is a city that was never opened to Westerners during the Iron Curtain days, so it's only in very recent years that folks have been able to go there. We only had her for part of the time toward the end of our stay there (until after the judge awarded custody to us).

bing
03-14-2012, 05:16 AM
:sawzall:+1 off topic!

Gerry, tell them the story about those cops chasing you after taking pictures!

gerryvz
03-14-2012, 12:59 PM
:sawzall:+1 off topic!

Gerry, tell them the story about those cops chasing you after taking pictures!Not too much to the story. I had about 10 days to go out and wander around the Siberian city of Vladivostok while we were waiting for our adoption paperwork and court date to happen. So I walked around the city and took hundreds of photos of stuff I saw. The old railroad station was beautifully restored, inside and out. There was an elevated walkway over the tracks behind the station. There were two railroad police who were taking care of a drunk guy who was hanging around just a few feet from the edge of the platform, next to a busy track area. I was watching this from above, as they went and got a stretcher and snapped a couple of photos of the cops putting him on the stretcher. I was near the top of a stairway from the platform up to the walkway (which you can see in the edge of the photo). Literally about 3 seconds after I took the photo in question, the cops looked up, saw me snapping photos, and dropped the stretcher and took off the stairs up and after me. I sprinted across the walkway over the tracks and into the train station. Got lost in the crowd and walked out the front of the station onto the street, and continued that day's jaunt around the city.

A couple of photos attached - showing the drunk guy passed out on the platform with one of the cops standing next to him (the other was retrieving the stretcher), and the cops picking him up just before they spotted & came after me. Another photo shows the bridge I crossed to escape into the railroad station.

The last photo shows my baby Russian girl today :wormhole:

Jelmer
03-14-2012, 01:56 PM
Hahaha, yeah, because a foreigner snapping photo's is worse than a drunk guy falling under a train!

Beautiful girl!!!

gerryvz
04-11-2012, 09:08 PM
A few photos of my rig from last Saturday's Houston Coffee & Cars ....

You should have seen the chicks crowding around when one of them spotted the retrofitted trunk light switch !!

sheward
04-11-2012, 10:59 PM
You're car looks fantastic, Gerry! I'm sure the NOS bottle brings added interest at shows. Love those wheels. Need one of those trunk switches... I'm not getting any younger.

drew

Jelmer
04-12-2012, 02:45 AM
I think they were more impressed with the brand new air intake hoses...

Great looking car, Gerry. Also good of you to finally get her out of garage again!

bing
04-12-2012, 03:03 AM
Gerry, you need to replace that yellow coolant tank, man...Lol! They're not getting cheaper.

I have one of those strut brace laying around in the garage in zurich still. I might pick it up this summer and sell it to Jelmer. Can't remember the brand but I think it begins with a "W" ?? Would it not sit/fit better if you cut out the rubber trim above the firewalls??

Looking sweet though!

gerryvz
04-12-2012, 08:39 AM
Actually the coolant tank is one of the next things on my list to do. I just did my coolant tank in the SEC last year, so you are very right. Yes, that's a "Wiechers" bar. I didn't want to cut the trim piece, so I just bent it. Something to consider though.

This was a one-hour detail job with quick detailer and wheel cleaner, and some dressing on the engine. So not an extensive detailing by any means. I had to get up at 6AM to do it before I drove down to the show.

The air intake hoses, like the coolant tank, really do dress things up underhood. Worthy purchases !!

Here's the new coolant tank in the SEC engine compartment....

Jelmer
04-12-2012, 10:46 AM
Awesome, I have the coolant tank here waiting to be installed, too, together with the low-water sender and the t-stat. If you get around to it, I'd really appreciate a nice step-by-step, possibly with part numbers!

So far I have:
Expansion tank = 124-500-15-49 € 76,30
Level sender = 124-540-02-44 € 28,28
Radiator cap = 124-500-04-06 € 7,64
Windshield t-stat = 126-830-07-84 € 14,09
termostat O-ring = 140-997-06-45 <-- 2x € 1,63 (p.st)
radiator hose: 124-501-92-82 €21,58

bing
04-12-2012, 10:58 AM
Windshield t-stat = 126-830-07-84 € 14,09
termostat O-ring = 140-997-06-45 <-- 2x € 1,63 (p.st)
radiator hose: 124-501-92-82 €21,58

Is the windshield t-stat leaking? Meaning are you getting some coolant mixing with the screenwash? This rarely fails.

bing
04-12-2012, 11:04 AM
The air intake hoses, like the coolant tank, really do dress things up underhood. Worthy purchases !!

.

Gerry, on this note, is the SLS reservoir worth changing too? Haven't seen what a new one looks like but if it's white then it should match all the other white tanks. :banana2:I'm thinking about this.:mrgreen:

gsxr
04-12-2012, 12:02 PM
Is the windshield t-stat leaking? Meaning are you getting some coolant mixing with the screenwash? This rarely fails.
The t-stat inside the washer bottle is more of a medium failure rather than rare. I've had to replace this on at least 3 different W124's in my family due to coolant leaking into the washer bottle. Sometimes it just needs new O-rings, other times the t-stat is cracked and must be replaced, as shown below.

195910
04-12-2012, 12:05 PM
Can't you get those SLS tanks cleaned?

gsxr
04-12-2012, 12:18 PM
SLS tanks are cheap enough that it's easier to replace them than to try and clean an old one. The new ones come with the lid, filter, dipstick, etc. Under $50 USD last time I checked? Make sure you get new hose too, the old stuff generally gets ruined during removal.

:banana1:

Jelmer
04-12-2012, 12:38 PM
Maybe split this stuff off of this thread into a new thread called something like "Little replacements for under the hood" and make it a general topic? If the SLS reservoir is cheap and easy to replace, I want to do that as well.

And it wasn't leaking, it just didn't get warm anymore inside the wiper reservoir. Had something todo with the duovalve, we learned afterwards. Oh well.

Trae
04-12-2012, 02:28 PM
Gerry,
We operate much the same way here in NC. I drive the stock 93' 500E as a daily driver and the 92' Renntech 500E at least once every two weeks.
I bought a 2001 SL500 for my wife's 45th birthday that is a garage queen with 54k on the odometer.
For the family, the 2000 Chevy 3500 van is the people hauler with 15 seats. (We have six kids.)
I am so thankful that this site is here! I am learning soooo much.

Trae

gerryvz
04-19-2012, 06:16 PM
Newest addition to the GVZ stable is here (http://www.500eboard.com/forums/album.php?albumid=36):

a 80,000-mile, 1990 560SEL in pearl black over gray leather.

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2012/04/41.jpg

Glen
04-20-2012, 12:40 AM
Wow, very nice. Congrats!

bing
04-20-2012, 02:03 AM
Indeed! Poper old skool. You now have a complete set of 560s, congrats!

gerryvz
04-20-2012, 07:27 AM
Thanks !

I have a set of proper Euro lights waiting for me already in Germany, and the chromed wheels will come off in favor or a set of "regular" wheels or something else that is tasteful and proper for the car. Otherwise, not much to do on it....

195910
04-20-2012, 08:43 AM
Hi Gvz, Looks like a proper example, congrads... though I am not a fan of those US bumpers.

Jelmer
04-20-2012, 03:02 PM
Nice car! You have a very nice collection :) Where do you store all these? Do you have such a big garage at home?

Also: this car demands you hire a driver, and you don a hat, a cigar and sit in the rear, reading your paper ;-))

szvook
04-20-2012, 06:31 PM
Why another pearl black car?

gerryvz
04-20-2012, 07:21 PM
Why another pearl black car?Doesn't look too bad on a 126, and I don't come across SELs this nice every day...there is another one locally for sale here in Houston that's sort of a dark blood red (not pajettrot/cabarnet red) with palomino interior. I prefer dark exterior colors though. And this one has tinted windows to preserve the interior.

Trae
04-20-2012, 10:14 PM
So which one will be your daily driver now? So many cars; so little time! I'm sure the price of fuel must enter the picture sometime.

Trae

gerryvz
04-20-2012, 10:15 PM
Well, one can only drive one car at a time, so fuel costs shouldn't be any more than they already are. The SEC will probably continue to be my daily driver, because it has more than 200K miles on it and I want to get it up above 300K !

szvook
04-21-2012, 12:53 AM
Doesn't look too bad on a 126
Not all, I just thought since you already have a pearl black car in your stable, another color was going to be selected. Either way, the new ride is killer!

Trae
04-21-2012, 12:05 PM
I feel the same way about the 1993 500E. It already has 185k on the odometer and has become the daily driver (20.3mpg) highway; thus keeping the miles off the 92' Renntech.
Your new car is gorgeous. I just don't know anything about the 126. How does it ride/handle compared to the 500E on I-45? Would you rather take the 560 or the 500E on a long trip?
We have taken the 500E into the mountains and it is a pleasure to drive up and down the inclines. You can set the cruise control and it never misses a beat.
My in-laws have a NEW E350 (2011) and there are so many gears that it seems to "search" for the most economical setting on any kind of incline.

Trae

Trae
04-21-2012, 03:44 PM
I see that there is a 126 forum that I can read. Thanks,

Traer

gerryvz
05-13-2012, 10:42 PM
Happiness is a calm garage after a long weekend of fun with all of the machines !!

http://homepage.mac.com/gerryvz/IMG_1168.JPG

szvook
05-14-2012, 02:32 PM
Great looking stable!

bing
05-14-2012, 03:49 PM
where's the SEL ?

gerryvz
05-14-2012, 04:01 PM
It was sitting in the driveway....

gsxr
05-14-2012, 04:33 PM
There's a white albatross missing from the photo as well. Don't tell me the wagon has to sit... sit... OUTSIDE! In the Texas heat and sun? OH, the horror!

:wormhole:

126v8
05-14-2012, 07:24 PM
A group of real Mercedes Benzes

gerryvz
05-21-2012, 08:42 AM
A group of real Mercedes Benzes


where's the SEL ?


Great looking stable!


So which one will be your daily driver now? So many cars; so little time! I'm sure the price of fuel must enter the picture sometime.


Indeed! Poper old skool. You now have a complete set of 560s, congrats!
A short video of "The Fleet" that I took on Saturday afternoon, in my driveway....

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10675111/MVI_1200.AVI

Cheers,
Gerry

Jelmer
05-22-2012, 05:39 AM
Holy cow. Now there's a collection!

(In the first few seconds it looks like they are all miniatures somehow, due to the grainy looking grass ;) )

A short video of "The Fleet" that I took on Saturday afternoon, in my driveway....

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10675111/MVI_1200.AVI

Cheers,
Gerry

fudgitive
05-22-2012, 06:22 AM
Nice one Gerry, what a long driveway you have by the way. What was the squeaking sound in the background?

gerryvz
05-22-2012, 08:49 AM
Nice one Gerry, what a long driveway you have by the way. What was the squeaking sound in the background?Either me walking on the grass, or the birds singing....

fudgitive
05-22-2012, 09:31 AM
Either me walking on the grass, or the birds singing....

Oh the bird song added to the ambience, but yes probably your footsteps on the grass....

gerryvz
05-22-2012, 11:01 AM
Sensitive microphone on that 10-year-old camera....

8899
07-16-2012, 11:58 AM
Great video...very tasteful Benz collection indeed! What do your neighbors think ;)

gerryvz
08-03-2012, 10:10 PM
Just came across this photo, of me with my 1984 VW Rabbit (Golf I) GTI. This car was fully Neuspeed and Techtonics-enabled, bored to 2.1 liters from the stock 1.8.

This was a self-portrait that I did for a summer photography class at University. It would have been taken outside of my apartment in Corvallis, Oregon in July of 1989, so I was 21 years old there. Sorry for the crappy scan; the photo is also underexposed.

The car had fully tinted windows and you can see the wide rear-view mirror (quite fashionable at the time)....

gerryvz
11-02-2012, 08:49 AM
Gerry, you need to replace that yellow coolant tank, man...Lol! They're not getting cheaper.By the way, I did replace my coolant expansion tank some months ago this year...it's now nice and snow-white :)

gerryvz
11-10-2012, 05:16 PM
Re-adding some photos of my E500, since the original links from my initial "PWNER" post are now off-line. These photos were taken circa 2005, so quite some time ago....

The iPod installation is old; that was a first-gen iPod with a cassette adapter. Not long after these photos were taken, I installed a cable that plugs into the back of the head-unit where the CD changer goes. I am using a 5th-Generation 160GB iPod for the past 6-7 years now...

Cheers,
Gerry

Jelmer
11-10-2012, 05:27 PM
You just *had* to post that last one, eh? Yeah, I get it ... ;)

gerryvz
11-10-2012, 05:36 PM
Actually that's a close-up of the Shatner car's wheel....

Jelmer
11-10-2012, 05:48 PM
Chain-yank attempt detected! No, no, I won't fall for that.

gerryvz
01-04-2013, 05:51 PM
I took my 560SEC in to get emissions & safety inspected -- an annual necessity in the Republic of Texas.:Texas:

The inspector told me when he saw the car's insurance certificate that it would be the last emissions inspection ($40) that the car would need. "From here on out, it's safety inspections only!" ($13 annually).

He also said, when the tests were over, "Man, that's one heck of a clean-burning car! Those numbers are really quite good!" When I told him that the cats were original (206,000 miles) he was impressed. He then told me "You ought to take those cats off now and run straight pipes, and recycle them old-school cats at a metal recycler! The platinum in those things is worth some big bucks!"

Lastly he complimented me on the condition of the SEC. "Really a beautiful car! You just ever see them like that anymore."

I updated my emissions results table earlier in this thread, posted here (http://www.500eboard.com/forums/showthread.php?79-PWNER-gerryvz&p=16370&viewfull=1#post16370).

As you can see, a couple of measurements were slightly ahead of recent years, but certainly still in overall excellent condition.

Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
01-25-2013, 09:11 PM
Commuted to work in my E500 a couple of days this week. Took these at a Shell station adjacent to my office (at the corner of SH 249 and Louetta Rd, Houston), right after work on Tuesday.

Jimbonian(TM) headlight wiper airflow panels installed.

Cheers,
Gerry

sheward
01-26-2013, 12:14 AM
Shining beautifuly! I need to make time to do a proper detail. I would also like to aquire a bumper strip plate filler.

drew

Jelmer
01-26-2013, 03:42 AM
Pretty!

That grille looks very nice, but sometimes at a quick glance it looks like a W140
https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2013/01/65.jpg
:)

Good to know the owner of the forum also actually drives a .036 :angel2:

gsxr
01-26-2013, 08:48 AM
I love the S600 style grille. I have them on both my 500's and my 300D, although the 300D grille is a cheap aftermarket one and the vinyl (!) is peeling. Gotta look for a nicer replacement.

:deniro:

Jelmer
01-26-2013, 08:56 AM
As do I. If my car would've been any other color, I would also prefer the S600 grille. With this car though, it's simply not the look I'm looking for.

8899
01-26-2013, 09:27 AM
I love the S600 style grille.

Dave - thoughts on how it would look on a polar white E500? Is eBay the best place to buy one? Anything in particular to look out for? And how about the installation...simple/complex?

Jelmer
01-26-2013, 09:36 AM
Very sloppy, but you get the idea.

bing
01-26-2013, 09:43 AM
Dave - thoughts on how it would look on a polar white E500? Is eBay the best place to buy one? Anything in particular to look out for? And how about the installation...simple/complex?
Check Derf's last post here http://www.500eboard.com/forums/showthread.php?843-OWNER-%96-DerFuror&p=37672#post37672 he mentions where in Germany he got one

gerryvz
01-26-2013, 09:46 AM
IIRC (we're going back like 9+ years) I got mine at Eriscar.de. I was happy with the quality of it and it has held up just fine over the years, including a number of years of daily-driving the E500 in the Pacific Northwest climate.

Cheers,
Gerry

gsxr
01-26-2013, 11:15 AM
The "proper" way to do this is to buy the genuine MB S600 grille insert, and modify it to fit in the W124 facelift grille shell. The problem is, the OE insert & stainless trims are obscenely expensive. Which is why pretty much everyone buys the cheap aftermarket item instead. I might try Derf's vendor referenced on the other thread. I haven't bought one of these in a very long time.

:mushroom:

gerryvz
01-26-2013, 05:22 PM
Updated my latest E500 2013 emissions results here (http://www.500eboard.com/forums/showthread.php?79-PWNER-gerryvz&p=17267&viewfull=1#post17267).

I took the car in to the inspection station to be tested. Before he even got started, the inspector walked around the car and came over and said, "Bowa, them there rear tires are BALD as a skinned coon's ass. I can tell you right now you're NOT gonna pass inspection with them bein' like that."

I replied and said, "Well, I've got a brand new set of tires and wheels sitting in my garage. I'll be back in 30 minutes and that won't be a problem any longer." And 30 minutes later, I was back ;)

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Jelmer ... here's your Rials .... :jelmerian:

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Jelmer
01-26-2013, 05:29 PM
Jelmer ... here's your Rials .... :jelmerian:

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https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2013/01/74.jpg

195910
01-26-2013, 05:32 PM
The "proper" way to do this is to buy the genuine MB S600 grille insert, and modify it to fit in the W124 facelift grille shell. The problem is, the OE insert & stainless trims are obscenely expensive. Which is why pretty much everyone buys the cheap aftermarket item instead. I might try Derf's vendor referenced on the other thread. I haven't bought one of these in a very long time.

:mushroom:

True, Plus its nice to have MB part number and made in Germany... but they tend to have a weak spots near the ends after resizing.

bing
01-26-2013, 06:08 PM
"Bowa, you're not kiddin! Them there are proper bald :Texas:

http://www.500eboard.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=14400&d=1359242499

gerryvz
01-26-2013, 06:20 PM
Tomorrow morning I'll show the bottom tire in the stack, from the rear, with the cords showing :)

gsxr
01-26-2013, 06:59 PM
I was gonna say... there's plenty of tread there! You can still see grooves! But I didn't realize the "bad" one was not visible in the photo.

:watchdrama:

gerryvz
01-26-2013, 09:31 PM
The two on top were mainly the fronts. These were the original set of 'Kook Ventus K104 Sports I got back in 2004 or so. I ran these wheels for a couple of years, then ran the Aero IIs from probably late 2005 through about 20 months ago, when I had them refinished and put the Rials back on. So the 'Kooks were way overdue to get changed out anyway, just due to age. I'd say I got around 25+K out of them. Inner corners of the rears worn, even with the Rials. I won't drive these new tires until I get the RDMTek LCAs installed, which is one of my very next projects.....

Cheers,
Gerry

bing
01-27-2013, 08:17 AM
I'd say I got around 25+K out of them.

I would say that's good going! I've noticed in the US (Well, from friends and relatives there anyway) people run their tires real low, most beyond the limit! Do that in the UK you get fine heavily , 3 points per tire goes on your license (and you're only allowed 12, then you lose it!) if pulled by cops, which usually the first thing they look at. Aren't US cops strict on this ?

By the way, Gerry, seeing the reflection from your shiny 036, seems like Mrs Honcho's rims on her wagon are neglected from cleaning ? I can barely see the silver finish or have they been refinished in black?:duck:

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2013/01/75.jpg


Otherwise, you might wanna try this product as endorsed by the right Honorable GVZ :

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/




P.S I'm rooting for second place in the "Chain-Yank" awards !

gerryvz
01-27-2013, 03:31 PM
I would say that's good going! I've noticed in the US (Well, from friends and relatives there anyway) people run their tires real low, most beyond the limit! Do that in the UK you get fine heavily , 3 points per tire goes on your license (and you're only allowed 12, then you lose it!) if pulled by cops, which usually the first thing they look at. Aren't US cops strict on this ? No, generally cops don't give a shit, as long as your car rolls straight down the street, isn't belching huge clouds of blue smoke out the tailpipe, and has a sober driver behind the wheel. No points on any license for bald tires and such.

In Texas they would catch said tires (like they did with me) in the annual inspection. In Oregon, there was no vehicular inspection, except emissions every two years. In Texas, safety + emissions is a $40 annual ordeal.


By the way, Gerry, seeing the reflection from your shiny 036, seems like Mrs Honcho's rims on her wagon are neglected from cleaning ? I can barely see the silver finish or have they been refinished in black?:duck:
Please don't look at the photo below then, Bing....

gsxr
01-27-2013, 05:58 PM
:drool5:

Jelmer
01-28-2013, 02:16 AM
Don't you think its time to rip out the concrete slabs and create a proper driveway with smaller stone blocks? Gives you an opportunity to add in a HUGE Mercedes logo similar to the thread I posted a while back. A 3 meter wide Mercedes star on your driveway! :D

gerryvz
01-28-2013, 06:59 AM
Perhaps when we build our new home up in the central Oregon mountains in the next couple of years, I'll consider that !

gerryvz
03-09-2013, 04:51 PM
Emissions test results for my 1990 560SEL. I obtained the car one year ago, so this is my second emissions test.

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1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SEL EMISSIONS TEST RESULTS


Texas
Standard4/28/2012
3/9/2013
Mileage

80,25083,249HC (ppm)
220413CO (%)
1.200.020.23CO2 (%)

15.015.5NOx (ppm)
905120O2 (%)

00Dilution
CO+CO2 (%)
>615.015.7RESULT
PASS
PASS

195910
03-10-2013, 04:33 AM
Just saw the FIRM (was Directed by Sydney Pollack) , I Think a collection like yours needs a W124 Cabrio as well... ;)

Jelmer
03-10-2013, 05:11 AM
Just saw the FIRM (was Directed by Sydney Pollack) , I Think a collection like yours needs a W124 Cabrio as well... ;)

Yeah, but with an M117/M119 :P

gerryvz
04-08-2013, 10:29 PM
Nighttime shot tonight at the post office (with cell phone camera)

emerydc8
04-08-2013, 10:37 PM
And no leaks!

Jelmer
04-09-2013, 03:05 AM
Oh come on now, you can do better than that ;-) It's time for a new photo shoot!

bing
04-09-2013, 04:57 AM
Oh come on now

Oh I agree, JB ! For a man who's just written a bible on "how to" R&R leaks, he comes up with this lousy cheap photo .:lolol: Uncle, your car deserves better!

gerryvz
04-09-2013, 07:08 AM
Oh come on now, you can do better than that ;-) It's time for a new photo shoot!You're really one to talk. How about some photos of your new wheels ?!?

gsxr
04-09-2013, 09:10 AM
Nighttime shot ... (with cell phone camera)
Isn't that an oxymoron...?

:wormhole:

gerryvz
04-09-2013, 09:32 AM
Isn't that an oxymoron...?

:wormhole:Only to those who don't own/use a cell phone...:trolls:

gsxr
04-09-2013, 09:52 AM
I've yet to see any "cell phone camera" photos that can achieve anywhere near the quality of even a mediocre pocket digicam, let alone my DSLR. I am a bit of a camera snob though, most people aren't that picky about photo quality and seem happy with fuzzy cell images.

:hornets:

Jelmer
04-10-2013, 05:08 AM
You're really one to talk. How about some photos of your new wheels ?!?
As soon as the sun pokes through the clouds, and my lower cladding bit has been repainted ;-)


I've yet to see any "cell phone camera" photos that can achieve anywhere near the quality of even a mediocre pocket digicam, let alone my DSLR. I am a bit of a camera snob though, most people aren't that picky about photo quality and seem happy with fuzzy cell images.
Says the person with the most posts but the smallest "owners and their cars" thread. Go on, prove the might of your DSLR ;-)

gerryvz
04-10-2013, 08:16 AM
Go on, prove the might of your DSLR ;-)Luddites don't own/use things like cell phones and DSLRs.... remember that Dave is still using a PC with Windows 2000/XP for his daily use.... I finally figured out where the bulk of the weekly site statistics that show operating system usage are coming from ....Dave is heavily skewing/weighting the stats toward Windows NT/2000/XP. :tongueout:

gsxr
04-10-2013, 09:33 AM
Nope, I finally moved up to Win7 Pro on an HP Z1 workstation a few months ago. MS crippled XP with too many patches and it simply got too slow. XP was still awesome back at SP2, but no longer. Oh well. I'm learning to live with Win7.

:matrix:

gerryvz
05-17-2013, 06:43 PM
Had my car aligned today at the dealer, after replacing the drag link with a new MB part, adjusting a bit of play out of the front wheel bearings, new upper strut mounts, new tires and installing the new RDMTek rear lower control arms with bushings.

I've attached a PDF of the results.

Cheers,
Gerry

Maui
09-21-2013, 10:23 PM
Real nice collection Mercs.

gerryvz
10-30-2013, 06:20 PM
I DO NOT miss the fire ants, roaches, mosquitoes, and humidity.i don't know where y'all get off saying we have all this humidity here in Texas....

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Since when did you start saying "Y'all"?Oh, about 3 years after moving to Texas. You pick up the culture here gradually. "Y'all" is used both singularly (How y'all doin' today?") and as a plural reference to others ("All y'all live in a pretty nice neighborhood!"). Hey... at least I don't say "poe-leece" !!




I think since he turned in his hipster beard, left Portland, and moved to Tejas... might even see Honcho wearing a forty-quart hat while cruising in his SEC...

Nope, no hat, but I do have one hell of a pair of bespoke alligator and leather cowboy boots being made for me by Rocky Carroll (http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/west_university/opinion/rocky-carroll-texas-legendary-boot-maker/article_ce9885f2-ce05-5ba4-81d0-255caf368fb8.html), the highest-end bootmaker in Texas. He's made boots for every US president since Johnson (except Obama). Here are boots he's made for Reagan and Dubya (who owns more than 20 pairs by Mr. Rocky). My boots are being made from the same croc skin as Dubya's boots pictured.

I was measured for them back in April (they made a mold of my foot from the measurements), and I pick them up in about 6 weeks.....
I took these photos the day I got measured.

gsxr
10-30-2013, 08:08 PM
Now them there are some nice manure kickers!

:drool5: :drool5:

szvook
10-30-2013, 11:37 PM
Are those boots any good for WSD?...

gerryvz
11-03-2013, 12:11 PM
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gerryvz
12-23-2013, 04:04 PM
Hanging out at church this afternoon for our Christmas services, driving golf carts. My friend Ronnie's 2008 Ferrari 455 brings up the value of my SEC a few notches.....

szvook
12-23-2013, 04:19 PM
Ferrari at a church...isn't that sacrilegious?

gerryvz
02-01-2014, 12:17 PM
I got my annual inspection/emissions test for the E500 today. I updated the results as shown in this table (http://www.500eboard.com/forums/showthread.php?79-PWNER-gerryvz&p=17267&viewfull=1#post17267).

Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
02-06-2014, 10:12 PM
Nope, no hat, but I do have one hell of a pair of bespoke alligator and leather cowboy boots being made for me by Rocky Carroll (http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/west_university/opinion/rocky-carroll-texas-legendary-boot-maker/article_ce9885f2-ce05-5ba4-81d0-255caf368fb8.html), the highest-end bootmaker in Texas. He's made boots for every US president since Johnson (except Obama). Here are boots he's made for Reagan and Dubya (who owns more than 20 pairs by Mr. Rocky). My boots are being made from the same croc skin as Dubya's boots pictured.

I was measured for them back in April (they made a mold of my foot from the measurements), and I pick them up in about 6 weeks.....
I took these photos the day I got measured.


Now them there are some nice manure kickers!

:drool5: :drool5:

Are those boots any good for WSD?...Following up on this ... I finally took delivery of my custom-made gator-skin & leather boots yesterday. I ordered them at the beginning of April of last year. They cost well above what a full-on .036 transmission rebuild will put y'all back...

texas993
02-07-2014, 07:01 AM
Gerry,

The boots are beautiful! Very cool. I was going to ask you about them.

Bring them them up to Dallas and maybe we will run into that guy with a similar pair!

unrulyjess
02-08-2014, 08:59 PM
Gerry,

Just like an E500E, you can just tell a quality, well made, and elegant pair of
boots from just about any other's made.. As a boot Afficianodo myself, you have
one pair of absolutely beautiful hand made alligator boots!

Gerry, just what is the cost of a full on .036 transmission build anyway? I assume you are quoting the "stealer" (Mercedes Benz Price), right?


Regards,

Jess Paul

Maui
02-08-2014, 09:20 PM
Them there are some purdy shit kickers.

gerryvz
02-10-2014, 05:09 PM
Gerry,

The boots are beautiful! Very cool. I was going to ask you about them.

Bring them them up to Dallas and maybe we will run into that guy with a similar pair!
Gerry,

Just like an E500E, you can just tell a quality, well made, and elegant pair of
boots from just about any other's made.. As a boot Afficianodo myself, you have
one pair of absolutely beautiful hand made alligator boots!

Them there are some purdy shit kickers.Thanks guys. I am doing my darndest to break them in. So far though, they've been very comfortable and I don't have a single blister or other blemish on my foot from them. The gator skin used on them was from the same hide used for the George W. Bush boots (http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/13/business/vicarious-consumption-boots-made-for-walking-on-pennsylvania-avenue.html)pictured above.


Gerry, just what is the cost of a full on .036 transmission build anyway? I assume you are quoting the "stealer" (Mercedes Benz Price), right?
unrulyjess ... the cost of a quality, proper .036 transmission rebuild would run $2,000 minimum, more likely $2,500 with labor and all parts. Yes, that would be a stealer or high-end indy price.

Cheers,
Gerry

gsxr
02-10-2014, 05:42 PM
Roma just had a dealer install a rebuilt tranny. Check out that thread... I believe the total cost was well over $2.5k....

:spend:

Maui
02-10-2014, 08:27 PM
I was quoted $2800 from a local rebuilder. Fortunately I did not need it.

500AMM
02-11-2014, 10:26 AM
Thanks guys. I am doing my darndest to break them in. So far though, they've been very comfortable and I don't have a single blister or other blemish on my foot from them. The gator skin used on them was from the same hide used for the George W. Bush boots pictured above.
Cheers,
Gerry

Hmmm...you definitely need to get the signed armrest from the wrecked Ex-Shatner car now to be classy with those boots. :-)

-a-

gerryvz
03-14-2014, 09:41 PM
Here are "before" and "after" photos from the new rear bumper on my car.

"Before" -- with the slightly bowed-out rear bumper:
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The rear of the car, before cleaning, with the bumper removed:
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"After" -- with the new rear bumper installed.:
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Maui
03-14-2014, 11:08 PM
Looks better. What's the story on the exhaust?

gerryvz
03-14-2014, 11:11 PM
I had Exhaust Specialties in Portland do a custom cat-back exhaust for me about 10+ years ago, right after I got my car. It uses Walker DynoMax resonator and rear muffler, going into a single, welded-on oval tip that points slightly downward. It's about 20% throatier than stock and is just about right.

gerryvz
04-06-2014, 11:03 PM
Couple of photos I found of the first day I took delivery of my car. These photos were taken in Burlingame, CA.

You can see that the rear bumper on the passenger side was bowed out, even then. Thanks to a forum member .. no longer.

Hard to believe this is pushing 11 years ago !!

Maui
04-06-2014, 11:24 PM
Those wheels look really familiar. Were the chrome wheels an option or were they S wheels?

gerryvz
04-07-2014, 12:01 AM
Those wheels look really familiar. Were the chrome wheels an option or were they S wheels?

Typical California dealer accessory. 90% of the time when you see chromed stock wheels! they are from a car that originated in California, often SoCal.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

gerryvz
08-02-2014, 09:48 PM
Here are a few photos, taken this afternoon, of the 1994 G320 that I bought in May. The truck has 93,000 miles on it and was imported into the US from Germany in 2000, with around 39K miles on the odometer. Thus, it is a true "gray market" car that was legally imported into the US by Europa International.

It is 744 "Brilliant Silver" on the exterior with black leather interior. Has a full load of options, but in true Euro form it does not have a sunroof nor motorized seats. It does have a digitally controlled Webasto pre-heater, factory MB brush guard, alloy wheels, and running boards. It has R-134a-based A/C that blows extremely cold, and has seat heaters for the winter time. The stereo is an Alpine unit, and I have purchased an upgraded current-model Alpine with Bluetooth and XM Radio capability to replace it. The speakers are MB Quart and it has an amplifier in the compartment under the driver's seat. There are dash speakers, 5 1/4" round Quarts under the dashboard; and woofers, midrange and tweeters in the rear corners of the truck. Needless to say, it sounds quite good.

The truck comes with the original Euro Gloria 1.3 kg fire extinguisher, mounted just behind and under the driver's seat.

The engine is the M104, using HFM injection, and a 722.3 transmission. The M104 as used in the G320 is slightly de-tuned from 217 HP to 210 HP, but has slightly more low-end torque than those variants of the motor found in sedans and wagons. The truck gets around 12-13 MPG in city driving, mainly due to its 5,300-pound weight, and the rolling resistance of the two differentials and the centrally mounted transfer case. There are three locking differentials (center, rear and front - same as found in G-wagens today) and also a low and high range gearing, controlled via a second gear lever between the seats.

The automatic transmission gear selector ls lighted (just like the 500E) to indicate what gear the vehicle is currently in. My 1995 E320 wagons did not have this "feature". The black leather seats are of high quality leather, and there are acres of burl-wood on the dash - probably about twice as much burl as a 500E has. The truck has an extremely high ceiling... you probably have about a foot of headroom when you are sitting down.

I'll take some further photos of the inside of the truck and in the engine compartment soon.

Cheers,
Gerry

DRW
08-02-2014, 10:08 PM
Great example!

DRW
08-02-2014, 10:09 PM
How's the mpg with the 6?

texas993
08-02-2014, 10:20 PM
Love the pics Gerry. Interesting to see the differences with my 2005. I particularly love the orange from signal lights, side markers, and mud flaps! How about some interior shots?

emerydc8
08-02-2014, 10:39 PM
That's a great looking truck. Definitely hard to believe it's 20 years old.

gerryvz
08-03-2014, 07:48 AM
How's the mpg with the 6?
The truck gets around 12-13 MPG in city driving, mainly due to its 5,300-pound weight, and the rolling resistance of the two differentials and the centrally mounted transfer case. :agree:

gerryvz
08-03-2014, 05:27 PM
Here are some photos of the interior of the G320 and the engine compartment. I have the driver's seat out today because I was working on the ICE system, basically tracing existing/old wiring to an amp located under the driver's seat, and checking wiring to/from the Alpine head unit and to the rear MB Quart component speakers.

I have purchased a new Alpine CDE-SXM145BT head unit for the truck, for my wife, so that she can use her iPhone with it in Bluetooth mode (it has a mountable microphone) and also utilize XM Radio capability. I decided to add another two-channel amp to power the front speakers, in addition to the existing amp that is used for the rear MB Quart units via crossovers.

As you can see, the truck is "old-skool" and utilizes a W124 instrument cluster, steering wheel, and various bits from the 1990s era. The leather on the doors and seat is almost identical to that of the E500E although the seats are not perforated. The front seat-backs use nets for holding items.

If you have any questions, let me know. I tried to highlight some of the cool features, such as one of the under-rear-seat "stash" compartments. The one on the driver's side is much larger than the one I show on the passenger side.

Cheers,
Gerry

gsxr
08-03-2014, 05:48 PM
That E-brake handle is well situated for performing J-turns and other Hoonigan™ antics!!

:jono:

Maui
08-03-2014, 05:48 PM
Looks very nice, Gerry.

emerydc8
08-03-2014, 05:52 PM
The interior sure looks familiar. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of crash rating does this vehicle have compared to others in its class? Being the same vintage as our 124's, I'm sure it is built like a tank.

I know this is comparing apples to oranges, but if you were going to put your wife and kid in either this truck or the 500E, which one would generally be safer in the event of an accident? Would this hold up to a roll like the 500E?

gerryvz
08-03-2014, 06:16 PM
G-wagen over W124, hands down. The laws of physics say that any vehicle that is heavier (and the G is heavier than most on the road) is going to offer better crash dynamics, hands down. The G is extremely robust and (unlike Land Rover products) it is extremely difficult to cave the roof in, in a rollover type incident.

gsxr
08-03-2014, 06:20 PM
Jon, this should answer your question... I'm not sure the W124 would have fared as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7yRnq7uEXk

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emerydc8
08-03-2014, 06:36 PM
Thanks. I saw a fatal accident when a suburban flipped over and collapsed the roof. I was thinking that would be the most vulnerable scenario for something like this. Too bad they don't publish survivability ratings for vehicles across the whole spectrum, regardless of class. They don't even compare the same class from year to year. For instance, how would a new E-class compare to a 500E from 1993? Or how would this truck compare to the newest version of it. Because no one seems to want to put this information out there, I can only surmise that they don't want us to see it.

gerryvz
08-03-2014, 07:53 PM
Got the driver's seat back in after letting it sit outside for 4-5 hours with some leather treatment on it.

Here are a few views of the Gloria extinguisher below/behind the driver's seat.

Allgonquin
08-03-2014, 07:54 PM
Hi Gerry,

Very nice G Wagon! Tell us about the search and the acquisition - these things are not exactly growing on trees. Nice examples like yours must be very difficult to find.

mistermiata
08-04-2014, 07:23 AM
G-wagen over W124, hands down. The laws of physics say that any vehicle that is heavier (and the G is heavier than most on the road) is going to offer better crash dynamics, hands down. The G is extremely robust and (unlike Land Rover products) it is extremely difficult to cave the roof in, in a rollover type incident.

Hmmmmmm.......was that comment directed at anyone in particular??

If your gonna hate on Land Rover's, I may have to go on a Clark Vader type rant.....:flamg:

gerryvz
08-04-2014, 08:48 AM
Hmmmmmm.......was that comment directed at anyone in particular??Absolutely not. Honestly I don't remember who on this forum owns what type of vehicle and is a fan of what. But I have seen several threads pertaining to crashworthiness comparisons between Range/Land Rovers and MB G-class models, and the general consensus has been that G-class models are considerably safer and stouter.

The main reason I mentioned Land Rover was because the Range Rover is quite often the model that is most closely compared to / associated with the G-class models.


If your gonna hate on Land Rover's, I may have to go on a Clark Vader type rant.....:flamg:

Vader-style rants are welcomed, as long as they don't get too personal. Vader actually happens to be one of my favorite forum members :agree:

clarkz71
08-04-2014, 08:49 AM
Hmmmmmm.......was that comment directed at anyone in particular??

If your gonna hate on Land Rover's, I may have to go on a Clark Vader type rant.....:flamg:


Why hate on Land/Range rovers ???

No matter how much room you give them, they can't park.


https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/08/1.jpg?t=1407160037

mistermiata
08-04-2014, 09:17 AM
It's all good guys, I'd be the first to tell you my Disco is built like crap, it makes me appreciate the E500 build quality all the more.

However, for 1/10th of the cost of a G-wagon, you get most if not all of the off road capability, decent luxury (although they basically slapped lipstick on a pig), and a fairly basic design that can be worked on by a shade tree mechanic. As long as they don't overheat(which they are prone to do), they will last awhile. THe body is aluminum so no rust (except the frame).

Anyway, if your on a budget, it's a decent way to get a very capable SUV that cost $40k new, for $4k....I do however admit that it's no G-wagon, not by a long shot....

Sorry for the thread hijak. :offtopic:

gerryvz
08-04-2014, 10:12 AM
Tell us about the search and the acquisition - these things are not exactly growing on trees. Nice examples like yours must be very difficult to find.You know, there are actually quite a lot of nice ones out there, particularly the "MBUSA" models imported from the 2002 model year and newer. The thing about G-wagens is that there are relatively few of them in the US, so they tend to maintain high values and depreciate slowly. Even a 10-year-old G-wagen in decent shape is going to run $35-40K

My prerequisite for one was that it had to be a 1990s model, so that it was something that I was more or less familiar with in terms of the powertrain and running gear, and something I could maintain myself at a reasonable cost.

My wife had wanted a G-wagen or a Range Rover for many years -- almost as long as I can remember. Since 1998 she's been exclusively driving W124 wagons, which have served her very well. But living in Texas the past 6 years, the need for a 4x4 / SUV became more important to her so she could be "higher up" and perhaps have a larger vehicle for carrying stuff and clients related to her real estate business (my wife is a Realtor for Keller Williams). Having a 20-year old station wagon just wasn't going to cut it for hauling clients around, as well as FOR SALE signs, open house signs, and the like.

We actually went to the local Land Rover dealership last year and test drove the LR4 and the Range Rover Sport. Both were very nice, extremely luxurious and refined, but for some reason a bit uninspiring. And honestly we weren't prepared to pay the costs for a new or even recent used LR/RR model. Friends we have who currently own the RR/LR4 and Evoq models (a neighbor a couple of doors up the street, near the Bentley coupe house) reports that they still spend a fair bit of time in the shop. I just was not prepared to have to pay for that kind of downtime.

For the past 5-6 years, I've had my friend Robert Fenton in Marin County on the lookout for a G-wagen for me. I've bought a number of cars from Robert over the years (including my 560SEC, and he brokered the purchase of my E500 11 years ago. In any case, I keep Robert informed as to "must have" cars that I want to buy, and when he sees one or has the opportunity to acquire one that he knows is on my bucket list, he contacts me about it. In this case, he knew that I wanted a gas-engine, 1990s (pre-MBUSA) G-wagen but not a 1980s model or a diesel, and not an MBUSA model because I didn't want to spend that much money.

So I happened to be out in the San Francisco area for a few days on a business trip, and visited him and he showed me this G320 that he has purchased with intent to keep it for his own collection. He had decided to let it go and sell it, so I decided after a few days' deliberation to make the move and buy it. That set in motion the decision to sell my wife's 1995 E320 wagon (which I'd just refreshed the top end on, and replaced the transmission with a Sun Valley rebuild, both documented on this forum) as the G-wagen would replace the E320 wagon as my wife's daily driver. Secondly, I also decided simultaneously to sell my 1990 560SEL, which I'd owned for two-plus years. I'd always wanted to own a pristine V126, and having done so found that it was largely an "extra" car that we didn't actually drive all that much except as a Sunday church car. It was a bit redundant with having the E500 (which I'll never sell).

Bottom line is that I'm down to three cars in the garage at the current time. It feels a bit light to me; I like having four cars. Probably the next car on my "bucket list" to own (and perhaps keep as part of my permanent collection) would be a 1993-1995 E320 cabriolet with <50K miles on it, and/or a second and more pristine 500E/E500 perhaps in Brilliant Silver, Almandine Red, Spruce Green or something like that. I am in no hurry to find these cars; but I think probably the E320 cabriolet would be the next car I'd like to get. Although we didn't use our 560SL all that much, I think with a motorized top it would be more practical for my wife, and she is very familiar with the W124 chassis and thus it would be an immediately comfortable ride for her. If I could find a white E320 cab with low miles, in the next 18 months, that would be what I would get her for a 20th anniversary present.

Anyway, hope that rant answers your questions.

Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
11-26-2014, 10:10 PM
Here are a couple of views of the "Troll" figure that Arnt gave me when he visited me earlier this year. I keep it on my shop work-bench next to my Cub Scout Pinewood Derby cars.

The green car is the first Pinewood Derby car that I made with my dad circa 1976. It was modeled after a Porsche. My dad did the flame job :agree:

Klink
11-27-2014, 12:01 AM
Completely unhinged...

gerryvz
11-29-2014, 08:55 PM
Here are a few shots of the GVZ shop.

A few shots of the long parts shelf where I store my spare maintenance items like filters, O2 sensors, brake pads and the like. Yeppers...that's a full set of "Clark Plugs" you see there as well as a box of Bosch F8DC4s !!
https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/11/159.jpg. https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/11/160.jpg. https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/11/161.jpg


My racks of most frequently used Griots products. In one shot you can see two of my four skateboards -- a 48" Dewey Weber longboard and an old-school Powell-Peralta Steve Caballero model circa 1993. The dart board was in my bedroom when I was a boy & in my skateboarding days of high school I covered it in skate stickers...
https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/11/162.jpg. https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/11/163.jpg. https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/11/164.jpg


My products & chemicals shelf -- lubricants, plenty of ATE Blue brake fluid, all my MB greases & pastes, etc. The bins up top are categorized by plumbing, tapes, small MB parts, fuses & bulbs, home electrical, air compressor stuff, swimming pool parts, etc.
https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/11/165.jpg


Here on my large workbench I'm finishing up the rebuild of a 29cc Zenoah two-stroke engine that powers my Go-Ped motorized scooter. I've hopped it up with a larger carb & intake, overbore/piston, rocket key for 4-degree timing advance, and soon a tuned exhaust pipe. Should bring it from ~2.5 up to 5 HP.
https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2014/11/166.jpg

Enjoy,
Cheers,
Gerry


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Klink
11-29-2014, 09:19 PM
Sheesh, your recently burglarized high-mileage fashion horse neighbor got nothin' on you and your parts stash, Honch...
:klink:

gerryvz
12-07-2014, 11:53 AM
Replenished my supply of Rick Perry Cleaner yesterday (only legal in 47 48 states).

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gsxr
12-07-2014, 12:22 PM
Replenished my supply of Rick Perry Cleaner yesterday (only legal in 47 48 states).
Geez, there are SIX different types now... but only one is chlorinated:
http://crcindustries.com/auto/crc-brakleen-brake-parts-cleaner

Zoro carries it for $3.75/can (click here (http://www.zoro.com/i/G2813124/)), free shipping for a limited time, try one of these (http://www.retailmenot.com/view/zoro.com) promo codes and you might get a couple extra bucks off.

For reference, my local Mall-Wart has the same stuff for $4/can plus tax.

:spend:

gerryvz
12-07-2014, 12:37 PM
Yes, there seem only to be a couple of brands of Chlorinated Brake Cleaner on the market these days - the rest seems to be non-chlor. And I can get that stuff all-day, every-day for $2.75-3.50 a can. The "good stuff" runs $4-6 a can.

There's a reason why the non-chlor is cheaper ... as with anything, you have to pay for the good stuff !! :spend:

I do not even think it is possible to buy the Jerry Brown-spec (California CARB compliant) ultra-low VOC stuff here in the Republic of Texas - I have never seen it for sale at any of my local FLAPS stores (although it may be orderable, I dunno).

emerydc8
12-07-2014, 01:40 PM
I do not even think it is possible to buy the Jerry Brown-spec (California CARB compliant) ultra-low VOC stuff here in the Republic of Texas

I just bought 8 cans. Great deal. Thanks, Dave!

Gerry, I was thinking it would be nice to live in Texas, but I'm hearing that the progressive trendies from California are moving there and ruining it.

gerryvz
12-07-2014, 01:49 PM
I just bought 8 cans. Great deal. Thanks, Dave!

Gerry, I was thinking it would be nice to live in Texas, but I'm hearing that the progressive trendies from California are moving there and ruining it.Jon,

Texas is indeed seeing a major influx of people (myself and family included some 6.5 years ago) from Northern and Western states. Many are coming in search of good jobs, as there are plenty here (and more jobs coming all the time), the cost of living is extremely low, taxes are reasonable overall, and we have pretty good weather (you have your choice of weather depending in which part of Texas you want to live in).

The major cities in Texas - DFW, Houston, San Antonio and Austin) - are indeed fairly blue in their core areas, but you get immediately outside of them and things get EXTREMELY conservative. I live in Montgomery County, just about 1/2 mile north of the Harris (which Houston is in) County line, and the difference between Harris (fairly blue) and Montgomery (very red) Counties in political makeup is pretty drastic. Check this out: http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/governor/texas/#.VISvs6agpKE

Also, of note .. in the recent election, and with Landrieu's defeat in Louisiana last night, ALL US states from Texas to North Carolina are now dominated by Republicans in their Governors, their US Senators and Representatives, and in their state/local legislatures. The entire Southern US is as "red" as it's EVER been.

This is because a lot of folks have been moving here to get away from the failed politics and policies in blue states like Michigan and California. People go where the jobs are, and the jobs are migrating to Southern states. I just hope the cost of living here stays low. At least here in the Houston area, real estate prices have been rising dramatically because of increased demand.

They say that the State of Texas gains more than 1,000 new residents ... PER DAY.

My acquaintance David Winans created this updated video a while back:

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Maui
12-07-2014, 06:31 PM
I have to make a visit to texas soon. Oregon politics are dtiving me away.

emerydc8
12-07-2014, 06:34 PM
:offtopic:That was a very professional video and it definitely highlights some good reasons for living there.

I was based in San Antonio in 1989 and 1990 and I really liked it.

Here's the $64,000 question: "Houston is the energy capital of the world." How long will it be before the necons' half-baked idea (to drive the oil price down in a futile attempt to bankrupt Russia) has a substantial and negative impact on the economy there? The South may be red, but until Congress starts impeachment proceedings, they are just as bad as who they replaced--probably worse because they told their constituents they would not tolerate this nonsense and obviously lied to get elected.

gerryvz
12-07-2014, 07:06 PM
I don't think it will have a major impact. Short term, I'd see some of the energy companies (particularly the smaller, weaker ones) slowing down or stopping their efforts to extract oil from the Bakken shale in North Dakota, but the energy economy has been ramping up dramatically over the past 5-8 years and it won't stop overnight. Some say that the magic threshold of profitability for doing this is around $60-65 a barrel. Larger firms have the resources and the will to push through and continue to reduce costs. There is a lot of room left that the energy companies have to reduce extraction costs for hydraulic fracturing, and being private, for-profit enterprises you can bet they will innovate to do this.

The long-term goal is to get energy independent and possibly even to export oil. The current administration LOVES to tout that oil production is now higher than it's been in the past 30-35 years, and that is absolutely true. However, that is DESPITE resistance and stonewalling from the Federal Government. All of the increase in oil production has been from drilling and extraction done on PRIVATE lands, not federal lands. Drilling permit approvals for the Gulf of Mexico are WAY down because of the current administration foot-dragging, so the energy companies are pressing ahead with other plans that the government can't directly influence, which is why you see all the activity up in North Dakota and in West Texas, and to a lesser degree, elsewhere.

The sad thing is that it looks like the Keystone XL Pipeline is going to get veto'd by Obama, which is really really unfortunate. People don't stop to think about how the oil that is being extracted up in Canada and North Dakota is getting around the USA RIGHT NOW. It's getting transported by oil trains. Oil trains are MUCH more accident-prone and unsafe than oil pipelines are.

Like they were with the advent of hybrids and electric cars, when it comes to the TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT of the materials that are extracted and created, and energy expended to manufacture those vehicles, the environmental/government/green crowd is blissfully ignorant about trains vs. pipelines. Trains carrying oil and hazardous chemicals travel through metro and highly populated areas of this country every day (including every major US city), and each of these trains is a HUGE environmental hazard (if it were to derail/spill/wreck) than a pipeline that largely runs through unpopulated areas. But you see, these tree-huggers don't even know how many pipelines are ALREADY in place and operating EVERY DAY in North America, VERY successfully I might add. They just know that they need to oppose the Keystone XL because that's what their political masters tell them they need to do.

If folks actually stopped and got the complete set of facts, they'd probably change their tune if they actually were able to reason things out. I've been a student of trains for the past 25+ years and have ridden freight trains on almost every rail line from the Mississippi River to the California coast. Including oil trains, which are not fun to ride. You would be very very surprised at the number of major train derailments that happen annually, including oil trains. I've personally seen some pretty big ones (never directly been in a derail situation, though).

Cheers,
Gerry

P.S. The attached is about 11-12 years ago, heading east from Portland through the Columbia River Gorge at sunup, at the controls of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe diesel locomotive.

emerydc8
12-07-2014, 07:43 PM
It's true that they need to oppose the Keystone XL because that's what their political masters tell them they need to do. But the only thing the new Congress did before going on vacation was pass the pipeline deal, knowing that it didn't matter anyway (it will be vetoed).

Oh, the other thing they did was announce they would not repeal the ACA in its entirety and that impeachment was completely off the table. Unbelievable! I think both parties have the same globalist masters; and they are hell-bent on shutting our entire energy industry down and collapsing what's left of our country. They truly want to take it down. Just look at the climate deal that was cut with China recently--we committed to doubling the rate of plant closures now and China gets to continue growing theirs. :wtf:

Nice picture of the train. Is that a steering wheel up there? For what?

gerryvz
12-07-2014, 09:05 PM
Nice picture of the train. Is that a steering wheel up there? For what?Trains don't really have steering wheels. Rather, they have throttles that control the diesel engine, and then by extension the electric traction motors. And then the air brakes & dynamic brakes, of course. So the controls really are more focused on power generation and then managing the mode of the traction motors. In regular forward motion, the traction motors are regular DC motors. When braking, the traction motors are transformed into generators that generate electricity and dissipate a lot of their energy as heat. It's a very complicated dance of constantly maintaining power and braking, and things like mountains make driving trains tremendously complex.

No steering is really required because there are only two directions to go - forward and backward. :D

For a fully loaded freight train (say a half-mile to three-quarters of a mile long) it generally takes about a full mile to come to a complete stop from 60 MPH.

emerydc8
12-07-2014, 10:13 PM
I'm sure the engineer would have to be way ahead of what he wanted to make the train do or it could eat his lunch. It takes a DC-8 ten miles in level flight to slow from 300 knots to 250 and I've seen it bite guys that are behind the power curve (never happened to me or Trae though).:D

gerryvz
12-07-2014, 11:01 PM
Well, there are a plethora of signs with speed limits and warnings everywhere along the tracks (if you know how to read them), so as long as an engineer and/or conductor are playing attention, you're good to go. There are also books and now computerized guides that tell you what to expect coming up, based on what milepost you're currently at.

The maximum legal speed of a Class I (Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX, No-f*ck Southern) freight train can travel is 79 MPH. That's pretty dang fast when you've got a few million tons behind you.....

emerydc8
12-07-2014, 11:29 PM
I can't imagine the amount of energy those brakes would absorb on an emergency stop. I presume they have computerized train simulators too? That would be interesting.

By the way, didn't the chief fraudfeasor, Warren Buffet, buy a large train company a few years back. Is it just a coincidence that he would benefit from a pipeline veto, being an Obama supporter and all?

gerryvz
12-07-2014, 11:39 PM
Buffett now owns BNSF as of a few years ago. It is headquartered in Fort Worth, TX.

There are plenty of train simulators out there. Microsoft used to sell a program called Microsoft Train Simulator, but stopped selling it about 10 years ago. There are many other simulators both standalone and online, though.

Train brakes are very interesting. They are ALWAYS engaged (meaning the shoes are touching the wheels of the train cars) UNLESS there is air pumped into the system from the head end (the locomotive(s) have air compressors on board that power the air brakes). This is a safety factor, so in case there is a failure in the air system, or a busted knuckle/coupler splits the train in half, etc., then the air system loses pressure and the brakes are automatically applied. This is also why cars don't roll when they are not connected to units (locomotives), for example when a string of cars is sitting on a siding next to the road.

Usually a between 30-180 seconds before a train starts to move, the engineer will "air up" the train, meaning he'll pump air into the brake system along its entire length. You'll hear the hissing as the system pressurizes, and often will feel/hear the brake pads releasing from the wheels. All train yards also have what is called "yard air" at various points in the yard -- this allows the workers to keep the train "aired up" (brakes off) for when they're switching tracks, building trains or breaking them apart.

One time, I was on a train that went into "emergency" - it's quite a scary experience. The dispatcher said over the radio that there was a truck stuck on the tracks ahead, which is why the train went into emergency braking mode.

Many many times I've also been at the back end of a mile-long train when it starts to move forward. You hear an increasingly loud "booming" noise as the units pull the slack out of the train, and there's so much slack by the time the "slack action" hits the rear of the train that 80% of the time, it will knock you off your feet if you are not ready for it (for example, if you're standing in a boxcar). You might have about 1-2 seconds audible warning to prepare, depending how long the train is.

gerryvz
02-01-2015, 04:47 PM
It had been a while, so I decided (after re-attaching my underside cladding this afternoon, after last weekend's serpentine belt replacement & thermostat replacement) to do one of my patented 15-minute "Mr. Clean" engine cleanings....

In the photo below, you can see the three stock stickers that came on the cars: the yellow emissions sticker (black on early 500Es); the green A/C sticker in the center, and the silver sticker on the right.


http://www.500eboard.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=37301&d=1422830846

clarkz71
02-01-2015, 05:06 PM
That washer fluid cap is a little tired..;)

How much Armor All is that?



https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2015/02/2.png

036
02-01-2015, 05:18 PM
Thatīs how usually an engine looks if you get y car from a turkish dealer.....

gerryvz
02-01-2015, 05:38 PM
That washer fluid cap is a little tired..;)I actually have a spare/new MB cap, rubber washer and little rectangular cap retainer. I should replace them. That's just washer juice (SommerFit) droplets hanging from the underside of the cap.

No comments on my overflow tank ?!? :stickpoke:

No Armor-All.


Thatīs how usually an engine looks if you get y car from a turkish dealer.....I know, crazy, huh?

Klink
02-01-2015, 05:43 PM
I actually have a spare/new MB cap, rubber washer and little rectangular cap retainer. I should replace them.

No comments on my overflow tank ?!? :stickpoke:

No Armor-All.

Well, I call that the expansion tank, not the overflow tank, and you know the difference. But with the picking of that semantic nit now behind me, I think it looks fantastic. :jono:
I still need to replace mine too, just for the appearance...
:klink:

clarkz71
02-01-2015, 05:44 PM
No comments on my overflow tank ?!? :stickpoke:

Nope, I have a new one (expansion tank) as well. That's a draw

And the Colonel is correct. Overflow tank is inside the fender/liner.




No Armor-All.



Well there's some sort of "bro" shine on there. The reflection from the flash hurts my eyes.

gerryvz
02-01-2015, 06:11 PM
Well there's some sort of "bro" shine on there. The reflection from the flash hurts my eyes.Yeah ... ME. It's a GVZ "spit" shine.

Remember, my spit doesn't stink......

8899
02-01-2015, 07:59 PM
It had been a while, so I decided (after re-attaching my underside cladding this afternoon, after last weekend's serpentine belt replacement & thermostat replacement) to do one of my patented 15-minute "Mr. Clean" engine cleanings....

Impressive result. Hate to do this, but are you going to post up a "How-To" on your 15-minute cleaning? Or, do you just follow the directions on this stuff: http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/engine+detailing+kit.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search

clarkz71
02-01-2015, 09:10 PM
It's either that engine bay dressing or tire shine.

gerryvz
02-01-2015, 10:24 PM
I don't use Griot's products on my engine bay.

bing
02-02-2015, 06:33 AM
Show us without the airbox please :jono:

gerryvz
02-02-2015, 07:58 AM
I actually need to pull my airbox off and replace it with the RENNtech airbox I have, and then do some butt-dyno testing.

$20 says that my RENNtech airbox provides more power and torque than Mr. Scale Racer's exhaust systems do !!

Klink
02-02-2015, 08:36 AM
Show us without the airbox please :jono:

The car guy equivalent of "Show us your t*#s!"
:klink:

clarkz71
02-02-2015, 08:46 AM
I actually need to pull my airbox off and replace it with the RENNtech airbox I have, and then do some butt-dyno testing.

$20 says that my RENNtech airbox provides more power and torque than Mr. Scale Racer's exhaust systems do !!

I have $20 on that too, I agree.

gerryvz
03-21-2015, 11:15 AM
On Thursday, I drove my E500 the 5.5 hours (each way) from Houston to New Orleans for a long road-trip, to visit the National World War II Museum near the French Quarter, which I hadn't seen since late 2008.

http://nationalww2museum.org/

They have significantly expanded the Museum, which back in 2008 was called the National D-Day Museum, into a full-blown WW2 Museum. Back in 2008, the Museum only was a single, large building. Today it covers more than three city blocks. And the Museum isn't done yet, with yet another building to be built during 2015-2016, opening late in 2016.

5.5 hours is a fairly long drive, but it was quite effortless in the E500. I did get one ticket, from the Iberville Parish Sheriff (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iberville_Parish,_Louisiana), for going 72 MPH in a 60 MPH construction zone. That ticket cost $175 and is payable online, and will not be reported to go against insurance as long as I pay it by early June. This was clearly a local Iberville money-making operation, as the trap I got nailed in was coming down over a bridge over a swamp, in the right lane, and the Sheriff was pulled over with a Laser gun. I had no time to react, and my Valentine One was of absolutely no use. The ticket was handed out quickly and before I had even gotten off the road at the nearby exit (the Sheriff waved me over onto an exit ramp for the pull-over), and gotten back onto I-10, he already had nailed another "victim." The funny thing is that I was pulled over about 50 yards before a "70 MPH" sign. Lucrative business for that Parish, I think. That's how they do it in :dasauf:

The Louisiana State Police were out in force, though I was able to stay out of their wily clutches. There are a couple of 15-20 mile elevated causeways on I-10 that cross giant swamps in southern Louisiana, between Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, with no exits/off-ramps. On these causeways, the Louisiana troopers station themselves on the side of the bridge, and have a nice, long, straight shot at oncoming cars with their laser guns. I saw two of these "traps" but luckily was able to avoid them with little difficulty. Lots of roving LSP SUVs, too.

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2015/03/168.jpg

On the way home, I crossed Lake Pontchartrain, which is a massive saltwater lake immediately north of New Orleans. I wanted to take I-12 back until it met up with I-10 at Baton Rouge. Lake Pontchartrain has a north-south causeway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Pontchartrain_Causeway) that bisects it; this causeway is 23.85 miles long.

This is the world's longest continuous bridge over water.

The storm surge on Lake Pontchartrain was a major cause of the flooding of 80% of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, due in some part to the levees between the Lake and downtown New Orleans breaking.

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2015/03/169.jpg

The most notable thing about this trip was the gas mileage I got in my E500, however. I filled up the tank two times - once in Crowley, LA on the way there, and the other time in Vinton, LA on the way back to Houston. One tank (which was about 60% full when I started in Houston) I received 18.9 MPG. The second fillup (which was 100% freeway driving) was 20.9 MPG. This was one of the best tanks I've ever had with the E500, and I didn't even use cruise control to get it.

Cheers,
Gerry

Maui
03-21-2015, 11:34 AM
That stretch from Baton Rouge to NO is a tough one to follow the speed limit. Interesting part of the world.

makemann
03-21-2015, 11:49 AM
On the way home, I crossed Lake Pontchartrain, which is a massive saltwater lake immediately north of New Orleans. I wanted to take I-12 back until it met up with I-10 at Baton Rouge. Lake Pontchartrain has a north-south causeway that bisects it; this causeway is 24 miles long.

This is the world's longest bridge over water.

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2015/03/169.jpg


That's a great looking photo. All it needs is a few floating islands in the sky and it would look like one of Roger Dean's album cover art for the band Yes.

maw1124
03-21-2015, 12:45 PM
Yeah... That's Iberville. They love to catch you coming over the horizon. 10 over and you're generally good; 12 and it's a ticket. They're the same way on the Ohio Turnpike, laser guns pointed right at you coming over the horizon. I hate it -- underhanded and slimy. And $175 is steep (or it's been a long time since I've gotten a speeding ticket).

Gorgeous picture though, and generally a nice drive along I-10. I-275 /75 from Tampa to Naples is another nice one, with bridges and vistas over water.

Cheers,

maw

nocfn
03-21-2015, 11:17 PM
I have a cartoon somehere that is a sketch of a toilet, with the tank being labeled Lake Ponchetrain and the bowl is the Big Easy. Aint it the truuuuthhhhh!!!!!

Trae
03-22-2015, 07:05 AM
Yea, the weather systems seem to stagnate over that area of the US.
It can make for some very hot and sticky days.

gsxr
03-22-2015, 09:10 AM
That ticket cost $175 and is payable online, and will not be reported to go against insurance as long as I pay it by early June. This was clearly a local Iberville money-making operation...
I wouldn't even mind revenue-generation mechanisms like this. We have no such luxury in the PNW. Tickets paid online/mail are considered guilty pleas and recorded on your permanent record, and sent to insurance with much glee. Traffic school is not an option either.

:oldman:

TerryA
03-22-2015, 09:54 AM
I have a cartoon somehere that is a sketch of a toilet, with the tank being labeled Lake Ponchetrain and the bowl is the Big Easy. Aint it the truuuuthhhhh!!!!!

Hey!!!

Watch it, I grew up in that toilet.

It was a great place to be in the 50s but in 1960 after I graduated from high school I moved west and never looked back.
I still have relatives and friends there. I still really miss the food.

Last time back was around 2000. We saw the WW II museum then but I would love to see it now. I guess it's time for another visit.

NO hasn't been the same since Katrina but it is still a "Party Town"

nocfn
03-22-2015, 09:58 AM
No disrespect, but many of my clients bemoan the virtues of LA, but they all moved to H-town for well paying Jobs!!

Glad they did!


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gerryvz
03-22-2015, 12:01 PM
My view on New Orleans (and remember that I spent the first six years of my life living in very small-town Mississippi) is that it is an awesome place to visit, and has probably more pure, raw, gut-level "culture" and "soul" than any city in the US. But, there are some major drawbacks, including the crime rate, which is horrendous.

I wouldn't want to live in NO but I just love visiting.

Then again, I say the same thing about SoCal (I lived in the SF Bay Area for four years in the 1990s as a twenty-something). Wouldn't want to live there, but love visiting (especially for E500E related activities).

:agree::stickpoke:

TerryA
03-22-2015, 12:38 PM
[QUOTE=nocfn;97821]"No disrespect"

No worries, non taken. I was just busting your chops.

I left for basically the same reasons, dead end low paying jobs.
I ended up in SoCal after a stint in the Marines. I love it here but it also has a lot of drawbacks
for a conservative guy like me.

I also have to say I don't think I would have liked
growing up and going thru school in any other city.

Take Care

gerryvz
03-25-2015, 08:34 PM
Was rummaging around in my stash o' relays tonight, to get a replacement (spare) 560SEC klima relay to replace the (recently) intermittent and just-died klima relay in my car. Had to drive home the past two evenings in 80+F Houston heat with no A/C.

A spare factory Klima relay did the trick.

In any case, we were just talking with Ascension about the blinker relay.... I came across this stash of factory (and a Kaehler) blinker relay, as well as a stash of factory MB Hella "bulb-out monitor warning lamp" relays.... these are all useful for both the 124 and the later (Gen 2) W126 models.

Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
04-14-2015, 11:20 AM
:update:

I've got a lower wiring harness on order, as well as an oil level sender.

My next two HOW-TO jobs for the E500E will be on replacement of these two items.

I also have a brand-new set of rear hydro-legs en route both for my E500 and for my 560SEC, as well as factory rear subframe & rear diff mounts for the SEC.

Replacement of all of these items will also be on my near-term HOW-TO list before the summer heat begins to set into the Houston area during May. The window is closing....

Cheers,
Gerry

Glen
04-14-2015, 12:04 PM
Sounds like you're gonna be busy!

mistermiata
04-14-2015, 02:21 PM
Other than the lower wiring harness (which I did a few months ago and struggled with), these are all things my E500 are in need of currently. Eagerly awaiting your how-to's Gerry!

bing
04-15-2015, 03:56 AM
Curious , what symptoms are you experiencing with the hydro legs , Gerry ?

gerryvz
04-15-2015, 06:35 AM
Curious , what symptoms are you experiencing with the hydro legs , Gerry ?Classic symptom: significant/noticeable clunk over bumps on the rear passenger side. Just original parts that need to be replaced after 20+ years. Mainly I got them because the deal I got on them new was so freaking good, that I literally couldn't turn it down. I started noticing the dreaded "clink" over the winter.

The 560SEC units are 26+ years old, weeping, and are being replaced as part of a total rear suspension refurbishment. These too I got new for a significantly better price than even the newly lowered price on the factory units. :agree:

Cheers,
Gerry

maw1124
04-15-2015, 07:19 AM
Curious, how much did you get the hydro legs for? I think I need them. I've seen them at around $500 each ($469, $489, somewhere in there).

maw

nocfn
04-15-2015, 07:26 AM
These too I got new for a significantly better price than even the newly lowered price on the factory units. :agree:

Cheers,
Gerry....Did you take mine from my work bench? name your sources!!! :banana2:

gerryvz
04-15-2015, 07:26 AM
Curious, how much did you get the hydro legs for? I think I need them. I've seen them at around $500 each ($469, $489, somewhere in there). Uhhh....$650 for the pair, new ?!?!? :headbang:



....Did you take mine from my work bench? name your sources!!! https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2015/04/1.gifWhat can I say ?!? It pays to have 15+ year parts connections.....:agree:

:tvhappy:

gerryvz
04-22-2015, 07:13 PM
Getting ready for some major work on the cars in the coming weeks/months (when I'm in town / around).

Stocking up on parts for the jobs....

Here's a comparison of new Sachs rear SLS hydro-legs for the V/C/W126 (on the left) and the W124 E500E. The 126 hydro-legs are NOS, and both pairs of legs are Made in Germany.
39966 39968


And a close-up of the Sachs labels on the E500E hydro-leg:
39967


And, the factory MB rear sub-frame mounts and factory MB rear differential mount for the C/V/W126:
39970 39969


More parts photos coming soon.....

maw1124
04-22-2015, 07:27 PM
Uhhh....$650 for the pair, new ?!?!? :headbang:

Nice. That'll be tough to beat, but maybe I can use it as a benchmark. Rear legs are up next on my 500E to do list. Every now and then, I'll see Ecklers run a 15% or 20% off deal on them. But not the 35% off you just got.

I think that Proverbs says a good name is better than riches.

You're a good man, Charlie Brown!

Cheers,

maw

nocfn
04-22-2015, 07:30 PM
Speaking of Charlie, the next picture should prove you still have an assistant.


MO-bile [emoji629]

gerryvz
04-22-2015, 08:10 PM
You're a good man, Charlie Brown!


Speaking of Charlie, the next picture should prove you still have an assistant.Chuckles?

Yea, he's still around, all right.

Sleeping inside of my travel duffel bag:
39971


Lounging in my home office:
39972


And guarding the front door of my house at Christmas time with his younger brother, Coco (left):
39973

gerryvz
04-25-2015, 01:12 PM
I updated my emissions test results with the scores from today's Texas emissions/safety test.

The table containing all of my results is in post #28, located here (http://www.500eboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79&p=17267&viewfull=1#post17267).

Cheers,
Gerry

gerryvz
04-26-2015, 12:58 PM
My collection is growing....

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2015/04/119.jpg


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Klink
04-26-2015, 01:36 PM
My collection is growing....

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2015/04/119.jpg


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As long as you aren't pulling those off of cars you see on the street, LOL...
:klink:

gerryvz
04-26-2015, 02:07 PM
As long as you aren't pulling those off of cars you see on the street, LOL...
:klink:Was thinking of heading down to Ft. Lauderdale to score another "400E" badge, next up ...... :whistling2:

gerryvz
04-26-2015, 02:20 PM
There's actually a quality story and lesson lurking in these trunk badges....

Look at the nice, shiny aluminum badges from the early 123s ... the ones that say "DIESEL" and "240 D". These are nice, quality, thick aluminum badges with some significant "heft" to them in your hand. Notice the rather plain, block, rather powerful font used for the letters and numbers. It's a "no nonsense" approach that is purely functional.

The next group of badges marks a definite downgrade in quality, which was phased in sometime around 1980. This group of badges is evidenced by most all of the badges in the right-hand column (excepting the 240D, 300SDL and 560SEL badges). While still made of aluminum, and still affixed to the car's trunk by "pins" that go through small holes, they are markedly lighter in weight and thinner overall. Still decent quality, though, but not nearly the heft of the earlier badges you see. You can also see a difference in the lettering type font itself from the earlier badges. Although the font is overall a bit smaller than before, it 's also more stylized, although it retains most of the character of the earlier font style.

The third group are all of the badges on the left side, as well as the 560SEL and 300SDL badges on the right side. These badges are all made of plastic, and are affixed to the vehicle with adhesive tape embedded in the back of the letters and numbers. As you can imagine, these badges are very flimsy and the long ones (with age and previous prying off the car) will break if you just LOOK at them hard. These are the last generation of badges, from around the 1985-1986 time period, which were used through the advent of the new "letter first" nomenclature that debuted for the 1994 model year.

As you know, these "letter first" badges are also all plastic, and affixed with adhesive, although the letters are all separate and individual. This system is still in use today with modest modifications to the lettering.

In any case, not many folks may have picked up the subtleties in this single photo, about the quality and evolution of MB type lettering on the trunk badges.

Cheers,
Gerry

Klink
04-26-2015, 02:22 PM
My collection is growing....

https://www.500eboard.com/forums/images/imported/2015/04/119.jpg


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As long as you aren't pulling those off of cars you see on the street, LOL...
:klink:


Was thinking of heading down to Ft. Lauderdale to score another "400E" badge, next up ......
:doh: I think we need a "GVZ, Behave!" in the same fashion as this one :klink2:

I would build one if I knew how...

:klink:

gerryvz
04-26-2015, 02:29 PM
I would build one if I knew how...There's actually a web site where you can "roll your own" ... LOL !!

http://www.pacprod.com/smiley_signs/

Klink
04-26-2015, 02:31 PM
Was thinking of heading down to Ft. Lauderdale to score another "400E" badge, next up ...... :whistling2:

:hornets: :stickpoke: Then again, I'd say it takes at least six 400E badges to equal one 500E badge, assuming comparable condition...
:stirthepot:

Klink
04-26-2015, 02:32 PM
There's actually a web site where you can "roll your own" ... LOL !!

http://www.pacprod.com/smiley_signs/

Thanks!

Klink
04-26-2015, 02:45 PM
I love the plastic "stick-on" badges! So much easier to delete...

A delightful coincidence and/or irony, at least to me:
I noticed that our recently "acquired" 928 (now known in the family as "Froggy") has a wonderfully plain rear bumper cover having only the "PORSCHE" lettering molded into it. I wondered if it was a "universal" replacement cover, or something like that. Turns out, nope! It is the original cover. Not only has it clearly not been replaced, but I recently searched the VIN and looked at the option codes, and there it is, "model designation deletion"! Additional confirmation that it was a good choice for me. Do note that the word "acquired" is in quotation marks. I don't have the money and/ or youth to justify buying and running these fright pigs. Certain cars just seem to "aquire" me at strange times...
:klink:

gerryvz
04-26-2015, 05:32 PM
:hornets: :stickpoke: Then again, I'd say it takes at least six 400E badges to equal one 500E badge, assuming comparable condition...
:stirthepot:Six ?!?!? Uhh, NO. More like 10.

Klink
04-26-2015, 06:31 PM
:hornets: :stickpoke: Then again, I'd say it takes at least six 400E badges to equal one 500E badge, assuming comparable condition...
:stirthepot:


Six ?!?!? Uhh, NO. More like 10.

I'll go with that. The truth is, that's exactly how I feel. I was just trying to be nice...
:klink:

Maui
04-26-2015, 09:06 PM
I love the plastic "stick-on" badges! So much easier to delete...

A delightful coincidence and/or irony, at least to me:
I noticed that our recently "acquired" 928 (now known in the family as "Froggy") has a wonderfully plain rear bumper cover having only the "PORSCHE" lettering molded into it. I wondered if it was a "universal" replacement cover, or something like that. Turns out, nope! It is the original cover. Not only has it clearly not been replaced, but I recently searched the VIN and looked at the option codes, and there it is, "model designation deletion"! Additional confirmation that it was a good choice for me. Do note that the word "acquired" is in quotation marks. I don't have the money and/ or youth to justify buying and running these fright pigs. Certain cars just seem to "aquire" me at strange times...
:klink:
in my best bill clinton, i feel your pain

gerryvz
05-11-2015, 12:08 AM
Best argument for a G-wagen ... handled 30 squares of fresh sod + 320 pounds of topsoil with aplomb......

40337 40336


And Charlie inspecting my handiwork ...
40335


and guarding it from intruders .....
40338

nocfn
05-11-2015, 07:13 AM
Ha.. Good stuff! Have 3 yards of pea gravel and a pallet of sod delivered today. Found my pool leak, cable company pierced the sewer line from my shop to the city. I got some nice blisters to prove it, and a 1,500 bill from the plumber.


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gerryvz
05-25-2015, 09:05 AM
5.5 hours is a fairly long drive, but it was quite effortless in the E500. I did get one ticket, from the Iberville Parish Sheriff (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iberville_Parish,_Louisiana), for going 72 MPH in a 60 MPH construction zone. That ticket cost $175 and is payable online, and will not be reported to go against insurance as long as I pay it by early June. This was clearly a local Iberville money-making operation, as the trap I got nailed in was coming down over a bridge over a swamp, in the right lane, and the Sheriff was pulled over with a Laser gun. I had no time to react, and my Valentine One was of absolutely no use. The ticket was handed out quickly and before I had even gotten off the road at the nearby exit (the Sheriff waved me over onto an exit ramp for the pull-over), and gotten back onto I-10, he already had nailed another "victim." The funny thing is that I was pulled over about 50 yards before a "70 MPH" sign. Lucrative business for that Parish, I think. That's how they do it in :dasauf:Sent my $175 payment for the ticket off to the Iberville Parish folks via a simple online payment last week, ahead of the end of May deadline. So at least the "ticket" won't hit my Texas driving record in a negative way, and they can pay their troopers to nail more folks....

gerryvz
07-10-2015, 10:33 PM
Tonight I finished the job of replacing the fan clutch in my E500. For many years the original clutch has been not working as efficiently as it should be, and in the hot Houston summer climate, running temperatures of 105 and even 110C are not uncommon with the A/C on. I just don't like those temperatures.

Last year, I obtained a used E500E factory fan clutch with 50,000 miles on it for $400. I finally got around to replacing it. The process is documented here on the forum, so I didn't do a HOW-TO on it, but I did take a few photos during the process.

I cut down an Allen key to try to remove the fan clutch bolt without removing the radiator, but all I did was round out the head of the bolt (it was ON there!) and thus, this required the removal of the radiator. This I did tonight, and it required about 30 minutes to do. With more room in front of the fan clutch, I was able to use an 8mm Allen socket and 3/8" ratchet to get a much better "bite" into the head of the fan clutch bolt. And together with Glen's home-made fan clutch pulley holder tool (thanks for the loan, Glen!) I was able to remove it with a bit of effort. The bolt finally gave way with a "pop!" that sounded like metal cracking.

After buttoning everything up, and replacing the fan clutch bolt with a new one (one of the Houston "stealers" happened to have one in stock, and I paid list price of about $7.00 for the convenience of getting it fast), I tested the car. No coolant or ATF fluid leaks, which was great. I also replaced all four of the copper washers at the ATF cooler banjo bolts with new copper washers.

The test consisted of mixed city and freeway driving up to and including 80 MPH. I took I-45 up to the north end of Conroe, TX and back -- a round trip of about 40 miles from my house. Ambient temperatures outside ranged from 86-88F and there was a fair bit of humidity.

The hottest that I could get the car was right on the 100C mark, with the temperature generally hovering between 95 and 100C while on the freeway. This was a significant improvement over the 100-110C that the car was previously getting up to, but in my opinion it is still 5-10C too hot. I will run it with this fan clutch for a few summers to see how it goes, and then eventually will buy a new factory fan clutch of current production (Horton). The factory fan clutch that I installed, like the original one I replaced, had the notation "Fichtel & Sachs Schweinfurt" on the back of the clutch.

A few photos of the old and new clutch and old and new fan clutch bolts. You can see that the current bolts are nowhere near as nice as the originals....

gerryvz
07-11-2015, 01:38 PM
A few more prizes for my collection today.....