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    SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Slowly but surely, in my spare time this "project" SL500 is getting to be well road worthy!


    Last week - B1 seal (with out dropping transmission out), today B2 seal, soooo much easier than B1. No more transmission leaks!!!


    So far, this $900 car (originally purchased for parts, but just couldn't do it) does not owe me much $300 :


    $65 used MAF
    $70 ATF
    $30 AT filter/gasket
    $10 Torque converter and AT drain plugs and washers
    $25 B1 and B2 seals
    $35 vacuum lines and rubber elbows for all under the hood misc, all renewed
    $20 Gear/diff oil
    $10 Diff drain plugs
    $35 Misc supplies (Antifreeze, brake fluid, rags, cleaners, etc...)


    Now, at $1200 Starts, runs, drives, shifts and stops!


    Day I purchased it (waiting for the tow truck to take it home)




    Filthy engine bay




    And now













    Far from perfect, I will refresh all of the suspension components in the next few weeks (paint by the end of summer), but from pretty much and abandoned car that was parked outside for 2+ years to a full solid driver (instead of being another scrap yard victim) - not bad!!! She looks great at 15'


    One thing I can not put a price on is information from here and R129 section of benzworld, the help from the members beyond valuable and encouraging! Many thanks to all for all time, the information you all share and pointers on how to do "things" to keep these cars alive!!! The "How To" section is



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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Great work there! How does the interior look?


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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Cool project- love it! That's a great buy at the price
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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Quote Originally Posted by a777fan View Post
    Great work there! How does the interior look?
    The interior actually cleaned up very well, driver's seat is perfect, passenger bottom - seam split at the forward area (as they all do, leather dries up, seams pop, will address that indeed). Headliner and panels of the hard top should be recovered, done it on 2 other R129 cars, no big deal, well do when I take the car to have it repainted, this way I don't have to disassemble the hard top twice.

    Steering wheel was all dried up, I installed my old (but pristine C280 steering wheel), now, wood center console - pristine! Not a single crack, very "odd" wood pattern/contrast, never seen it as such on R129s... I "reworked" the old W210 shifter (original R129 was missing the center plaque) to have the center inlay to match the console:



    Original seat controls did not match the center console wood, and were really badly bubbling up



    Stripped those off, now refinished to have very close match to the center console






    I'm not a "hoarder" but I do "collect" things when they come at the right price, SL600 brakes to go on, Carlsson 1/6 18x8.5 and 18X10 set refinishing next week, Carlsson rear section muffler, H&R springs... Process, progress, labor of love!

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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Quote Originally Posted by Duh_Vinci View Post
    The interior actually cleaned up very well, driver's seat is perfect, passenger bottom - seam split at the forward area (as they all do, leather dries up, seams pop, will address that indeed). Headliner and panels of the hard top should be recovered, done it on 2 other R129 cars, no big deal, well do when I take the car to have it repainted, this way I don't have to disassemble the hard top twice.

    Steering wheel was all dried up, I installed my old (but pristine C280 steering wheel), now, wood center console - pristine! Not a single crack, very "odd" wood pattern/contrast, never seen it as such on R129s... I "reworked" the old W210 shifter (original R129 was missing the center plaque) to have the center inlay to match the console:



    Original seat controls did not match the center console wood, and were really badly bubbling up



    Stripped those off, now refinished to have very close match to the center console






    I'm not a "hoarder" but I do "collect" things when they come at the right price, SL600 brakes to go on, Carlsson 1/6 18x8.5 and 18X10 set refinishing next week, Carlsson rear section muffler, H&R springs... Process, progress, labor of love!

    Regards,
    D
    Awesome progress!


    Careful doing the front end...center link is NLA outside of straight china.

    LCA bushings i had to return my last set of lemforders.

    It's getting dicey...more and more OE parts for $$$

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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Quote Originally Posted by jhodg5ck View Post
    Awesome progress!


    Careful doing the front end...center link is NLA outside of straight china.

    LCA bushings i had to return my last set of lemforders.

    It's getting dicey...more and more OE parts for $$$

    Jono

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    Thanks Jono!

    And indeed disappointing with all of these inadequate replacement parts, waste of time and money. But even Lemfoerder? LCA bushings is exactly what I have sitting in my "shopping" cart, along withe their ball joints and all the rear arms/bushings and such... The drag link, the only one I could find anywhere is Delphi, based on the price, I'm sure its China part...

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    Completely restored the function of the arm rest, was missing the N/A metal gate/frame



    Rare junk yard find



    Refinished to as new



    Good as new!



    Otherwise:



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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Finally have some time to work on refinishing my Carlsson 1/6 wheels, just brought these home from storage: 18x8.5 and 18x10... Four already stripped (1 spare), just need to "massage" few minor imperfections, then to refinish.



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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Can’t wait to see those on the car. #alwayslearning

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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Not enough time in a day to do the things I need to do...

    All the curb rash - fixed, before:

    IMG_20180527_151413 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    After - what curb rash?

    IMG_20180527_162516 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    IMG_20180527_162854 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    Interior finally looks happy and healthy, not longer neglected dull ripped...

    Refurbed factory floor mats from crinkled, no backing and soiled by hydraulic leaks. Brand new mats are junk from the dealership, really thin, light weight, no heel pad, so I've molded cheap rubber universal mats from walmart as a new backing to originals, shampooed, scrubbed and removed all the wrinkles - looks and feels great again

    IMG_20180527_163022 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    Typical for these cars if left neglected, leather seats start to dry up and boom!

    IMG_20180607_203232 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    Scored very cheap leather bottom skins (brand new), so I tried to be an upholster for a day:

    IMG_20180607_202900 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    With a little patience, came out very nice, would do it again in half the time if I had to now

    IMG_20180608_203011 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    IMG_20180609_084710 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    IMG_20180609_084814 by Duh_Vinci, on Flickr

    Climate control replaced, bonus - AC is working now! I really thought I would have to work on the system, but turns out bad climate control unit, took half of can of R134a and now ice cold. I still want to take it to the shop have the system evacuated and refilled with fresh stuff/s

    Finally, interior is pleasant to be in, big progress overall, still, very little money, all above is under $200 in parts.

    Regards,
    D

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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Nice work, i do like the look of the earlier R129's.

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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Inspected, for the first time since 2015, no warnings!!! Refurbished front a rear suspension components, fresh of the the stands after all the suspension work



    aligned and now daily drive (finally)





    So, a huge portion of the deferred maintenance and neglect been addressed, very strong car! Now, before spending any more money on this project car, going to drive it daily for a month to see what gremlins it may present and to make sure that the drivetrain needs nothing and she burns no oil. If all of the above is a check, she will earn new paint in a month! Right now she is 15' looker on the driver side, 10' on the passenger

    Regards,
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    P.S. Quite a difference from before, the original Craigslist find (still has needs, but progress):


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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    This is the first time in 3 years interior sees the light, removed hardtop, quite like red/black topless





    Got to stink up the garage a little today, in process of re-doing 18" Carlsson wheels





    Epoxy primer finished





    Sun "baking"





    Final scuffing tomorrow and off to the shop to receive 756 AMG IMOLA GRAU finish...


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    Re: SL500 progress and thank you all!

    Well, the wheels are at the shop, while there, I did ask for a quote to re-do the entire car, my brother used to work there sometime back. Very reasonable "discounted" price using all BASF material, I disassemble the car, they do the rest.

    I have to find a good shop to do some exhaust work, Carlsson rear section to be mounted onto this car (used, but looks almost brand new, I was promised a good condition, but looks as if someone just mounted it for a week and removed it)





    So now, she becomes my daily driver for few weeks, if all mechanicals check out ok, burs no oil, no issues - paint at the end of the month (hopefully)...
    And a tough decision, which R129 gets my Expression Motorsport front and rear aprons

    Regards,
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    P.S. I have "addiction" to Carlsson things, even my old screen name was Babycarlsson, back in the days of Benzsport, Club202 and 500ecstasy, and another "fine" find for me

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