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    No, previous post 117 talk of color correction/matching for fenders, gunsight for the hood and star for trunk. That will happen in the fall, along with the roof going back to 249. Feels like 115F with 90% humidity it's really 97F
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    How much would roughly you say you have into the car now, including purchase price and corrections?

    My reason for asking is comparison vs. buying an equivalent car up front with no mods needed?

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    Off top of my head, about 14,500 all in, 11 was purchase. I am not including things that are filters and oil, basic things any car needs. I will tally all receipts at some point and get it all out there.
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    You got all of those parts, fenders and bumper, cladding and paint work for $3,500? Wow that is impressive.

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    I will have to tally the stuff up soon, but will post my totals
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    You got all of those parts, fenders and bumper, cladding and paint work for $3,500? Wow that is impressive.

    OK as promised:

    Corrections summary for the 1994 E500 (no labor costs)

    1 Head Lamp RS
    2 Fenders
    2 Fender Cladding
    1 Front Bumper
    2 Rocker panels
    2 Fog Lights
    2 Chrome Bumper Inserts
    1 Bumper Strip
    2 Fender Liners
    1 Trunk Star
    1 Hood Star
    7 Grille Strips
    Various assorted trim clips
    Paint with corrections

    Net Total $3,520.84 (I sold bumper that came from car, and other pieces like cladding and rockers, fender liners etc for ~$425)

    Paint was $550 (bumper(s) / bumper strips / front plate delete / fender(s) and correction to follow)

    So my Butt Dyno was pretty close!
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    Read some threads tonight on the issues from a loose battery cable, specifically the additional wire on the + cable, since I have an Alpine amp, I have two wires. Anyway the nut was loose on additional wires. Potential issues averted.
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    When I got the car, the light switch did not feel anything like my C126, clicking into each section. I noticed it was more like stubbornly smooth and I had to have precision. Swapped it out this morning at 118k and that was 0630 so it didn't feel like 118F in my garage. There is quite a bit going on with that switch.

    Since I had to remove Neg battery cable, I removed both connections and with intent, wire brush treatment to the hardware and terminals, removed battery and tidy up the area. Light dielectric grease and replace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    When I got the car, the light switch did not feel anything like my C126, clicking into each section. I noticed it was more like stubbornly smooth and I had to have precision. Swapped it out this morning at 118k and that was 0630 so it didn't feel like 118F in my garage. There is quite a bit going on with that switch.

    Since I had to remove Neg battery cable, I removed both connections and with intent, wire brush treatment to the hardware and terminals, removed battery and tidy up the area. Light dielectric grease and replace.
    Good move, Louie. A MB headlight switch that does not have hard, defined "click" detents is falling apart inside, and will eventually fail completely. Usually several hours into an eight hour night trip through the middle of nowhere. Pay the same attention to the combination switches noting the feel and availability of the high/low beam functions. If you're high versus low beam switch off starts to become a little intermittent, and/or the switch starts to feel funny, replace it before you lose your headlamps altogether right when you need them the most. This is less common than rotary headlamp switch failure, but I have been finding a little bit more of it over the last several years...
    Putting the fun in dysfunction...

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    Combo switch is new in the C126, The .036 clicks as advertised, so she stays. I did pop the end off and give it a good cleaning when I got the car, funny how much gunk gets inside the sealed plastic. In the C126, the insulation began to flake away and fell to the floor, that was reason enough for that change. I used new MB for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klink View Post
    Good move, Louie. A MB headlight switch that does not have hard, defined "click" detents is falling apart inside, and will eventually fail completely. Usually several hours into an eight hour night trip through the middle of nowhere. Pay the same attention to the combination switches noting the feel and availability of the high/low beam functions. If you're high versus low beam switch off starts to become a little intermittent, and/or the switch starts to feel funny, replace it before you lose your headlamps altogether right when you need them the most. This is less common than rotary headlamp switch failure, but I have been finding a little bit more of it over the last several years...
    Our two most recent 124 purchases both have this symptom, and it's on the list for replacement. Given Klink's very practical warning, I really should make it a higher priority...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Klink View Post
    Good move, Louie. A MB headlight switch that does not have hard, defined "click" detents is falling apart inside, and will eventually fail completely. Usually several hours into an eight hour night trip through the middle of nowhere. Pay the same attention to the combination switches noting the feel and availability of the high/low beam functions. If you're high versus low beam switch off starts to become a little intermittent, and/or the switch starts to feel funny, replace it before you lose your headlamps altogether right when you need them the most. This is less common than rotary headlamp switch failure, but I have been finding a little bit more of it over the last several years...
    Yes, I used to own a 1995 white E320 wagon that I had to replace the combination switch, which failed. Does happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 500Eboard View Post
    Yes, I used to own a 1995 white E320 wagon that I had to replace the combination switch, which failed. Does happen.
    I think Louis and Klink are referring to the rotary headlight switch, not the combo stalk (wiper/turn signals). The wagon needs the headlight switch replaced. The combo stalk is OK.


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    We wound up talking about both...
    Putting the fun in dysfunction...

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    Yes I replaced both on the C126, but rotary headlight switch today. Combo switch is good on e500
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    The prior discussion covered both the rotary & combo switches.

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    Is it raining?
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    installed NEW Catalytic Converter Rubber Hangers sine one was AWOL and the other looked like petrified sausage. 118,144
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    Thought car was running a touch warm. Read a few threads, so I decided to have a look and voila! 118,225


    Ordered a fresh one



    Rebuilt the wires per the How To thread, and also removed the horn and carsophigus per Klink's guidance along with some perforations in the headlamp area to encourage airflow.

    the newly installed unit.

    Here is what I chose to put in storage


    And here is the stop and go traffic proof in the pudding that the resistor belonged in king tuts tomb!

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    Louis,

    What were your symptoms before you replaced the resistor?

    Temp. around 100 when at stop lights?
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    Not quite that high, but it just seemed to be creeping there.
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    My car has a small, rubber air tube that is pointing through the black plastic headlight surround that is aimed at the bottom connection of the resistor.

    Do all cars not have this tube?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    My car has a small, rubber air tube that is pointing through the black plastic headlight surround that is aimed at the bottom connection of the resistor.

    Do all cars not have this tube?
    That tube is on euro cars, and USA facelift cars with Eurostyle headlights. It is connected to the headlight housing. Its function is to supply an atmospheric vent to the inside of the headlight housing. It is routed to the outside of the air scoop assembly so that the headlamp housing is never subject to ram air pressure when the vehicle is moving, or engine intake ststem/ crankcase vapor emissions when the hot engine is switched off. Either one can cause condensation and/or contamination to enter the headlight housings, thereby fouling the lenses and reflectors. All cars that have euro style headlight housings residing in the ram air path must have those ventilation tubes. It is simply coincidence that the tube happens to line up with the resistor. It is the pre-existing cutaway, and/or hole for the vent tube that I am suggesting opening up and extending to allow some ram air to ventilate the resistor. I put that and some photos in a previous post dealing with the resistors. I'll find it later and point it out. Anyway, all cars with Eurostyle lights either came with those tubes installed, or needed to have them installed upon conversion to euro lights.

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    Mine was missing but I added one, and also perforated the corner about the size of a quarter for a bit more
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klink View Post
    That tube is on euro cars, and USA facelift cars with Eurostyle headlights. It is connected to the headlight housing. Its function is to supply an atmospheric vent to the inside of the headlight housing. It is routed to the outside of the air scoop assembly so that the headlamp housing is never subject to ram air pressure when the vehicle is moving, or engine intake ststem/ crankcase vapor emissions when the hot engine is switched off. Either one can cause condensation and/or contamination to enter the headlight housings, thereby fouling the lenses and reflectors. All cars that have euro style headlight housings residing in the ram air path must have those ventilation tubes. It is simply coincidence that the tube happens to line up with the resistor. It is the pre-existing cutaway, and/or hole for the vent tube that I am suggesting opening up and extending to allow some ram air to ventilate the resistor. I put that and some photos in a previous post dealing with the resistors. I'll find it later and point it out. Anyway, all cars with Eurostyle lights either came with those tubes installed, or needed to have them installed upon conversion to euro lights.
    Thanks for this. My car received a set of "gen-u-whine" Euro lights that I received for free about 10 years ago from my friend in Belgium. Explains the presence of the tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Thanks for this. My car received a set of "gen-u-whine" Euro lights that I received for free about 10 years ago from my friend in Belgium. Explains the presence of the tube.
    True, but also note that if you have a "facelift"/ E500 USA car, it would have already had the tubes.
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    Verified tube exists on the new assembly on the passenger side, yes tube was present.
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    Removed the rear windscreen in my C126 as it was badly delam, and I noticed a rust bubble. I anticipated the worst upon removal, but alas the Fatherland has smiled on me. Two rust areas, mostly surface and a very small amount is going to be cut out. I shall treat and reseat my new back glass that has been tinted and is delam free. Yes I have a genuine MB gasket. Pics look worse than it is!

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    I guess it DID happen....

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    I fault the PO getting a respray. The vertical edge had paint on it, and an obvious tape line. Once I cleaned all the mastic and brushed the area with stiff wire brush, it is really going to be simple to repair. the paint was over the old mastic, so the painters just sprayed over it, then reinstalled it. DOH!
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    Just out of curiosity... Any corrolation in the location of delam and rust?

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    Actually, the delam on left corner is worse than right corner where the rust is. IMO, no science behind it mind you, but laminated glass that has wires running thru the glass of this vintage heating up, cooling off cannot be a good thing. My wires are rusting in between the glass where the delam is. On another note, I found when removing tint off a piece of back glass using a wallpaper steamer (just the hose not the big square part) I was able to heat the glass on both sides, minimizing the appearance of delam--- like activating the glue and it was less cloudy. So it went from white to opaque, leading me to believe with the right heat you may be able to get this glass fused.

    So no is your answer in my case, delam bad on both sides, only one side had rust and the center. No delam on left or center. I conclude that the rust came after the respray based on the evidence presented (pipe dope is not 199 black with masking tape still on it under the window seal.
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    Today I cleaned the window channel with 3m adhesive remover, and took the wire brush and a dremmel to the area and all the burrs located on the pinch weld. The remaining structure is very strong, so very little to add back. This is a process.
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    Naval jelly will disolve rust.. albiet, to a limited extent. It's best to remove all rust( if possible ) when repairing.

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    Big Shout out to jeff0093 for getting me 4 new 245/45/17 Michelin PSS. Hope to give my tired Potenzas from the PO a rest in the recycle heap sometime here in September. I will stick with Conti DW on my C126.
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    Evaluated seals/gaskets on Oil cap, fuel cap and tandem reservoir, since all were fossilized I replaced them. Oil cap - get a new one of them since I noticed the OE had a crack on the threads up to the gasket. Also noticed that a plastic bolt was missing on the ornamental cover for the wires so that got replaced as well. Ordered new buffers since the existing separated from their positions on the rubber but those are coming next week along with a few other sundries like pin bushing covers to replace those that are BBQ'd. 118,583
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    Finished c126 back glass
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    Got a new jacket for the E500, along with a new lower harness.


    It is my hope to have the harness installed, fenders and roof color corrected, hood and trunk star returned to glory and the new pilot SS installed and RF Balanced by November 15. Tax day gets in my way in October
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    Didn't want to hijack an 040 thread, but just washed the ole broad with the Meguires soap/wax mix.
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    Today I cleaned the window channel with 3m adhesive remover, and took the wire brush and a dremmel to the area and all the burrs located on the pinch weld. The remaining structure is very strong, so very little to add back. This is a process.
    Yep. Standard equipment 126 back glass stuff, right there...
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    . All done
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    Today I removed rear bumper. A few months back when I did all the 036 resto I recognized that the rear was missing 11 clips for her chrome strips and there wasn't any absorbing material under the bump strip. Both of those issues are resolved, along with a new PS mirror cover plate in 94 mushroom.
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    Added a brand new modified avantgarde grille insert for the S600. Modified and sent in original box. Also replaced a visor so my wife had working lights.
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    Nice! Where did you buy the grille? I need one of those...


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    Nice! Where did you buy the grille? I need one of those...

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    It was an eBay purchase as we said off line. Seems to be high quality reproduction or I just got lucky with a real one. (Edit we discussed off line a week ago)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocfn View Post
    It was an eBay purchase as we said off line. Seems to be high quality reproduction or I just got lucky with a real one. (Edit we discussed off line a week ago)
    I bought the last one - haven't had time to open the package, but I will do so this weekend. Quick glance indicates it's a nice quality aftermarket. Stay tuned!


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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    I bought the last one - haven't had time to open the package, but I will do so this weekend. Quick glance indicates it's a nice quality aftermarket. Stay tuned!

    If possible, post pics of the individual metal ribs and how they attach to the plastic insert.
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    Mine slid on like oe
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    Mine slid on like oe
    Cool, I'd still like to see the individual ribs and the insert in detail.

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    It's under cover just now perhaps gsxr will post a picture.
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    If possible, post pics of the individual metal ribs and how they attach to the plastic insert.
    I opened it up and compared to an original MB W140 grille. The aftermarket one appears to be a copy, but a very nice copy. There is the MB part number but the MB Star logo was conspicuously absent. The aftermarket grille has extra upper mounting tabs so the grille will can be properly restrained when cut down to fit the W124 (the OE grille does not have the extra tabs, since it was never meant for a 124 hood). The metal strips appear identical in design & size to OE. I will try to get photos later. Overall, I was impressed, and would buy another of the same if available. There was no brand name except on the box, which said "Eugene".

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    Whiioohoooo

    I felt it was pretty nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsxr View Post
    I bought the last one - haven't had time to open the package, but I will do so this weekend. Quick glance indicates it's a nice quality aftermarket. Stay tuned!

    What? Never even looked at one of those, except on a 140. Not that I don't think they look good, especially on a facelift hood...
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    So getting ready for my color correction to my new fenders, install of the star aka gunsight on my hood, star on the trunk and the roof taken from 040 to Spruce, I decided to get new roof rails which arrived today. While I didn't mind the bronze color, the rubber was ratty and I didn't think it was suitable to pervert fresh paint with missing or tacky looking rubber! Final pics around the 10th of next month.
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    Got my front window trim and my roof clips. I had to rivet one clip back on the right A pillar that came off. Also decided to buy new sunroof gasket since upon inspection, PO got black paint on it when they did it 040, so it will be new as well. Pending weather here in South Texas, still plan on paint in two weeks.

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    Dropped off car at shop for painting yesterday, should be all done next weekend.

    So an update: hood star sent was for the pre-facelift so here is what it looks like: this will be fixed in the morning. Now the trunk star; and one final hood star from below:
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    Ahhhh, proper gunsight......
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    My goodness. What did the PO (or previous mechanic) DO to that poor hood?


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    Since they had 18 qts of bondo left over from the .034 fender fake, he decided to debadge and slap on a sport line... NEIN! Back to the factory for her!
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