As to the stiff gas pedal.
When was the throttle linkage cleaned and lubed last? Made a huge difference in the stiffness of my pedal when I lubed mine.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.