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Old 01-13-2009, 10:36 PM
ctaylor738 ctaylor738 is offline
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Location: Falls Church, VA
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It's alive!

So the starter arrived, got installed, and cranked the engine. I was very happy to see oil pressure come up after about 10 seconds. Following that, the radiator and some final odds and ends got installed, and a thorough check to be sure everything was tightened was conducted. Last Friday I put the fuel pump fuse back in and cranked for about 30 seconds with the injectors cracked, seeing fuel from 4 of them. I then hooked up the cold start valve, tightened the injector connections, plugged the coil wire in, and the engine started without incident, settled down, sounded fine.

Over the weekend I got the clutch working well enough to take the car down off the stands, back it out of the garage, and let it run for a while. Engine sounds great, very quiet, very responsive, no leaks. I took it down and up the driveway, managing one shift into second and everything seems to be in working order.

For a real test drive, I need to bleed the power steering, add some
ATF to the transmission, and finish bleeding the clutch. And tags and insurance.

Chuck Taylor
Falls Church VA
'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe
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