I'd be delusional to think I could do the work done anywhere near "book time". I'd be happy to get it done in 2x that.
My first valve adjustment took 3hrs. I'm sure the next one will take about an hour.
My first set of brake pads took about 45 per side. I can now do the job in 10 mins per side.
Only $40 for a shop to press out/in the ball joints? That's about what the tool rental is. At that price, I'd rather pay a local shop.
I'd better get going on this job, as the noise ain't gettin' any better...
1984 300SD 138.5k
1985 300D 185k (sold)
1991 300TE 4-matic 155k (sold)