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Old 12-29-2005, 08:57 PM
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Wow!

You were quite the prodigy.
How did you manage to reach the pedals?
Well, it was very easy to do. I was about 4' 5" tall at the time. Since these Fords are made for midgets, all you need to do is move the seat forward.
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Old 12-29-2005, 08:59 PM
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hope you have some fun with it. the sdl will do fine too its just a little bigger. like a woman who weighs a little more than she used to but can still dance. or a man.
The SDL feels like a woman who definitely ate way too much at that dance. The SD can do circles around it.
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:31 PM
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While working as a truck salesman in Phoenix for Lou Grubb Chebby, in 73 I took in trade on a new "Catsup" colored suburban 4x4, a really beatup 67 230SL. This car was fresh from New Joesey and it was beat, but in driving it to get it appraised I saw real quickly this little car had class.
But it was a mess. Here is what it needed. Clutch, brakes and major engine work, how much I did not know. It had been in severe hail and the hood and deck were in bad shape and evidence of rust was showing at the top of the fender right behind the headlamps. It needed tires complete set, the convertible top was in rags, the red seats, trim and carpets were filthy, the wood on top of the dash and the little between the seat box were dry and cracking. The hard top was desent. It is hard to believe that anybody could mess up such a sweet little car in six years and I think about 65,000 miles.
The used car Department gave me a ticket for $1500.00. I didn't know much about that model Mercedes. Matter of fact, I don't recall ever seeing one before. I was familiar with the 300SL, had a friend in Milwaukee who had his parents give him a new one for Christmas in 1958, and he treated that car like junk! I was also familiar with the 190SL's, and drove a couple of them to the Chicago Auction in 63/64, hoping the darn things would bring us about $500.00. The Dealer in Milwaukee just didn't want them on the lot. But this little 230SL beater was different. It was sweet, but it was such a mess!
Well, when it came time for the people to pick up the new suburban, they had soured somewhat on the deal, and it wasn't a party day, but I got the car and title, but not the hard top. There is always a fly in the ointment. They would bring it in tomorrow. Anyway, I think another salesman said, I think used cars is way low on the Mercedes. Why don't you bring it to Mercedes and see what they will give you. Which I did, the stealership was only about two miles away. Well, they gave me an appraisal of $3000.00. So even though the car was mess, I had a good start on the value side. I probably would have been just as smart selling it to the dealer right then, though it would have raised my commission only $500.00, approximately. But I bought the car for 1550.00 and took it home.
I played with it about 5 years, maybe 7 years altogether. I really enjoyed it. I did the brakes and cluch, as I remember the taillight assemblies were bad, rusty and chrome was going, I replaced those and did as good a cleanup on the car as possible. At least on the inside. But it was smoking a lot and using a lot of oil. The head was shot, and the block needed every thing. I remember I got a new head from a wholesaler in NOLA for $400.00, (bare) and I bought every thing from him as I remember. Valves, pistons and rings, bearings and gaskets, chain and I think most of the little stuff also. The new top cost me $750.00 and a shop in Phoenix fabricated the whole thing. It was very nice. It took me a number of months to put that little engine together. I think that my costs on that engine including machine shop was a little under $2000.00.
Then I had it painted and her I really lucked out. I had a young body shop man from Milwaukee come to the same stealership shortly after I came. Jim he said, I wouild just love to paint that car for you if you want it painted. You buy the paint and I'll paint it. So we painted it 7 coats of hand sanded lacquer, topped with a coat of color with real "pearl", topped with clear coat. Oh yes, he sucked out all that hail damage very skillfully with acyeteline torch, we removed the windshield, (ya, it was cracked too, I forgot that) and I think I even bought new headlight assemblies complete, I believe they were both broken. The upper grill piece which I believe attaches to the hood had a dent and we replaced that also. But that paint was beautiful and it didn't cost very much. He was happy with a good steak supper whenever he came over and he needed beer.
Well, we moved to Indiana in the spring of 77 and I kept the car for two years and then I saw the evidence of rust again, above and right behind the headlight. That was enough to make one cuss. But I had that repaired by the stealership I was working for in Indianapolis and in the fall of 1980 I sold that little beauty at the Kruse Auction in Auburn and it brought $8750.00. If it was not for the low cost paint job, I probably would have lost money. But it was truly a fun car, and I have had some good ones, but that 230SL, when we had it in ship shape was wonderful.
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Old 12-29-2005, 10:42 PM
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