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Old 03-23-2013, 11:22 AM
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Last night's project

Here's the link to ALL the pics I took last night; re-assembly is the reverse order. HA HA. http://s485.photobucket.com/user/daw_two/library/1984_300D_henna_red/How%20to%20disassemble%20a%20w123%20manual%20airbox <--- I hate PhotoBucket now.....

Took the manual airbox apart last night to clean the AC evaporator and hopefully put it all back together today. Yes, that's the heater core to the far left; AC evaporator in the middle of the pic. Second glass of Chardonnay to the far right....please note it's not empty either.
Here's what it looks like right now:



I think there was more crud on this one then on either of the Dave Morrison's evaporators. Thanks, Dave, for the excellent DIY write-up and also thanks to this forum for continued support.









During cleaning of the evaporator, it almost seemed like I was skinning a catfish --- that layer you see me pulling off was quite tough.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:51 AM
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Cluster Gauge Needle Paint Kits

Hi folks.

I have some paint left over from brightening up the cluster on my cars, so I have it available to the forum at:
http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/mercedes-used-parts-sale-wanted/336405-mercedes-cluster-gauge-needle-paint-kit.html#post3118958





Here's a phone pic from the repainted gauge in Light Ivory and also one of the 1987 Champagne. The quality of the color doesn't show up good with the glare. I will get a better pic on the next cluster I do.


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Old 03-25-2013, 11:43 PM
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fresh air door flap question

So, I'm in the process of re-assembly the manual airbox and need some assistance. I know there use to be some type of foam on the fresh air door flap. I decided to cover up the opening on the inside and outside --- no fresh air. If I want fresh air, I will crack the window. And the fresh air door flap isn't air tight, so some air will leak in anyway.



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Old 03-28-2013, 04:30 PM
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nagging fuel reserve light

Okay, does a poor ground do this? I think this car has a RANDOM fuel reserve indicator light in it. I've seen this problem before; however don't recall the solution.

You might also notice how bright those needles are !!!




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Old 03-29-2013, 07:05 PM
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My 300d tends to light up on rainy days. I have never run it low and am not real sure if the needle is correct. So whenever it lights I head to the pump. A full tank makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:40 PM
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well.....

my car is a 1984, but the fuel gauge doesn't look right --- i think its an earlier year with a silver center button.

I picked up another fuel level sending unit today.
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:54 AM
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my car is a 1984, but the fuel gauge doesn't look right --- i think its an earlier year with a silver center button.

I picked up another fuel level sending unit today.
Yes it is from a 1982 or older vehicle.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:41 AM
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Yes it is from a 1982 or older vehicle.
That's what I thought. Does anyone have a fuel, oil presure, coolent temperature with a black center for sale or trade? I have one with freshen up needles.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:11 AM
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yeah!!!

Two major accomplishments yesterday afternoon:

1) My 9 yr daughter remember what a ratchet wrench was.
2) I plugged up the leaking vacuum lines, so now the car shuts down even if I'm just idling. Oh, yeah, I got her to hold the golf tees while I figured out which lines were which.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:23 AM
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Two major accomplishments yesterday afternoon:

1) My 9 yr daughter remember what a ratchet wrench was.
2) I plugged up the leaking vacuum lines, so now the car shuts down even if I'm just idling. Oh, yeah, I got her to hold the golf tees while I figured out which lines were which.
Good job. Now she's just one step away from posting troubleshooting help on the forum.
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Two major accomplishments yesterday afternoon:

1) My 9 yr daughter remember what a ratchet wrench was.
2) I plugged up the leaking vacuum lines, so now the car shuts down even if I'm just idling. Oh, yeah, I got her to hold the golf tees while I figured out which lines were which.

You probably tought her more right there that the school system did all month.


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Old 04-08-2013, 02:05 PM
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Some of you might remember my initial reaction when I inspected this car last year --- there was a STRONG diesel smell inside the car. And when I opened the trunk, it almost knocked me down. I initially thought there was a leak in the tank.....then I discovered the fuel door compartment drain tube was disconnected. I reconnected the drain tube, cleaned the trunk really good, and the smell disappeared. So, if the tank really had a leak in it.....it would continue to leak in the trunk, right? I inspected the one screw hole and it does not appear to go all the way thru the tank. After driving this car a bit, I smelled diesel again in the trunk. I guess there are micro fissures at the hole.

So....time to replace the fuel tank. We all know a fuel tank without a hole in it is impossible to find in a pull a part place --- they all PUNCTURE a BIG hole in the tank to drain them. Luck was with me last year, when I found a 300D fuel tank up in the Nashville, Indiana, area. I bought it. Of course, the chore was going to pick it up.

This past Thursday, I made the drive up. I retrieved the fuel tank.



I hooked up a hose to the fuel return port off of the secondary filter (where the cigar hose connects) and routed it to an empty 5 gallon fuel can Saturday afternoon. Started the car up. I knew I didn't have very much fuel in the tank.....but the fuel really doesn't flow very fast out of the fuel return when car is at idle. After about 1.5-2 gallons were in the fuel can, I noticed no fuel was being returned. Hmmm...... I turned the key off and removed the fuel sender. It wasn't wet. Hmmmm...... Did I almost run out of fuel? I proceeded to remove the tank vent rubber hose connection and the fuel return line off the bottom of the tank. I had very little diesel dribble from the fuel return line. Hmmmm........ Disconnected the fuel strainer hose and was prepared for the diesel bath, but again, just a dribble. Did I really get that lucky? Well, I hooked up a hose to the fuel strainer hose to allow it to drip into an oil change pan while I went inside to watch basketball. Next day (Sunday), there's very little diesel in the oil change pan, so I try to unscrew the rubber hose under the fuel strainer --- the entire fuel strainer wants to come out. Okay....prepared for the diesel bath, but alas, no gush of diesel. The tank was literally almost empty. I pulled out the old tank and found these rubber pieces on the bottom. Ordered replacements this morning from Pelican Parts.




I also order a new rubber seal for the fuel strainer and a bunch of other rubber pieces.

Upon careful inspect of the replacement tank, I found a little rust around the fuel return and the place the tank vent are connected on the bottom. I treated it was rust convertor yesterday. Pics later.

Also found some interesting "rub" spots on the tank and the inside of the car. I'm going to add some foam cushion in this area to prevent any rubbing with the replacement tank. Pics later.
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Old 04-14-2013, 12:59 PM
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out with the old and prepare the new

Fuel Tank that is. It's amazing how much room is in the back of a w123 when the fuel tank is out. I discovered a little bit of rust on the "new" fuel tank under the rubber pieces, so I treated it with a rust converter and spray painted it with primer.

I'd like to draw your attention to two "rub" spots on the back of the old tank and also inside the car. I wonder how long it would take to rub a hole into a tank. Also, here's the screw hole ..... didn't appear all the way thru...that was leaking on my old tank.

I'm ready to re-install as soon as the two rubber boots come from this forum sponsor.














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Old 04-20-2013, 05:22 PM
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Fuel Tank that is. It's amazing how much room is in the back of a w123 when the fuel tank is out. I discovered a little bit of rust on the "new" fuel tank under the rubber pieces, so I treated it with a rust converter and spray painted it with primer.

I'm ready to re-install as soon as the two rubber boots come from this forum sponsor.
UGH --- got an email yesterday after 5pm from Pelican Parts that the 2 rubber boots I ordered on April 8th are NLA --- glad I didn't throw out the "slightly used" (sarcastic comment) existing rubber boots. I've been waiting for these to put the fuel tank back in and of course, the fuel tank needs to be done before the AC, so I can turn the car around.

I was NOT a happy camper when I read the email yesterday. <-- not really this mad, but I hope you understand. Of course, the fuel strainer rubber O-ring was also suppose to come in that order. And PP is waiting on my to respond; guess I will cancel that part of my order and re-use the existing O-ring on the fuel strainer, too.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:46 PM
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UGH --- got an email yesterday after 5pm from Pelican Parts that the 2 rubber boots I ordered on April 8th are NLA --- glad I didn't throw out the "slightly used" (sarcastic comment) existing rubber boots. I've been waiting for these to put the fuel tank back in and of course, the fuel tank needs to be done before the AC, so I can turn the car around.

I was NOT a happy camper when I read the email yesterday. <-- not really this mad, but I hope you understand. Of course, the fuel strainer rubber O-ring was also suppose to come in that order. And PP is waiting on my to respond; guess I will cancel that part of my order and re-use the existing O-ring on the fuel strainer, too.
Ouch, sorry to hear that... that hurts. Too bad your NOS parts don't include a set of boots .

I have the O-ring for the sender -- I'll drop it in the mail if you PayPal me $4.
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