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Old 07-11-2015, 03:08 PM
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Prioritizing

The Mercedes keeps having things go wrong, and now that the back window motor died, overwhelmed. Any suggestions on how to prioritize?

They are:

Get the windows operational:
Front driver's window needs to have the rubber from the '79 installed. To be truthful, been so long using a 2x4 I don't remember what is/was wrong.
Rear passenger motor is dead. Wiring was recently replaced by Tram and neither switch works it.

Get A/C operational:
Fabricate brackets for parallel flow condenser
Have hoses made
Vacuum and recharge
Greatest challenge of the tasks, as need help. First person took over a year, botched the brackets, and I got frustrated which terminated the acquaintanceship.

Front motor mounts are shot again, due to the oil and fuel leaking. Fixed the oil leak, cleaned the engine, and seems resolved. Then found the injector crush washers need to be replaced.

Replace 2 and 5 injector crush washers.

Fix emissions E.C.U. cover and then install kick panels. Thankfully have the hardware from the '79.

Resolve loose steering column.

Replace broken windshield. Do see more urgent now the cracks are in my vision, blind when the sun shines directly, so will have to find the money, instead of waiting for it to be available.

Install dash vent. These are a royal pain as the plastic is brittle from age.

Tighten the driver seat.

Clean rear window washer nozzle. Not sure how this be even done, but was going to empty the tank and fill with full strength L.A.s Awesome (already use it in front bottle).

Replace rear backup light. Do they make new rubber gaskets? How about the lens?

Reattach rear bumper rubber.

Reposition front bumper rubber.

Install repaired center console panel. Still looking for a black plastic without power mirror, fade switch, or emergency switch. Be nice if it also didn't have the window switches. With my disability, the 90 pound Golden (15 pounds overweight due to training) walked over the console. Now training to step over.

On that note, she needs a bath bad. I am so saddened, as used to wash my autos every week and wax at least several times a year. Once in University and my health, gotten spread further and further, but this is the longest ever. Every time I look at her, makes me sad how I have abused her.

Reattach mirror trim.

Alignment needed badly and rotate tires. On that note, how often should they be done?

Install center bumper trim.

Paint and install better grill.

Front rotors been warped for a couple years and now have a good set of used on the '79, need to pull those. Also new pads, which was having a hard time finding the recommended ones.

New brake fluid. Feel way over due.

Oil change I think is coming up. Will also check on valve adjustment.


Think that is all.
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Old 07-11-2015, 09:06 PM
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Windshield so you can see where you're going.

Brakes so you can stop the thing.

Steering column and driver's seat to help you maintain control of the vehicle.

Alignment to keep it from eating tires.

The other stuff is more "nice to have" than "actually important".
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:02 PM
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Windshield so you can see where you're going.

Brakes so you can stop the thing.

Steering column and driver's seat to help you maintain control of the vehicle.

Alignment to keep it from eating tires.

The other stuff is more "nice to have" than "actually important".
Skippy, thank you so very much for the reply!

Okay, that makes sense, though had an urge to do stuff today, and all that requires parts which can be only ordered on weekdays (I go local, especially after correcting my mistake).

On the tire rotation, that isn't needed?

Today, just kept rolling. Part of it as want to run from feeling.
Repaired the emissions E.C.U. access panel. I found a fantastic plastics glue, however, the only issue is said dries tan is far from the truth: J.B. Weld for plastic. Holds a lot better than J.B. Weld, this case a Navajo White instead of black, and not brittle, so able to snap the panel shut.
Finished repairing the wood center console by sanding with 600 and 1000 grit. I previously used a high quality wood glue and clamped on the center island using heavy architectural product catalogues called Sweets. The repair is mostly unnoticeable, but more important, functional. Got tired of looking at the indecency. ;p Since Ember broke also the pin, used two Velcro buttons I had on hand from class required material. Man it holds strong!
Got so inspired, used the last one on the mirror trim, poking a hole with a screwdriver. Not perfect as very slightly too thick and very slight amount visible. But, so nice not flopping around.
Then got the rear rubber bumper strip left edge reattached using bailing wire. The clips are N.L.A., right? Again, not perfect, but not hanging out in the breeze.
Shifted the front rubber strip back to the correct position.
Went after the loose steering column. Real pain getting to them with everything in place, but I am talented like that. ;p Turns out some idiot botched it, using a replacement nut and worse, not putting back the special thick washers. Thankfully have the '79 and every bit of hardware was organized and bagged, so just grabbed both the nuts as one was out of round and the washers. Now the column actually sits higher in the dash than when I first got it! :O Now only about a centimeter, but by trigonometry, shifts the steering wheel up noticeably.
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1985 Mercedes-Benz 280TE - Current project and hopefully by mid May daily driver.

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT - Rear ended 23 September 2016.

1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD - Parted out.

1971 Volkswagen Sunroof Squareback with F.I. - in need of full restoration.

1971 Volkswagen Squareback automatic with F.I. - Waiting on logistics to get to Texas.
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Old 07-12-2015, 08:47 AM
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Tire rotation depends. Do your tires wear unevenly? If so, rotate. I've had vehicles where I had to rotate, ones where I didn't, and one that ate rears so much faster than fronts that I just used two sets of rears for every set of fronts.
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