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Old 08-27-2022, 03:40 PM
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Post The $50 Paint Job

Yes, this is indeed very do-able at home but, foo foo can spray paints HAVE NO HARDENER so no matter how well you do it it won't last many years .

Just for fun, go to you tube and watch the various $50 paint job videos, many are stunning .

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Old 09-05-2022, 12:31 AM
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Replaced the way old and leaking injector return hoses. Finally found a use for the Gear Wrench hose pliers set I bought a few years back, made it so much easier! Also changed both fuel filters and confirmed that the battery is toast. Yesterday I replaced the sliding thing in the passenger rear window. And kind of successfully rebuilt the fuel level sending unit. Both resistance wires were broken and balled up around the float and the copper wire was broken off at the terminal. I made a splint for the broken copper strip for the copper wire and replaced both resistance wires. It sometimes is close to spec but other times it seems like its an open circuit. After sitting in the tank over night, it reads kinda close to whats in the tank and isn't jumping around so maybe it just needed a soak in some diesel.

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Old 09-05-2022, 02:53 AM
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Post Good Used W123 Fuel Senders

I have at least two I have taken apart and cleaned up so they work and are accurate but the needle usually gets jumpy between 1/4 and 1/3 tank, this must be where most folks keep their fuel supply .

In So. Cal. no shipping .
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Old 09-14-2022, 04:58 PM
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New paint for an old beauty

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The upkeep and maintenance on these quirky old Mercedes is a constant battle. Often fine-tuning the fuel system or maybe fighting parasitic rust. Either way you still can't help but love these cars!

We'd love to see and hear about your projects! Post below what you've done recently to your W123 or other diesel Mercedes that you're working on!








I have 4 of these German frauleins and the mechanical fixes are for the moment done after many many years and they all start and run perfectly. The paint is 35-40 years old and my 85 300D was the worst. I fixed the rusted sections with miracle paint and epoxy fiberglass. fortunately subframe and rockers were Ok but doors and fenders had holes. 2 weeks on that she was ready for prep and paint. Clear coat gone in most areas, flaking off in the rest. Huge job to sand the CC off frequently into the ultramarine blue base coat and primer. LF fender just too rusty to fix so junkyard replacement I had on hand got painted. Lots of sanding and then my very first BC /Clear coat paint job. My last paint job besides tractors and farm equipment was my old Cummins pickup which I did in urethane single stage and it was a marginal result, lousy actually. I put a lot more effort into the 85 and it turned out shockingly good without even any buffing yet which I also have never done. Almost no orange peeling and I don't know why. Lots of taping and and abundance of trim and insignia to remove which destroyed all the plastic clips of course. It took about 10 days to sand, prep and paint. MY oh my she is a pretty girl now. I got 2 just paint estimates(no body work!) for $3500 and $4000 which seemed exorbitant especially since the paint and Clear came to less than $250, OK a bit over $300 with sand paper and chemicals. Now I know why $4000 was not exorbitant. An amazing amount of labor but now well worth the effort. I have one bit of advice, watch Brian on Paint Society on youtube and buy a good gun. I threw away a cheap $35 gun and spent $160 and it was Mercedes quality and not made in China and it laid the paint down evenly. It really excelled with clear coat. I am a good diesel mechanic but a lousy painter no more.
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Old 09-15-2022, 12:51 AM
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Thumbs up New Paint

Looking sharp there .

I ass-U-me you bought an HVLP paint gun ? .

They're nice .

Today I did a marathon on my 240D and she's apparently very happy as she's running smooth as silk .
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Looked Over My New Purchase, a 1975 W115 300D with Turbo

I spent some free time checking out this Silver Green darling that I brought home yesterday. So much work to do!
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Old 09-22-2022, 10:01 AM
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Looks very nice ! .
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Old 11-08-2022, 08:28 PM
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1987 300D Wiring Diagram

How can I find a 1987 300D Wiring Diagram
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Old 11-08-2022, 09:58 PM
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Post Mercedes Wiring Schematics

Hi Terry ! .

WELCOME .

I'd suggest googling it, sadly Mercedes went from wiring diagrams to Schematics in the 1970's, I don't find them very useful and not a one fits on a standard 8 X 11 inch page .

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