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Old 10-08-2006, 12:48 AM
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hmmmm, 87 300D N/A, 87 300TD

...lightly sanding the "prisms" inside the gauge cluster to better diffuse the illumination... brighter dash lights without having to upgrade the bulbs, NO MELTING.

...adjusting bowden cable kept engine on the boil, don't have to mash the pedal anymore

...removing and installing EVAP at home... had one fabricated for cheap

...had an all brass radiator fabricated... kept temps in control! (best mod so far)

...refaced head on the NA 300D after leaks whatsoever inside and out. expensive though

...94-95 headlights and hood for the TD.

...lower body cladding for both 124s

...oiled both panoramic wiper assemblies for super fast wiper action.

... installed a door lock switch for the 300D, don't have to open the door to unlock the other doors, entailed having to remove the wiring for the passenger door trigger

...upgraded the fabric seats of the 300D to the 95 leather, power seats

85 190E 2.3(SOLD)
86 230E (-->300D)
87 300D (-->300TD)
68 250S w/ a 615 and manual tranny (RIP)
87 300TD (SOLD)
95 S280 "The KRAKEN" (Turbo 2.9 602 transplant)
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Old 10-08-2006, 11:34 AM
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Seat fix

I've done a lot to my (her) 84 TDT, but the single most effective and inexpensive fix was putting swim noodles in the seat cushions -- and running it on high-quality biodiesel that I make.
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Old 10-16-2006, 08:58 PM
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Ok, my new #1=
Front swaybar brackets. The body no longer rolls, making it feel like a simple turn at 10mph is going to set me into telephone pole. It finally feels like a real car. I was even able to do it without removing the brake booster. Just needed some patience, crowbars, and an extra jack.
2004 E500 4matic; 72,000mi
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Old 10-16-2006, 09:38 PM
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Snow Tires!........The single most obvious investment that has had the best cost/benefit is a winter automotive
product that has transformed all my Mercedes from handling like a tobogan
to running like a "bob sled" from December to March. The difference in drivability is like night and day in snow and ice..........forget "all-seasons"!

Oh ya, an easy fix that I procrastinated over was replacing a few dash light bulbs......took all of twenty minutes and presto I could see my gauges again...wonder why I did'nt do it sooner!

Daily Driver: 98 E300TD 199K
Hobby Car: 69 Austin Mini
Past Diesels: 84 300SD, 312K
87 300SDL, 251K
94 Chev. K-1500 6.5Ltr.TD, 373K

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Old 10-16-2006, 11:06 PM
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Key copy

I had an ignition key that would not open the car doors. I had a copy made at the hardware store for two bucks. It works fine in the doors. Keep in mind I do not use the copy in the ignition. Soft brass shavings in there is bad.

86 190D N/A 2.5L Auto 265k "Ruby" -Sold-
79 300D 242k "Condi" my first -sold- RIP
2013 chevy sonic hatchback - had to for work
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