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Old 11-16-2014, 10:19 PM
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1995 C280 Build Thread.

This is gonna be quick to start with, as I've already done a lot of work, so the first couple pages will be back story.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:19 PM
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So I got this C280 free from my Girlfriends brother. He said if I could get it running I could have it. So I've decided to not only get it running, but also do some modifications/modernizing to it. So here goes.

Picking It up!



Under the hood



Washed it up



Got it on the lift



It had a bad missfire



#6 Plug





More to come..
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:20 PM
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Valve cover removed



Removed the head (with assistance of my garage helper)











Garage helper, I'm glad she knows what she's doing!

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Old 11-16-2014, 10:20 PM
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found the culprit, leaky head gasket



cylinder 6



cylinder 6 valves



cylinder 6 exhaust port

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Old 11-16-2014, 10:21 PM
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going to have the head resurfaced and a valve job done.



My garage helper pulling the tappets.



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Old 11-16-2014, 10:21 PM
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So moving on to other projects while the head is being machined.

I'm doing a color change and re-upholstering the interior









Dying the carpet black, had my garage helper do some carpet cleaning first. haha





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Old 11-16-2014, 10:24 PM
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Also going to put the DuraFlex CRS Body kit on. The original front and rear bumper were both pretty damaged. **(in future posts I actually ditched the bumpers from this kit they were pretty bad quality. The front wasn't so bad, but the rear was really just junk. Switched to S-Tuning kit, which is much higher quality.)





Testing fit of front bumper











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Old 11-16-2014, 10:25 PM
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Also bought some new wheels and tires!
Avant Garde M310's 18x8 with Falken 612 225/40/18





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Old 11-16-2014, 10:26 PM
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wrapping the woodgrain in carbonfiber



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Old 11-16-2014, 10:27 PM
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The best mod to any car. haha.



Okay, today's progress

Got my Set of D2 Coil Overs, I've read mixed reviews on these, but I don't plan on racing basically just wanted the ride height adjustment feature they offered. The instructions with this kit are very lacking. Basically just an exploded view of the shocks and how they go together. Nothing else. Called D2's California office and was told by the "support person" that they don't include instructions because the kit is meant to be installed by a professional. And that they didn't want "people who didn't know what they were doing" to installed them improperly and brake things. So needless to say I wasn't impressed with their instructions or support. But anyway, on we go!





The installation process on the rear was pretty straight forward. remove old spring and shocks. (using a chain for safety here)



Spring and Shock Removed



Here is the Ride Height Adjustment part installed



D2 Spring installed.



according to the instructions about 1/3 of the rod should be inside the shock at desired ride height so I made this mark with paint pen to help me identify that measurement.



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Old 11-16-2014, 10:27 PM
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And finally the shock is installed.



after both rears were installed the ride height looked like this.





And here's the Dampening adjustment.



We were headed out on the town Friday Night, and since my Garage Helper didn't help me put the coil overs on, she had to come inspect my work before we left.

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Old 11-16-2014, 10:29 PM
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Found out my girlfriends Mom had a bad ass embroidery machine. So got a Mercedes logo and digitized it and now testing the machine and logo on some scrap material. Plan on putting it on the head rests when I redo them.





Here's a couple videos of the machine in action. Pretty cool!


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Old 11-16-2014, 10:30 PM
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been raining and lotsa storms here lately, so I've been workin' in the house. Got my trunk spoiler in yesterday, so I decided it would be the first victim of the vinyl wrap. here's how it turned out.















also had a full test run of the embroidered headrest logo. I think I'm going to go with a different logo. Maybe just the star, or maybe the old 1909 oval logo.

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door trim pieces were next to get wrapped.



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Old 11-16-2014, 10:31 PM
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So, installed the front coil "besides" today.. haha.

Removing Old stuff









Installing the New Stuff







Current Ride Height.



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