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Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 03-31-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 791
Posted By Strife
IMO, both are just fine. They are copies of the...

IMO, both are just fine. They are copies of the original tools in many cases.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 03-31-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,157
Posted By Strife
Unless you have a collectible, show-only car,...

Unless you have a collectible, show-only car, IMO, a well-installed dash cap is just fine, with emphasis on "well-installed".
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 02-16-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,577
Posted By Strife
I have seen a 6.9 in a W107 possibly on a car...

I have seen a 6.9 in a W107 possibly on a car based in Europe; it was a very tight fit and the air conditioner was "impossible". I don't think that the 4-speed transmission of the 80's will bolt up...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 02-02-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,835
Posted By Strife
AFAIK, the only difference that matters between...

AFAIK, the only difference that matters between any MB blower assembly is the resistor pack/plug, which is soldered to the motor (two wires, the polarity has to be observed or it will blow in the...
Forum: Detailing and Interior 01-02-2014, 05:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,832
Posted By Strife
Those pleats are filled with, as I recall,...

Those pleats are filled with, as I recall, felt-like strips. These may or may not be sewn in. If they are sewn in, it might be extremely difficult to replace them.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 12-10-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,625
Posted By Strife
IMO (and I have been working with electronics for...

IMO (and I have been working with electronics for >35 years), a "conductive pen" deposits a bit of silver or precious metal mix, and this will work for VERY low current traces (for signals). For...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Performance Paddock 12-01-2013, 06:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,255
Posted By Strife
The 380 engine gets a bad rep (well deserved)...

The 380 engine gets a bad rep (well deserved) over the US timing chain and poor performance. Not all 380's have a single chain, they can be converted, and once done it's no worse in that area than a...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 11-06-2013, 07:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,267
Posted By Strife
If you really meant "the economy gauge is pegged...

If you really meant "the economy gauge is pegged to the right all the time", that represents that the hose fell off the back of the gauge (not impossible) or a major vacuum leak (likely). This engine...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 11-04-2013, 01:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,267
Posted By Strife
This was your FIRST mistake. :) At best,...

This was your FIRST mistake. :)

At best, doing this will mask the underlying problem at idle, won't help anything beyond idle, and will have to be re-adjusted as it is an EXTREMELY sensitive...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 10-26-2013, 03:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,483
Posted By Strife
I'm in total agreement with the above. As it is,...

I'm in total agreement with the above. As it is, the best shop in town had only a few guys familiar with non-pop-in type windshields, and they would NOT do it "in the field" (that is, in a parking...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 10-26-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,483
Posted By Strife
I have purchased two windshields, a Pilkington...

I have purchased two windshields, a Pilkington (under insurance) and a Safelite (out of my own pocket, which cost 60% as much). The pilkington (which is now or was recently a MB OE Supplier) was...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 10-23-2013, 01:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,220
Posted By Strife
Looking closely at a blown-up picture in the EPC,...

Looking closely at a blown-up picture in the EPC, these DO look like pop rivets, probably made of aluminum. Surprising, if true.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 10-23-2013, 12:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 774
Posted By Strife
There is a rubber "doughnut" (a seal) at the top...

There is a rubber "doughnut" (a seal) at the top of the injector insulator, and then the insulator has a conventional O-ring on the outside of it. To the best of my knowledge, there are no other...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 10-17-2013, 09:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,220
Posted By Strife
The clip question is interesting - I've broken a...

The clip question is interesting - I've broken a few myself, and just worked around it, because the trim still held. This is a bad policy, because the trim DOES aid in holding the window in place in...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 10-02-2013, 09:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,599
Posted By Strife
I have a 380SL engine out, and I've been...

I have a 380SL engine out, and I've been considering Megasquirt for future use. The later intake design seems to have a lot of consideration for the offset throttle body (the lower part of the intake...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 09-23-2013, 08:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,084
Posted By Strife
You DID remove the mirror, right?

You DID remove the mirror, right?
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 09-23-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,061
Posted By Strife
It is pretty stiff by design (are you SURE it is...

It is pretty stiff by design (are you SURE it is the same width as the one you pulled out, that is, the same model???). Don't break the windshield! This has been done by others.

Not to disparage...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 09-21-2013, 12:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,609
Posted By Strife
I wouldn't use this on a BIG leak...because this...

I wouldn't use this on a BIG leak...because this is ALSO the chemical used to permanently destroy engines in the infamous "cars for clunkers" saga.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 09-21-2013, 12:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,609
Posted By Strife
I stand (sort of) corrected; the Time-sert tap is...

I stand (sort of) corrected; the Time-sert tap is a standard, but hard to find S.T.I. (Standard Thread Insert) tap; also, it has a "class 3" characteristic, and, not being a machinist, I don't know...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 09-16-2013, 10:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,093
Posted By Strife
This is usually the way that they fail. The...

This is usually the way that they fail. The reverse uses clutches only, not clutches and bands. I actually rebuilt an 82 380SL transmission and the clutchesand bands were all amazingly good EXCEPT...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 09-16-2013, 10:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,609
Posted By Strife
I agree here completely. When it absolutely has...

I agree here completely. When it absolutely has to work, spending less on less is absolutely foolish. The Time-Sert website does a good job explaining why.

I would say that in total, it took me at...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 09-14-2013, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,292
Posted By Strife
Why do you think it's leaking. Many, many times...

Why do you think it's leaking. Many, many times this is really a valve cover gasket leaking in a manner that looks like a head gasket. Of course, if you have oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil,...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Used Parts For Sale & Wanted 07-22-2013, 12:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,299
Posted By Strife
Thinking about relatively small items...how about...

Thinking about relatively small items...how about Euro cams for the W116/117, and due to the size of Euro headlights, how about Euro 107 side marker lenses and reflector bowls/parts (even if in need...
Forum: Bodywork - Repair, Paint, Tools, Tips & Tricks 07-22-2013, 12:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,774
Posted By Strife
I'm not so sure that I agree with the "don't buy...

I'm not so sure that I agree with the "don't buy used" comment on this thread. If you do, it is important to do your homework and bring a friend familiar with the equipment to make sure that it is...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 06-12-2013, 02:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,513
Posted By Strife
Unless the car was sold with those things having...

Unless the car was sold with those things having been replaced, I'd call that "par for the course".

The belts, brakes shoes/calipers...those are consumables. Between my two SL's, I believe that I...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 05-31-2013, 12:18 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,516
Posted By Strife
Back before there was air, I worked with car...

Back before there was air, I worked with car dealerships servicing and programming computer terminals that pulled credit reports. The F+I guys would keep the worst credit reports they had ever seen...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-05-2013, 10:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,018
Posted By Strife
Now here is a MB video that has been known to...

Now here is a MB video that has been known to make fairly stiff-upper-lipped men (ahem) sniffle a little...search YouTube for "Mercedes Reincarnation"...

I've had to remove parts from perfectly...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Wheels & Tires 05-03-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,011
Posted By Strife
I have a new set of 15's and wore out a set of...

I have a new set of 15's and wore out a set of 14's (at a reasonable number of miles). I'd say that they are a very good tire for the money. They are pretty good in the rain and light snow (in an...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 05-03-2013, 01:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,295
Posted By Strife
Those years have a different fuel injection...

Those years have a different fuel injection system, with different problems. The rubber hose/plastic problems are, of course, the same.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 05-02-2013, 07:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,295
Posted By Strife
I just did a somewhat comprehensive upgrade to my...

I just did a somewhat comprehensive upgrade to my 85 380SL at 182K, described on another board, with fuel injectors (used but tested), fuel injector holders, distribution hoses, fuel distributor...
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