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Forum: Restoration Projects & Long-Term Builds 08-27-2015, 04:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,667
Posted By jjrodger
This is a great project and I'll be following it...

This is a great project and I'll be following it avidly. I like that you're keeping the exterior stock rather than going Barry on it. I think your rationale on the preservation/modification question...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Performance Paddock 08-13-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 14,471
Posted By jjrodger
This is a great thread, thank you for documenting...

This is a great thread, thank you for documenting your project and going into detail for us.



There is: the sportline suspension option came with a quicker ratio steering box. I don't know...
Forum: Tech Help 08-15-2010, 04:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 523
Posted By jjrodger
320 TE (w124) smoking under load

My 1993 320 TE (M104) smokes when run at high speed for prolonged periods. If I run for more than about 10 minutes at 90 mph or more, it pours a white/pale grey smoke from the exhaust. If I back off,...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 10-16-2009, 06:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,371
Posted By jjrodger
I would say Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe, but it is...

I would say Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe, but it is too big and showy. If Porsche still made a 928, that might do the job better, but they don't. A Ferrari 575M is too fragile and costly to run for my...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 10-15-2009, 12:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,371
Posted By jjrodger
Well I ain't gettin on no airplane, fool (or...

Well I ain't gettin on no airplane, fool (or whatever Mr T says). That's why I drive 2,000miles over 3days for a week's holiday then drive all the way back when you can do the same journey on a...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 10-14-2009, 01:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,371
Posted By jjrodger
Another long trip report

I haven't posted here for a while, but as you know, I like to use my SL for long trips. I feel that's what it was intended for.

Last week I took it from my home in north Northumberland (Great...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 06-10-2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,818
Posted By jjrodger
Yeah, you're right. Sorry.

Yeah, you're right. Sorry.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 06-09-2009, 10:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,818
Posted By jjrodger
Sorry to hijack your thread. I think a manual 350...

Sorry to hijack your thread. I think a manual 350 SL, 280 SL or 300 SL of the R107 series must be the pick of the bunch. There was a 350 SL C with a 5 speed manual for sale here recently, I wish I...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 06-09-2009, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,818
Posted By jjrodger
So do rear end shunts just not happen in America?...

So do rear end shunts just not happen in America?

Of course, one would hope that following traffic would indeed see a slowing or stationary car ahead, but it doesn't always happen like that, does...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 06-09-2009, 09:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,818
Posted By jjrodger
I don't know who taught you boys to drive but...

I don't know who taught you boys to drive but everywhere I have ever been it is considered essential good practice to apply a brake (preferrably the parking brake) when stationary, even if only...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 06-09-2009, 02:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,818
Posted By jjrodger
It's a good job nobody struck you from behind....

It's a good job nobody struck you from behind. Sitting in neutral without any brakes is not clever in any car.
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 04-28-2009, 06:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,993
Posted By jjrodger
The really gratifying thing about this is that...

The really gratifying thing about this is that just over seven years to the day after I posted in this thread, I now own two of the cars I was lusting after back then, a r129 SL500 and a w126 500 SEC...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 04-22-2009, 10:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,965
Posted By jjrodger
No pollution crap on any of the UK cars (the OP...

No pollution crap on any of the UK cars (the OP is in the UK): our petrol may be expensive but at least our motors are full fat! 200bhp from the 350, 225bhp from the 450, 208bhp from the 380 and...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 04-22-2009, 07:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,496
Posted By jjrodger
I use my r129 SL 500 for 20,000miles a year. It...

I use my r129 SL 500 for 20,000miles a year. It currently shows 167,140 miles. I like to make use of the engine's full range.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 04-22-2009, 07:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,965
Posted By jjrodger
"Best" depends on what you're after. As...

"Best" depends on what you're after.

As mentioned, post-1985 cars have a lot of updated componentry, specifically brakes, suspension and rustproofing. The HVAC systems did not change on RHD cars....
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Performance Paddock 02-27-2009, 10:07 AM
Replies: 588
Views: 120,698
Posted By jjrodger
Translation for you:...

Translation for you:...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 02-16-2009, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,642
Posted By jjrodger
Mercedes-Benz state that when the rear seats are...

Mercedes-Benz state that when the rear seats are occupied you must put the roll bar up. That is what the switch on the dash board is for. With the roll bar in place, the rear of a R129 is as safe as...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 08-26-2008, 04:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 645
Posted By jjrodger
99 SL500 main beam failure

R129
1999 SL500

The right hand main beam has ceased to work. All other lighting works satisfactorily. I have checked the bulb and fuse and both are OK (I changed both to be sure). The telltale...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Performance Paddock 07-30-2008, 03:56 AM
Replies: 588
Views: 120,698
Posted By jjrodger
And we wonder why China is doing so well.

And we wonder why China is doing so well.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Performance Paddock 07-22-2008, 11:18 AM
Replies: 588
Views: 120,698
Posted By jjrodger
A lot of the OEM wheels for the R129 have a low...

A lot of the OEM wheels for the R129 have a low offset. In particular the three piece 17" AMG rim is size 8.5J x 17 ET 18. These are almost in period for the R107; I suspect there was some overlap at...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 07-02-2008, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 955
Posted By jjrodger
Most people fit them to conceal wheelarch rust.

Most people fit them to conceal wheelarch rust.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 07-02-2008, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,869
Posted By jjrodger
The dealer is correct. The Mercedes-Benz computer...

The dealer is correct. The Mercedes-Benz computer system recognises your vin but cannot tell which engine you have, whether it is a 116.960 or a 116.962.

You can readily find out the engine...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 05-13-2008, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,139
Posted By jjrodger
The only real problem is at toll booths and at...

The only real problem is at toll booths and at car park ticket gates: I either have to clamber across the passenger seat or get out of the car and walk around to the other side. Motorway driving is...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 05-12-2008, 04:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,840
Posted By jjrodger
Ah, it is in the form of a link from another...

Ah, it is in the form of a link from another site, some browsers will not show them. Hopefully it is attached at the bottom of this reply.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 05-12-2008, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,840
Posted By jjrodger
I hope this picture helps. It is from the...

I hope this picture helps. It is from the Mercedes-Benz Electronic Parts catalogue. The part is number 60 on the diagram. You see it seems to belong along the side of the engine. I can't imagine how...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 05-12-2008, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,139
Posted By jjrodger
Horrendous. I filled up (18gallons) before...

Horrendous.

I filled up (18gallons) before leaving home on Friday 9 May. GBP71.41 (call it $140).
On the evening of the same day, in Belgium, I added another 70litres (16gallons) at a cost of...
Forum: Mercedes-Benz SL Discussion Forum 05-11-2008, 07:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,139
Posted By jjrodger
Mercedes-Benz Museum: road trip to Stuttgart: 1,750miles in 42hours

I know this is a technical forum, but the whole point of these wonderful cars is to drive them on trips. My wife being away "with the girls" (so she says), this weekend provided the long-awaited...
Forum: Tech Help 04-17-2008, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 695
Posted By jjrodger
Further update. 1. Instrument lighting...

Further update.

1. Instrument lighting "fixed". The rheostat is worn and just needs careful adjustment.

2. I have ordered a new duovalve as it did not respond to testing (it is getting 12volts...
Forum: Tech Help 04-17-2008, 11:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 695
Posted By jjrodger
Dodgy rheostat to blame for the instrument lights.

Dodgy rheostat to blame for the instrument lights.
Forum: Tech Help 04-17-2008, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 695
Posted By jjrodger
Thank you, as always. Will check the valve. ...

Thank you, as always.

Will check the valve.

Gearshift does not illuminate: does that point towards the rheostat?
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