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Old 03-18-2003, 05:23 PM
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450 SLC, corroded exhaust and water pump seal

hi there,

i'm thinking about buying a very cheap 450 SLC, it has a couple of things wrong with it and i was wondering if these were jobs that i could tackle successfully at home. i am a mediumly competant home mechanic

1. front section of exhaust corroded
2. water pump seal gone

i would be very interested in any feedback on these jobs. thanking you in advance for your help.


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Old 03-18-2003, 07:41 PM
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These are not difficult jobs, but you need a good set of metric tools, especially hex-bit sockets and a way to get the entire car a couple of feet off the ground.

The entire exhaust will probably need to be replaced from the manifolds back and do not even think about dealer parts. I would warn you that a cheap Mercedes, especially a 107, can become a very expensive car if it has been neglected.

Do a search on Wayward Woman to see my investment in a cheap 380SL.
Chuck Taylor
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'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe
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Old 03-19-2003, 12:41 AM
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thanks for the info, i will check your site as i've always had a soft spot for a wayward woman!

regards justin

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