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Old 09-07-2009, 09:32 AM
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all those rubber parts

One of the reasons that restoring a sophisticated newer "old" car like Mercedes' 108s is so expensive is the plethora of rubber parts that deteriorate over time almost regardless of mileage or reasonable care. These cars may have been designed to last 20 years, but not 40 years! Here is a partial list of the rubber parts that are likely to need replacing:

Subframe mounts.
Engine mounts.
Engine vibration damper mounting discs.
Accessory drive belts.
Coolant hoses.
Oil cooler hoses.
Sway bar bushes.
Under hood sound/heat blanket.
AC lines and seals.
Steering box seals and O-rings.
Transmission mount.
Driveshaft flex disc.
Driveshaft support bearing carrier.
Brake lines.
Fuel lines.
Vacuum lines, engine and door locks.
Door lock vacuum diaphrams.Door and trunk seals.
Sunroof seals.
Window channels.
(109) Air suspension valve O-rings.

Well, that's all I could think of on the spur of the moment.

Berfinroy in CT
Present vehicles:
1973 300 SEL 4.5
1959 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I
1959 Ford Thunderbird convertible/430
Past vehicles;
1958 Bentley S 1
1976 ex-Max Hoffman 6.9
1970 300SEL 2.8
1958 Jaguar MK IX
1961 Jaguar MK IX
1963 Jaguar E-type factory special roadster
1948 Plymouth woody
1955 Morgan plus 4
1966 Shelby GT350H Mustang

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Old 09-07-2009, 11:49 AM
Brian Ostosh
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Location: San Diego
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Exhaust system doughnuts, yearly
Radiator mounts
Front & Rear window gaskets.
All those many, many others

The hard parts metal will last the soft parts won't

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Old 09-07-2009, 03:15 PM
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The rubber bushes in the front and rear suspension components. There are a lot of little parts in there that consume hours and hours of labor to replace correctly.

I priced out all the rubber suspension parts for my SWB 600 2 years back. Along with shocks and brake pads, it came to about 9,000$. But that's one extreme car with an equally extreme price tag.

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Old 09-07-2009, 05:01 PM
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And dont forget those pieces of plastic in your wallet. After replacing all the rubber bits on your car they could probably stand a little TLC also!

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