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Old 05-10-2010, 09:41 AM
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Thinking of buying a 79/80 450SLC

Any tips or things to look out for that are problematic? I understand that these are rare so how hard are parts to come by on these?

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Old 05-10-2010, 10:01 AM
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they are not rare unless a 4 speed Euro last year for the 450 but easy to find parts
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:19 AM
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It's true that there were fewer made than the SL, but also fewer people want them because they aren't convertible. If it's clean and rust free, and a deal, it would be a good car with easy to find parts. Most of the ones I've seen for sale on Craigslist, etc have been on there for a year or more.

If it's a '79 450slc with the 5.0 L engine; there were only 40 originally sold in the US, and only 1470 made. The parts would be harder to come by, but it's so rare and commands a premium. Here's a little about it. http://www.californiaclassix.com/archive/79_mb_rallyslc_c145.html
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:22 AM
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thanks, what about common problems in this group?
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Info. from here.
http://northernresource.com/mercedes/107-specs.htm#Production_Numbers

500SLC Rally Coup 1980-1981
V8 years made1980-1981 produced 2,769
107-026 chassis
(Created as Rally Version, initially labeled 450SLC-5.0 until 1979, then 500SLC)
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:37 PM
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The SLC is a great driving car, nothing special, unless it is a perfect example, Like the one my friend has
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The SLC is a great driving car, nothing special, unless it is a perfect example, Like the one my friend has
Or it is a 5.0 450SLC or 500SLC.
Or if it happens to be one of the few fully AMG modified SLCs.
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:54 AM
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i found a car that the owner claims that it has the 5.0 motor. it is a 79'. how do i verify that it indeed is a 5.0? (kits were made i read somewhere to modify the 4.5 to 5.0)
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The 4.5 engine would be a 117.985. The 5.0 should be a 117.960.
I have not verified it but I think the 450SLC 5.0 had the chassis designation of 107.026.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:50 PM
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The 4.5 engine would be a 117.985. The 5.0 should be a 117.960.
I have not verified it but I think the 450SLC 5.0 had the chassis designation of 107.026.
where can I find these numbers? Are they stamped on the engine? Where?
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The chassis number is also the VIN. Engine number is stamped into the top of the block behind the left (Dr side) head. some cleaner and a rag will probably be needed.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:26 PM
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The chassis number is also the VIN. Engine number is stamped into the top of the block behind the left (Dr side) head. some cleaner and a rag will probably be needed.
So that's where it is. No wonder I could never find it. What was MB doing, trying to hide it.
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:09 PM
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I have found it there on a '72, '73, '84 and '86.
Yours should have a 117.962 Werner.
If you think that is bad.....
I toured a Ford factory around 1990 or so. They were using a pin stamper to stamp the number into the rough casting on the side of the block. Looked at it right after it was stamped and could barely see it.

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The chassis number is also the VIN. Engine number is stamped into the top of the block behind the left (Dr side) head. some cleaner and a rag will probably be needed.
damn, that looks like a real pain to get to. can i see it without removing anything?
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Forget what I said. My memory sucks. The tube from the EGR runs right over the top of the block and you need a mirror to see the top of the block. A real PITA.

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