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Resurrecting the dead - W126 560SEL and the insanity of sentimental value...


Most wise people would just cut bait and start with another car, but as you all know how the story goes... The thing called sentimental value is just that - a motherfucker!

That said I have dusted off the leaves from Goldilocks, the legendary 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL that was resurrected back in the early 2000's by the entire family which served our transportation needs thru thick and thin for over 12 years... This immortal vehicle would see every Christmas Tree haul for over a decade and ferry us to places like Ohio, New Jersey and even New York City for New Years celebrations! It is a very special car to me and during the whirlwind the past few years of other suitors she waited patiently while all the other vehicles came and went... This now rusty hunk of moldy steel pulls at my heartstrings and after a bad experience at a Cadillac dealership trying to buy an Escalade I have decided to get her back on the road for winter duty and perhaps much more later down the road if she survives my youngest son who is about to start drivers training next year.

The problem with these old Mercedes is probably the same as they have always been but amplified due to the vehicles age... I have let her go, I have abused her - run her hard and put her away wet... I am 100% responsible for its current condition and for this it has been a bittersweet journey that always ends with me stating unequivocally that this W126 560SEL has EARNED this families respect! I have cut up and or sold cars in better condition that Goldilocks sits today! Take for example the Black AMG clone, this would have been a much better starting point, heck I have a near rust free Macco Blue metallic chassis chilling right this very moment, but it just was not and is not Goldilocks, regardless how many cool period correct AMG parts the 420 had, or how clean the Macco Blue 560 was... 

So this week I have dusted off the leaves and am working to replace the transmission that had lost reverse and 2nd and 3rd gears.. I am down to my last good 722.350 transmission and it is worthy of noting that I got several years out of an old 420 transmission, of which is now kaput and in need of replacement. I will either have to buy another W126 parts car, or start rebuilding one of the 6 cores I currently have stuffed under my bench. 

There is however one major problem with Mercedes that sit outside for extended periods of times... Water leakage and mold! Yes, I have the famous moldy passengers side rear footwell from an obvious sunroof drainage clog which I must deal with. I also have rust taking hold on the underside which I plan to treat with a rust inhibitor and undercoating to prevent any further spread. It is just amazing that after sitting almost two years, with nothing more than a fresh battery Goldilocks roared to life and was more than happy to slip her way to the garage and onto the hoist! 

I had worried that I would have to lose the rear hydraulic suspension for regular shocks as there was a leak back there that looked to be coming from the right rear hydro shock/ram. Upon closer inspection it is just the steel hydraulic line that has given up the ghost

So that is a bonus! I can maintain the factory hydraulic load leveling suspension by repairing the lines! But... The damn fuel lines look like they are nearing the point of leakage too! $HIT! Now it is getting real, but again this sentimental value factor is still stronger than the urge to turn back... For now I am just going to replace the transmission but I will have to run what amounts to all new lines back there, which everyone knows requires lowering the rear subframe to access the fuel lines. Not a real big deal considering I have a hoist, and I do want to treat all the areas that have started to rust anyway, so here we go!

For now the main goal is to remove that tired 420 transmission to make way for the new 560SEL 722.350 unit I have kept tucked away for my personal stash. 

Notice Rex Jr. working frantically in an effort to save his Firebird from serving winter duty at the hands of his Mom and Dad... LOL, amazing how that works.

Here you can see a rodent has gotten ahold of my transmission tunnels fiberglass insulation which I will have to pluck from one of the donor vehicles while the transmission is out. Keep in mind folks, this car has sat for two years and my goals at this time are to just get the rust treated and covered along with getting it road worthy and safe for daily action. Perhaps next summer I can decide what to do about a paint job but for now I just want to go back to the simple days of Goldilocks where whenever I pulled into the local grocery store other people worried about me smacking their doors, than me worrying about them hitting mine! LOL

Stay tuned! We will either have some cool photos of Mercedes W126 repairs or really cool videos of me doing donuts in the kids Firebird this winter! LOL



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Wow...

Salted roads are a real pain...

I hope that the corrosion is minimal once scraped-off, & that she gives you another 10-years service !

You can get transmission overhaul-kits SELLC. As long as there's no gear-train noise, it's pretty much a swap-out of seals, "o"-rings, clutches & bands...Check the oil-pump of course, & there should be a couple of dot-marks stamped on the gear-teeth that you have to line-up. Measuring the clutch-packs is straight-forward, & must be done if you've replaced some worn discs etc. Always soak them in trans fluid too over-night, before fitting.

I recommend leaving the valve-body untouched, as there's plenty of ball-bearings & springs etc etc that go ker-boing when disturbed...And generally there's no cause for issue in here as long as clean fluid has been changed-out through its life...

Good luck ! I'm sure that you could paint-her-up yourself up to a respectable level, or at least prepare her so that a trusted friend can paint her over one night, whilst enjoying some JW Blue LOL !

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Stoma, I have enough money to buy a brand new Mercedes Benz 560 if I really wanted...

But there is something here that is more than just showing off.. loyalty - something more than someone like you can fathom.

In the meantime, glad to see you are still swinging from my sac.

You know what they say Stoma, you can only trust a guy driving a Mercedes if it has a little rust on it.



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stoma wrote:

 

JUST BURN DAT MOTHAFUCKKKA DOWN!!!!!!!!!! AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 


 

So we now have Stomas official position... Thanks for the support a$$hole!



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So I got that miserable cocksucker of a transmission out of there... almost forgot how much fun these Mercedes transmissions were..

As I mentioned this transmission I am pulling out is an early 420 transmission - 722.324

I think the 420 transmission held up pretty well and I was getting by with a lazy reverse until the 2nd and 3rd forwards gears went out. At that point I parked the car. Getting everything from the starter and all the inspection plates removed it was not really too bad, after all this is the 4th transmission I have had to install in this vehicle over the 12 years I have driven it. 

Obviously I have a lot of cleaning to do from the leaking valve cover gaskets. I imagine I will throw the new guides on that I have been sitting on the past few years while the valve covers are off. I would hold off on these but clearly the valve cover gaskets have gotten to a point where they are so hard and brittle they really offer no real sealing power until after the engine is warm and by then it is too late as the oil gets on the manifolds and starts burning. The trans tunnel insulation was not rat infested as I had thought, apparently the rag joint on the back of the transmission was rubbing on the insulation as it had fallen down a bit due to age. This makes me feel a lot better and I am pulling one of these off another car so that it will not be an issue after I install the new transmission. 

The new transmission is ready to install now but as mentioned I am going to clean up some of this rust in the trans tunnel and elsewhere before I put it all back in. After the rust is treated I will hit the entire tunnel with some black Rustolium paint. Then it will be time to install the new transmission.



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SELLC wrote:

Stoma, I have enough money to buy a brand new Mercedes Benz 560 if I really wanted...

 


 

I just re-checked the price of the new Mercedes Maybach S 560 and it is $170,000! LOL!

So unless I sold my house and emptied all my accounts and traded in my Corvette I would not be able to buy a new 560 outright.

Could you imagine payments on $170,000 car? For example @ 3.1% interest on a 60 month loan with ZERO down the payments would come to $3,243 per month not including insurance! LOL! Way out of my league..

But I could easily buy a newer Mercedes (5-10 years old) - so you get my point.



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And after your final payment, you'll have paid back close to 195-K, for a car that might fetch 25-K at that time...

This means you've lost 170-K, & your car would only be worth the interest you paid on it with the loan...

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Well, it looks like this project is going to be put on hold... Have some water intrusion issues along with serious water damage inside the car that do not merit any further repairs until such time some new interior carpet is purchased. You can read more at this link -

https://autotrend.activeboard.com/t62582086/water-leak-mercedes-benz-w126-560-sel-filling-passenger-rear/?page=last#lastPostAnchor

And I was so excited to think I was getting back behind the wheel of Goldilocks next week! What a pisser!



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Before I push the beast out I plan on pulling the engine, which currently is just attached with two engine mount bolts. I wish I had known this before I went thru all of the trouble of pulling the trans with the engine in the car!

More or less this was a back burner project that got pushed up to front burner due to that shady Cadillac dealer selling cars they do not own.

I am going to slow it back down, and as much as I would like to be driving the 560 today, I would much rather drive it when in top order. I am used to this car saving me money, and I guess if I wanted to drive around with nasty interior I could do just that, but I dont.

Looks like I will be driving a Firebird this winter... HA!



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Bummer...But as a mechanic, I'm sure you're used to this stuff happening from time-to-time LOL ! ( Always on your own stuff too ).

Just grab a junker like I did ! You'll be surprised that not a lot-of-$$$ can get you a reasonable buy...It's only age, & the market that devalues cars.

I'm sure that for 2-K or so, you could get a wagon or something that will go for 3-winters LOL !

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Yeah but for a guy like me to put $2k into this Mercedes it would go a very long way! 

I have already found a few cars in that price range but can not stop thinking how much better my 560 would be if I put that money into it instead. Also, anything you buy for a few grand is no doubt going to need work sooner than later, rather put that work into the 560 I think, at least that is my thinking for now anyway. It was discouraging seeing the level of work needed on the interior but after a nights sleep I still feel strongly about the car so I will just have to figure something out. Perhaps the blue 560 would be a quicker route as I originally thought. That way I can spend my time and really do a good job on Goldilocks and then sell the blue one in the summer, or give it to my youngest son who will be getting his license permit at the end of January. 

To be quite honest, outside of an Escalade or newer DTS Cadillac, there really is not anything else I am interested in unless it is a flipper / winter vehicle. 

Sitting behind the wheel of Goldilocks while on the hoist and looking over everything (except the bad carpet lol), I know this is what I would like to drive. I might be going blue for the winter! LOL



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I guess that you'll just have to work-out how many winters you think she'll last...

At some stage though, take a trip down South, out of the salt-belt, & pick up a good cheap winter car...

It seems a cruel fate for Goldilox to be burdened with winter & rust 'till the end....

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Goldilocks seems to get pissed when left sitting too long, so no I do not feel one bit bad driving it. The whole point of fixing it is to drive it all the time, although all the time for me is not a lot really since I work from home. 

I have already said the only garage queen in this house is the Corvette, everything else must earn its keep! Even the Corvette had to pony up by taking us out west and back safely. 

That being said, look at my new winter car until one of the Mercedes is in order,

Bottom line, if it has tits or wheels it is going to cost you money! LOL Check out this link to read about the latest with the kids Formula Firebird, which I am driving on a test/inspection basis now with plans to put it on the road for real life daily driving.

https://autotrend.activeboard.com/t62211074/1994-pontiac-formula-v8-firebird-lt1-350-restoration-with-my/

Another sentimental case...



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