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


It looks worse than it is on the body... but the lines are totally wasted.

I have a few valves sitting on the shelf so I'm going to take one of them apart to check what type of flare they use, I'd imagine it will be metric bubble flare like most all European vehicles, but Mercedes does have some very fancy fuel line flares up in the engine compartment so I am hoping it's not like that. From there I will have to trace back each and every one of these lines to where they go, so I can draw a diagram to use when I cut it all out of there. 

From there it should be like any other steel line replacement... bend, flare, and connect.



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Well I fired up Goldilocks today! She was dead a few weeks back when I went to fire her up due to the rear reading light being switched on while I got the back apart. Still keeping an eye out for that leak and it's supposed to rain hard tomorrow so maybe I might get some kind of intrusion before I button it back up.

She fired right up the first crank! After she warmed a little I goosed her a few times and man I have always loved the way these things sound when you run them up in the RPMS! Nothing came apart and I still had a little fluid left in the SLS bottle so I just couldn't resist.

I am going to start cleaning her up after the rain, outside and in... meanwhile I have to pretty much clean out a massive horde of parts in my other garage just to get at one of my spare SLS valves. I am not even going to cut a line until I have everything I need on hand. I am also seriously considering pillaging all the nice lines off the blue 560, and while I am considering putting that one back together the temptation is strong! I keep trying to talk myself out of it since it's going to be a PITA either way, and if I just do the lines on Goldilocks I wont even have to fiddle with the lines on the blue 560 when that time comes.

I'd like to have it cleaned and "local" roadworthy to drive it around town the entire month of August (next month) since in Michigan you can drive historical vehicles the entite month of August, even for daily routine driving. Working from home I don't really have a "routine" driving schedual, but still I'd like to get her out rolling around and the bugs worked out. I got 21 days from today to figure it out!



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