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    Getting up there!
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    A merscedes they are bullet proof reliable but you pay dear for the parts and serviceing if you do not work on your car yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodentkiller View Post
    A merscedes they are bullet proof reliable but you pay dear for the parts and serviceing if you do not work on your car yourself.
    That is true of most German cars. I know my 2006 Audi with 131k miles still runs and drives like a new car. However I also have a 1" thick folder of service records from when the PO got it in 2009 with 27k till I got it in 2018 with 129k, and I bet if you add all that up its over $10k (big ticket was a trans rebuild @ 57k miles because all Audis built before midyear '06 had faulty CVT control modules that make the CVT eat itself). Hell, routine stuff like oil changes cost the PO $150 because it takes 7 quarts of synthetic. I would not have ever bought the thing if it didn't come with such complete service records, I would never buy any German car out of warranty without service records.
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    Winter update...All is well.









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    Swapped out the winter shoes for the summers. As well as the stock grill for the bling one. While I was in there I washed out the wheel wells. I also added new used center caps to the wheels to match my hood ornament/badge.





    My rear window spoiler was getting tired looking. I dont know what happened to it other than it being finished poorly. SO I bought another. lol Figured it lasted about 4 years so its not too bad. The old one was all dried up and the material looked like it was cracking. It did come off the rear window in one piece without shattering much to my amazement.





    I washed out the engine bay from winters nastiness:





    I also threw in the summer floor mats...which are just the original material Mercedes ones.
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    Decided to get my winter wheels redone.

    Last May I sanded out all of the corroding aluminum on them and reclearcoated them. Somehow after sitting for 6 months and then driving them one week the finish decided to degrade and crack. Whatever.

    Sunday I tried to strip the coating off the wheels and I was having no luck. I kinda made a mess of things. I said f it and brought the wheels into my tire place Monday and picked them up today (Tuesday(next day)) finished up.


    Here is how they looked just before I started my attempt at refinishing:




    I got the faces redone in one single color of powder; medium hyper silver.



    The backside are even finished in black to make the fronts of the wheels stand out even more.





    They even look like a dark chrome in certain lighting:



    I am pretty happy with the outcome.
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    Looks good. Your tire place does nice work. What did that run if you don't mind my asking?

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Looks good. Your tire place does nice work. What did that run if you don't mind my asking?
    Yeah they do okay. Cant complain with the turn around.

    150 per wheel. Dismount tire. Sandblast, powder coat front and rear, new valve stems, remount and balance.

    When I had the Crown Vics HPPs redone two years or so ago it was 125 per.
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    Not too bad really. Especially if the turn time is that fast.

    86 Lincoln Town Car (Galactica).
    5.0 HO, CompCams XE258,Scorpion 1.72 roller rockers, 3.55 K code rear, tow package, BHPerformance ported E7 heads, Tmoss Explorer intake, 65mm throttle body, Hedman 1 5/8" headers, 2.5" dual exhaust, ASP underdrive pulley

    91 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE, triple black (Timewarp) - poly front bushings, KYB struts and shocks, Holley SystemMax1 lower intake, SilverFox AOD valve body,

    1984 Lincoln Continental TurboDiesel - rolls coal

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    I drive a Lincoln. I can't be bothered to shift like the peasants and rabble rousers

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    It was under a day of turn time. I dropped them off at 2:50pm Monday. I got the call that they were ready at 12:45 the next day.
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    Similar to the rear window valance/spoiler thing the trunk spoiler devolped weathered checked spots so I decided to replace it this morning.

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    Had to use some fishing line to get some of the adhesive separated. Once a corner was separated some I was able to pull the entire spoiler off.

    It did leave behind some adhesive but I had picked up a 3m adhesive eraser wheel in preparation of this task. Its did fantastic.

    Once all old adhesive was removed I clay barred the trunk lid and then compounded and polished it. Wiped it all down with some ISO-propal alcohol and then stuck the new spoiler in place.

    This is the finished product after some AMMO SKIN was applied:







    MUCH better.
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    I painted the Calipers on the Benz the other day.

    I removed all of the components in the way to give me the best possible chance of this working out okay…and it did!




    I was originally going to use a duplicolor caliper paint kit (brush on type) but decided against it. I heard of the “G2” brand and looked up some reviews and videos and it was decided that was the way I would be going.



    I decided to paint the calipers in red. It was something I wanted to do since I purchased the car back in 2014. They look boring left all natural.



    Once the car was stripped of its rotors I remounted everything and wire wheeled and scotch brited everything before applying three coats of paint.





    End result is good. I had enough left over to even apply a 4th coat if I felt it was necessary. 3rd coat went on around 7:15 in the evening. I just decided again the 4th due to time constraints. It still looks really good. I like that the G2 kit comes with an activator for the paint. Cannot use your leftovers but your paint will be nice and hard!



    I also washed and clayed the car in preparation for a one step on the paint. I used Meguiars 3 in 1 wax on my dual orbit polisher and it performed quite well. She shines. Car has been spot compounded in areas that needed it numerous times before. This was all she needed.



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    Drove a bit today....




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    My stock original lug nuts were getting severely rusted. The way the lugs recess in the wheel face makes water sit there all of the time....rusty water that then comes out and drips down the wheel which could potentially stain it.

    I replaced them all today with some zinc plated ones.





    At least these wont rust for a while...and no more ugly rust water dripping out of the wheels...
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    Are there no stainless offerings? I've seen solid stainless ones for panthers, but they're too expensive for me. (I recall seeing something about some kind of concern with stainless threads, but probably nothing a bit of lube wouldn't avoid.) I've got some new Dorman stainless-capped ones soaking in tranny fluid that I'm hoping will seep into places my usual oil spray would not. I hate the rust bulge BS.

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    Haven't thought about it. I kinda just searched ebay and found a reputable seller of European lug nuts. Price was right and they are not rusty.
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    Is this lug nuts or lug bolts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Is this lug nuts or lug bolts?

    They are in fact bolts. It just does not sound right though.
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    I made a thing
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