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    Plus "Fritzfest" is a bit different...

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    I suspect he'd freak out if a group of women were sitting on the hood of his car. I would too. Who wants to look at permanent ass-dent in your hood?

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    A menage de cinq might be worth a new hood. I would at least consider it.
    "X" car 89 Colony Park LS Mods>Engine delete, SS duals magnaflow hflow cats, 2010 Must GT mufflers, auto air shocks, Posi, Tran cooler, big front brakes, 03+ rear disks, Large 3g alt, Tripminder, GS grill, 86 seats, 16" HPP wheels, winter boots=96 Cartier wheels, 215-65/16 Goodyear ULTRA GW3 snows, pi rear sway, alum driveshaft.
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    lol.

    Ahh. I'd probably be very pissed.



    Ball joint day!

    Replaced the lower ball joints on the Benz this afternoon. Both sides were shot. Drivers side was the worse of the two.

    New replacements came from AutohausAZ.com

    Some undercarriage pics...





    I'm FLYING



    Hmm...



    Ahhh.... Thats where the above goes!



    Surgery...





    The olds



    The new



    More surgery



    I'm FLYING AGAIN





    Ready to go back in





    All done





    Started at 4pm and ended at 7. Waiting one hour for the ball joints to show up from Mr. UPS man and spent another half hour eating dinner. I gotta say that EVERYTHING went very smooth.
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    Very nice and certainly smooth.
    "X" car 89 Colony Park LS Mods>Engine delete, SS duals magnaflow hflow cats, 2010 Must GT mufflers, auto air shocks, Posi, Tran cooler, big front brakes, 03+ rear disks, Large 3g alt, Tripminder, GS grill, 86 seats, 16" HPP wheels, winter boots=96 Cartier wheels, 215-65/16 Goodyear ULTRA GW3 snows, pi rear sway, alum driveshaft.
    03 Marauder DPB, HS, 6disk, Organizer, Silver Stars, M&Z rear control arms, Oil deflector.
    02 SL500 Silver Arrow
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    the ball joints are in the spindle? Thats just bizzare. Damn Germans.

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    The exhaust tips on The Benz were loosing their paint (painted just on the inside and are really fake tips as the exhaust exits from behind them) so I removed them from the vehicle and refreshed their looks.

    Before:









    After.. No installed pics as of yet:







    Self etching primer, engine primer and engine paint. Should looks nice once installed.
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    very nice.

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    nice. That flaking paint always bothers me.


    Looks like you got lucky and didn't have one of the german cars with TWO lower ball joints. Those are fun. Just try explaining to someone you need a "lower front front right" ball joint.

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    Thanks guys. Installed them this morning. Much nicer:



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    I also learned that my glove box was not functioning as it should have been. This glove box has a shock absorber to aid in its opening, ya know...so it does not open too fast. That was not working on my car so I looked into that this morning.

    This is the shock absorber and what I found out was that it was no longer connected to the glove box.



    Couple simple zip ties and all is well again:



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    are those the proper Euro-spec zip ties?

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    Those in control WILL be checking it out! Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    are those the proper Euro-spec zip ties?


    Nein.

    I decided to add some American ingenuity to it. I hope it doesn't throw a fit because of it. lol
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    that level... doubtful... Eaton blower on the engine... probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Nein.

    I decided to add some American ingenuity to it. I hope it doesn't throw a fit because of it. lol
    Giving it that mid 2000s' Chrysler feel?

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    Do mid 2000's chryslers utilize a vast amount of zip ties to "fix" things.
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    nice a roundy benz!

    i worked at a MB dealer in the 80's, some of the dirtiest nastiest used cars i ever cleaned up!

    hopefully the nazis don't rob you too much for future parts.

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    Thanks Guys.

    Took it on it's first (to me) road trip. Bout 300 miles round trip to ez pull and back. Car logged 30.4mpg on the entire trip with an average mph in the high 60's. This impressed me as the Escort got worse mileage than this. I had the cruise control set at 75 for most of the trip. lol Cruise control was something I really wished the escort did have while I owned it.

    In other news I ordered a glove box shelf for it. Was a standard piece provided with the car in 2003 but in 2004 and on they cut it out of production. The glove box is pretty useless without some sort of divider. I mean it does have the rails for the shelf for gods sake....

    Also ordered a passengers side door latch assembly. The assembly houses the door lock actuator and inside it a spring breaks and causes the door lock to go up and down like a machine gun. lol unfortunately I didn't do my research and purchased an entirely new assembly before realizing that a spring kit could be purchased for much less to fix the issue. Next time I know.

    I'll update when the parts arrive and I install them.



    I also been looking into a shelf that mounts inside the trunk to hold little doodads as well as spoiler that sits above the rear window and one that mounts on the lip of the trunk.......Oh boy. It begins AGAIN.
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    Whats their inventory looking like? I haven't been yet this year. \

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    Whats their inventory looking like? I haven't been yet this year. \
    Bleek, but I was surprised that I saw at minimum three box town cars with sunroofs. lol

    Two wagons, and nothing older than 86 on the box front. About 5 mkVII ((at least two were BB edition)cool center caps with the HPP like wheels they had...only two though). Didn't look at anything on aero's and whales though I know I seen a few.
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