Clean Tail Lights

Temperatures of 32C with no wind and high humidity, is not for me the right environment to enjoy the outdoors. Not even with my Mercedes-Benz 300SE.

So, what to do with an Saturday afternoon like that ? Well, the tail lights seal and the area underneath still needed an inspection. Hopefully there will be just a bit of dust to clean off.
This easy job starts with turning the plastic holders and removing the cover which holds the light bulbs. Disconnecting the power plug which can now be put to the side.
What's left now, is the tail light itself, held together by six 9mm bolts which are easy to reach. After removing those, I was able to move the tail light out by first carefully pushing and pulling the whole unit to loosen the seal. Being in this position from the assembly line (early 1990) until now, 23 years later in August 2013, it is a bit difficult to move. And ripping the seal is no option, since I didn't have a spare one. After the seal was loose all-around, I started with the inner end pushing it out to a 40 angle.

In this position, moving backwards with tweeking and pushing to get the bolts out of their wholes, the left corner will come out eventually. I was happy and suprised about the result which was in front of me. As you maybe able to see, just dry dust, no rust!.
Using a wet towel cleaning the frame was an easy undertaking. While I left the frame to dry, I cleaned the sand dust from the seal. After waxing and polishing the frame area, the clean tail light went back in place.

Viewing the back of the Mercedes-Benz 300SE with shiny tail lights and knowing there was and is no rust - just an awesome feeling. 

Talk to you soon.



Just over 176.000 km

A sunny Sunday and a Mercedes-Benz 300SE W126, what combination could be better for a pleasant afternoon cruise.

While cruising along a smooth stretched highway with a bit more then the allowed speed limit , I noticed that the odometer was running close to 176.000 km. A coffee break  in the middle of Nowhere by sunshine and chirping birds was another Highlight of the afternoon trip.
My odometer showed 176.106 km when shutting off the engine.
An afternoon well spent.

Talk to you soon.



Rust Inspection

Today was another good day.

As every W126 enthusiast know, the area below the windshield, and especially the corners with the drains are prone for rust. If not looked after early enough, you will find big water paddles in the foot well of your nice car.

Plenty time on hand and the first time working on this project, I started by removing the wiper arms, the seal to the instrument compartment, the seal on the windshield and finally the leave cover. An astonishing result for an 23 year old car.
Except for 2 tiny spots of very light top rust, it was like a year old. Dusting the whole area and protecting with a very thin layer of FluidFilm, I was finished.

Putting it all back together and taking a short drive finished the day of a very happy owner
of a Mercedes-Benz W126.

Talk to you soon.



New Shocks Installed

Finally...the day has come.

Today my 300SE got the long awaited new shocks installed. It is quite a while that the new shocks had arrived. It was April 12 this year but other more important things had to be done first.
Good prepared I started out with the front shocks first. This was a slight easy task. Loosening the bolts in the motor compartment first, raising the car and  getting the wheel off. Now was room to loosen the old bolts, first the front one. Pushing the shock down through the opening, moving side ways making room for the other bolt. Preparing the new shock with all its rubber and metal plates and installing in reverse order. Putting the wheel on, lowering the car and thightening the upper bolts in the motor compartment. Job finished.

Installing the rear shocks, that's quite different, but after preparing the back seat area, it was as easy as upfront. Curious about the installation ? Take a look at my easy to follow write-up.

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Visit to Regina

The first trip of the 2013 driving season was a visit to Regina.

Starting by wonderful sunshine and temperatures of 20C to 24C created the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable drive with my 300SE. Testing the new water pump and the fixed vacuum leak was one of the things which made this trip "not a regular" one.
The two hour drive (one way) over parts of the bumpy highway was superior handled by my 300SE. The typical "Sonderklasse style" of drive.

For the time of year I was awarded again with beatiful scenery. The trip is so common, but one can still find new surprises.

As for the machine, coolant temperatur of 85C at on outside temperatur of 24C indicated a proper function of the coolant system. 700RPM in P and 550RPM in D with a warm machine at an oil pressue of 1 bar showed that the vacuum leak was fixed.

A happy owner of a Mercedes-Benz 300SE retured home.

Talk to you soon.