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> On Feb 12, 2018, at 8:17 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <email@example.com>
> Some observations as I collect my thoughts tonight:
> Driving in limp home is easy-peasey. I really didn’t know what to expect,
> however, when I was going down the road at 30 mph I was wondering why I was
> revving to over 3000 rpm - than I remembered that the transmission wouldn’t
> upshift at that level, so I backed off and sure enough, it shifted.
> Idle is high and sometimes rough. It doesn’t like to start sometimes. Hmm.
> Lower engine harness is definitely kaput. I had oil pressure - I didn’t have
> oil pressure - then I did.
> I have never driven a W124 with tighter suspension than this car. It’s
> definitely been rebuilt recently. Dang thing drives like it’s on rails.
> Noticed a small 4-5 conductor harness between the “coffin” and the false
> firewall that has deteriorated to the point where someone has pulled the
> wires apart to separate them. Hmm. Looks like they go into a round
> connector of some sort that’s clipped or anchored to the back of the coffin
> box. The ETA harness is definitely a new one. All of the engine covers are in
> place and there’s absolutely no sign of any leaks or seepage.
> Interior is filthy as noted. I am often puzzled by the conundrum of why
> someone would spend big bucks to maintain the mechanicals on a car yet treat
> the interior like a pig sty. However, this will clean up nicely as will be
> seen in a few days.
> Odometer is dead. Probably needs gears. Wonder how long it’s been that way?
> Did some piddly stuff tonight before I closed up. Pulled the BE1432 and
> cleaned it up, popped the faceplate and cleaned connections, investigated the
> reason for no volume down but having volume up - lousy design in the
> mechanics of the button. All of the speakers work now (left side didn’t when
> I got the car) as does the fader. Gotta love that DeOxIt fader cleaner! A
> BE1432 faceplate exchange appears to be in my future.
> Pulled the roller box out of the console, center wood and ash tray. Cleaned
> everything well and reinstalled. Replaced a burned out lamp in the ash tray
> and reattached the wood trim surround. Spring and mechanism that makes
> ashtray toggle open/closed is buggered up and can’t be fixed, so a new (used)
> ashtray is in my future (anyone got a W124 ashtray they want to part with?)
> The flat metal spring in the back of the ashtray assembly that pops the ash
> receptacle out when you push the button had come out of the back where the
> plastic had broken down around the rivet that secured it. New rivet with a
> back up washer fixed that.
> Did a couple of test spots on the finish, and while it’s going to take some
> work, it looks like it should recover well. A lot of little black spots all
> over the car from something environmental, like a tree. They came off with
> some Meguire’s 105 polish, which is good.
> Lots of lamps out.
> Trunk is tight and dry.
> Definitely needs a new ignition lock cylinder and keys. Everything works
> fine, but they’re definitely the original keys based on the wear and
> condition. I can’t get the car registered and titled until it’s drivable,
> which means I can’t order keys or lock cylinders until then.
> I’m not sure what I’ll have time for tomorrow, maybe some paint recovery. At
> least I’ll get the diagnostics connected to it and see what it says. Gotta
> start putting my dealer parts order together for tomorrow.
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