We are in a rare solar event this weekend.  The rain will return soon, so I am 
scrambling to pack lots of little tasks while I can.

Allen seems to not have parking brakes.  I thought they were there, but the 
pedal goes to the floor and the wheels roll with no resistance, so I tried to 
adjust the shoes.  No impact spinning the star.  Up on driver/down for 
passenger.  Maybe it will visit a shop instead of spending many hours trying to 
make the ($**!!*%#%) wee spring to actually hook up.  

That led to hooking the working antenna cable to the head unit.  Current wire 
was snipped off to splice into an chinese aftermarket antenna.  Had to pull up 
carpet, a seat, and dig into the console.  May as well hook the speakers 
directly to the radio instead of trying to make the fader work right.  Noise 
was only coming out the driver rear speaker with this unit.  Now I can control 
media from a touch screen, plucked from PnP for $10, over installing one of the 
vintage Grand Prix that would fetch multiples of that investment flogged on 
Fleabay.  I am not trying to make this a show car.

While wrestling the driver seat, the power wires to the motors had to be 
reseated, as they fell out somehow.  The MBTex seat I installed, came minus the 
back, so, I needed to make holes to fit the OE panel.  That done, I had to 
liberate the seatbelt dock, as it had become high-centered on a bolt and would 
not allow the seat to be re-installed.  

I popped the trunk and tested the vacuum pump.  No vac holding, and pump would 
not power.  Will need to trace where I have a hole, so will not hook the 
replacement  pump to power.  Which somehow flowed to under the hood looking at 
the EGR.  That holds vacuum, but will not open.  I pulled out and gave it a 
cleaning.  Valve opened by digital manipulation, but not vacuum.  Stuff It!  
Put it back, at least it is clean now.

A side trip to the hardware store to secure some Schedule 40 to build a few 
stands so I can refinish the Bundt wheels I pulled from PnP.  Many $$$ later I 
had a square base with a set of posts along the middle side arms rising to an 
apex to hold the rims by the centers of the teepee.  A fast wipe down with 
acetone (I cleaned, filled and sanded rims last month) and I was shaking the 
rattle cans to prime, paint and clear the backsides of the Bundts.  It will be 
warmer in the morrow, so I will tackle the fronts after lunch.

Last task this night was to blast the console switches with contact cleaner on 
the off chance they needed it.  At least it could not hurt.  


1974 450sl -  Frosch - Two tone green
1986 SDL - Polei
1982 300 SD - Allen

retired models-
2002 s430 - Victor, a Stately & well tailored crap
1976 300D - Blei Vanst - it looks silvery
1972 220D - Gump - She was green, simple and ran
1995 E300D - Gave her life to save me against a Dame in a SUV
POS 1987 SDL - Beware Nigerian Scammers


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