350SL Restore - Follow on from "My First Post"

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iank
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350SL Restore - Follow on from "My First Post"

Post by iank » Tue 02 Jan, 2018 4:45 pm

Happy New Year fellow "Ozbenzers". Welcome to 2018.


I have started this topic as a follow on to the many helpful (and much appreciated) conversations we have had since I first joined Ozbenz back in February 2008. I can hardly believe it - that is just on 10 years ago, when I was first "getting serious" about "restoring" my beloved 1971 350SL. viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5392&start=50

I thought the original post was not only getting a little unwieldy, but was also somewhat confusingly titled, so time for a new post to cover any further work, and answer a few outstanding comments still to be addressed.

My apologies for "deserting" the forum since last October.

A brief catch up - I had got the car all back together, down off the stands, and running, albeit having problems with idling after it started to come up to operating temperature. Many valuable suggestions were contributed, pretty much all of which I either followed up, or had already attended to. The "problem" one, which was mentioned, was the cold start valve. I had no prior knowledge of how it may stick, or even how it operated.

Having done as was suggested, and removed the unit, and checked its operation with the boiling water test, I soon confirmed it was stuck tight. Having soaked it in kero for a couple of days, drying it with gentle compressed air, repeating the boiling water check indicated it was now opening and closing beautifully. Re installed - the M116 started and ran very smoothly, from cold through to full operating temperature. Once again, many thanks for the advice from the forum members.

I was a "happy camper"!! Repositioned the R107 in the shed, ready for a drive around the paddocks next day!

Hmmmm! Oh dear - next day before starting up I performed my customary "inspection" around (and under) the car. What was that VERY WET patch in the shed gravel? It took no time to realise that the fuel pump was leaking, when running. A most unwelcome, new fault. A close inspection upon removing the pump, showed the body was leaking where swagged onto the electric motor (if I am explaining it correctly??) Anyway, I had not had that problem previously, but I had done some work on the pump itself (as distinct to the electric motor), on this pretty old looking unit (I guess original). So time for a new Bosch fuel pump.

Needless to say, that all delayed the test drive somewhat,by the time I identified, and obtained the correct pump, and installed it (along with some necessary minor mods). Anyway, all done, very successfully, and much peace-of-mind with the new pump.

So, that brings progress report pretty much up to date, except perhaps for a few comments regarding brakes? I will get back to you in the near future with any comments about that work.
iank
1971 350SL
1980 LA911

"Keep enjoying the Journey"
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Re: 350SL Restore - Follow on from "My First Post"

Post by Mercmad » Wed 03 Jan, 2018 8:49 am

looking at what sort of money the 350 SL is fetching today, you can rest assured that you have not lost any money over the decades you kept your car under cover. :clock: :clock: :coffee2: in fact you might just be making money ... :laughing6:

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Re: 350SL Restore - Follow on from "My First Post"

Post by iank » Thu 04 Jan, 2018 4:01 pm

Good'ay Mercmad,

Many thanks for the comment - that has certainly brightened my day!! :dance:
iank
1971 350SL
1980 LA911

"Keep enjoying the Journey"
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