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Shop / Re: Parting out W126 280SE
« Last post by ZCarFan on 18 May 2019, 02:37 PM »
Just traded it in on my wife's new Jeep.  Hopefully someone at the auction will make use of it
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Test Drive / Re: My Custom 1980 300SD Project Part 2
« Last post by daantjie on 18 May 2019, 11:02 AM »
Stellar work ;)!
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Test Drive / Re: My Custom 1980 300SD Project Part 2
« Last post by Squiggle Dog on 18 May 2019, 10:50 AM »
A new rear subframe mounting kit was installed. It went in easily with dish soap and the pressure of the jack.


I lifted up the rear axle assembly enough to slide a jack underneath the differential and then lifted it up high enough to lift up each end of the subframe with separate jacks so I could get the mounts in position. Getting the assembly perfectly positioned was tricky, but I got the differential and subframe mounts installed.


I made sure to fill the differential before I forgot. Nothing but the best synthetic fluids allowed!


The shock absorbers are now installed and the vehicle is resting again on all four wheels. Now I can take a break and work on some other projects before I start back on installing the driveshaft and buttoning up the rear end.
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Test Drive / Re: My Custom 1980 300SD Project Part 2
« Last post by Squiggle Dog on 18 May 2019, 10:49 AM »
Installing the rear axle assembly by myself was easy with the proper technique. I rolled the assembly back to the vehicle on the carts.


Then I slid it underneath the vehicle until I bumped into the exhaust. I put a moving blanket over the exhaust system, and with the left rear hub floating over the top of it, I lifted up the rear axle assembly enough to slide out one of the carts so the assembly was now resting on the exhaust. From there I was able to center the assembly by sliding it into place.


I got new springs and spacers for the rear. I figured it's now or never.


The old springs actually don't seem like they lost any height and were probably fine, but I think the front left spring is sagging and if I have to replace the fronts anyway, I might as well do the rears, too.
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Test Drive / Re: My Custom 1980 300SD Project Part 2
« Last post by Squiggle Dog on 18 May 2019, 10:48 AM »
The remanufactured CVJ axles had little breather tubes pinched in between the boots and the shaft. CVJ said I could remove them if I live in a dusty environment or if I wanted. I grabbed the ends with pliers and noted they stretched out quite a bit, almost to the point of breaking, but with very careful and steady force I pulled them all out and the boots still seem to fit tightly.


The new clips for attaching the axle shafts into the differential arrived. The old clips were a loose fit and I had hoped that new clips would fit snug and prevent me from having to play around with replacement spacers. Fortunately, the new clips fit nice and snug.

After installing the trailing arms and differential into the subframe, I lifted the trailing arms up to the stop and supported them so I could manipulate the ends of the axle shafts into place. Then I lowered the trailing arms to help seat them.


Some gentle taps with a rubber mallet were required to drive the axle shafts into the hubs so the bolt would reach.


After the axle shafts were installed (new deformable washers are needed), I checked the trailing arms to make sure the axle shafts were allowing the full range of motion. Then I torqued down the bolts for the trailing arm bushings as it's easier to move the trailing arms beforehand. I used physics to my advantage and tilted the whole assembly back onto the protrusion of the differential cover and rotated it on the cardboard so I could lay it down correct side up onto two moving carts.


I noticed that the threaded differential mounting tabs had small rocks and dirt underneath them which wasn't allowing them to fit flat against the sheet metal, and no doubt would have caused mounting issues. So, I removed them, soaked them in Evapo-Rust, and then cleaned out the body with a pick and compressed air. The compressed air worked well for blowing out all the dust and dirt from the body channels.
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Test Drive / Re: My Custom 1980 300SD Project Part 2
« Last post by Squiggle Dog on 18 May 2019, 10:47 AM »
I got new rubber grommets for the parking brake cables as the old ones were worn through and the metal was starting to cut into the cables.


I also got new locking nuts and washers for the differential.
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Mechanicals / Re: Power Steering Gearbox
« Last post by daantjie on 18 May 2019, 10:39 AM »
Yup these Band-Aid fixes can sometimes work wonders and buy you many years of extension should you want to go the rebuild route later on.  Many folks despise these "snake oils" but I figure what the hell, if it's a high mileage part, and it buys you time, why not 8)
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Mechanicals / Re: Power Steering Gearbox
« Last post by OLDGOLD on 18 May 2019, 08:42 AM »
Hooray! I took advice from a friend and bought a bottle of Lucas Oil Power Steering Stop Leak. After removing the PS filter, I used a turkey baster to remove all the fluid I could from the reservoir. I poured in the bottle and installed a new filter and what do you know?! No more groaning! The moaning was the worst when parking or turning at very low speeds, but not anymore! I wish I would've heard of this sooner.

I'll have to wait and see if the leak from the gearbox is fixed, but I'll check the level in a few days to see where it's at. Great success!
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Test Drive / Re: 74 SEL engine swap
« Last post by Eyeman on 17 May 2019, 05:30 PM »
Why not a 6.9 engine?  For sure you'd want to find a euro version for the higher HP. 
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Shop / Re: Parting out W126 280SE
« Last post by ZCarFan on 17 May 2019, 03:05 PM »
what color is the interior?  looking for grey front speaker cover -left side.

Interior is blue.  Almost every part of the interior has suffered from water or sun damage. 
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