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    W124 500E restoration

    Always wanted to have one of these,pulled in autumn the trigger on a disassembled project car the PO lost interest in.

    It is a 1992 500e,imported with 144k km from Japan,almost completely rust free and a good base to start a restoration.

    So far done on it:

    -full engine rebuild(with replacing/rebuilding all ancillaries,sensors,..)
    -gearbox rebuild
    -prop shaft rebuild
    -all suspension parts replaced
    -rebuilt SL73 calipers front with new discs,pads,dust shields,..
    -new SL600 calipers,discs,pads,hand brake parts rear
    -front seat bolsters replaced

    Still to do:
    -install engine and gearbox
    -full respray(within the next few weeks)
    -quaife differental
    -restore wood trims
    -replace dampers and springs

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    german girls love to get piercings. not sure why this is relevant.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by louis redfoot Click here to enlarge
    german girls love to get piercings. not sure why this is relevant.

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    Always loved these cars. Pre E39 m5 the 500e was the sport sedan I would drive. Thanks for documenting the build! Good luck finishing it out. Seems to be coming along nicely

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    This car is one of my all time favourites and they are very reasonably priced in this region. I look for them every week and one day when the mood strikes will jump on one. I've seen one locally too and it's gorgeous. Love the wheel arches.

    this is an awesome build. Why did you rebuild the engine? Any issues? Anything of note maintenance longevity wise mechanically about the car?

    best of luck.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
    This car is one of my all time favourites and they are very reasonably priced in this region. I look for them every week and one day when the mood strikes will jump on one. I've seen one locally too and it's gorgeous. Love the wheel arches.

    this is an awesome build. Why did you rebuild the engine? Any issues? Anything of note maintenance longevity wise mechanically about the car?

    best of luck.
    You should get one soon,my friend!
    The market values started already increasing quite a bit.

    The previous owner had the engine already disassembled(just for inspection and rebuild,nothing wrong with it in the first place) and the transmission he had rebuilt at MB.

    Car came with the engine in boxes,loads of new parts for engine,suspension and brakes in boxes as well as loads of parts already new yellow plated.

    He is a perfectionist like me,but priorities changed for him,so he sold it.

    My goal is to have for that car the overall character of an almost new car,while everything underneath is in the same or better condition as it left the factory.

    On customer cars I have rarely the possibility to go that crazy(just as an example,I spent a few days finding the correct paint marker that comes close to the color Porsche used on these cars when they built them),so I really enjoy building every other year a nice toy for myself.

    This one was a new challenge for me as I never worked on one and did not have the slightest idea where all the parts in the boxes go to.
    Something like a 1:1 scale 3D puzzle.

    I really have to say that I can understand why it took 18days at Porsche to hand build one of those.
    The build quality and attention to detail is after 2 decades still stunning as well as some engineering solutions on these cars.

    The first 4-door saloon that Porsche built(and engineered to a huge extend) and the last coach build Mercedes.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by S62R Click here to enlarge
    You should get one soon,my friend!
    The market values started already increasing quite a bit.

    The previous owner had the engine already disassembled(just for inspection and rebuild,nothing wrong with it in the first place) and the transmission he had rebuilt at MB.

    Car came with the engine in boxes,loads of new parts for engine,suspension and brakes in boxes as well as loads of parts already new yellow plated.

    He is a perfectionist like me,but priorities changed for him,so he sold it.

    My goal is to have for that car the overall character of an almost new car,while everything underneath is in the same or better condition as it left the factory.

    On customer cars I have rarely the possibility to go that crazy(just as an example,I spent a few days finding the correct paint marker that comes close to the color Porsche used on these cars when they built them),so I really enjoy building every other year a nice toy for myself.

    This one was a new challenge for me as I never worked on one and did not have the slightest idea where all the parts in the boxes go to.
    Something like a 1:1 scale 3D puzzle.

    I really have to say that I can understand why it took 18days at Porsche to hand build one of those.
    The build quality and attention to detail is after 2 decades still stunning as well as some engineering solutions on these cars.

    The first 4-door saloon that Porsche built(and engineered to a huge extend) and the last coach build Mercedes.
    Thats aweosme. I'm sure it'll be great once it's ready. The prices here have fallen as they don't really hold much value here. I just saw one for $12K 1995 89000km. It's mint. Maybe one day I'll get one as I've always loved this car. Drove two W124's for 12 years. Bullet proof in terms of reliability.
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    A very late one for a reasonable price..
    Is it a limited?
    And most likely a Japan import,I assume..

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by S62R Click here to enlarge
    A very late one for a reasonable price..
    Is it a limited?
    And most likely a Japan import,I assume..
    It wasn't the limited one and yes it's from japan.
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    Not a bad price!
    Not likely they drop more than this...

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    Absolutely love it.

    Not a lot of older MB talk here as everyone is obsessed with modern HP but this is great to see.
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    Made some minor progress last week and weekend.

    -Rebuilt tandem pump,was easy.Only issue was one broken spring on the SLS side and a stuck piston.Got it eventually out and replaced all springs.

    -Assembled intake manifold after getting linkages back from yellow plating.

    -Re-sealed the steering box.

    -Installed the oil cooler and oil lines

    -Replaced all rubber hoses for p/s with new heat protection.

    -Replaced all coolant hoses

    -Installed the new rear brakes and braided hoses after changing dust shields to W210s and replaced wheel bearings.

    -Changed all bushings and arms on the rear axle and their mounting hardware.

    -Built an auto-dim mirror with parts of a W210 mirror from the junk yard.

    -ceramic coated exhaust manifolds white

    -replaced all vacuum lines

    -installed engine and transmission

    -installed fresh plated transmission oil cooler lines and new hoses

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    Awesome update.
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    Definitely one of the better restorations I've seen. Superb, makes me want an old Benz

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
    Definitely one of the better restorations I've seen. Superb, makes me want an old Benz

    Thanks!

    Drove now a bit with it.
    Surprisingly nice car to drive given it was engineered over 2 decades ago.

    500 and its stable mates:

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    997 GT3 Cup and 73 RS recreation in the background...

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    More info on the gt3 cup! Nice garage. Good choice on the Mercedes. Goes with the Porsches well Click here to enlarge

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    Nice! More driving impressions please.
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    Handling is surprisingly good for such an old car.
    Very little body roll with the AMG springs,the big brakes bite well.
    Engine is very responsive and torquey.
    Just had a quick spin with it with the ASR turned off(a bit hassle as it is not possible to turn it off on the stock car),way more entertaining.
    But needs a LSD.
    Have to install the Quaife soon.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
    More info on the gt3 cup! Nice garage. Good choice on the Mercedes. Goes with the Porsches well Click here to enlarge
    This one is a MY07,just a plain basic Cup car with the usual upgrades(brake pressure sensors,steering angle sensor and blip throttle),same as our other Cup car(MY05).

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