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    Default Barn Find W124...Literally

    What's going on guys, As many of you know I love the w124 and w201 chassis and it looks like I've managed to get myself back into the game. I recently went to take a look at a 1988 300E and when the owner opened up the garage door I had to hold in my screams. The paint was 9.9/10, the interior was 10/10 and just gorgeous, it already had euro headlights and clear corners (Which I'm going to change back to ambers), no rust and was just perfect. The only downside is that it's in need of a FPR to get running. He opened up the engine bay and it was the only dirty thing on the car and when I say dirty I mean freakin DIRTY. Mechanically and electrically everything looked sound but the thing needs a good dusting for sure lol. After checking the fluids I was surprised because they are cleaner than the actual fluids in my Lexus that I daily drive haha. Now onto the cool part and reason for title. The car sat in a barn for 8 years under a tarp and the owner surprisingly maintained it while doing so. Before then it was used as a farm transportation vehicle for the first 20 years of its life and was never abused. For the last year it has been moved into the PO's garage and left alone due to a bad FPR. As of now all it needs to run is a FPR, Valve cover bolts for an m103 (PO's lost them a few months ago), and a battery charge and hopefully she'll be up and running as perfect as the owner told me.

    Here's my plan for the car over the next few months:

    Sandblast valve covers and various engine bay parts that need repainting
    Blast Exhaust mani's and ceramic coat them
    R129 strut mounts
    Bilstein B8 fronts
    Saab 9-3 Turbo shocks for the rear
    7 inch 28 Kgf Swift springs with e36 adjusters
    Cut 400e springs for the front until I can figure out the swift springs that will work up front with adjusters
    Amber corners
    Window curtains
    Euro tails
    Touch up the lightweight w124 panels that have became grey over the years
    New bumper cover
    Wheel choice is either going to be 16 inch Starion wheels with wobble bolts or an OEM+ look with some late model S class wheels.

    I don't have very many pics because I have to trailer the car on Sunday and I will have tons then. This build isn't going to be too crazy as the whole reason I got it is so my lady can have a summer car here when she moves from the east coast to Arizona but luckily she wants it to have nice fitment and be slammed so it should be fun.

    Majority of what you see here is dust, it's almost hard to believe the paint is original because of how good it is but it is.



    The interior is seriously immaculate, VIP tables and curtains will look so good.



    Some dirty dirt action going on it here, mostly dust that will be easy to clean but I can't wait to dig into this thing.

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    Wow man that looks deliciou, just needs some cleaning. That mbtex interior is one of my favourite.What do you mean with euro tails?

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    YES!

    Glad the GF is going to drive this. Please don't ruin this one Evan

    Mileage?
    Also curious about the 'Euro tails'. Not those clear ebay non-ribbed junk please? .
    Otherwise keep the stock rears as you will run the ambers in front too.
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    The mileage on the chassis is high, 206,000 but it has a new trans and the motor seems to be in amazing condition. After checking the fluids, doing a cylinder leakage test and hearing what the owner said he did prior to it sitting I think she's gonna be good. As for the euro tails I'm either going to run the eBay sh*ts like i did on my previous w124 but after looking at the color again I feel like they won't go with the car well. So either keep the stock ones or go with some postfacelift red-grey ones.


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    Another smoked silver W124 here, the interior and exterior look great. Great find on this one, waiting on how this will progress.

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    Should be pretty quick Jorgen! My first mission is to get it running proper and sort out all of the mechanical bits that need replacing in the engine bay. After that all of the suspension and such should be coming pretty quick. Wheels might take a minute depending on what I decide on.


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    Dude this looks fucking sweet! I'm a much bigger fan of old German shit than I am of jap stuff so I'm glad to see you tinker with it.

    Get it tidied up asap and get some more photos of it mate

    p.s tell ur bird I said czesc

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    What bird do you speak of fidowicz?


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    I think stock tails and modern B. Sacco sydeskirts would be the right choice.

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    I find it hilarious they used a mercedes as a farm run around car. Thats just great.

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    Nice find. Looking forward to seeing the magic.

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    When you say FPR, what do you mean? Its a CIS car. What is broken, the fuel distributor?

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    Just because it's a CIS car doesn't mean it doesn't have a fuel pressure regulator. It's just not on the fuel rail. It's located under the air box with three fitting and a vacuum line on top. It maintains pressure in the feed system prior to delivery to the fuel distributor I believe. Apparently it's a common issue on these cars.


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    Never said that there is no FPR, just wanted to make sure you were referring to the correct part.
    It is on the return side of the fuel distributor(not the feed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoo View Post
    Never said that there is no FPR, just wanted to make sure you were referring to the correct part.
    It is on the return side of the fuel distributor(not the feed).
    I misunderstood you sorry haha, and yes it's on the return side I don't know why I sadi feed side lmao...

    Anyways UPDATE

    So what felt like the longest four says of my life is finally over, I finally got access to a truck and trailer and picked up the benz. I can't express how much happier I became when I saw it in the sunlight. I stole this car from the dude basically seeing as I could sell the headlights and interior for over $700 and I only paid $400 for the whole car. Anyways I've got pics! The interior is even better than I remember and I SUPER excited to get started on this thing. Also another big deal is I've changed the direction I want to go with the car over the last few days. After realizing that I already have a super low car that's loud and fun on the street i decided I didn't need another and my lady is gonna be driving it so I thought it would be better if I made it an adventure vehicle.

    The Whole Freaking Shabang

    This w123 has me so tempted to put some all terrains, hella lights, mud flaps, an air compressor in the trunk, a 2-3 inch lift, some adjustable camber arms to account for the positive camber I would get. I just have to figure out how to raise the car properly while not compromising ride quality and ease of suspension maintenance. I'm thinking about running some long ass jeep shocks in the back accompanied by a 12 inch 8k spring with adjusters and limiting straps and on the front 3 inches of spring shims with camber plates that will increase the heighth of shock travel and get me back to 0 camber. Any input would be fantastic.



    This is what I'm talking about for the shims on the front, a flat one on top and a tapered on bottom like this to match the coil taper.



    Anyways here's the car, guys!



    PO mounted an accord wing for some dumb reason.



    Funny enough my Lexus is slightly longer than my Benz!



    Did I mention the interior is PERFECT, because it is. PO also put random Turbo emblems all over the car for no reason.





    Here's the engine bay before I got to cleaning it up a little bit.



    Aaaand after I spent a little time in there with some de-greaser. I was able to diag some vacuum leaks and electrical issues before I paint the air-box and valve cover. I'll be ordering some new connectors and picking up a spool of vacuum line to get them all replaced for ease of mind.



    Cleaining some parts in my dishwasher that never gets used lol.



    Managed to strip the PS Reservoir and steel wool it to prep for high temp paint. Also going to high temp paint the Dizzy cover and oil cap. I forgot to take pics of the Valve cover but it took me about all of yesterday to strip it of paint and steel wool it clean, still not done lol. It will be seeing Matte black high temp paint as well with high temp silver raised lines and the Mercedes logo, should look awesome!



    Anyways, till next time guys, I'm hoping to have a FPR coming this week but I'm still on the hunt for M103 Valve cover bolts because the PO lost them. If anyone can give me the length and shank of the bolts I'll just grab some from a hardware store but all I know is they have a 10mm head from memory


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    Looking at the current ride height, it looks like my "Swiss spring package" deal was not so special after all. Mine had a similar ride height with 3-knob pads when I bought it.

    Totally digging the adventure vehicle theme though.
    I was thinking the same for my white one, but I will probably go for a drift missile thing as it has an LSD and a manual

    Also, if you're going to fit A/T tires, will you cut out the wheel wells? It would def. give it a rugged (Dakar/Baja-ish) look. But I don't blame you if you want to save that immaculate body.

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    I thought about it but yeah the body is far too nice but maybe I'll tub the front wheel wells eventually. I'm still just trying to get it running and all I need now is valve cover bolts


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    Small update because I've been horribly sick the last week. I managed to finish the valve cover and tidy up the engine bay a little more and it's getting near where I want it. Friend of mine from instagram had an extra FPR lying around so he mailed it to me and I'm hoping for the best. I also found out that the cars viper alarm is going to give me some trouble as I went to hook up the battery and it started blaring obnoxiously. After that I think it will be time to get her started and hopefully have her driving.

    Anyways... quick question for the benz guys on here, does anyone know if this electronic screen that covers the rear window is a rare thing? Never had it on my previous benz's and it is pretty cool.



    Here's after I stripped the paint on the VC and laid down a matte high temp silver coat for the lines and Mercedes emblem.



    aaaaand here's after taping it off well and spraying some high temp matte black paint over the silver, looks amazing in real life. I also matched the dizzy cover, power steering cap and oil cap in this same color to keep the theme true.



    That's it, next update she will probably be running. Stay grumpy SW


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    Quote Originally Posted by 190Evan View Post
    Stay grumpy SW
    I feel adressed


    OT: Electric sunscreen is fairly rare yes (at least in EU). I have one from the parts CE that I will build into my parcel shelf.
    Nowadays it is one of those typical MB thingies that you see more often. The CLK has is as well for example
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    Yeah I know it's common on later model cars I had just never seen it on a w124 and especially an early model. I'm hoping it works haha


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    Update: I changed my mind I think I'm gonna slam this thing


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    Quote Originally Posted by 190Evan View Post
    Update: I changed my mind I think I'm gonna slam this thing
    Ah, yes. It was just a matter of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 190Evan View Post
    Update: I changed my mind I think I'm gonna slam this thing
    they always come round to their senses

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    So as many of you may have observed I change my mind a lot and I have yet again. I got to thinking, the whole reason I considered building an off-road w124 in the first place was to expand my knowledge and try to build something I haven't built before and that excited me. After further looking into my options of what I could do with the m103 powered RWD 300e I ruled out the off-road idea all together and came to the conclusion that I would save it for another day and platform like an FJ40 or something of that sort. After putting together the parts list for lowering the car and getting wheels I realized it was basically just going to be a slower and less good looking version of my last w124 so I ruled that idea out as well.

    I have come to the conclusion that it is time to start saving and be patient and do something I really want and should learn. As of now all I have is a plan and ambition but my goal for the car is to build a Hillclimb meets DTM style W124 but a little bit more simple and less aggressive on the aero side. Now to do this obviously the drivetrain needs updating but I'm not going to give up on the old M103 as they are stout motors, handle boost extremely well and not many have been done properly. Most people who build w124's opt for the M104 twin cam motor that is similar to the JZ motors by Toyota. The only downside to the M103 is that it lacks the oil squirters the m104 has, obviously 1 less cam but on the bright side the motor is far more simple, doesn't have EGR from the factory, will be easier to work on due to size and requires far less electronics. Now I'll cut to the chase and show my plans as of now.

    • Engine:

      Ditch CIS-E
      Custom FFIM
      Turbobandit Manifold
      Hoslet HX52 (or 40pro depending on what I determine best)
      VEMS V3 Ecu with internal MAP
      60-2 GM Crank Trigger wheel with VR snesor
      Three GM dual plug Coil packs to run waste spark
      830cc Siemens Injectors
      M104 Fuel Rail modified for an extra enrichment injector for cold starts and top end.
      4 port FPR
      CMP reluctor wheel and adapter plate with Hall effect sensor
      Newer Mercedes Throttle body with TPS modofied to run a GM IAT sensor
      Wideband 02 sensor
      36X24X4 Intercooler with DIY piping
      Port matched head
      Victor Reinz HG with ARP Head studs
      4" to 3.5" downpipe with a ingle DTM style Muffler
      Walboro 255lph fuel pump or higher depending on power needs
      Dbilas 288 Cam with 11.7 lift
      Exhaust driven PCV
      NGK resistorless spark plugs (haven't decided on which rating yet.)
      Om606 External Oil cooler
      Rear Radiator with rear pillar ducting
      and other things I'm forgetting because I forgot the info at my house.
      Eventually I would like to run EGT sensors but I don't yet know much about them and they are extremely expensive from what I hear.

      Drivetrain:

      BMW ZF box
      BMW 5 series rear diff and halfshafts
      One piece driveshaft
      Solid trans mount as opposed to the sloshy OEM one
      Haven't looked into clutches and flywheels as I haven't decide don my power goals yet.

      Suspension:

      Front and Rear tubular and adjustable control arms with heim joints
      Saab 9-3 length performance shocks for the rear
      7" 24kgf springs with adjusters in the rear
      W210 Rack and pinion conversion
      Either 8" or 9" front 34kgf springs with adjusters in the front
      B8 Front shocks unless I decide to go with GC coils.
      R129 shock mounts

      Wheels:

      I'm not fully decided but I'm thinking of going with 19"X10.5" and 19"X12" lightweight flatface wheels.


    As for aero and exterior I'll let you get an idea of what I'm thinking of doing as I haven't finished my rendering quite yet. Here's my inspiration for the car.











    Sorry for the quality on this one as FLickr is my least favorite photo sharing site but the only one that works at my school. You get the gist.



    Save the comments about money and doubt because I'm not expecting this to be a fast and easy process, half of the reason I'm building the car is to expand my knowledge, network of friends, and have a good time learning. The money will come as my passion grows and it's going to be a long process but I have a good feeling about what's going to happen. I'll post up my wiring diagrams that I have for my EFI conversion that I'm planning on doing and hopefully someone can give me some insight as to their favorite Standalone ECU's or ways of going EFI as I only know of MS3 and VEMS. VEMS seems to meet all of my needs and the price isn't terrible but there always room to learn about others! Thanks for your time guys I'll be back with more info later.

    Here's what 30 mins got me, missing a lot.



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    Hmmmm. Rowdy, turbocharged, manual, hill-climb-inspired monster...

    Looks like the lady will be driving the SC for daily
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