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Old 03-25-2016, 10:23 AM
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'70 280SL

For a friend of my sister-in law (not actually, but this simplifies the
relation) I took on the task of a full service on a 1970 Mercedes 280SL.
After re-torquing the head I got ready to adjust the valves. Checked the fit of a 17mm crows foot (Mercedes has at least 3 factory tools to do the adjust, photo 5) on the ball pin adjuster. Fit was very sloppy. Crows foot measured ~17.15mm. Info from the web warns against rounding off the hex adjuster. Yeah, no ****! Removing the rocker arm looks to be a PITA! That's what has to happen it the adjuster get ****'ed. A 16mm crows foot of course won't fit. So I got out a file and opened up the 16mm to about 16.85mm. This produced a snug fit the required a light tap with the ratchet handle to fully engage the hex adjuster. As the engine was still warm I only tried the valves that were in position and the modified tool worked fine. Breaking the near frozen adjuster loose with a loud snap. After that the adjuster moved freely and over the minimum spec'd torque. Today I'll finish up with the adjustment and button up. Then on to the rest.

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Old 03-25-2016, 03:40 PM
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Sometimes you have to modify your tools to get the job done. I have a half dozen tools that I modified or built from scratch, because I didn't want to pay the price for the actual tool.

I really like those 280SL's. Never had the opportunity to own one or even work on one. Looks to be fun!
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:07 PM
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So this is charity work?
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
So this is charity work?
No. I'm not going to do free work any more. It doesn't pay enough.
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the 280sl is one of the few Mercedes that I would like to have.
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When the car was then new I remember thinking how cool they looked. While this car is in very good condition for a 40 year old vehicle, it is 40 years old. The design/engineering is even older.
It still is very secure feeling while driving. Still taught and relatively rattle free. It is built solid. Overbuilt might describe it better.
The lack of a fifth speed is noticeable at higher speeds. Maybe the auto trans was better. The motor certainly has more than enough torque to handle a tall (overdrive) gearing.
If it were mine I would sell it. Values for these are over a wide range, $7000-$50k. Not sure who would pay that much, but... That would get you a nice car and a couple motos with change left over.
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