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1986 Mercedes 190E 16V

Exhausting Work

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The raspy sound emanating from the exhaust was actually a bad center resonator. It had a hole in it the size of a silver dollar, but was probably shedding its disintegrated innards for some time. It was murder to get the thing apart from the muffler, as I had no acetylene torch. A quick trip to the local muffler shop and $5 had the stupid thing apart in a few seconds. There is no substitute for the right tools. The new resonator went on, and when I started it back up, all was quiet on the western front....

Ugly and loud

Pretty and quiet

Auto Discovery 190E

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The vehicle has made its journey from the temporary storage location to the garage. That journey itself involved a decision on whether to trailer it or not. I am not fond of driving any vehicle that I have not been able to thoroughly examine, except for a few miles as a test. In this case, I  checked oil, checked transmission fluid (boy that even sounds like a strange concept, even though the last automatic in the garage was a Mercedes as well - 230SL), checked coolant, charged the battery, and let it idle for a good while. All seemed well, so I drove to the gas station and filled it with premium ($50 ouch !!). The car actually drove back without issue and I called off the chase vehicle two thirds of the way back. It seems a little lethargic, but I'm hoping a tuneup will sort things out. With the vehicle safely in the garage, the discovery process can begin....

 

Two for the price of....

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In a typical twist of fate, I found a deal on not one, but two of these 16 valve cosworth cars. This one is a running, driving automatic car. It seems to be in decent shape and starts right up. Brakes are good also. I'm sure it could use a tune up, etc so there will be some cleaning up and tuning up to do. The basic inspection will take place shortly....