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Just back and it drives ok, apparently. It’s the blue slk on the right.

Both front wings need replacement, bonnet needs a respray, service history patchy. I was just about to make excuses and leave when the disinterested looking wife says

”I really like it. It’s got heated seats, it’s here and so are we, You can sort most stuff out can’t you.?” 

At which point the seller says “it’s called myrtle “

so we brought it home. Obs.

mot till May, £800. Leaves some tidying up cash in the pot for the bodyshop. Decent mot history (r390lht).

so far so good, I think.

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  • scdan4 changed the title to Collecting underway...now got an slk
43 minutes ago, xtriple said:

are wings cheap/bolt on?

Funny you should mention that.... theres a pair on eBay collection only in Tamworth. Can anyone help with that? Collect and forward for a few beer tokens ideally... They look to be bolt on, but dunno. 

There are cheaper cars about but it had to be a localish blue auto 230. Beggars, choosers and all that. We have a bodyshop neighbour so hopefully we’ll get it looking gurt spangly at sub retail rates. 

Wife took some better, but still not great pics 

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Nice purchase, think you've got a great deal there, so much car for so little £, values only going up from here. Wings are bolt-on but the front bracket they bolt onto is often rusted to shittery well before wing replacement time arrives (was the case on 3 of the 4 SLK's I've owned). Only takes a couple of minutes to remove the arch liner for a quick check.

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1 hour ago, scdan4 said:

Funny you should mention that.... theres a pair on eBay collection only in Tamworth. Can anyone help with that? Collect and forward for a few beer tokens ideally... They look to be bolt on, but dunno. 

There are cheaper cars about but it had to be a localish blue auto 230. Beggars, choosers and all that. We have a bodyshop neighbour so hopefully we’ll get it looking gurt spangly at sub retail rates. 

Wife took some better, but still not great pics 

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Nice colour - IMHO they look better in a darker colour. Black and single colour interior is a + too. First owner may have specified this with some care which is good.

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9 hours ago, Floatylight said:

@Tamworthbaymay be your man, failing that put something on the shitely thread, where have they got to get to?

Depending when they need to be collected I certainly could. Presently under a two Covid isolation which ends a week on Thursday. If they can wait until then. Or would they drop them off perhaps? I can’t be any help with the forwarding but sure the Autoshite massive could help.

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Had a fiddle done some light tittivating 

Bonnet strut doesn't 

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Air filter is new 

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Spark plugs possibly original and took a bit of gentle badgering to free 

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Aux belts pretty tired 

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Lots of stickers were removed 

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And leaves dug out of all crevices and drains 

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Door glass refused to line up and seal sensibly. Google said that it's a tadts of stop plates that are glued on to the window glass falling off. 

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I'm not the first one here. Lots of broken door card fixings, no membrane and sika flex everywhere. Brackets found in the bottom of the door 

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Cleaned the sikaflex off everything , wet and dryed the glass, wiped with thinners and then epoxyed the stops back on. 

When that had set I fiddled with the adjustment for ages, and ta da 

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Still thinking its OK for the money. 😁 

 

Built in cassette storage. Very last millennium. Bottom pic window before, out of place because of iPad mainly. 

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11 hours ago, Tamworthbay said:

Depending when they need to be collected I certainly could. Presently under a two Covid isolation which ends a week on Thursday. If they can wait until then. Or would they drop them off perhaps? I can’t be any help with the forwarding but sure the Autoshite massive could help.

This place, etc. 

I think I've solved it as have found a sensible breaker, but a sincere thanks for the offer. 😁 

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More furtling has occurred. 

New sparkplugs to replace the old, all of which were reluctant to wind out the head. They've been in a while. 

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Idles smoother with the new ones. Scuttle area, despite having had a hard prodding with a hoover needed more moss and leaf litter removal 

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Started sorting out the tatty wings. Took off the better, drivers side one as it needs repair and derusting and as @NigeTsaid above, the front mount bracket was a sorry state 

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As you probably won't be surprised to hear it fell off when I wobbled it. 

It's far from a tail of woe though as everything else seems fine, even the stuff buried under wet mud. Pleased with that. And happily I'm now able to weld, so game on. 

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Cardboard template 

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Looks sensible 

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But then the light went and I was hungry and cold, so downed tools and buggered off home. 😁 

 

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Love this - I had one this colour as a stop gap and ran it for nearly 3 years!  They are great fun!

If you need bits look for Chrysler crossfire parts - I had a wiper mechanism and bonnet catch and they are much cheaper - but same parts - even have the merc badge on them!

I have some wheels centres in black and I think a fuel filter I never used - if they are of any use you are welcome to them for postage cost

And top down heater on in all weather - just stop for no fucker if its raining :-) 

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  • 3 weeks later...
On 11/28/2020 at 9:18 PM, NigeT said:

. Is the supercharger is kicking in as it should (often doesn't on less-loved examples)?

 

The wife’s been driving around in this quite happily. How is it? I ask “Fine, I really like it “ she says. I drove it to the unit today and it can’t get out its own way, absolutely no go below 3k revs and unnecessarily jerky gearbox action. So no, I don’t think it is. Internet says K40 relay box and or charger clutch. It drives okish so will carry on until January..

Wings, now one blue one black have been rust scraped and treated with hydrate 80. Inner wings pretty good. Paint shop had unexpected work in and worker out so spray delayed to January. Car looks hanging!

Wheel refurb has been arranged. Straight swap for ice cream (we make it) was suggested until we pointed out just how much ice cream he was talking about 😂at which point a more sensible half n half was agreed.

So it looks hanging and drives sloooooow, but she’s well happy with it already, so that’s nice. 

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  • scdan4 changed the title to Blue slk. Slowest sports car in all of Swindon
16 hours ago, scdan4 said:

The wife’s been driving around in this quite happily. How is it? I ask “Fine, I really like it “ she says. I drove it to the unit today and it can’t get out its own way, absolutely no go below 3k revs and unnecessarily jerky gearbox action. So no, I don’t think it is. Internet says K40 relay box and or charger clutch. It drives okish so will carry on until January..

Wings, now one blue one black have been rust scraped and treated with hydrate 80. Inner wings pretty good. Paint shop had unexpected work in and worker out so spray delayed to January. Car looks hanging!

Wheel refurb has been arranged. Straight swap for ice cream (we make it) was suggested until we pointed out just how much ice cream he was talking about 😂at which point a more sensible half n half was agreed.

So it looks hanging and drives sloooooow, but she’s well happy with it already, so that’s nice. 

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Have you checked the vacuum line from the supercharger area? If you look down and to the right of the air box you'll see it. It can fray where it connects at both ends and just a small leak will cause similar symptoms - lack of power, rough gearchanges and spluttering under load. In my experience K40 has caused sporadic cutting out and no-start issues but not affected the supercharger - also fyi the K40 can still be toast even if the soldered connections look okay so I would recommend a new one over re-soldering an old one. 

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