With the sale of the 300SDL, I’m motivated to start doing some serious work on the 300SEL. Once the engine is running, the following things need to be done at nearly the same time in order to actual drive the car a bit:
- Brakes (replace everything)
- Suspension (new air bags in the rear, at the very least)
- Tires (nice ones)
It was nice to see the brake pads were original Mercedes parts. The star was still visible on one of the rear pads. I suppose the aftermarket parts business was non-existant in the 1970s and 80s, or these were installed at the dealer. It was also worth noting that the brake hoses were marked with “Ate”, but had nothing else visible. This makes me wonder if they’re original. The hard brake lines broke free from the hoses and calipers up front easily, but things were not so eager to come apart in the rear. I removed the calipers, but both ends of the brake hoses look as if they’re not willing to come free from the lines. These lines are pretty short, so getting replacements won’t be such a big deal.