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Hi John

I wasn't sure I would bother finding it but below is the 2005 post by someone (sorry I don't know how to attach the actual link):

Glad I found it, and that I quoted it correctly (mostly) as it years ago when I read it …..might have been a tad embarrassing otherwise. I also recalled that Red is the least desirable, but I didn't want to offend anyone.

As for your chosen colour - you will note that I specifically mentioned Beige Grey as one of my favourites. So you didn't make the wrong choice IMO.  :)

 

Color combos

« on: May 31, 2005, 23:33:30 »



The recent issue of Merc Enthusiast's special Pagoda section was very informative.  One thing which was striking was their discussion of car value as it relates to color combo.  They state that dark blue with cream interior is the most desirable color combo (this is wonderful news to me, because that's what I have!  :) ), but I was surprised to read that red is the worst color.  What do some of you guys think about all this?
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Well done, Halvor.
Enjoy your car. Mine is also a 67 250SL.
Regards
Chris
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Thanks Shvegel and Dan,

I guess I've been lazy by trying to do it the easy way, by running tests, playing detective and seeking someone with lots of knowledge and experience to whom it has happened before.  You all have been a big help, but if I am to be finished in time for Meeting of the Clans II, I need to stop harassing you guys and find out what's really happening in this engine by turning some wrenches.

I'll start by calling Robert Fairchild of Jerry Fairchild Industries.  You are right that the warranty is long expired, but I'll just ask his advice, since he rebuilt it years before I installed it.  It's probably gummed up inside or something got knocked loose.

Apparently it's not coolant because coolant is supposed to burn white.  Oil burns blue, and fuel burns black.  That tells me it's fuel so I need to find out where it's coming from.  Possibilities are WRD, BC, Idle adjustment screw, Pump rack hang-up (known) and maybe even out of phase pump installation.

Joe A. mentioned to someone else that their richness, if a split linkage test showed that it continued at high speed, could be due to the BC.  Mine does.  I discovered it when my split linkage test went awry and I revved it to 4,000+ by accident with lots of black smoke.

Anyway, tomorrow I start.  I'll keep you all posted.

Tom Kizer
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I agree with Dpreston about seeing the colour in person.
396G is actually 'medium blue' - I think you might be lured by the fact that 396G is metallic colour whereas 332G is solid.
I once read on the forum that a survey of the most desirable combination was Midnight Blue 904G with parchment interior.

Where did you see that 904g with parchment interior was the most popular color combination? That wat the originacl color combination of mine and I just changed it to beige grey with parchment interior. I never saw mine in 904g as it was repainted red when I got it. I was never able to see a nicely finished 904g whith parchment in person but I did the beige gray. While I like my beige gray, I do have moments like this where I question if I made a mistake.


John K
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I agree with Dpreston about seeing the colour in person.
396G is actually 'medium blue' - I think you might be lured by the fact that 396G is metallic colour whereas 332G is solid.
I once read on the forum that a survey of the most desirable combination was Midnight Blue 904G with parchment interior.

I am a purist and swore never to change an original colour (and am 3/4 way through a nut and bolt restoration in it's original colour of Dark Red) ……..but I have now weakened, and would entertain the thought of restoring a car (future resto) in a preferred colour. I love Anthracite or Beige Grey - my friend has a stunning Moss Green car...…..I could go on.
I also feel the change in colour (as long as it is one of the more desirable colours) has little impact on the value these days.
Of course, I would have no qualms about changing the interior colour.

I have 3 Pagoda's and love them all but my 906G Grey Blue is the rock-star that turns the most heads. It is it's original colour with an original 2-tone darker Blue roof/Hubcaps. The original interior was blue vinyl but it had a cream interior when I bought it. I restored it with parchment leather interior as it looked nicer. I'm also partial to two-tone colours.

For mine - go with your preferred colour but look at the cars in the flesh first  (5 years ago I would shot myself for saying this).

Also bear in mind colours  look different under different light - especially the metallic. (see attached - same car in each photo).
p.s- I agreed to let it be used in a wedding shoot  - I don't actually know them :)

Good luck! Would love to hear and see your final choice!
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General Discussion / Re: 1966. SL. Front crash damage
« Last post by Jordan on Today at 03:01:26 »
Ouch.  I don't know who you have your insurance with but your insurance adjuster may know of some reputable body shops that can do the repairs, even if they are not in the area.  You may need to prod him or her.
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It is always interesting to me to see Mercedes colors in person. Time and time again I would think yuk I don’t like that color then I see it in person and say wow that really looks great.
Go look at car with the colors you are thinking about don’t go by a color board.
Also if the original color is too dark or light just adjust it to suit you.
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Here is a photo of what I think remains to free the SF on one side.  The 2 large nuts (one over what appears to be an eccentric stud) will release the torsion bar on that side, and the SF.  Then I should be able to lower that side and R/R the mount.  I thought that I would reattach that side before proceeding to the other because I'm afraid of the SF falling or moving if both are released together although the other SF mount is attached.
Thoughts?
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General Discussion / Re: 1966. SL. Front crash damage
« Last post by Kleine on Today at 02:08:21 »
Hollson,

Very sorry to hear about the damage to your car.  It must have been hit hard based on your damage description.  I can't offer any suggestions on where to take your car
on the East Coast, but please have a competent frame repair shop look at the car and determine if your frame rails are bent.  My car ( 230 SL ) was hit in the nose and repaired by a previous owner only for me to find out several years later that both frame rails were slightly bent and the hood latch pushed into the firewall slightly affecting the hood gap.  The solution was to remove the engine/trans, strip the front end, and put the car on a Celette frame bench with the alignment gigs for a 230 SL and straighten each frame rail to the correct position.  Mercedes no longer supplies frame rails as a replacement part so unless they are cut from a donor car you pretty much have to deal with the ones in the car.   Hopefully your frame rails aren't bent and all you have to deal with is sheet metal repair.  If the frame rails are bent your steering geometry and alignment get screwed up...it is all a matter of degree and a competent frame repair shop would need to determine how to correct this.

Kleine

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General Discussion / Re: 1966. SL. Front crash damage
« Last post by MikeSimon on Today at 01:54:02 »
I thought you had a "no fault" system in Florida??? How does that work in a case like this?
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