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MikeSimon

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Parked 37 years
« on: January 08, 2020, 12:30:16 »
Looks like there is hope for mine after all....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyTrkAqnkFI

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Re: Parked 37 years
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2020, 14:51:52 »
He should almost be prosecuted for criminal neglect.

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Re: Parked 37 years
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2020, 16:00:31 »
I would be very happy if I recalled I had that car in the shed, I just forgot about it...
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Re: Parked 37 years
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2020, 16:30:37 »
Too bad they didn't mention why the car sat for so long.  Regardless, it was a fun video to watch.

Maybe the owner will join the Pagoda SL Group and we will learn more about the car and where it is currently.

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Re: Parked 37 years
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2020, 17:16:11 »
Very interesting material. Does anyone know what happened next with this car?
Personally, I wonder if the engine started without problems?
Few years ago I bought a W111 Coupe, what sat about 20 years. The exterior was not a problem like you can see also in the case of this Pagoda, but engine had to be repaired (the bushes), but I used this occasion for full renovation of all aggregates.
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Re: Parked 37 years
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2020, 21:21:24 »
Sebastian:

What do you mean by "bushes"? The crankshaft bushings?
My car sat for 25 years and I took the cylinder head off to look inside before starting it up and everything there was perfect. No rust or corrosion from sitting. I just watched an old "Chasing Classic Cars" again and they resurrected a Lamborghini GT that sat for almost 30 years. The poured "Mystery Oil" in the spark plug holes, let it sit for a couple of days and then turned the engine. It was not frozen, so they did not open it.
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Heated Tinted Rear Window
German specs
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Re: Parked 37 years
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2020, 22:25:09 »
Mike:
 I mean the bearings on the crankshaft. Still miss this kind of vocabulary in my English, but from the other side I am not a mechanic- so in general I try to understand the subject to be able to discuss about this or find the best solution. Like Jack Lemmon mentioned: nobody is perfect.
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Re: Parked 37 years
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2020, 23:35:25 »
No offense intended, Sebastian. I was just trying to clarify what you meant. Normally, the crankshaft bearings/bushings don't go bad from the car sitting. Only if you start the engine with bad/no oil or a lot of water in it. I guess your W111 probably had that issue when it was parked and that was the reason it wasn't run for 20 years.
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Heated Tinted Rear Window
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Re: Parked 37 years
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2020, 11:33:13 »
Mike:
Now I know, that we made at that time some mistakes. I think, that with my knowledge of today ( thanks also to this FORUM) I could avoid this problem. But I used this occasion to rebuild the engine.
Sebastian
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