Author Topic: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car  (Read 429 times)

RonnieStiggs

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My '66 230SL was my dad's since before I was born. He passed away over a decade ago, and his car sat in my mom's garage since then, until about 2 months ago when I got it over to my garage and started getting it running again. With a ton of help from everyone here I was able to get her running well enough to make it to our wedding, and almost all the way home!
Connor

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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2022, 07:15:29 »
Almost all the way home? I sense a bigger story here.
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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2022, 07:43:55 »
Almost all the way home? I sense a bigger story here.

Lost power (Acceleration) about 1 mile from home, and stalled as soon as we stopped at a light and wouldn't fire back up. After sitting for about 10-15 minutes it started just fine and we were able to make it back home. I suspect something involving the WRD is the culprit, but am still researching before I start asking dumb questions again in the forum.
Connor

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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2022, 09:36:05 »
Im pushing the "like" button on this thread! Well done.

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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2022, 09:45:50 »
Congratulations on your wedding!

Your Dad would be proud of you and looking down with pride and joy knowing your are all grown up and his car was a part of your big day.
Dave Cleghorn
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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2022, 10:01:33 »
Indeed, congratulations!

Would you consider putting together a story for Pagoda World magazine???
Jonny B
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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2022, 21:04:10 »
Indeed, congratulations!

Would you consider putting together a story for Pagoda World magazine???

Would love to, please tell me more!
Connor

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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2022, 23:02:46 »
Lost power (Acceleration) about 1 mile from home, and stalled as soon as we stopped at a light and wouldn't fire back up. After sitting for about 10-15 minutes it started just fine and we were able to make it back home. I suspect something involving the WRD is the culprit, but am still researching before I start asking dumb questions again in the forum.

Very likely you have a fuel supply problem from the pump in the tank. If the car sat for a decade and you did not clean the tank, it is likely that loose debris and rust sank to the bottom and clogged pump intake/return line and the pump shuts off. I think this is not an uncommon problem with the Pagoda.
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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2022, 12:22:18 »
Contact me off line with a pm and we can work from there.
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Re: 56 Years Old and Still a Good Looking Wedding Getaway Car
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2022, 19:51:58 »
Contact me off line with a pm and we can work from there.

I -and maybe some others too - would be interested in finding the reason and the remedy for the problem. This particular issue is not uncommon for a car that sat for a period of time.
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