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tdskip
07-26-2012, 03:14 PM
For those that track or care about such things I picked up another member of the fleet, or should say I am about to. She is the 917th Mercedes 350 SL built, so early they didn't tag her as a 450 actually. The car is in WA and I'll be driving her to my in-laws in greater Sacramento over the weekend.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/5Nb5E15P03Eb3F73Jec7j8b868d45dab319e4.jpg

Photos and updates from the road if anyone gives a hoot.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Mickey Richaud
07-26-2012, 04:16 PM
Photos and updates from the road if anyone gives a hoot.



'Course we do!

hondo402000
07-26-2012, 04:46 PM
cool,
always wanted a 230SL

Hondo

tdskip
07-26-2012, 06:00 PM
Photos and updates from the road if anyone gives a hoot.



'Course we do!

Let's hope I have a journey to report - fingers crossed.

M_Pied_Lourd
07-26-2012, 08:23 PM
For sure Tom. Make me jealous :-)

Cheers,
Tush

mrv8q
07-26-2012, 08:44 PM
My Hero! Drive Safe!

tdskip
07-26-2012, 10:48 PM
Update #1 - getting to Spokane from SoCal through Denver isn't a great idea....

tdskip
07-26-2012, 10:50 PM
Update #2 - don't take for granted the "just get in and go" spirit here, it is less common that you think.

Mickey Richaud
07-27-2012, 06:59 AM
OK - you've got our interest. You're gonna have to flesh this one out a tad...

tdskip
07-27-2012, 09:35 AM
Good morning from Spokane - neat town. Pretty interesting river and several falls running through town. Just found a still working hydro generator from 1922. Cool.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/falls.jpg

This looking back up at the upper falls and city park with the IMAX theater being the big white building on the right.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/smallfalls.jpg


OK - you've got our interest. You're gonna have to flesh this one out a tad...

Let's just say that our members are pretty gung-ho compared to some. And that is all I am going to say about that.

DrEntropy
07-27-2012, 09:50 AM
mehheh... you meet up with Doug? Or Don?

...and where's th' Benz pix? :jester:

cheseroo
07-27-2012, 10:24 AM
Not that it matters but I thought all the 350's were hubcap cars. The 350's far and away were the best looking of that SL series as the big bumpers on the 450 just killed the looks on them. Pretty car.

drooartz
07-27-2012, 10:55 AM
Nice looking car, should be a nice cruiser.

I do have to add, though... another car? What's the tally these days? :devilgrin:

DrEntropy
07-27-2012, 11:25 AM
ahh. Car image didn't show up on first opening of the thread. Looks NICE!! Congrats!

tdskip
07-27-2012, 12:09 PM
Hi Rich - they did. This had later wheels.

The car is mine - I'm off from Coeur D'Alene! Hopefully next stop is Moscow Idaho.

mrv8q
07-27-2012, 01:14 PM
Now that I see the pic, nice looking car. If I'm correct, those are vacuum assist cars? If so, let's hope all the lines are working. ISTR everything is vacuum assisted....

Drive safe!

PatGalvin
07-27-2012, 01:58 PM
Tom, come on by and check out the TR3 Resto progress. It should be a big weekend of sanding and priming. I'll PM you my number.

Pat
Folsom, CA

tdskip
07-27-2012, 02:01 PM
Hi guys. Made it to Moscow IdahoOK. 95 is beautiful rolling road through western Idaho. I'd recommend it. Plan is Lewiston and then west and down to Bend.

Oil pressure is pegged, temp running a consistent 180. First fuel milage check - 11.5 MPH at average of 70 MPG. Yikes.

DrEntropy
07-27-2012, 02:48 PM
Oil pressure is pegged, temp running a consistent 180. First fuel milage check - 11.5 MP<span style="color: #FF0000">H</span> at average of 70 MP<span style="color: #FF0000">G</span>. Yikes.

YIKES indeed. :jester: :smirk:

sd80mac7204
07-27-2012, 03:14 PM
!!! my bud's F150 got 18mpg loaded!

DrEntropy
07-27-2012, 03:16 PM
That Benz V-8 is thirsty. But its legs are really l o n g! :wink:

tdskip
07-27-2012, 03:49 PM
Looks like 40 minutes or so to Walla Walla. Took 95 down to Lewiston, then 12 west to Washington. Surprisingly hilly, very hot, and dry. Pictures when I find a Starbucks.

TR3driver
07-27-2012, 03:50 PM
11.5 MPH at average of 70 MPG. Yikes.


Ok, I'll bite ... why are you driving so slow? Just to get 70 miles per gallon?

:jester:

tdskip
07-27-2012, 04:46 PM
11.5 MPH at average of 70 MPG. Yikes.


Ok, I'll bite ... why are you driving so slow? Just to get 70 miles per gallon?

:jester:

Ha - should have known you'd catch that Randall.

tdskip
07-27-2012, 04:50 PM
Pictures down 95 to 12 into Walla Walla.

Great roads, simply great. Very pretty country and I now know where all of wheat comes from.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/IdahotoWallaWalla.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/IdahotoWallaWalla8.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/IdahotoWallaWalla5.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/IdahotoWallaWalla4.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/IdahotoWallaWalla12.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/IdahotoWallaWalla15.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/IdahotoWallaWalla17.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/IdahotoWallaWalla18.jpg

DrEntropy
07-27-2012, 05:21 PM
all of wheat comes from.

Ya ain't been thru Kansas yet. <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif :jester:

AngliaGT
07-27-2012, 05:33 PM
Tom,

You should have let me know ahead of time-
you could have dropped off the Berlina on the way up.
You need to do the proper thing,&amp; drive down the
Oregon/California coast.

- Doug

tdskip
07-27-2012, 10:14 PM
20 minutes outside Bend OR...

tdskip
07-27-2012, 11:12 PM
OK - some random thoughts now that I have an Heirloom Tomato salad in me.

When they say that eastern WA is really dry and hot, they actually mean it is really dry and hot. High desert - very cool, er, hot.

Her driver's manual says 350SL, and lists engine capacity as 4.5 liters.

She doesn't like to down shift much, but then again it is rarely needed.

She generates a LOT of heat.

Really likes cooler air at night, noticeably happier at speed.

She generates a LOT of heat.

She handles well enough to have saved a snake despite my motoring at a good clip.

Industrial scale wheat harvesting doesn't do good things for air quality.

Never pass up good gas in north central OR. Never.

Did I mention she generates a LOT of heat.

Route 19 to 218 is simply fantastic. Fantastic. So long as you don't pass up good gas before you get there.

If you pass good gas right off the 84 you will have an urge to hug the gas station attendant in Fossil OR. Don't do that - he'll think it is weird. Give him a tip instead, he'll like that.

Merc isn't effortless, you can feel the engine pushing the mass forward, but it makes that effort seem effortless. Yes, that makes sense but probably only to SL owners.

Really big steering wheels are cool.

Downtown Bend is worth the trip even if it were not on the way.

Anyone know how to get power to the cigarette lighter so I can listen to Sirius?

darn, Mercedes built these well.

Popping the hood when you stop for makes starting her a lot easier. Probably because she generates a lot of heat. Did I mention that?

Pictures to follow.

mrv8q
07-28-2012, 12:56 AM
Are you driving with the top down? How many miles on this ol' gal?

tdskip
07-28-2012, 01:11 AM
Are you driving with the top down? How many miles on this ol' gal?

I wish - I have the hard top on since I didn't want to pay to ship it separately. Probably not a bad thing in mid-day sun however, but then again when the climate control got stuck on super nuclear hot today was a tad toasty.

tdskip
07-28-2012, 01:17 AM
https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend24.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend25.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend26.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend34.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend35.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend36.jpg

Tree farm, about 4 miles long.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend30.jpg

tdskip
07-28-2012, 01:20 AM
These are off Route 19 and 218 in OR, no pictures of the twisty bits since they were, um, twisty. Also no sense of the elevation changes or the roads being banked in parts. You really need to drive this section.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend44.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend43.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend45.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend50.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend52.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend54.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend57.jpg


https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend59.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend60.jpg

And finally 97 into Bend

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend61.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/WallaWallatoBend62.jpg

tdskip
07-28-2012, 12:48 PM
Made it to Redding CA, nice to know I can get gas at 5 AM now unlike OR. Not that I forgot to gas up and tried to get gas at 5 AM in OR outside Bend. I mean really, who is that dense?

Had a nice chat with a Shasta CHP member who was exceptional pleasant and citizen oriented. Seriously, he was just great. I had my finger on my ear so I could ear my one ear bud and he thought it was a cell phone. 5 minutes later and I'm off with a renewed appreciation for how consistently nice CHP is.

angelfj1
07-28-2012, 03:09 PM
For those that track or care about such things I picked up another member of the fleet, or should say I am about to. She is the 917th Mercedes 350 SL built, so early they didn't tag her as a 450 actually. The car is in WA and I'll be driving her to my in-laws in greater Sacramento over the weekend.

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/5Nb5E15P03Eb3F73Jec7j8b868d45dab319e4.jpg

Photos and updates from the road if anyone gives a hoot.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.


very nice - enjoy in good health &amp; safety!

tdskip
07-28-2012, 03:20 PM
Thanks Frank - made it to my in-laws just now so the trip is over. She made it. Kinda going through the "OK, now what" phase.

tdskip
07-28-2012, 08:08 PM
OK - to close the trip out here are the last set of road pictures.

Some random guy heading out of Bend at 6 AM today in an old Mercedes;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/6AMinBend.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/outofbend2.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/outofbend3.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/outofbend.jpg

Into Klamath Falls;

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Klamathlake2.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Klamathlake3.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Klamathlake4.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Klamathlake5.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/KlamathLake.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Klamathlake6.jpg

tdskip
07-28-2012, 08:09 PM
Into California

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/DorrisCA.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Shasta.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Shasta2.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Shasta4.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/Redding.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/intoRedding.jpg

https://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb73/tdskip_photos/Mercedes/intoRedding2.jpg

Not as many pictures today as the drive, well, just wasn't that interesting compared to yesterday.

What was interesting is that I had a chance to catch up a bit with Pat - he's done some great work on his TR3.

DrEntropy
07-29-2012, 06:50 AM
Did you get the climate control thingie working? If it goes to full hot again spontaneously, check and clean the two electrical contacts on the by-pass solenoid. It should be on the firewall, under-hood, black cylinder lookin' widget, heater hose attached. The plug/contacts tend to get corroded, the ground side in particular. The normal state for the solenoid is "open" and with poor contact electrically you get hot water thru the matrix.

HTH!

tdskip
07-29-2012, 09:55 AM
Did you get the climate control thingie working? If it goes to full hot again spontaneously, check and clean the two electrical contacts on the by-pass solenoid. It should be on the firewall, under-hood, black cylinder lookin' widget, heater hose attached. The plug/contacts tend to get corroded, the ground side in particular. The normal state for the solenoid is "open" and with poor contact electrically you get hot water thru the matrix.

HTH!

Hi Doc - thanks for the note. I did get it working, more or less. I am now able to get heat when I want (morning or when engine temp starts to creep upwards and turn it off when I want. Usually. These are a known fiddly area on these as it turns out, and I'll check out the contacts as suggested above.

Thanks again!

PatGalvin
07-30-2012, 11:20 AM
<span style="font-size: 12pt">Was great to have Tom stop by and view my project - I'm close to the in-laws. I am very appreciative to Basil and the forum for bringing Triumph enthusiasts together. Mercedes looked great - I did a road trip from Loyola Marymount (LA) to Phoenix in a 450SL in 1980 (with a friend, who's wealthy parents gifted him with a slightly nicer car than mine). Great car, great fun, and great memories. Thanks for starting this thread and sharing your trip Tom.
</span>
https://i987.photobucket.com/albums/ae352/PatGalvin_bucket/002.jpg

<span style="font-size: 12pt">I'll start posting my TR3 progress. Working on the last parts of the tub (sills, scuttle) this week and hope to go to paint very soon! (which just means cleaning up my crap and building a booth). Sills require a skim coat to line up with the door, front wing, and rear quarter panel. I'll cut the rear-of-sill kerf into the filler and round all the edges. Getting the "replaced and home-made" quarter panel contour perfect so the gravel guard fits is not easy. And yes, there is a little filler on the car - but I did remove all the #$$%% rust!

</span>https://i987.photobucket.com/albums/ae352/PatGalvin_bucket/028.jpg

<span style="font-size: 12pt">Pat</span>

HerronScott
07-31-2012, 10:06 AM
Tom,

Nice car and it was great seeing the road trip pictures since we haven't had the opportunity yet to visit that part of the country.

Scott

tdskip
08-01-2012, 07:53 AM
Hi Scott - worth the trip out here sometime. The Pac Northwest is an amazing place.

Pat - where are your updates? Come on man, you've done great things with that car!

DNK
08-01-2012, 12:16 PM
Hi Scott - worth the trip out here sometime. The Pac Northwest is an amazing place.

...

The 9 days it is sunny

No...I'm not bitter!

Darrell_Walker
08-01-2012, 12:21 PM
Hi Scott - worth the trip out here sometime. The Pac Northwest is an amazing place.

...

The 9 days it is sunny

No...I'm not bitter!

Don's right, it is horrible here. Everyone should stay where you are! :smile:

DNK
08-01-2012, 12:29 PM
Darrell, your not qualified.
You live in Vancouver.
That's a different climate
that's practically Portland <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

tdskip
08-01-2012, 12:34 PM
How is the move looking Don?

Darrell - shhh, I won't tell.

DNK
08-01-2012, 12:46 PM
Hopefully signing the realtor contract this week

My wife and son are gone in 2 weeks

Disappointing the sales amount.Will need to rethink our plans for when we buy there.
Might need to sell the Wedge

Darrell_Walker
08-01-2012, 12:55 PM
Darrell, your not qualified.
You live in Vancouver.
That's a different climate
that's practically Portland <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

Yeah, it is a little too hot, might have to water the lawn!

Was actually thinking Bellingham would be just right.

DNK
08-01-2012, 01:09 PM
Like that would ever happen

tdskip
08-01-2012, 01:44 PM
Good luck with the move and all Don.