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Fritz and Betty are Cool

I got both beater cars blowing cold air again. I found lots of ways for Bryson to ‘help’ me… check out his video below! A/C manifold gauges in action   Bryson always insists on taking ‘test drives’ after anything related … Continue reading

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Mercedes W123 300 Fuel Sender

The list price of a sender unit is $340, so when my fuel level gauge stopped working, I was not very happy. I bought a portable 2 gallon tank and kept it full of fuel in the trunk of the … Continue reading

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Betty’s A/C System

I made some progress on Betty’s air conditioning system this afternoon.  A/C work is a little unfamiliar to me.  Everything has to be kept sealed, since air contaminates the components.  Getting the compressor bolted in place is a two person … Continue reading

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Betty’s A/C

In my renewed interest to get Betty operational as a daily-driver, I decided to tackle the air conditioner system.  I assumed it would need a new compressor, since the clutch was hot-wired on and it was running non-stop for who … Continue reading

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W123 / 300D EGR, ARV, and ALDA systems

Recently, I’ve been working to get Betty running better.  My main complaint was how dog-ass-slow the car accelerated from a stop to about 20 MPH.  I installed a boost gauge and could see that the acceleration picked up as soon … Continue reading

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Betty’s Wastegate

After lots of cleaning, close inspection with a flashlight and mirror, then lots of fiddling with a jewler’s screwdriver, I finally removed the cap off of the wastegate.  This would probably be an easy task if you could see what … Continue reading

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Adjusting Valves

I finally got around to adjusting the valves on Betty.  This is something Mercedes says you need to do every 15,000 miles.  Every single one of the valves needed adjusting, so I’m sure it has been a while since it … Continue reading

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20 Hours of Fiberglass Experience

I’m disappointed that I still don’t have a functioning fuel tank after 20 hours of work. I’ve learned a lot so far: Get your form perfect before you start laying glass, create radiused edges inside your form, use a bunch … Continue reading

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Fiberglass Fuel Tank Project

The only thing missing from having Betty 100% converted to run on vegetable oil is a real tank. Against the criticism of many, I wanted to build my own custom tank, out of fiberglass. I’ve always wanted to learn how … Continue reading

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Stereo Added to Betty

Driving Betty without tunes is now a thing of the past. I broke down and bought a radio and new speakers from Crutchfield.com this week. I’m pretty happy with my purchase, I bought a cheap receiver, but it does have … Continue reading

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