This blog will expand on themes and topics first mentioned in my book, "The Automobile and American Life." I hope to comment on recent developments in the automobile industry, reviews of my readings on the history of the automobile, drafts of my new work, contributions from friends, descriptions of the museums and car shows I attend and anything else relevant to those interested in automobiles and auto history. Copyright 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016 by the author.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The $3000 (or $6000, if the chain fails) question! Mercedes 380sl Timing Chain replacement
Hi folks -- 100k miles and time to change the timing chain on my new acquisition. So the big question tomorrow when the valve cover is taken off -- is it a single or double row chain? Single -- then I have a 3k repair bill ahead to get a double row conversion done. Double -- I get home with a much smaller repair bill. I was told today that just to replace the single with a new single chain may be a very incomplete and tenuous repair. New chain may snap at any time. Boom goes valves and pistons! And unless we remove timing cover the guides won't be replaced, and that does need to be done.