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wbrian63

USA
900 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2017 :  08:32:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is said that Time and Tide wait for No Man.

I got an eMail notification that someone had posted to my 6.9 restoration thread so I checked.

Thank you Delibes for your kind words.

Shocked to see that it has been over a year since I posted anything to the thread.

Shocking - simply shocking.

Progress has been made, but there is still more progress required.

I promise to post some updates - soon...

Best Regards to all...



W. Brian Fogarty

'07 Lexus LS460L
'76 450SEL 6.9 Euro #521
'02 S55 AMG (W220) - sold
'92 300SE (W140) - sold
'76 450SEL 6.9 Euro #1164 - parted & gone

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people, and most of them seemed to come from Texas..." Casino Royale, Chapter VII
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tylerh860

30 Posts

Posted - 05/07/2018 :  18:28:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm still watching too! I google wbrian63 521 at least a few times a year hoping for some updates!



85 500SL Euro, 1993 300SE
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alabbasi

USA
2874 Posts

Posted - 05/07/2018 :  23:54:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep, I'm waiting for you to finish so that I can send you mind to start one when you're done :)

With best regards

Al


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wbrian63

USA
900 Posts

Posted - 05/08/2018 :  10:10:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wish I had better things to report. Thanks Tyler and Ali for checking in on me.

To provide an update:

The shop where I'm doing all of the work is a very large drain on $ each month, plus it's a 20+ minute hike from my home. Here lately, the local gov't has decided to do some much-needed road repair on the main artery I use to get to the shop, so it's even worse - some days taking as long as 40 minutes to get from my home to the shop. Given that I leave work at 3p, arrive home at 3:30-ish, briefly walk my 4-legged housemates, change and rush to the shop, I'm lucky if I get there by 4p with good traffic. I have to quit for the day by 7p in order to return home with dinner for myself and my better half - a process that I fully understand and support - people need to eat regularly... Now with this roadwork, which looks to be a long-term effort, I'm losing an additional 20+ minutes each day, plus adding to the stress and aggravation of the whole shop-away-from-home situation.

I really want to have a place that's outside my back door, and that is going to take some planning and not a small amount of money.

When I had other things going that necessitated and justified the shop, it wasn't a big deal. All of those things have been finished and I just want to close the door on the chapter of my life where I give hard earned money to someone else who really doesn't give a hoot about me, my wants or desires. My shop is at the rear of a larger complex with physical access to the space down an alley of sorts. The other tenant which occupies the balance of the facility is an ongoing problem. They're an auto-body shop, and there are constantly cars in various states of disrepair deposited at random spots that prevent me from getting my vehicle anywhere near my front door. I try not to raise too much of a fuss - this is purely a hobby for me, and they're trying to make a living. However, when I show up after hours and can't physically open the man door to my space because some dumb a$$ has parked a car right in front of the door - my blood tends to run a bit hot. This is especially bad when I typically can see multiple alternate locations where the vehicle could have been placed.
I have put the owner of the shop on notice that while I understand they can't watch everything 100% of the time - the first time I can't get access to my shop when I need to, I'm going to remove the obstacle by whatever means necessary and leave it out in the middle of the street in front of the shop, then call the police to report an abandoned car. Their response is typical of their level of intelligence: "you can't do that." My response is "read your lease - you're required to provide me access to my space 24/7/365. The entire concrete pad extending 40' out from my front door and the width of my space Belongs To Me and if I so choose I can prohibit you from using it At All - to the point of calling for anything left in that space to be towed away at your expense." Their response is the same as before - "you can't do that..."

I frankly am too damn old to put up with this kind of stuff. It frankly boggles the mind that people can be as dense as the owner of that business and still remember to breathe.

Anyway - I'm fortunate in that my brother-in-law has a huge place south of town where he maintains a fleet of vehicles used in his business, and he's letting me use some of that space for storage until I can sort out the next place.

The hardest part is packing up the contents of a shop that have been decades in the process of accumulation. I built shelving at my brother-in-law's to hold 75+ 27-gallon plastic crates from Home Depot. I'm needing more shelves...

So - everything is in limbo - probably for at least a couple of years.

Once I get the shop completely vacated (probably by end of June), I will be working on some aspects of the restoration that don't require me to have access to a shop - like sorting, cataloging and plating all of the fasteners and brackets. Then there's the work on the motor (new gaskets, seals, etc) that can be done in my home garage.

So the project itself is not stalled - it's just in a very low gear.

Thanks for checking in. I'll post some more when I start going through all of the stuff for plating.

W. Brian Fogarty

'12 S550 (W221)
'76 450SEL 6.9 Euro #521
'02 S55 AMG (W220) - sold
'92 300SE (W140) - sold
'76 450SEL 6.9 Euro #1164 - parted & gone

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people, and most of them seemed to come from Texas..." Casino Royale, Chapter VII
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