UK W126 Parts supplier

I've just bought a 1990 560 SEC which is in need of some TLC.
I'm under no illusions that this is going to be anything other than a money pit, but I've wanted one for 20 years and this particular one came along. It
was the right colour (Black), the right interior (Beige Leather) all the fiddly bits work and the interior was in very good condition, but it has high mileage and probably needs a lot of mechanicals overhauled/replaced.
It's been taken straight to the SEC Shop in Sevenoaks for a once over to tell me exactly what needs doing or if it's basket case.
So what I need to know now is, where are the best place for parts for these vehicles in the UK, preferably South East, or mail order.
After a cursory inspection I'll need a pair of front wings, a new front windscreen and the chrome bumper bits on all four corners.
Fortunately the rear deck panel under the back window looked reasonable and the rear screen itself was in good condition.
So where do you find these bits? I imagine it's the finishing trim parts that are going be difficult to find and cost the money.
Alan M
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Hello fellow 126 owner. Sorry I only have the lowly 300SE, but hey.
There are a couple of good Merc mail order places.
Try http://www.kmsparts.com /
They have an online catalogue.
also www.eurocarparts.co.uk
They have a suprisingly similar lot of parts, but its not all the same.
try also German and Swedish
http://www.gsfcarparts.com /
There is also http://www.dronsfields.com / They also have a stock of 2nd hand parts (they break cars)
and http://www.mercedesshop.com / in the USA have new parts, but better still a good forum to supplement this one on the Newsgroups that you can search for your topic/fault.
I'm not recommending any of the above. This is just for info. If anyone else has good ones, then I'm interested too.
Cheers... Rob.

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Thanks, that's just the sort of list I'm after.
Alan.
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http://www.findit.co.uk/cars/mercedes.php
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Yes, but a very very nice money pit.

Mercedes coupe parts, specific to the coupe, are indeed dicey. They're fairly low volume. Patience is a virtue though. And forgert new body parts, they're insane.
The good news is, modulo the coupe specific bopdywork it's just a W126 chassis and all that stuff is cheap. As somebody who has brought a pretty mush clapped out 126 back to the realm of the living the things I wold recommend you diong first are:
1) Rebuild or replace the brake hydraulics. Calipers, M/C, booster. And flex lines. This is a bit beyond a recommendation really, more like mandatory. The flex lines all have date codes on them and any older than 5 years need to be replaced, NOW.
2) Rotors and pads. Goes without saying.
3) You're gonna hate this, but tear into the front and rear suspension and replace all the rubber and moving hard metal parts. Plus the driveline certer bearaing and carrier. And motor, trans and diff mounts.
Do this and it will literally ride like new.
new shocks, and decent tyres and have them balanced ON THE CAR. If a shop can't do this, find one that will/can.
Do do the instrument cluster: http://articles.mbz.org/instrument /
Enjoy your midlife crisis :-)
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Richard,
This is just the sort of insight I'm after, midlife crisis is just beginning and I'm not quite 40! (early starter)
I think any idea of a rolling restoration has been thrown out the window, I want to own and enjoy this car for some time so I'll go about doing this the correct way from day one.
All previous projects (Including an Overfinch Range Rover) have been done whilst in use and you realise it actually costs you a whole lot more money to do it all this way than stripping the car down from day one, lessons learnt.
It appears absolutely standard apart from big wheels (18" AMG Replicas) and what looks like a lowered suspension. I'm not sure on either of those points at the moment and I'll probably change my mind about these things several times, it will probably come down to how it rides eventually, if it's too harsh the wheels will have to go for a proper set of AMG's at a more suitable size that don't have rubber band tyres.
Full inspection at a specialist late this week/early next week and I'll know the full extent of works required.
Alan.
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My car was a 40th birthday present. Sad aint it. Still.......
Cheers... Rob.

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If you mile it properly you can drag it on for at least 15 years.

Silly. Get another. One should always usally be drivable.

Yeah. For example it's way cheaper to tear the whole suspension apart and replace all those rubber bushings in one go than to do it onesey twosey. Oh yeah, reeplace the rear wheel bearings while the rear is apart. They're right pigs. And if you're really fussy replace all four springs; they're pretty cheap and they do lose some complience with age.
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I can recommend an excellent scrap yard in Ireland, who posts all the bits you need and gives excellent service and prices if its of any help........

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