I just got my Mercedes a few months ago what a pleasure to drive :cool: . I picked it up at an action after the auctioneer waved it through because of black smoke pouring out (running too rich). It has 12900 mi. and and very clean but needs a timing chain (clatters when started).
1: How tough of a job is it? (I have replaced timing chains in domestics before)
2: Is there "GOT-YA" that I should beware or special tools for the 380SL?
3: Do the gears normally need to be changed? It seems that the timing chain is always mentioned but not the gears or the guides.
4: What of the Tensioner, is there a way to check to see if it needs replacing or is it SOP (standard operating procedure) to replace it?
Thanks for any input