Phase I (Baseline testing) of the CLK build has been completed ahead of schedule. Yay! This is good because driving a mid-13 second “race car” is a little tedious when your daily driver is a low-11 second beast. I’m ready to get on to bigger and better things, but first let’s see how the baseline testing went.
I came up a fair bit short of my goal of running a 13.20 at full-weight, only managing a best of 13.58. A 13.20 might be possible on a really cold day, on a nearly empty fuel tank, and with the spare tire and passenger seat removed, but I haven’t got time for that! I’m ready to call this phase done and get on to the weight reduction.
So far the only money I’ve spent on the car was to purchase it, have it shipped to me, and then fix anything needed for safe road-going driveability. As you can see from the chart below, I’m all-in at just over $3k.
|Item Description||Total Cost||Notes|
|Loose Change||-$1.87||Loose change found in the car. Cha-Ching!|
|Katana Wheels||-$160.00||Sold the wheels that came with the car|
|Wheel Bolts||$94.99||B-S17A26R14 (qty. 10), B-S17A42R14 (qty. 10)|
|Battery||$175.39||Got 10% off for ordering online and picking up at the store, plus $10 rebate|
|Front LCA Bushings||$255.79|
|Rear Main Seal||$29.99|
|Rear Engine Plate||$35.19|
|Transmission Service Kit||$143.99|
|Transmission Pilot Bushing||$11.99|
|Camber Bolt Kit||$45.98||All 4 bolts needed for both front LCAs. Required with Powerflex bushings.|
|Spark Plugs||$86.72||SKU: 9652|
|Plug Wires||$161.28||Bosch 09850 Premium Spark Plug Wire Set|
|Motor Mounts||$139.98||SKU: 2607601 (Qty: 2)|
|Engine Ground Strap||$17.00||210-540-05-31|
|Transmission Mount||$27.99||SKU: 3387501|
|Oil Filler Cap||$2.24||SKU: 1110180302A|
|Oil||$90.98||SKU: B75511 Bizol 0W40 Protect (5L x 2)|
|Oil Filter||$8.95||SKU: HU7185X Mann|
|Fender||$215.00||Used driver’s side fender|
|Engine Air Filters||$18.77||Mann-Filter C 34 104 Air Filter|
|Ambient Air Temp Sensor||$16.98||Febi 0005428418|
|Radio||$113.19||JVC KDX255BT and associated components|
|Total Cost of Phase I:||$3,152.51|
All of the runs so far have been with absolutely no performance mods or weight reduction. I fill the tank all the way to Full on my way to the track every time, and I haven’t even taken the spare tire out of the car yet. As it sits, it’s basically a 13.75 @ 102 mph car, with slight variations due to weather and driving style experimentation. Not too bad for a $3k, 220k mile Beater ‘Benz if you ask me.
Lessons Learned and What’s Next
The best 60′ times have come from stalling it as high as the brakes can hold at the tree, then stomping the gas at the “go” light. If I punch it off idle it’s dog-slow off the line. I think this car is going to respond well to a higher stall converter and a set of gears, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself! Phase II is weight reduction, and I can already tell you it’s going to make a dramatic difference. Stay tuned for more updates as the car starts to shed some weight.