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West Kenyon

West Kenyon is a Multi-Media Design Consultant and automotive enthusiast. Cars in his collection include a 1956 Austin FX3-D, better known as a London Taxi, a 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, and a 1975 450SL and 1981 240D by none other than Mercedes-Benz. West said, “owning one or a number of vintage cars is often an expensive proposition", which is why he does the majority of mechanical and interior work/restoration himself. West added, “not only does it save a significant amount of money to do the work yourself, it also provides full opportunity to know the job is being done with excellence and allows for an unprecedented appreciation and knowledge of the car.” For FCPEuro, West will focus on providing in-depth information on both the Mercedes-Benz R107, 450SL, D-Jetronic version and the W123, 240D. Glücklich Autofahren! (Happy Motoring)

Recent Posts

Mercedes Fuel Sender Replacement or Cleaning

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 3, 2017
As the original components on our classics age, a repair or replacement will be par for the course until each system and component has been ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Breathing New Life Into A 450SL

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
It is a true honor to join the editorial team at FCP Euro from the Desert Southwest of the United States. Today we launch a series on the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

The Right Fuel and Octane for Classics

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
For classic car owners there are certain topics that consume the internet in both the form of questions and answers. Topics such as “What ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes 450SL A/C Repair and Restoration

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
PART 1 Now that we are officially into summer, at least in the northern hemisphere, there is no better time to talk about air conditioning. ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes 450SL Emissions System

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
For 1975, U.S. buyers were privileged to an all new feature—emissions! Yes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, required that ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes 450SL A-6 Compressor

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
REFRIGERENT r12 or r134 In our second part of the Mercedes 450SL air conditioning restoration, we will focus on prepping the system for ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz 450SL Plugs, Wires, & Ignition

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
I was recently asked if I would write an article on spark plugs and wires. Like tires, additives, cleaners, batteries, etc., we have so many ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes 450SL D-Jetronic

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
As we progress on our journey through the 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SL, it is important to look at the D-Jetronic or D-Jet fuel injection system.... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes 450SL Power Steering

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
The early Mercedes 450SL power steering system is very robust and quite simple. The other positive is, pumps, hoses, steering boxes etc., ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes W123 - 240D Vacuum Overview

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
If you already own a Mercedes W123, 240D it will be no secret that vacuum is used everywhere. Despite the fact that this car, in my opinion, ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Mercedes Camshaft Oiler

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 2, 2017
Part of Mercedes maintenance is to make sure your Mercedes camshaft oilers are not clogged. The two camshaft oilers are not at all ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes 450SL Alternator and Air Pump Replacement

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 1, 2017
When it comes to working on your classic or any model year car for that matter, it will generally save you a significant amount of money. As ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes 450SL Fan Removal

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 1, 2017
Eventually you will more than likely need to remove your fan and fan shroud from your Mercedes 450SL. It is not difficult but does require ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz 450SL Failed Ignition Switch Replacement

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 1, 2017
Just why is it that when the job is almost done more goes wrong. Well, that’s life when you are working on a 1975 that sat for years in the ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Mercedes Diesel-Power of Clean Part II

Posted by West Kenyon
on Feb 1, 2017
As promised, I have concluded my testing of the BlueChem line of diesel engine cleaning products. Now we wrap up with the BlueChem “Oil ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

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