I slapped together a Gambler style build then sent it! We converged on an offroad park in southern Illinois (offroad parks are open in Illinois and Indiana, with social distancing restrictions). It wasn’t a Gambler event but a few of us doing a very small convoy.
Despite only having all seasons, the Benz did pretty good! The undercarriage of the W123 chassis is pretty beefy and practically has skid plates in areas.
Unfortunately the left rear axle began clicking halfway to the offroad park. I initially thought it to be a bad diff and changed the diff fluid. The diff is fine, but it did need a fluid change anyway. The axle survived the weekend and the trip home. Thankfully replacing both axles won’t be too bad.
Mostly everyone stayed in tiny spaced out clusters and avoided contact, per recommendations for outdoor activity right now.
Damage report: In addition to the bad axle, I lost my starter solenoid, hood pull cable, and a bushing on my throttle linkage. Only the axle will be a pain to fix, but at least new axles are cheap!
Other casualties from the weekend include two seized engines (a Tracker and that Galaxie doing burnouts), a hydrolocked Jeep, an El Camino on a Blazer frame that ate 4 distributors and 2 tire tubes, 5 dead starters on various cars, a punctured fuel tank (leaked 20 ounces every 10 seconds), a Festiva lost its rear subframe, and a destroyed oil pan. MVP? I’d say some kid who brought a bone stock and honestly minty Hyundai Sonata and showed the side by sides how to send it.
So all the carnage considered, the Benz was a tank! It even climbed massive darn near vertical hills. The first gear may as well be a crawler gear.
I finished out the weekend by selling one more asset. After thinking long and hard about downsizing and only going after bucket list vehicles, I sent the Goldwing to a new home. The Buell and the Burgman have spoiled me on how a 4 stroke bike made this millennium rides. I’ve been finding myself not wanting to ride the ‘Wing anymore. Two years, almost 10,000 miles of my own, and a little worse for wear...I managed to make money on it!
The new owner bought it as a first bike and it sounds like they’re going to cafe racer it. Well, good luck to them I say! :)