The story: Last week I posted about possibly buying this Merc. Well, I pulled the trigger and drove out to get it with my 2 young kids (4 and 6).Here's the basics about this car: 1984 Buick le Sabre front clip. 2 air bags with wood blocks in front, and a hastily done ratchet shifter. I have all the chrome , trim and interior pieces save for the bumpers and original front seat. All metal look to be in suprisingly good shape. I will condense the story for brevity's sake. As you will see in the pics this car was - how do i say it - dropped Joe Dirt style. Maybe 2-3 in off the ground, maybe! I rented a u haul car trailer and as you can probably imagine had one hell of a time getting it up on there! That's before the shifter cable broke and got stuck in reverse off the trailer! After having the prior owners wife rustle up some friends who knew about the car we were ultimately able to get it up on the trailer. I will say that it was very much a Keystone Cops routine! After getting it home, getting it off the trailer by myself was equally an exercise in comic futility. Angles and clearances get very tricky on a car 2-3 " off the ground. car gets "low" centered half way off trailer and the only tire to spin is the passenger rear and its balder than a newborn babies ass! Oh yea, and the rear u-joint shackles broke and dropped the drive line!!! I'm still half way on the trailer. I finally get her off the trailer using some tactics I know to be stupid, but they worked. So i have this car with no drive line and no e-brake sitting half way UP my drive way ... yes, its up hill!!! So now I'm trying to get a "push party" organized to get it into my garage before the shit weather hits! The Stupidity: The u-joint shackles broke because i had been up for the last 24+ hours (i work nights) and didn't have a functioning "smart" brain cell working. I loosened up the PO's makeshift u-bolts holding the rear axle to the lowering blocks thinking that would allow the leaf springs to bow down a bit more giving me some more clearance. Instead it allowed the rear axle a lot of leeway to rotate down and snap the shackles as i tried to back her off the trailer! Who knew, right! Not my proudest moment! The pics: The Questions: 1. Do those u-joint shackles look like the factory Merc ones? I'm not sure it they are from the 84 Buick or not. If they are Merc, where can I source them? Unobtainium? 2. If I'm looking at this as the best time to change out/upgrade that rear end, what or the most common ones for a 50 Merc that people have had great success with? 3. Am I correct in thinking that font clip mating joint leaves a lot to be desired? Thanks guys.