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Fintails / Re: Swing Axle Boot Replacement Tools
« on: August 21, 2020, 01:12:57 PM »
um, which car did you want a wire harness for exactly? -CTH

I need a wire harness for a 1966-1968 W111 sedan at some point. I'm going to be converting my 1967 W110 wagon into a W111 wagon, but the wire harness going to the headlights of the 1965 W111 donor body I have was cut, so I can't use the headlight portion of it anymore--and then I don't know if it would have worked out so well anyway, since they changed the style of connectors in 1966.

You don't need a harness- you can use your w110.You need the jumper/ adapter for USA style stacked headlights- but a better plan would be a set of euro headlights which doesn't require it. You may need to jumper from terminal 56b to N on your headlamp switch to activate the fogs. That should be "it".

Progress / Re: 220Sb project fail
« on: April 02, 2020, 12:37:00 AM »
Hanno, where are you located?

Mechanical / Re: Are my Accelerating Pump Nozzles Clogged?
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:41:43 AM »
Injection flow looks fine, but your floats look way low. Can you describe your symptoms in more detail, please? I'd surmise you are either running out of fuel or spark.

Off-Topic / Re: Off Topic- W108, but not really...
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:34:31 PM »
So- by way if update...

The 4.5 rear end in the W113 worked out exactly as I'd hoped. I also added a '123 Ignition' system to this car and it's seriously fun now... closer to a 911 than a 280SL. Acceleration is head snapping with the 123 and reground cam, and absolutely zero lugging between gears. Keeps up with freeway traffic without screaming. The only thing is that the speedo seems off about 6 MPH or so now.

This worked out even better than I remembered!

The 3,28 R&P set is available again but the bastards doubled the price, so if anyone out there has a reasonably priced 4.5 rear end they're willing to ship please let me know.

Fintails / Re: Article on Yahoo News
« on: April 06, 2019, 12:49:31 AM »
Nice car no electronics no black boxes all analog with the right care they run forever. :)

Indeed... at a modern handling and comfort level as well. No other 50+ year old cars are this quiet and sure.

Parts / Re: MB Price Update - Steering Wheels
« on: April 04, 2019, 01:23:18 AM »
Well, this is "interesting"... bought it from the place Squiggle posted last night at their posted price, but now "oops"... they want an additional $82.00!

I wondered about that when I saw their price, as I believe they posted their net (cost).

Itís still a good deal if you can get one. There were only 2 in the US last week, and I got one of them.

Just got off the phone with my parts guy - thereís one left in the US, none in Germany. Better grab that last one, quick.

I did, thanks. Cost me around $475 with shipping.


Parts / Re: MB Price Update - Steering Wheels
« on: April 03, 2019, 01:00:48 PM »
Well, this is "interesting"... bought it from the place Squiggle posted last night at their posted price, but now "oops"... they want an additional $82.00!

Parts / Re: MB Price Update - Steering Wheels
« on: April 03, 2019, 01:45:54 AM »
You can order them on this website for $368: (or another online Mercedes dealer).

Excellent- Thanks! ;D

Parts / Re: MB Price Update - Steering Wheels
« on: April 03, 2019, 12:24:32 AM »
Mercedes has put out their annual parts price update, and in doing so, lowered the dealer net on our white steering wheels. Dealer net is now around $320, meaning the price has dropped to nearly half of what it had been.

I just got mine today, which was one of two in US inventory. I have no idea if there are more in Germany, since Paragon wonít let the dealers see inventory in Germany if the part is available in a domestic depot.

Part number is 112 460 0503 26


So... forgive my ignorance, but how does one go about ordering? Call the dealer with the part number? Where can one find this price list/ update? Thanks.

Progress / Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« on: March 25, 2019, 09:07:32 PM »

As far as the staining goes... go to World Upholstery and order vinyl dye in a spray can that matches your interior color code:

I've used these extensively- and they ARE an EXACT match.

Get a can of the cleaner/ prep and use that first after a good scrubbing, then spray your dye. Take your time. I've been able to restore interiors and even change color in a pinch with this stuff- Yes, it's expensive... but cheaper than the alternative and looks just as good. I've touched up stains on seats with it as well. No problems with it coming off or wearing through with the proper prep.

Parts / Re: FS - Hazet 17mm Valve Adjusting Crowsfoot Wrench 2768-1
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:25:51 PM »
These are the best tools for the job and this is a great price too. The Snap On type tools that are basically a 17mm open end wrench are just toys by comparison.  These Hazets grip the bolt head much better.

Mechanical / Re: Approach to Adding Stereo Speakers in Front
« on: March 21, 2019, 10:20:51 PM »
Now all I need to do is figure out what I'm going to to do regarding the radio....
You are really stuck if you want an in-dash stereo unit in a Fintail.  Nothing really exists designed to fit the hole, and if you modify a later big-face Becker to become a small-face Becker, at a minimum you lose the tone arm.  Maybe that's not so important.  We did take a Europa Stereo and couple it with a Pioneer amp (200 watts I think) using an adapter cable that was on eBay.  That's in our 73 Alfa GTV but the same would apply to a Fintail. 

If it were me and I wanted good audio sound, I would probably go with a remote stereo in the car and hide the speakers as best as I could.  Or I would go with a Europa TR in-dash and accept the sound quality in the center dash speaker (which isn't bad!) as being what it is.

Becker did make a thin face stereo for the 1970-71 W111 Cabriolets and Coupes. Damn expensive though! I have one I'm installing in a customer's 3,5.

If you want early rear deck speakers... check these out:

These are what I'll be using in my 3,5 300SE tribute built from a 1965 220SEb sunroof sedan along with the Becker thinline stereo and an underdash Philips Automignon 45 RPM player and vintage car phone:

Burled walnut all around including the steering wheel, black on red leather, rear bucket seat option... big ballin'. 8)

Really looking forward to this project since I'll never find/ be able to afford a real W112 sedan.

I'm getting off topic a little but I was quite excited to find those NICE reproduction rear deck speakers! Very authentic and they sound great. Squiggle's solution looks quite good also.

Off-Topic / Re: Euro Tags
« on: March 18, 2019, 06:57:24 PM »
Interesting that you brought this up, as I just started looking for a period correct tag for the front bumper of my 1965 220SEb. I want an oval tag (Zollkennzeichen), which would be correct for a car that was purchased in Germany for export, such as with the European Delivery Program. I was able to research how these tags are configured and as a result have been looking for one with the proper code. The first 3 digits were codes for the respective customs department. Stuttgart-Ost was officially issued 228, 328, 428, 528, 726, 728 and 828 before 1967 and 857-866 from April 01, 1967 onwards. The number after the "Z" was issued 1-199 for motorcycles and 200-9999 for cars. From 1952-1977 the "seal" (Zollsiegel) showed the name of the respective customs department.

You can find the plates on eBay regularly, but finding one with the proper city code has been tough. If the tax stamp is missing there are companies that make facsimiles of the stamps.


Somewhere in my huge license plate collection I have a set of oval Zoll plates stamped "Daimler- Benz Stuttgart" that came in my tourist delivery 6.3.

Supposedly a 1968 prototype. Interesting! Wonder why the last pic is of a Grosser interior, though?

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