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Parts / For Sale: Left Side W111/W111 Sedan Taillight Bulb Holder
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:36:59 PM »
This is a used left side taillight bulb holder that fits 1959-1968 Mercedes-Benz W111 and W112 chassis sedans, such as the 220S, 220SE, 230S, and 300SE. The seal is bad and some of the fiber washers are damaged. Not working, for repair. I'm asking $15 plus shipping from Surprise, Arizona, 85374, USA.

Parts / For Sale: W110 190D/200D Valve Cover
« on: June 03, 2019, 05:45:06 PM »
This is a used valve cover that should fit a ponton or fintail 190D or 200D diesel engine. Part number 621-016-11-05. It's been out in the weather but should clean up. Asking $45 plus shipping from Surprise, Arizona, 85374, USA.

Fintails / W111 Coupe With W116 Front End
« on: April 06, 2019, 09:41:57 PM »
Very, very interesting.

It's so bizarre, but someone did a seamless job of it (from the outside). The inner fenders are something else, and it looks like the entire floor section is home-made. It's not even the first time I've seen such a thing.

Fintails / Sightings
« on: March 31, 2019, 01:19:44 AM »
This thread is for fintails that you have seen in person as you've been going about your daily life. I saw this W110 190D in a parking lot as I was stopping to get Indian food at Udupi Cafe in Tempe, Arizona.

Cosmetic / Transplanting And Repairing Seat Nets
« on: March 01, 2019, 08:37:31 PM »
I want to install seat nets from a W123 into a fintail. Where can I get the rivets to do so, and how do I install them? Also, where can I get suitable, durable, round bungee cord to fix the tops so they don't sag?

Will the taillight bulb holders that fit the W110 chassis fit the early stepped taillights on a W111 220b? I know they aren't "correct", and they seem like they would fit on the body, but I wonder if the bulbs will fit behind the lenses without interfering.

I have a pair of broken stepped 220b taillight lenses, which I will need to replace at some point, and the original bulb holders are bent and messed up. It appears the bulb holders that fit the W110 chassis (second picture) are sturdier and easier to find.

Progress / Saving A 1965 W111 220
« on: January 22, 2019, 01:15:02 AM »
I have a rusted out 1967 Mercedes W110 230 Universal wagon that I want to restore, so I've been looking for a non-rusty 1967 or 1968 W111 230S sedan with a sunroof so I can make it into my dream car; a W111 sunroof turbo diesel-powered wagon. There's one that I've been interested in buying for ten years, but it's never worked out and I haven't had any success in finding the right car despite aggressive searching.

Nearly two weeks ago my membership in the Facebook fintail group was approved and I introduced myself. Someone within the group named Troy sent me a friend request and then messaged me saying that he was local and had a complete 1965 Mercedes W111 that he would give to me for free, because his wife wanted it out of the yard, and he wanted to see someone do something with it, rather than scrap it. He said that if I take it, I'm welcome to do whatever I want with it, including restoring it, parting it out, selling it, or trading it. He forewarned me that it had no title, had flat tires, and was stuck in gear. He sent me the following pictures:

I thought it was a great opportunity, but I was really set on a 230S with a sunroof and didn't want to settle for less. I also have limited space and didn't want to bring it here in case the perfect car comes up for sale. But, the body and chrome appeared to be in really good condition, it has the correct bumpers for a wagon, and it at least had a firewall-mounted brake booster and was better suited than an earlier car would be. The cat eye taillights are also really neat, and the price was right. I felt like I would regret it if I passed on it since people seem to want thousands of dollars for rusted out, incomplete cars and it would be good security in case "the right car" doesn't come along at a price I can afford. There's also the possibility that I might be able to trade this one plus cash for the brown sunroof 230S I've been wanting for years. I also made sure that my roommate was okay with me bringing it here.

Parts / Wanted: 14" W108 Chassis Wheels That Take Dog Dish Hub Caps
« on: January 19, 2019, 09:08:06 PM »
I'm looking for at least two W108 chassis wheels that take dog dish hub caps (108 400 00 02). I have two of them and want to end up with a set of five, but I'd be happy to buy up to five of them. I'm not looking to pay crazy eBay prices, so if you have a set that's in your way, let me know what you want for them.

I'm picking up a W111 with 13" wheels with flat tires and it costs a minimum of $100 per tire for ones of the correct size. I think my money would be much better spent buying a set of 14" wheels that will fit the dog dish hub caps and then having the old whitewall tires from my W116 mounted on them.

I'm located in Surprise, Arizona, 85374, USA. Pictures below are of the wheels I want.

I have a theory that a W111 280SE coupe/cabriolet radiator, oil cooler, and fan shroud will fit in a W111 sedan. I know you guys all own one of these. Can someone tell me how wide the radiator opening in the body is for a W111 280SE coupe/cabriolet? The sedans are 23 1/4" wide. It appears to me that the coupes and cabriolets (excluding low grille) are the same. I'm going to be installing a turbo diesel engine and need an oil cooler, and also want it to look stock. It appears the radiator attaches to the body with three screws and a rubber pad in between, while the oil cooler attaches to the body with two screws and a pad in between.

When I looked up the parts on EPC, I get:

Radiator 111 501 00 01

Oil cooler 108 180 02 65

Fan shroud 111 505 01 55

Does this seem correct for a high grille W111 coupe/cabriolet 280SE? Let's use VIN number WDB11102512000330, for example. It's also worth mentioning that the 220 and 250 did not have engine oil coolers mounted next to the radiator, but the 300SE W112 may have. A low grille version would have a wider radiator opening, like a W108, which is 27" wide. I'm also going to be using one of those air cleaners to connect to the turbocharger and so it sucks in cold air from behind the grille.

Cosmetic / Look What I Found; New Universal Wagon Taillight Lenses!
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:16:47 PM »
I bought a pair of new old stock Hella taillight lenses for my Universal wagon. They are so beautiful. I will be saving these for after I restore the wagon, unless one of the lenses on it gets smashed.

Cosmetic / Adding Rear Headrests
« on: January 08, 2019, 01:12:53 AM »
Six years ago my roommate and I successfully added rear headrests to his 1965 W111 220S. We installed front and rear seats from a W109 300SEL. The front seats were reupholstered in MB-Tex vinyl at some point, but the upholsterer decided to use pinpoint material across the entire front of the seats and headrest covers. At least the material of the front seats matches the original MB-Tex on the rear seats.

1965 and earlier seat tracks are a different design, so we had to bolt the original seat tracks onto the W109 seat pans. Alternatively, we could have put the W109 skins on the original pans. The W109 upper rear seat frame was too wide, so we transferred the skin onto the original frame and tucked in the upper corners so it fit well.

I like that the W109 seats have front headrests. However, front headrests can be added using the hardware and braces from a newer Mercedes. Unfortunately, the padding consisted of crunchy coconut fiber and the legs were loose, so we removed the solid-leg headrests from a W123 (same as late W116) that had nice foam padding, and put the black covers on them. I think W115 seats would have also fit, and the rear seat would have been the same dimensions as the W111. We could have purchased rear headrests with mounting hardware from a W109, but the high cost was not within the budget.

We took the headrest mounting brackets from the front seats of a W116 (same as W108/109, W115, and W123) by chiseling off the aluminum rivets at the bottom and pulling them out. We did a lot of measuring and ended up having to use a cutting wheel to cut off some of the material on the sides of the mounting brackets in order to clear the springs.

We ran a horizontal brace to connect the brackets to the seat frame and made sure that they were positioned properly so the headrest legs could slide down. We made sure that the shiny grey oval headrest grommets (which came from the rear seat of an early W126) were positioned so that they would be aesthetically pleasing and would allow the headrest legs to drop down into the brackets. Once the seat was installed, the mounting brackets were sturdy.

Parts / New Exterior Windshield Sun Visors Now Available?
« on: January 03, 2019, 10:53:03 PM »
Wow, a company in Australia is selling new exterior sun visors for the fintails, supposedly. It looks like it's just a stock photo, but I'm very curious how they fit. I think having one would make a BIG difference here in Arizona.

I've noticed that all the trays that fit between the front bucket seats have two screw holes for attaching something to them, but what is it? I am very curious what was intended to be installed there. I am thinking it may be a good place for installing a box to hold seat heater switches for the front and rear seats, as I believe they would be accessible for both front and rear seat passengers.

Parts / 1965 W110 190D At Pull-N-Save North In Phoenix, Arizona
« on: December 23, 2018, 01:34:52 AM »
For anyone in the area, there is a 1965 W110 190D at Pull-N-Save North in Phoenix, Arizona. It's been fairly picked-through.

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