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Fintails / Re: Unsafe tail lights in modern traffic
« on: September 12, 2019, 01:47:04 AM »
I have found that the bulb holders on fintails NEVER seem to work! No matter how much I've cleaned them and squished them with pliers so the bulbs fit snug, the bulbs only work intermittently. And this is on several different ones. Modifying the bulb holders so LEDs will fit (with glue, I think?) might be a really good thing--not only for brightness, but reliability as well.

Using aluminum tape on the bulb holder housing to increase reflectivity might work even better than paint. I've known people to do this on headlight reflectors, and even polish the tape to make it brighter.

Fintails / Re: Unsafe tail lights in modern traffic
« on: September 09, 2019, 04:09:17 PM »
Ugh! This shows the results of a moment of carelessness by an inattentive driver. Such a shame. I hope it gets repaired.

Mechanical / Re: 1968 230 no start (carbs)
« on: September 01, 2019, 04:10:29 PM »
Did you synchronize the carburetors? There is a special tool that's needed to do this. I've not used one, but I hear it's crucial to getting the car to run right.

Mechanical / Re: Jacking up the Car and Fuel System
« on: August 31, 2019, 01:19:51 AM »
That should be the correct one. I actually like clear plastic filters so I can see the quality of the fuel and if the filter is getting plugged with debris. You can probably find a large size clear one at an auto parts store, but it's all preference, really. The filter currently on there may be too small anyway.

Mechanical / Re: Jacking up the Car and Fuel System
« on: August 30, 2019, 01:26:25 AM »
It looks like someone used a fuel filter for a lawnmower. It should be able to be replaced with whatever Pelican Parts has that they say fits.

Vehicles / Re: 1965 220SEb on BaT
« on: August 23, 2019, 12:25:42 AM »
I didn't realize you were selling your car. I'm sad to see it go, but it is certainly much better for all your efforts and the new owner should be able to enjoy it with minimal upkeep.

Parts / Re: For Sale: W110 190D/200D Valve Cover
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:50:20 PM »
Price lowered to $35.

Parts / Re: For Sale: Left Side W111/W111 Sedan Taillight Bulb Holder
« on: August 15, 2019, 10:48:04 PM »
Now $10 plus shipping.

Progress / Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« on: August 02, 2019, 06:19:01 PM »
You've accomplished a lot with that vehicle and it should give you and others who see it plenty of enjoyment for years to come. Thanks for keeping us updated on the progress.

Mechanical / Re: 220b Not Starting after I "Fixed" it...
« on: July 13, 2019, 02:11:33 PM »
Also, you should inspect the metal parts of the rotor and the cap where the edge of the rotor sends the electricity to it. If the metal isn't shiny and clean, you can scrape off oxidization with a little flat blade screwdriver or maybe sandpaper.

Mechanical / Re: 220b Not Starting after I "Fixed" it...
« on: July 13, 2019, 02:09:02 PM »
I'd wipe down the inside of the distributor with a paper towel or rag to get the majority of the oil residue off. It's probably oil vapors from the engine that settled and not likely to affect anything.

The points should be completely closed when the flat spots of the distributor cam are touching them. Only when the tips, or the very center of the high spots of the cam are touching the points should the gap be set. It would be a good idea to take a paper towel with brake parts cleaner sprayed on it and to run it between the point halves to clean them. Or maybe just run some paperboard up and down between the points. You can actually take sandpaper (maybe 400 grit) and slide it back and forth between the points to clean them if they are really dirty. What you want is to end up with is a set of points that is clean and properly adjusted.

I installed a Pertronix electronic ignition system in my roommate's 1965 W111 220S, and it replaces points. So, there is no more need to adjust or replace points. It's just a little plastic box that fits where the points used to go, and a magnet sleeve that fits under the rotor.

I have a set of four if you are still looking...

I am, but it's bad timing right now. My finances are a mess. But maybe in a few months if they are still around.

Progress / Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« on: June 30, 2019, 03:00:30 PM »
That's one of those things that makes a big improvement in appearance. I'm sure the previous owner would be amazed at the progress you've made.

Vehicles / Re: Vehicles For Sale Elsewhere
« on: June 27, 2019, 01:35:54 PM »
What a great deal here--it has a sunroof, a good engine, a front seat armrest, and the headrests alone are worth the $1,000 price. Just look at the condition of the dashboard pad and steering wheel. This brings me back to the good old days of cheap fintails in the Pacific Northwest.

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