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Off-Topic / Artwork
« on: November 21, 2018, 03:04:30 AM »
This is a drawing I did of my Universal (or rather how I plan on it looking when I am done restoring it into a W111).

Here's a sketch of how I once planned on my 300SD looking:

I like vintage bicycles, too.

This one is very old (I was 13).

Introductions / Re: Hello From Los Angeles
« on: November 21, 2018, 02:16:42 AM »
Welcome! I imagine you encounter some exceptionally nice vehicles coming into your shop. Your own vehicles sound quite enjoyable.

This here is a great car, and the owner drives it regularly--in fact he even drove it to work today. Here is a picture of me with it during the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Club of America car show where it won an award for "Most Unusual Color".

Vehicles / Re: 300se lang for sale
« on: November 20, 2018, 11:57:25 PM »
It sounds very interesting! Tell us more.

Also, I'd consider one from a right hand drive car for two reasons:

1. I think the shift shaft is the same part number (108 260 08 82), just placed on the opposite side as a left hand drive car.

2. I may be purchasing a right hand drive Universal, and it would benefit from having a safer steering column.

I am looking for either a steering column from a late 1967 or 1968 W110/W111 fintail with a manual column shift transmission and that takes the steering wheel with the fat hub,


The shift shaft on a W108 chassis steering column from a manual column shift transmission car (as long as it's not the very early ones that take the hub-less steering wheel.

EBay turned up nothing; they are always either automatic, floor shift, or early hub-less steering wheel versions.

I have a fintail steering column from a column shift automatic transmission car. I think it will work with a manual transmission if I replace the shift shaft from a W108 chassis, as both late W110/W111 and W108 column shift manual transmission steering columns use the same part number shift shaft; 108 260 08 82.

I understand that the bearing housing with shift linkage interchanges between early and late version W110/W111/W108 chassis.

The steering column I am seeking:

Vehicles / Wanted: W111 230S Sedan (Or Wagon)
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:02:14 PM »
I'm looking for a non-rusty W111 230S sedan, preferably with sunroof (but I may have access to a sunroof top that's for sale if the car is otherwise suitable). In a perfect world it would be black or brown and a late 1967 or 1968 production date and has a manual column shift steering column with the thick steering wheel hub. Condition of the drivetrain or interior is not important because the plan is to put a turbo diesel engine in it and I have a decent interior already. I would drive the car as a daily driver and then eventually use the rusty Universal wagon I have to convert it to a wagon.

I'm not looking for a restored or running vehicle as I can't afford it and it would be a shame to modify one of them, anyway. I'm in Surprise, Arizona, but willing to have it transported from out of state depending on circumstances.

I'm willing to consider all fintail wagons, though importing one from another country is likely to be too expensive.

Beautiful 300SE, and a lang no less! This is the one everyone wants. It reminds me of the one that the Dutch royal family used to own. It went for big bucks.

Introductions / Re: Squiggle Dog
« on: November 20, 2018, 08:00:17 PM »
Over the years I have helped people import vintage Mercedes into their country. The first was the 1959 W111 220SE that I sold on eBay. It went to Dubai to get a makeover.

Then I exported a 1962 W111 220S with nice original paint to Taiwan.

I ended up exporting a couple more to Taiwan.

This 1966 W110 200 that I saved from being scrapped went to Saudi Arabia. I actually drove the car home from 100 miles away.

Introductions / Re: Squiggle Dog
« on: November 20, 2018, 07:41:10 PM »
You have probably guessed that my Universal is rusty. Unfortunately, it's too rusty to restore. The floors are gone, the rocker panels are home-made and have no jack holes, the firewall is rusted, the rear hatch door is rusted through, and most of what's left of the lower part of the car is made up of sheet metal attached with screws and covered with body filler. So, I'm going to have to use a non-rusty sedan and graft the wagon sheet metal onto it. All the wagons started out as sedans anyway. Once again, I've been trying for about ten years to get that brown 230S that was on eBay, to no avail. I passed up several suitable cars because I really believed I was going to be sold the car.

So, now I am looking for a non-rusty W111 230S with a sunroof (or maybe even without) to use, but every time I find one it seems like it doesn't work out for one reason or another (mostly unresponsive sellers). My Universal is currently wearing a W111 hood and fenders from the 230S I parted out years ago because the original W110 fenders were junk and I didn't want to have to store the W111 hood and fenders I have.

In my searches, I happened to find a right hand drive 1967 W110 Universal that someone is selling. I even like the color! I'm currently in negotiations because being not rusty, I definitely want it to be my new daily driver while I slowly work on my rusty Universal project. But, the seller doesn't know what to ask for it, and I don't want to insult him with an offer that's too low, but I also don't know if he is unrealistic in his expectations. Time will tell, though I haven't heard from him in several days.

Introductions / Re: Squiggle Dog
« on: November 20, 2018, 07:23:27 PM »
Before I parted out the 200D, I purchased a 1980 W116 300SD for a daily driver (which I still have and once again was grossly misrepresented but I've put a lot of work into it to make it a nice driver). I was still trying to work a deal on the brown 1967 230S, but it just never happened. Link to my 300SD thread is here: .

Station wagons have always been my favorite type of car. I also prefer sedans over coupes. I never understood why someone would prefer only two doors. Unfortunately, station wagon fintails are very rare. My dream car has been a W111 IMA Universal wagon, but I figured it would never happen. Then one day I noticed a 1967 W110 230 Universal for sale for $1,500 on Craigslist. People on other Mercedes forums were telling me it was insane money for the car, pure greed, and that it was worth $300, maybe $500 tops--and that the seller should be giving it away. I ended up getting it for $1,000 because that was as low as the seller would take. It also didn't help that there was a guy in California trying to buy it.

One neat thing about it is that it has the 60/40 split rear bench seat.

I ended up putting my turbo diesel engine in it.

Introductions / Re: Squiggle Dog
« on: November 20, 2018, 07:03:53 PM »
I found a nice complete 1959 W111 220SE with sunroof for $300. I was going to put my turbo diesel engine in it, but realized that the early cars don't lend themselves as well because they have single circuit drum brakes on all four wheels, a different suspension arrangement, no factory seat belt mounting holes, and other issues. So, I listed it on eBay, got $900 for it, and shipped it to Dubai.

After I sold the 220SE, I was looking for just about any car to drive because the bus system was an insane asylum on wheels and it was taking far too long to commute to work that way. I saw a 1968 W110 200D for sale on Craigslist. I bought it for $1,200 because it was advertised as having a rebuilt engine, new tires, working air conditioning (just needs a charge), daily driver quality, garage-kept, and freshly detailed with three coats of polish. Well, the car ended up being a rust bucket with a tired engine that had almost no oil in it, very old petrified tires, and a very sloppy shifter (which I was told requires "finesse"). Lesson learned.

Due to the W110 diesels having a reputation for being slow, I only expected to use the car to get around town and to work, and didn't think it was capable of freeway speeds. I drove the car home and ended up flying past my roommate who was driving ahead of me. That car was fast! I found it had no problem accelerating or keeping up with traffic. I even drove the car on multi-state trips and it would cruise at 80 MPH all day. I never once felt like it was a slow car. Sadly, it was very rusty, had poor repairs from a rear-end collision which accelerated the rust, the area behind the taillights was practically rusted away to nothing, and the driver's seat fell through the floor, so I parted it out. Here is a link to a couple threads on it: and .

Introductions / Squiggle Dog
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:23:33 PM »
Hi, I'm Scott! I've been active in the Mercedes-Benz community for over ten years. I saw my first fintail in Saudi Arabia when I was a child. It was a W111 sedan painted yellow, adorned with tassles, and being used as a taxi (or "limo" as they call them there). It was my favorite car and I would wave at the driver from the back of the school bus if it happened to be following behind. I wanted to own one some day. Below is an example of vintage Mercedes being used as taxis in The Middle East.

Years later as an adult, I picked up a 1967 W111 230S on Craigslist for $100.

It had skid plates for the oil pan, fuel lines, and differential.

It had a bad engine, so I installed on OM617 five cylinder turbo diesel engine from a 1979 W116 300SD. But, the body was very rusty, so I ended up parting it out.

Ten years ago when I was checking eBay, there was a 1967 W111 230S that had just ended with no bids. It had a sunroof, a neat interior, and it was the color I want (brown). It also had a bad engine, so I thought this would be the perfect car to put my OM617 turbo diesel into. I contacted the seller, and he seemed happy to help the car go to a good home. But long story short, it dragged on and the owner is always too busy to sell the car even though I have the cash. I actually sold my daily driver 1979 W116 300SD to come up with the money and ended up without a car to drive.

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