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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #75 on: April 14, 2019, 07:06:18 AM »
Spent about half an hour this morning flipping the sway bar over so it's in the proper position....thank goodness for taking pictures of everything I do. Bushings sure went in a lot easier this time...

Drove the car and it's like a different vehicle. With the front suspension properly set up it's pretty amazing. The left front was about 2" low when I got it. Now it sits up like it should and it's even across both sides.

Next major job will be tearing into the driveshaft to replace the center bearing, replace the pinion seal, rear springs and a lot of the rubber bits back there. I'm going to schedule that for next month. Meantime I'll take care of some cosmetic stuff.

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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #77 on: April 20, 2019, 09:17:52 PM »
Had time to replace a leaking rear wheel brake cylinder today:

http://penoff.com/1965_220SEb_Blog/Entries/2019/4/20_Give_Me_a_Brake.html

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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #78 on: April 23, 2019, 07:27:42 PM »

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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #79 on: April 26, 2019, 07:33:10 PM »
Replaced center bearing and carrier on the driveshaft today. Trying to figure out how to proceed to get to the pinion seal - buy the "pin wrench" or fabricate one of my own...

http://penoff.com/1965_220SEb_Blog/Entries/2019/4/26_I_Got_the_Shaft.html

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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #80 on: May 05, 2019, 07:36:21 PM »
Not that anyone will notice, since it seems like this place has died a very quiet death, I replaced a leaky pinion seal and all of the rubber bits on the rear axle:

http://penoff.com/1965_220SEb_Blog/Entries/2019/5/4_Rear_Complete!.html

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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #81 on: May 05, 2019, 08:02:23 PM »
Pretty fascinating. I'm doing the same thing (sealing up differential and pressing on driveshaft center bearing) on a W116. It's similar in some ways and very different in others. If only the cars we buy would have the same attention done and it all documented in a blog like this.
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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #82 on: May 05, 2019, 09:33:18 PM »
Pretty fascinating. I'm doing the same thing (sealing up differential and pressing on driveshaft center bearing) on a W116. It's similar in some ways and very different in others. If only the cars we buy would have the same attention done and it all documented in a blog like this.

Probably the most fulfilling part of doing this was discovering that I didn't have to drop the rear axle to remove the support arm, despite several people telling me it couldn't be done in-frame.  Apparently that's not the case, as I had no problem doing it whatsoever.

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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #83 on: May 05, 2019, 10:08:47 PM »
Probably the most fulfilling part of doing this was discovering that I didn't have to drop the rear axle to remove the support arm, despite several people telling me it couldn't be done in-frame.  Apparently that's not the case, as I had no problem doing it whatsoever.

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I've been there. One example was people telling me it was impossible to replace the front crank seal without removing the radiator. I showed them.
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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #84 on: May 12, 2019, 03:13:24 PM »

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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #85 on: May 12, 2019, 05:12:23 PM »
It's good that you replaced the plastic sheets over the holes in the door. It's also brave of you to replace the door card material. While the old card can usually be flattened out to some extent, having new perfectly flat ones will be nice.
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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #86 on: June 05, 2019, 02:21:32 PM »
Hi Dan, nice work as usual.
Some questions about the job on the rear end please:
- To get the 'rhino horn'/central support arm off (and the tip of it out of the trunk), did you have to lower the whole assembly down, but without removing the trailing arms and springs? If so, did the diff drop right down to its max limit of travel at the bottom, or did the transverse centre spring stop it from doing this? Did you use a jack under the main body of the diff to control the height?
   - I ask as i got told to never let the rear end sag in the middle with its axle tubes up as high as possible with load on them, as it could damage something called the sliding joint. But the rearws are so heavy, i have never figured out how to avoid it. I have swapped a few rear ends out, but have never seemed to have damaged anything.
- With the centering rod, did you have trouble getting the new bushes on the end where it joins the body? I found that the new ones that were so thick compared to the old compressed ones, that i couldn't get enough threaded rod through the mount on the body to tighten it up. You mention it, but don't say how you solved it - or did jacking up the diff do it?  I frigged around with clamps and really struggled. i can't even remember how i succeeded in the end - perhaps i have erased my memory, like women do with the pain of childbirth?! So do you have any tips for that part of the job?
- what is "Mercedes black sealant"? Any pictures, and where did you get it? Is there a generic equivalent?
I see you want to change the bushes on the trailing arms. That can be a bugger too, getting the front on over the mounting point on the car without popping the new bush out of the trailing arm. Sometimes it has gone easy for me, other times i have taken a whole day and needed a mate to help. Good luck with it. Considering you still have to do this, apart from the extra work to take the brake hoses off and bleed brakes, do you not think it would have been easier to pull the whole rear end out and do everything without lying under the car?

Cheers, Drew in Oz
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Re: W111 1965 220SEb "Restoration" Project
« Reply #88 on: June 11, 2019, 10:14:29 PM »
That radio looks great in there!
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« Reply #89 on: June 12, 2019, 05:32:29 AM »
Thanks!

I was really struggling with what to do radio-wise. Finding a working Becker or other brand that is period correct is getting to be pretty expensive these days. Luckily, I found this one for cheap from a BW forum member who had listed it for sale some months ago with no takers. No faceplate, which was an issue, so I camped out on eBay and lucked into someone selling the correct faceplate for $30. To give you an idea, they normally sell from Becker for around $150 or more, and that doesn’t include the hardware.

I had a bag of hardware from the original Blaupunkt that was in the car, so again, I lucked out in that regard. Only thing I had to pop for was one chrome shaft nut from Becker - $25.

The real kicker was when I first set it up and got nothing out of it. Darn!! And then I realized it was a tube radio and had to warm up…2-3 minutes powered up and it was making noise. Whew!

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