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Re: Saving A 1965 W111 220
« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2020, 01:34:40 AM »
I ended up removing and refurbishing the Mark IV air conditioning unit. Since I already have a Kühlmeister, I put the Mark IV up for sale.



I sold it and the black wheel covers that wouldn't fit the steel-look aluminum wheels that I put on my 1980 W116 300SD, and then used the money to buy five 14" W108 dog dish wheels that were for sale on Craigslist.

I think the seller liked me, because after talking about Mercedes, he gave me a great deal on them. We discussed a possible deal in the future regarding a complete W108 parts car so I can harvest the front and rear axles to upgrade to four wheel disc brakes and larger brakes up front.

I got four matching Sudrads dated 12/69, and one Lemmerz wheel dated 1/69. The Lemmerz is a pretty close match to the Sudrads. K&Z wheels have much smaller brake vent slots cut in them, so that's something to watch for when looking for wheels--even if they are the same part number, the appearance can be different based upon the manufacturer.


Unfortunately, the tires were rotten and wouldn't hold air. I really wanted the car to rest on tires which hold air. I ended up selling an air conditioning mounting bracket on eBay and used the money to have the old whitewall tires from my 1980 W116 300SD mounted onto the wheels.

It's funny, because the small tire shops didn't want to touch the tires due to them being 9 years old. Discount Tire was up for the job, however. I didn't need them balanced, but Discount Tire balanced them anyway and didn't charge me for it. They told me I'll have a smooth ride rolling around on my driveway.

I already had five dog dish hubcaps which had nearly perfect chrome. Soaking them in a bucket of Evapo-Rust removed the rust on the backside.


I had just enough money left over from my eBay sales that I was able to purchase a new set of stainless steel trim rings for $45 and free shipping. That sure beats paying over $400 for a dented and rusty original set.
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Re: Saving A 1965 W111 220
« Reply #31 on: June 25, 2020, 01:36:25 AM »
I'm very happy with how the 220 looks with good wheels and tires. It was really nice to be able to scrape together enough money to get further ahead on the project.




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Re: Saving A 1965 W111 220
« Reply #32 on: June 25, 2020, 01:37:15 AM »
After giving the original six cylinder gasoline engine to my roommate, the engine compartment is ready for an OM617 five cylinder turbo diesel engine.

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