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Mechanicals / Re: 1979 300 SD Irregular Tachometer
« Last post by Harv on Today at 05:50 PM »
Check the voltage regulator on the back of the alternator. That is a wear part that should be replaced when they wear down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qLTIwtRG14
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Shop / Re: repo grill shells on fleabay
« Last post by Harv on Today at 05:47 PM »
I'm 99% sure this company is somewhere in Europe or Asia but just lied about their location. Those prices are extremely consistent with international shipping.

 
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Shop / Re: repo grill shells on fleabay
« Last post by ptashek on Today at 01:53 PM »
At this price, with shipping, you'd buy five before having enough to re-chrome the original ;)
Sounds like a good deal, provided they fit properly.
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Mechanicals / 1979 300 SD Irregular Tachometer
« Last post by Jjutzy on Today at 01:35 PM »
I just got the 300 SD up and running again and I've been having an awful time with some sort of short.

When I start the vehicle, my tach will either race up to about 4,000 RPM or remain dead. When I touch a window switch, turn signal, or just about anything else electronic in the vehicle, the tach will start bouncing around. Once the tach comes online, when I accelerate, the tach will drop in RPM's. if I use the turn signals, the vehicle loses power, in cadence with the tach and turn signals.

Has anyone ever experienced anything like this? Seems like I can't be the only one who's ever had this happen. It is also strange to me because it doesn't seem like electrical issues should cause the OM617 to surge. Under acceleration, I can feel the vehicle surge with the turn signal. When the light is on, loss of power. As soon as it cycles off, power returns. The car actually lurches a bit with the use of turn signals upon acceleration. Turn on the defroster blower, same result; loss of power until I turn it back off.

I'm at a loss here. Maybe you all have some ideas?

Thanks,
John
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Shop / Re: repo grill shells on fleabay
« Last post by daantjie on Today at 01:06 PM »
At those prices it's hard to go wrong really.  Unless you're a stickler for absolute originality, I would spring for one of these, especially if you need one for accident repair of a daily driver or such.  Just my 2c ;)
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Shop / Re: repo grill shells on fleabay
« Last post by rumb on Today at 12:57 PM »
TASKER METAL PRODUCTS TMP is a manufacturer and international distributor of enhancement, automotive restoration, and collision body parts. The company has been in the same business since its incorporation in 1968.

The company's product lines included mainly European automotive body parts re- production and original equipment manufactured (OEM). Over the years, TMP, as the company is internationally known, has been innovating on new reproduction parts which have been in great demand by our customers from the continental USA, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Sooo, some OEM but unknown what.
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Shop / Re: repo grill shells on fleabay
« Last post by UTn_boy on Today at 12:20 PM »
That is supposedly the original company that made them for Mercedes back in the 1970s and 1980s. Here's another nice piece of theirs: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-Benz-W116-Rear-Bumper-Cover-NEW/254209476019?hash=item3b3010c5b3:g:8OcAAOSwqUBccICN . I wish someone would make a quality reproduction of the plastic grille mesh.

Not likely.....at the time Mercedes used a company in Germany called Freif to make their door handles and other chromium plated parts.  During that time the only U.S. companies that made anything for Mercedes were Frididaire, (A/C compressor) Thermo King (A/C for the W113, W108, W109, and any other car that had the "Kuhlmeister" add on under dash A/C), Chrysler, (climate control for W116, R107, and W123) and GM (various parts for the Solex 4A1 carburetor and some emissions items).   A lot of trim items, such as grill shells, were stamped out in house and then sent out to Freif for chromium plating.   Which ones and how many?  Your guess is as good as mine. 
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Shop / Re: repo grill shells on fleabay
« Last post by rumb on Today at 11:53 AM »
From the Seller:

Material thickness is .055

Copper flash, nickel chrome finish. These were made in Gardena, Caifornia, at our local stamping house.

FEDEX and UPS charge by the size of the carton these days, and not the weight it seems......
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Shop / Re: repo grill shells on fleabay
« Last post by Squiggle Dog on Today at 10:58 AM »
That is supposedly the original company that made them for Mercedes back in the 1970s and 1980s. Here's another nice piece of theirs: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-Benz-W116-Rear-Bumper-Cover-NEW/254209476019?hash=item3b3010c5b3:g:8OcAAOSwqUBccICN . I wish someone would make a quality reproduction of the plastic grille mesh.
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Mechanicals / Re: Rebuilding LSD clutch disks 6.9
« Last post by rumb on Today at 09:24 AM »
Progress of sorts.

I followed the suppliers advice and put in new  plate/clutch/plate/clutch/clutch/plate/clutch/clutch/plate/clutch/plate and had a total fail. After you put the big gear with all the plates/clutches back in the housing you then need to wind the small pinion gears in. You first roll one gear in all the way to to bottom and then you are suppose to put the other gear in and wind in back in the opposite way to the ending position.  Problem was that 1. I took his advice and 2. I half ass measured the new and old stacks and it ended up @3.64mm too thick so the first small gear got stuck in the housing. With assistance from local shop they got it out.  I suggested they just take a torch to the small gear and cut it in half.  :o

So today made a spreadsheet and tried different combination of old and new parts plus what can be had from MB for the end single sided clutch and I think I found a potential winning combination.  When I first took the diff out the clutches spun freely. I now will have 2 possibilities to increase the packs by .22mm or .32mm.  Hopefully one of those combinations will provide the correct setup.  Parts ordered today from MB.
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