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Mechanicals / Re: Just secured a 450 SEL 6.9...
Last post by rumb - Yesterday at 04:00 PM
I tried ordering some 2 weeks ago from a dealer and they said nla.

Ecs and most parts sites have no idea if a part is nla until after you order.
Mechanicals / Re: Just secured a 450 SEL 6.9...
Last post by McNuggets - Yesterday at 03:24 PM
ECS Tuning seems to have them for about $40 each. I was going to buy these in November but their website was acting up and I was worried about missing out so I bought from MBOEMparts for $60/ea. Can't remember if I bought fronts yet or not...
Shop / Re: sheet metal parts
Last post by gurrier - Yesterday at 06:16 AM

Thank you so much for this find - an Aladdin's cave as far as I am concerned -pricing also seems to be
very reasonable.   NOS so hopefully should be good quality and this side of the water, excellent.

Mechanicals / Re: Just secured a 450 SEL 6.9...
Last post by revilla - Yesterday at 01:27 AM
Quote from: andrewk on 26 January 2023, 06:08 PMThat's around $400 AUD once delivered. A bit too expensive - I don't really buy into scalping.

I think you probably meant to write:
"Thank you very much Rumb. I appreciate the time you spent to find this option for me. However, it might be a bit too expensive for me being based in Australia. But thanks anyway. This forum and its members are of great help. They lend a hand every time out of good will. Nice to be part of it.

Gratitude is a fundamental principle of this forum.
Mechanicals / Re: Just secured a 450 SEL 6.9...
Last post by BCK1963 - Yesterday at 01:15 AM
As far as I have been able to track there are two of these sway bar bushings left at a german MB dealer. He refuses to sell as this dealer is part of the MB classic line and he says he needs the bushings for an upcoming restoration.
However, he says as well that he will have them reproduced to OEM standards. It may take a couple of weeks and the price indication is appr. 50 € plus tax. But don't nail me on details.

I will keep you posted on how things will proceed.
Mechanicals / Re: Gas Gauge Hangs-up
Last post by andrewk - 26 January 2023, 07:28 PM
I just removed my fuel level sender - it was caked up with particles from the fuel and rust from the tank. If you're taking the sender out, make sure to inspect your tank for rust (obviously drain the fuel completely first).

I made the decision to get the tank serviced and also replace the fuel level sender. The new parts from MB seem to be of a lower quality than the original, the markings and part number etc are all wonky, and it doesn't seem to be a VDO part any more...

116-542-05-04 was the part number for the 96 L 450 SEL 6.9 tank.
Mechanicals / Re: Just secured a 450 SEL 6.9...
Last post by andrewk - 26 January 2023, 06:18 PM
Yesterday was a public holiday here. As I don't participate in that day, I decided to work on the 6.9.

Unfortunately it was ~35*C so the work was strenuous (see picture) and many of the parts refused to budge, caked on with mud, rust and general old age. Far less work than expected was completed.

I did however manage to get the driver's side rear brakes installed - new parking brake shoes were extraordinarily tedious to install.
The brake discs were also really hard to remove as they were completely rusted to the wheel hub.

The rear left brake disc is stuck due to a jammed parking brake shoe - i'll have to disconnect the cable or use a puller on the brake disc.

In addition, I received a huge box of parts from MB Classic Center in the USA after it was stuck with FedEx for the best part of a week. New water pump, loads of plastic and rubber pieces, some bolts, a master cylinder, the correct clear hose for the headlight and windscreen washer system, loads of vacuum tubing and various other items.

I'm away for a few days so i'll try get some work in on Monday night, replacing some of the vacuum hoses and other pieces which connect to the fuel / injection system.

Mechanicals / Re: Gas Gauge Hangs-up
Last post by Jan S - 26 January 2023, 04:53 PM
Quote from: JeffCullen on 25 January 2023, 12:17 PMMy money's on a sticky float... sometimes you can get lucky, pull the sending unit and clean it out... need to be VERY careful with the tiny wires!

Mechanicals / Re: W116 6.9 (6632) engine reb...
Last post by HPC - 25 January 2023, 10:34 PM
Quote from: rumb on 24 January 2023, 01:46 PMYes the smog stuff will not find its way back into the engine bay...

As despicable and worthless as all that smog stuff is, you could completely kill yourself and future owners from ever being able to register or even sell the car.  CA CARB is spreading and many states just plain will never allow these cars on the road if they are missing components.

Even if your state can get by I would think heavily about removing it.  I recently sold 2 vehicles because they were missing smog components and I didnt want to get stuck with the thousands of dollars it would take to put back on them.

That makes sense!  I did not think of selling in future.