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Test Drive / Re: Looking for 450 SEL 6.9
Last post by daantjie - Yesterday at 01:05 AM
Nice 6.9's are getting super scarce.  If you find one meeting your criteria you will likely have to drop some serious coin.
Test Drive / Re: Looking for 450 SEL 6.9
Last post by rumb - 08 June 2023, 03:37 PM
Hi Lothar,

Try they sell them regularily. There is one on there currently that is pretty nice but the seat color is wrong and could be dyed to match better.
Test Drive / Looking for 450 SEL 6.9
Last post by 1160361200 - 08 June 2023, 02:15 PM
Hello everyone,

I'm a German enthusiast and collector of Mercedes-Benz vehicles up to 1998. I'm looking for a particularly good W116 450 SEL 6.9 - preferably with a sunroof and ABS. Only good, rust-free cars. No US 250 hp models. Such cars cost between €50,000 and €100,000 in Germany.

Maybe I'll be successful with you and find my dream car?

Best regards

Lothar :)
Mechanicals / Re: New Climate Control regula...
Last post by Rolo - 07 June 2023, 02:19 PM
Thanks for the tips.

The sniffer tube and sensor were all good before the regulator valve started leaking vacuum.

I'm tempted to have the old valve rebuilt and re-installed.  But, that unit only lasted 40,000 miles.  It's the aftermarket aluminum bodied type.
Mechanicals / Re: Good news - 450 speedo cab...
Last post by Neil4speed - 07 June 2023, 01:43 PM
Quote from: nathan on 06 June 2023, 10:12 AMwell spotted Neil, ha ha. I picked that one up and was like WTF! I have about 4 clusters from 6.9s. im not sure what happened with this one so I just cut the pic where I had narrated it was missing out of my video! 

I ordered a 450sel cable, only 60USD from the classic centre as at today (discounted more if you spend a lot of money with them).  I will update and confirm Bills previous findings it fits.

I cant recall if I mentioned Neil, I was in Calgary over New Years as we went to Banff.  How you keep a 116 alive there I have no idea.  The roads were terrifying and covered in sludge!

I found that really interesting... Wondering if it is a really early model or something that didn't have the light? Or maybe someone just replaced the bottom indicator portion from a 'regular' one? I saw another model some time ago with that same phenomenon.

Oh man! That is great to hear you were able to visit. While my father drove his 450 (non 6.9) all winter, RWD V8 isn't great in this climate. And the "sludge", is one of the worst parts of the winter here. You can't keep a car clean for more than a few days. The 116 is only for summer/fair weather use.
Mechanicals / Re: Anything special or exotic...
Last post by raueda1 - 07 June 2023, 06:54 AM
I just rebuilt mine as well as spare core that was laying around.  The shop confirmed what you guys said, with one caveat:  now there IS some specific part that's NLA from Bosch.  It might have been the solenoid itself, or maybe the end of the solenoid where the connection screws are.  Can't recall.  Anyway, they had one on stock so one starter got rebuilt to as-new condition.  They had use some Chinese substitute part with different screw placement, possibly harder to connect. 
Mechanicals / Re: Anything special or exotic...
Last post by marryjanes - 07 June 2023, 02:15 AM
Any car electrical shop worth its salt should be able to fix them up.  There is no magical dust involved.
quordle unlimited
Mechanicals / Re: Ignition always on?
Last post by BigGreenMachine - 06 June 2023, 11:09 PM
Good find!

What are the components you know of that are wired always on? I disconnect my battery between drives because it will usually run down over a period of weeks to months. I've always just assumed it's the clock since I can hear it ticking away from outside the car (when the garage is otherwise silent), but must admit I don't know what other components are able to draw when the ignition's off.
Mechanicals / Re: New Climate Control regula...
Last post by daantjie - 06 June 2023, 04:14 PM
Not sure really how to assist as I am not sure if the tests with the ACC will work here.  But on the ACC system if you unplug for example one of the sensors like the ambient sensor at the firewall, then the resistance goes open, and then you should get full hot.  Another failure spot is the "sniffer tube" which runs to the in car sensor.  On many older cars this tube is rotten away, thus causing lazy and imprecise temp adjustements.  These are as I said easy checks on the old ACC system and not sure if this will help you with this newer iteration.
Mechanicals / Re: New Climate Control regula...
Last post by Rolo - 06 June 2023, 12:44 PM
Thanks for the suggestions

I believe it's the Hamilton