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Mechanicals / 6.9 starter solenoid
Last post by nathan - 22 September 2022, 10:18 PM
Hi guys,

my 6.9 starter was playing up so I swapped it out.  The 'old' one im told needs a new solenoid.  Would anyone be wise enough to have a Bosch part number or advise on where to purchase?
the auto electrician suggested part number 0331 303 021 but I just want to confirm before I waste money!

Mechanicals / Re: Hamilton Motor Company Cli...
Last post by sutekh - 22 September 2022, 09:57 PM
Quote from: CA116 on 22 September 2022, 05:54 PMThanks for the heads up about Hamilton...

The takeaway here shouldn't be "Stay away from Hamilton" IMO. As mentioned, their support team was responsive and they made things right. Mostly I wanted to highlight the packaging improvements I made and promote awareness of a simple fix in case others were similarly afflicted.

If I needed another one, I'd likely still buy the Hamilton, replace a $0.15 component, and pocket the $$$ delta. Aside from their recent contract manufacturing problem, the unit is otherwise well enough built and designed.
Mechanicals / Re: Hamilton Motor Company Cli...
Last post by CA116 - 22 September 2022, 05:54 PM
I installed the UnWired kit earlier this summer. I wish the vacuum line for the main vacuum supply (yellow, I believe) was longer, but notwithstanding that their customer service was great with a few minor questions and the unit seems to work without issue. I am very pleased.

I haven't fully tested the system yet as I need to have my AC system rebuilt, but at least for the time being the heating functions work well and very fast. Thanks for the heads up about Hamilton...
Mechanicals / Re: Cruiswe control module
Last post by CA116 - 22 September 2022, 05:49 PM
My cruise control was not holding speed (the accelerate function worked but that was all). I was hoping all mechanical aspects were fine and that it was just the control unit that was failing, and so far it seems I got lucky. Just a couple days ago I replaced my control unit with a rebuilt unit from Beckman Technologies (Part #001 545 21 32). Upon removing the failed unit, I found stickers on it that indicate it was rebuilt by ProgRama in 2003. So far I have only completed one highway test ride with the rebuilt Beckman Technologies unit, but the various functions performed flawlessly. Time will tell, I suppose!

It was an easy swap. Note that when removing the unit from a vehicle with an automatic transmission vehicle, loosen the holder/bracket via the single 10mm nut/bolt before attempting to remove the unit itself via its two Phillips sheet metal screws as they are not accessible otherwise.
Test Drive / Re: BAT article on W116
Last post by ptashek - 22 September 2022, 03:18 PM
Quote from: Mick74 on 24 June 2022, 03:33 PMMore photos here of same here

I call total bullshit on the bare-metal respray claim. All one needs to do is take a look at this pics. Total bodge job if you ask me, and I haven't even started looking ;)
Mechanicals / Re: Cruiswe control module
Last post by ptashek - 22 September 2022, 02:12 PM
If you feel like some DIY and don't mind living dangerously, you could adapt my project for the W124 to the W116. The output stage is entirely different (vacuum valve vs. servo with position feedback), but the operating principle is pretty much the same and it's all done in software anyway. I have a plan to make a W116 version of it at some point in the future. Knowing me, possibly when my own amp fails (again).
Mechanicals / Re: Cruiswe control module
Last post by raueda1 - 21 September 2022, 05:04 PM
Oh boy, thanks Daniel.  You just saved me some $$$.  I'm kind of wondering if it's really possible to have a workable cruise control in these cars.  Seems like there are just so many things that can mess them up.  Cheers,
Mechanicals / Re: Cruiswe control module
Last post by daantjie - 21 September 2022, 04:21 PM
I have the Programa unit and it's less than stellar to be honest. It hunts a lot so I never use it.  Apparently the performance improves as it warms up but it really is so unpleasant with the constant surging that I can't be bothered to use it ;D
Test Drive / Re: My 1979 300SD; Liesel the ...
Last post by alivemark - 21 September 2022, 02:33 AM
Quote from: amilio on 12 June 2022, 05:59 PMFigured I'd add a few pics here directly:
PCH Trip (Pic taken in Big Sur):

Engine Bay when I got the car:

Engine Bay Now:

Looks so nice!!