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Test Drive / Re: W116 Facebook groups
Last post by nathan - 28 May 2023, 01:48 AM
Fb isn't really setup for long winded explanations of technical matters, so usually its just some finished product pics.  However, as GP and Kozzy said, they are quite good for discussing local meetings, and source of materials in the area.

The great divide of, leading to the birth topklasse.  This would have been about early 2010s.  It was felt by some members, that others were spruiking parts at a cost, more than rendering any help.  A verbal tit for tat occurred, and then as they say in Australia, some members just pulled up the cricket stumps and left, forming their own group (topklasse). The org continued on (although gradually the original heavy posters moved on), whilst TK has had a handful of members.

I just put a pic of dads and my 6.9s up on The Australian 116 group yesterday. Thats about all I post on those ones, or dates for meetings.  Posting pics on the org, is infuriating, having to compress them does my head in!
Test Drive / Re: W116 Facebook groups
Last post by daantjie - 27 May 2023, 05:30 PM
I am a member on but it indeed is very quiet on there and they seem to also focus on other models too not just 116.

I think "styria" was a member on but might have had a falling out with members on here then started  Not sure really so I am happy to be corrected 8)
Interiors & Exteriors / Re: Best option to spray cavit...
Last post by Gpapaniko - 27 May 2023, 04:31 PM
Thanks Rumb. The cavity wax I'm using is a two in one wax and rust converter that comes with a long spray tube and multi directional nozzle purpose built for this type of application. I will lift the door sills to look for the holes you suggested  as the plugs at the end won't give me access to the entire length of the sill
Test Drive / Re: W116 Facebook groups
Last post by BCK1963 - 27 May 2023, 02:30 PM
On the occasion of dealing with different forums: About the same time when I learned about this forum I 've been told about the forum. I found Topklasse a bit strange with rather rare postings which were not comprehensively dealt with like on our forum. There is a guy who is (self-?)named Godfather and who appears to be a specialist in HPF overhauling. Nonetheless, he is never mentioned in our posts. At first glance I also coulndn't identify anybody of our fellow colleagues on their forum, and their's seem to be particularly for or limited to australian W116 guys. That's just my first impression. I don't want to stir up a hornet's nest but can anybody put me in the picture with the club?

    Thanks and regards    Bernd
Mechanicals / Re: 3rd Pedal
Last post by JeffCullen - 27 May 2023, 09:59 AM
Great project! I love the 722.1 and think it suits the car, but an extra ratio would be nice for highway runs. I haven't driven a car with a 617.95x and a manual, but on the 115 four cylinder diesels it's remarkable how much quicker a four-speed manual feels compared to an automatic.

Curious to hear what you think of that Timevalve exhaust as well -- particularly the sound.
Test Drive / Re: W116 Facebook groups
Last post by mrkozzy - 27 May 2023, 09:59 AM
Ironically I had to travel overseas to discover the  "Mercedes 116 Australia" Facebook, altho until recently I have avoided social media, so that would explain it.
There seem to be some new "contacts" and such & I've also discovered (better late than never) the "W116" group, "Mercedes Benz W116" group, "Mercedes-Benz W116 S-Class owners" group, "Mercedes Classic W116 Club" group, "Mercedes W116 Forum" group, "The Old Merc W116" group.

Now my phone doesn't stop "pinging" with updates from people, just doing their stuff.

 I agree with Raueda, most are just showing pictures of their respective machines in whatever region of the world they are in.
There is however some interesting reading from time to time, but I find the "Mercedes 116 Australia" the most relevant to me.
I cannot however find ANY site that has the knowledge base of this  forum (
with either technical information or members knowledge.
Today I've put ALL my Facebook Groups onto SILENT in my phone and refer to them only when I'm scrolling through the net in the evening sometimes.
The phone I an carrying is back to normal and noticeably quieter!!!!!

Do I really "need" the Facebook groups in my life?  The Jury is still out
Do I feel better informed about anything to do with my W116?  Not sure, however there are some interesting people to occasionally chat with along the way.
Test Drive / Re: W116 Facebook groups
Last post by BMA - 27 May 2023, 01:06 AM
I am in 7 Facebook W116 groups (two are 6.9 groups). I like it. Rather few wrench spinner there, so tipps for DIY work is much more in the forums, and this here seems to be the best in the world!  ;D ....But it is pretty good to built up contacts, to see some nice W116 pics and getting parts. But not every dealer there is likely trustable! Just recently I found out in one of these groups that a German W116 Club does exist. Roughly 110 Members, having a club magazine, two meetings per year, only 50,- € annual membership and very nice people. ....Years ago we had in Germany a W116 Forum, but it was closed! :-( the W116 is a sub chapter/ forum in the pretty big 107 Forum in Germany. But very low activities there in comparison to this forum here! Regards, Björn.....PS: The W126 community in Germany is huge, W116 seems to have a niche existence.
Mechanicals / Re: Ac drawing in a lot of amp...
Last post by Sa_nyo - 26 May 2023, 09:10 PM
Hello everyone so apologies for no response I was waiting to see how everything would play out after adjusting the idle. But I am still having problems, pretty sure it might be the blower motor going bad cause I only have the losing power issue when it is on. Plus when it is on my lights go really dim and the tachometer drops to 5000 rpm, but when I turn it off lights go bright and the tachometer jumps back to where it should be. Also battery light does not turn on at all when this is happening. Here is a video to show what's happening.
Interiors & Exteriors / Re: Reupholstering, a couple q...
Last post by rumb - 26 May 2023, 09:06 AM
The tv shows where I have seen steaming they are doing the outside to help get it on and after to even things out. They often put very thin plastic sheet over cushions to slide leather over snd pull the plastic out once it is on.

The back seat covers are very easy, no tools required. The fronts may be worth a pro. I bought a front seat cover w126 from a fleabay and had shop install. They actyally tore a piexe but easily sewed in a repair.
Interiors & Exteriors / Re: Reupholstering, a couple q...
Last post by raueda1 - 26 May 2023, 06:24 AM
Quote from: orientrot on 24 May 2023, 07:43 PMFitting leather covers can be a bit more finnicky than fitting MBTex, a good upholstery shop will use steam and heat to stretch the leather to get aftermarket covers to fit more optimally and remove wrinkles.

I have a set of lumbar pillows, I'll get some pictures and dimensions when I get a chance
Great info on steaming, thanks.  I had no idea.  I'm guessing that they steam the inside of the cover to make it stretchier and then it shrinks as it dries.  I have a small, easily controlled steam cleaner that could certainly do this.  Any thoughts or caveats on how I could screw it up?

Lumbar pix would be great!  If you want to sell your pillows I'd certainly be interested (PM me).  Cheers,