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Climate Control Conversion

Started by John Hubertz, 10 February 2006, 10:33 AM

John Hubertz

I'm curious if anyone has ever explored converting a USA auto-temp car over to the manual system?  Manual control heads aren't that uncommon, but what other parts would need conversion, and how deep are they buried in the car?

John
John Hubertz
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
(Hunter S. Thompson) 

1977 450SEL (Max Headroom)
[img width=68 height=73]http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f248/fullhappyfish/max.jpg[/img]

Bratman47

#1
 Go to www.mercedessource .com/store/item.php?item=EarlyAutomaticClimateControlConversionKit  you will find just what you were asking for with instructions. If that web address does not get you there, just go to the store and then drill down to the conversion kit  item# CMC-COMECC. Go to www.mercedessource.com     upper right hand corner  -put in the item number above   you will go right to it.

Tomi

#2
I would not vote for a manual control, except if that was the last resort. I have now an all aluminum servo and it works, and when this works it is fantastic. Maybe it is more important in cold weathers. If the servo fails, I would go for the electronic conversion like this what they sell on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=8032534685&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT

I dont know anything about it but have heard some good remarks on it, but that would be the way to go although costly, if the original setup fails.

I have a question on this automatic climate control: why is the control knob in farenheit scale on every car where ever it is sold in the world, or has anyone seen a celsius scale on it ?

John Hubertz

Celsius scales are quite common - I've seen bunches....also Mercedes sells both the fahrenheit and the celsius control sticker that you simply wrap on the large roller when yours becomes dirty or worn.

I haven't compared the rear of the unit - but every 300E, 380SEL, 420SEL, 500SE, 560SEC etc etc  I've driven has the same control unit as far as the external controls.

John
John Hubertz
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
(Hunter S. Thompson) 

1977 450SEL (Max Headroom)
[img width=68 height=73]http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f248/fullhappyfish/max.jpg[/img]

Tomi

Quote from: John Hubertz on 11 February 2006, 03:50 PM
Celsius scales are quite common - I've seen bunches....also Mercedes sells both the fahrenheit and the celsius control sticker that you simply wrap on the large roller when yours becomes dirty or worn.

Thanks, every time you learn something. I have to look this up, I just have never seen it, not even here in the celsius world.

John Hubertz

#5
I'm beginning to notice a wonderful thread of similarity across all these discussions....

No matter where in the world we live, no matter the options or Country of origin...  it would appear that every single Mercedes owner is convinced that his or her car is the pinnacle of goodness....

I'll keep my USA bumpers and my all-steel top and auto temp, as al (European-born) races past me in his full-on euro 6.9, and others carefully restore half-million km 300SD's.

Whether yellow or graphite, 6.9 or 2.8, it would appear these automobiles inspire loyalty beyond the ken of ordinary cars.  April cannot come soon enough, when I will meet my new true love.

John
John Hubertz
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
(Hunter S. Thompson) 

1977 450SEL (Max Headroom)
[img width=68 height=73]http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f248/fullhappyfish/max.jpg[/img]

michaeld

John,
Yeah to that.  You clearly seem to love your MBZ more than your dog, or else you'd make him quit smoking!
I was playing around in my interior trying to see how I could access the firewall when I bumped my head into the wood panelling.  And it's real wood, not that plastic crap that I've had on every other car I've ever owned.  Mind you, real wood hurts your head more than plastic when you bump your head on it, but it's a touch of elegance that I really love.  It's all those little details that count.
P.S. I hope you don't let your dog smoke in the car.  It makes the interior smell.
Mike

boneheaddoctor

This all works best if you have a parts car to swap from...there are always little bits you didn't think you would need etc.