Author Topic: What have you done for your W116 today?  (Read 62739 times)

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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #285 on: 02 December 2017, 11:40 AM »
After having it for over 5 years, I finally installed the skid plate that s class helped me get (and surprised me by having it powder coated). I want to protect the oil pan from bottoming out, rocks, and curbs (so what happened to my roommate doesn't happen to me--he broke the oil pan on his W126 pulling into a parking lot). It seems that North American market W116s don't have mounting holes to install them, and the areas where the holes need to be drilled don't lend well to drilling. I think that right-hand-drive W116s built in the South African plant were built with mounting holes? I know JasonP had one on his North American 300SD, but it may have been added later on.

I attempted installing the plate a few times over the years but was too nervous about drilling holes into the body and messing it up. Finally I decided I just needed to get this thing out of my storage unit, so I went at it. It was challenging guessing where to drill, and then there is an angled piece of sheet metal inside the box tubing that made the drill tend to slip. I started out with a small bit and had to oval out the holes and cheat them until they were aligned correctly. Then I used a larger bit and bored out the holes.

I made some spacers to fit into the holes to prevent the box tubing on the body from collapsing when the bolts are tightened down. I installed them with sealant. I'm happy with the results, but it was nerve-wracking and took a lot of effort. An oil change can be done with the pan in place as there is an access hole. A socket doesn't really fit on the drain plug completely due to the angle, but a box wrench does, and then the oil will run out of the access hole.
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #286 on: 03 December 2017, 07:00 AM »
that bracket looks similar to the one for fanfare horns!
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #287 on: 03 December 2017, 09:01 AM »
Nicely done!
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #288 on: 09 December 2017, 08:59 AM »
Removed this from the 6.9 today:
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #289 on: 03 April 2018, 01:40 PM »
Removed this from the 6.9 today:

Are you planning a full refurb on the rear subframe?  Would be nice if you can post a thread with some pics as I have this on "the list" as well for the next few years ;D
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #290 on: 30 April 2018, 12:18 PM »
Put new hoses on the fuel system under the bonnet. 15 pieces...
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #291 on: 30 April 2018, 04:43 PM »
Gave the girl a carwash yesterday....and of course it looks like rain today.

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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #292 on: 01 May 2018, 06:16 PM »
Swapped out the Brake Master cylinder without a bench vice and under 3 hours including clean-up

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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #293 on: 24 February 2019, 07:47 AM »
Woke up the old girl from her five-month, uninterrupted winter slumber. I've followed good advice from the forum, first pulling the fuel pump relay and cranking the engine until oil pressure was built up and held for a couple seconds, then starting as normal. She fired, as always, on first full turn. Then I gave the engine a few minutes to warm up, re-lubricate itself in all nooks and crannies, cycled the transmission through all positions to do the same, checked for any leaks just in case and then went for a nice 60km drive - grinning like a maniac all the way :)

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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #294 on: 07 March 2019, 05:37 PM »
Woke up the old girl from her five-month, uninterrupted winter slumber. I've followed good advice from the forum, first pulling the fuel pump relay and cranking the engine until oil pressure was built up and held for a couple seconds, then starting as normal. She fired, as always, on first full turn. Then I gave the engine a few minutes to warm up, re-lubricate itself in all nooks and crannies, cycled the transmission through all positions to do the same, checked for any leaks just in case and then went for a nice 60km drive - grinning like a maniac all the way :)

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That's great!  By coincidence I did exactly the same a couple days ago. Feels great to get back on the road.   ;D
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #295 on: 07 March 2019, 08:24 PM »
I just swore at mine. Ignition won't go back and starter keeps running.
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #296 on: 07 March 2019, 09:08 PM »
Swearing in German seems to work better for me  ;D

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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #297 on: 08 March 2019, 07:50 PM »
I do but failed anyway. Maybe a spring in the ignition switch has gone?
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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #298 on: 18 March 2019, 08:01 PM »
Added European headlights to my 300SD. I had to re-route the cold air-intake by robbing the battery of its cooling duct and sticking the extended air-intake hose into the other end. You'll notice 3 vents under the passenger side headlight of the 300SD's for the battery cooling air-intake.

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Re: What have you done for your W116 today?
« Reply #299 on: 18 March 2019, 08:36 PM »
Trying to remove the complete ignition. Pushed in the lock pin on the steering lock but ran out of room while trying to pull it out. I'm sure its trying to aggravate me and succeeding.
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