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ptashek

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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #75 on: 19 April 2016, 01:06 PM »
For carpets, give cabrio.de a try too. I'm putting their set into my 450, and it's rather good.
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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #76 on: 19 April 2016, 06:48 PM »
I still have a complete carpet set in stock here, that I don't need. New from GAHH, it came as MB Parchment replacement, in multiloop, but there's a hint of light green woven though, and I can't have that in a Concours car.
692usd at GAHH, for the complete outfit, excluding shipping. I'll let it go for 600usd INCLUDING shipping worldwide.

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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #77 on: 19 April 2016, 07:19 PM »
I still have a complete carpet set in stock here, that I don't need. New from GAHH, it came as MB Parchment replacement, in multiloop, but there's a hint of light green woven though, and I can't have that in a Concours car.
692usd at GAHH, for the complete outfit, excluding shipping. I'll let it go for 600usd INCLUDING shipping worldwide.

That's a great discount, especially with shipping. I think I want to go with a warmer color however - most likely brown or a darker tan! Thanks for the offer though!
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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #78 on: 20 April 2016, 05:11 AM »
Oh, I meant to type 500usd!
Still, I get your point.

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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #79 on: 20 April 2016, 05:24 AM »
Oh, I meant to type 500usd!
Still, I get your point.

That's an even better deal for the right person then - My car has the dark brown dash, and the contrast would just be a bit too much for my taste, especially because the car will end up cayenne orange on the outside.
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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #80 on: 15 May 2016, 01:21 PM »
Short update, no pics today unfortunately.

- Began replacement of vacuum hoses and rubber bits in the engine compartment. SO much cracked rubber. Vacuum lines break like uncooked spaghetti at this point.

- Replaced the two temp sensors. Still having a jumpy temp gauge, thinking there might be a ground issue somewhere. Fan switch now works as it should, and not constant on anymore. Good thing. Still have to pull the thermo-time-switch to test it. I think it may be shot.

- Cap, rotor and plugs replaced. And boy, did they need it. Wires coming as soon as my Bosch connectors get here. Making my own wires.

- Finally finished modifying the Becker stereo - has now all LED lighting, a hidden AUX input connected to a Bluetooth module that can be activated by the OEM antenna switch that I no longer need since I mounted a different Hirschmann antenna without that functionality. Basically you hit the antenna button and it switched from radio/cassette to Bluetooth. Everything installed hidden, no way to tell without pulling the stereo.

- Replaced all bulbs in the HVAC panel with LEDs - damn that thing is bright now. Needs a resistor in line to dim it a bit. No wonder, there were 4 or 5 bulbs just in that alone!

« Last Edit: 16 May 2016, 08:18 AM by Zaxxon »
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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #81 on: 16 May 2016, 08:17 AM »
Unfortunate duplicate post - please disregard. :/
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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #82 on: 16 May 2016, 09:20 AM »
Becker stereo [..] connected to a Bluetooth module

Can you share some details on the module you have used?
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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #83 on: 16 May 2016, 09:58 AM »
Can you share some details on the module you have used?

Sure! It's a pretty cheap BT adapter from Amazon that I "hacked" to the Becker. It's this one: http://www.amazon.com/SoundBot-Bluetooth-Hands-Free-Wireless-Streaming/dp/B00RH29CJO that comes with its own fairly decent 2A USB adapter that I also hacked apart and provides now not only power for the bluetooth module, but also for a charging port for phones inside of the glove compartment.

The module itself is piped into the sound board of the Becker via a detour over a DPDT relay that switches with one side of the OEM antenna switch in the dash between radio/casette and the BT module. Then I pulled out the pre-amp signal that goes to the Becker amp and instead routed it to the higher power amp in my glove compartment. It's nice that volume and sound settings are still working through the stereo that way, and everything looks pretty much stock, aside from the little pod for the BT that is stuck to the side of the center console where it's pretty inconspicuous, yet the microphone picks up fairly well for phone conversations. Together with the Pioneer speaker it sounds VERY nice and definitely amazing enough for me as not really a crazy audiophile. I do have an Infinity powered sub sitting in my shop not being used for anything however - maybe I add it into the trunk at some point. Not sure yet.

Let me know if you need any more info!

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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #84 on: 26 May 2016, 05:34 PM »
Since my car unfortunately came without the tag on it, and EPC doesn't have cards that far back, I am still somewhat uncertain what color the car actually is. After looking at a lot of pictures, I am somewhere between 606 Ahorngelb and 681 Weizengelb and I just can't make up my mind. Obviously it's always hard to go by pictures with different edits and the like. The car is a '78, and I think 681 came in '79, but you never know. The car will end up being 406 Cayenne Orange anyways, but I would love to get a little bit of paint do something temporary with the few chips/surface rust spots the car has that doesn't look completely horrible until all the mechanical issues are dealt with and I am moving to body work...any ideas?

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Re: Back in a W116 again...'78 450SEL arrived!
« Reply #85 on: 21 November 2016, 09:04 AM »
Here is another quick update on the project...aside from a few interior things (wooden shifter handle, wood (plastic) shifter surrround), euro hazard switch I also installed the passenger side rearview mirror and euro headlights which just transform the car SO much. Added some DRL/turn signal LED strips inside of the lights, yellow fogs and switched the US fogs to LED DRLs as well.

No, I am not a purist. I do with my cars whatever I like on them and whatever I feel makes them nicer/better. I can't wait to get the bodywork and paint done in spring, at which time I will also do the window seals, door seals and related rubber. Hopefully I find some time over the winter to replace the leather and the carpeting.
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Mercedes: '99 CL500, '86 500SEC, '96 SL500, '06 R500, '02 ML320, '78 450SEL
Porsche: '80 928S 5-Speed, '86.5 928S RogerBox '86.5 928S 5-Speed, '83 944
Others: '84 Callaway Alfa Romeo GTV6, '83 Tiara, '87 FZ