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Re: My 6.9's
« Reply #180 on: 30 April 2018, 09:12 AM »
To my knowledge all US bound cars (1977 onwards) had leather and burlwood, no exceptions.
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« Reply #181 on: 30 April 2018, 11:41 AM »
My vin is 1951, an euro car. 2nd car off assembly  line in 1977. It came with black center console.
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« Reply #182 on: 08 May 2018, 04:48 AM »
My vin is 1951, an euro car. 2nd car off assembly  line in 1977. It came with black center console.

Well then that starts to disprove my theory.  Mine is an earlier car (1670) that I thought had full zebrano from the factory.  Of course, the shifter surround and climate control panel could have been retrofitted by someone at a later date. 

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« Reply #183 on: 08 May 2018, 08:57 AM »
You got me thinking,  I was partially incorrect.  #1951 had a black climate control and a zebrano shifter surround and ashtray.


did someone switch it before me?  anything is possible.
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« Reply #184 on: 09 May 2018, 04:05 AM »
I suspect your car originally had black shifter surround and ashtray as well.  I've frequently seen hybrid setups like yours, which occur because the shifter surround and ashtray are so much easier to replace than the climate control panel.

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« Reply #185 on: 09 May 2018, 04:06 AM »
Oh, and further confirmation is your webasto control panel.  They also switched to zebrano when the shifter surround switched to zebrano. 

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« Reply #186 on: 09 May 2018, 07:45 AM »
So now I need to get a $400 webasto holder to complete the look...... :P
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Re: My 6.9's
« Reply #187 on: 08 August 2018, 12:17 PM »
Just an update.  I kind of stalled out on the sheet metal work, and then had major surgery in June which took pretty much until just a few weeks ago to recover from.  All is well now.

I did purchase a 300SEL 6.3 parts car and have been taking it apart for the last month and have just a couple weeks more to go on that. It has been a good diversion. Parts are listed on fleabay.

I also have just started collecting parts to rebuild the engine in my W108 and plan on sending the original block out to be checked and measured. I put a factory short block in the car over 30 years ago and have saved the original block all along, now it gets to go back in!

This week I disassembled my spare rear 6.9 axle assembly and have been figuring out what parts are needed to replace the LSD clutches and the seals.  The diff  side seals for the axles seem to be NLA so have to figure that one out......

The rear lower control arms I have read up on how to take those apart and spent a while reading the manual.  of course MB had about a dozen special tool they used.  I will make a few myself and see how far that gets me.  I just plan on replacing the seals, but not the races and bearings.  Everything has to come apart so the big parts can be beadblasted and painted.

The rear axles I am taking down to Denver CVJ axles they will rebuild the original ones for $178 each.  At some point I will take my 2nd set down also and get rebuilt.


Saturday the MBCA club is driving to Leadville Colo.  Should be a nice day trip.

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Re: My 6.9's
« Reply #188 on: 26 December 2018, 02:30 PM »
Not my 6.9, but my W108. Original short block has been bored and new pistons and all new parts installed. Removed existing engine from car today. Will get the head off shortly and to the shop for rebuild.
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« Reply #189 on: 12 May 2019, 07:22 AM »
After many life delays have finally been working on the 6.9 again!  Got the rear axle removed and I am bead blasting the final parts to get down to plater. Combining W108 engine parts with remainder of 6.9 parts. I had previously disassembled the axle from my parts car. In the picture note the spare wheels attached - you never want to place the brake backing plates on the floor with the heavy suspension components attached. You will bend these NLA plates and they are very hard to straighten.
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« Reply #190 on: 22 May 2019, 12:18 PM »
Finally got all bolts and parts off 6.9 that need yellow zinc plated and took them down to Denver today. Also dropped off axles at CVJ Axles for rebuild.
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« Reply #191 on: 18 June 2019, 01:41 PM »
Today I refinished the anti-squat components of the rear suspension.  De-grease, mask bearing surfaces with duct tape, bead blast, polish all bearing surfaces with crocus cloth, remask for painting, and paint. Note the tooling I had made to get this assembly apart. Mine were very stubborn to get apart.
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Re: My 6.9's
« Reply #192 on: 18 June 2019, 01:45 PM »
Here is some of the hardware from the plating company.
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Re: My 6.9's
« Reply #193 on: 25 June 2019, 02:16 PM »
Finally had dry weather here and got the pressure tank sand blaster out.  Cleaned up the rear axle subframe and the the rear lower control arms.  Exhaust manifold from W108. Will try to paint them all tomorrow.
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« Reply #194 on: 27 June 2019, 06:00 PM »
Subframe and lower control arms painted with Eastwood ceramic chassis black.
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