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Do you think the W116 is better kept original or modified.

modify
8 (24.2%)
keep original
20 (60.6%)
drop on guts
1 (3%)
leave the old girl alone
4 (12.1%)

Total Members Voted: 31

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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #15 on: 13 March 2008, 04:17 AM »
And there was I thinking that beauty was yours!
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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #16 on: 13 March 2008, 04:26 AM »
the chrome touches are rather nice, the chrome selector cover is a nice touch too.
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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #17 on: 13 March 2008, 04:35 AM »
And there was I thinking that beauty was yours!

No sorry, i have only cars in original condition.  8)

The cockpit from my 6.9:





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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #18 on: 13 March 2008, 04:43 AM »
And there was I thinking that beauty was yours!

No sorry, i have only cars in original condition.  8)

The cockpit from my 6.9:






Does that old phone still work in Germany ? We never ever had the network those things use in Australia.

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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #19 on: 13 March 2008, 05:05 AM »
No, unfortunately not. The B-Net in Germany worked from 1972 until 1994. In 1985 came the C-Net. The D-Net started in 1992, so the B-Net was 1994 unnecessary.

The telephone costed 20.000,-DM. This is a quarter from the price of a new 6.9.



Anyway now it´s heaviness (23Kg) on the back axle.  ;D

« Last Edit: 13 March 2008, 05:09 AM by Wolfgang Germany »

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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #20 on: 13 March 2008, 05:54 AM »
No, unfortunately not. The B-Net in Germany worked from 1972 until 1994. In 1985 came the C-Net. The D-Net started in 1992, so the B-Net was 1994 unnecessary.

The telephone costed 20.000,-DM. This is a quarter from the price of a new 6.9.



Anyway now it´s heaviness (23Kg) on the back axle.  ;D



Thats an impressive peice of equipment. Well done for keeping it installed ;)

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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #21 on: 14 March 2008, 01:59 AM »
i say they are great both ways but i think i would have to choose modify, not anything stupid... say period correct mods.
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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #22 on: 14 March 2008, 02:48 AM »
I'm pretty sure that steering wheel is available in Australia via Carshine.com.au
sigh....sitting back contemplating the next purchase..!

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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #23 on: 14 March 2008, 04:20 PM »
I'm pretty sure that steering wheel is available in Australia via Carshine.com.au

It is... :o

I just checked, sure it's for the W107 but it should be interchangeble I guess.

"Walnut or Zebrano with Leather - $895.00 exchange" the page says.



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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #24 on: 14 March 2008, 05:02 PM »
Forgive my ignorance, but is there a great difference?

I seriously don't know  ;)
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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #25 on: 14 March 2008, 05:57 PM »

It is... :o

I just checked, sure it's for the W107 but it should be interchangeble I guess.

"Walnut or Zebrano with Leather - $895.00 exchange" the page says.


That's not bad, Does it have a new horn pad and star logo? or is one to buy that separately?

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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #26 on: 14 March 2008, 09:38 PM »
That's not bad, Does it have a new horn pad and star logo? or is one to buy that separately?

That's a good question PB, the site doesn't actually say so I assume it comes with the pad and logo.

The complete listing says:
"STEERING WHEELS Walnut or Zebrano with Leather - $895.00 exchange
(we can also match to your existing wood colour!)

We can also supply original steering wheels from $200.00 exchange!
"

Interesting you should ask that too, looking at the image above I noticed the horn pad is an original type and the outside is leather. Here's another image on the site, showing the two wood types:


So yeah, since it doesn't mention the pad not being included I guess it is included. Though I suppose any prospective buyer could shoot a short email to them asking if it is if they were concerned. :)
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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #27 on: 15 March 2008, 05:27 AM »
does c-net refer to cybernet?? i thuoght this went on line in 1997 when skynet became self aware?!
nathan
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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #28 on: 15 March 2008, 07:00 PM »
I am definitely one of those and I'm not confused Nathan ;D

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Re: w116 better as original or modified
« Reply #29 on: 18 September 2008, 10:53 PM »
I would say, as a whole, largely original. As I'm yet to be an owner (only a few more months in this damn country), I can only dream, but I'd probably consider a few options.

- Exhaust. Nothing loud, but surely, as with most V8s, there's something to be had there that can maybe get a bit loud when it's on full song, but stays quiet when driving sedately.
- Suspension - put new springs and shocks (Koni or similar), to drop it just a little bit (not lowrider style or anything, just half or an inch to sit it a bit lower, put it in better contact with the road, and increase the feedback a little bit).
- Steering wheel. Something like the ones in the images below. For me, the wheel is a huge part of how a car feels to drive, and the wheel in the W116 isn't all that special.



Hard to find a good one, but I think the first one would look good.

Other than that, I think Bundts probably look the best, would be nice in a 16" perhaps, instead of 14"

This is one modified W116 I really like the look of. Looks purposeful.