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T.J. Woods

Australia
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Posted - 09/20/2017 :  07:34:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been getting stuck into the 6.3, and it's amazing what can happen over the years.

The left hand rear brake caliper has been split, and half a W116 type fitted!

Also the right rear wheel bearing has a bit of play... the slot nut has been loose for years.

A used replacement front crossmember in good order has also just arrived from Germany.

Tim













1976 450SEL 6.9 #1432
1979 450SEL 6.9 #5866
1969 300SEL 6.3 #1394
1985 W126 280SE

daantjie

Canada
909 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2017 :  14:33:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In my experience "interesting discoveries" in the M100 world lead to that sickening feeling when your wallet barfs out another thousand bucks

Daniel
1977 450 SEL 6.9
Vancouver, BC
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T.J. Woods

Australia
263 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2017 :  22:10:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, that does sum up the experience, although it's all part of the fun.

I'm pretty confident the car will be reliable once the mechanical restoration is complete, although I would hesitate to drive to remote areas like I have in the 6.9, mainly due to the extra maintenance involved etc.

Tim
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daantjie

Canada
909 Posts

Posted - 09/20/2017 :  23:05:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tim I fully agree that once sorted the 6.9 is much more liveable on a regular basis. I don't ever see a 6.3 or 600 for that matter being a daily driver unless you have deep pockets. Thus it still boggles my mind that you can get entry into the 6.9 market for "walking around money". I guess it keeps shallow pocketed guys like me in the game so I should not complain

Daniel
1977 450 SEL 6.9
Vancouver, BC

Edited by - daantjie on 09/20/2017 23:06:56
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Jack English

USA
1075 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  00:22:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Daniel and Tim: I think it's people with short pockets and curiosity that will allow for the knowledge and skills to continue to keep these cars alive for at lest another generation. We learn because we have to.

Jack English
300SEL 6.3 #4768
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AgSilver

USA
217 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  12:42:44  Show Profile  Visit AgSilver's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jack English

Daniel and Tim: I think it's people with short pockets and curiosity that will allow for the knowledge and skills to continue to keep these cars alive for at lest another generation. We learn because we have to.



Well Said Jack . . .



Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Niederheimbach, Germany
300SEL 6.3
E55K AMG
CLK63 AMG Gone
Ferrari 400GTC4 Gone
ML400CDI BiTurbo
ML350 CDI BT
9146GT
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Art Love

Australia
6152 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2017 :  23:27:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have two 6.3's that I use as daily drivers. Use one for a couple of weeks and then reverse them in the garage and use the other one for a few weeks. If I feel like a change, I use the 600. If I didn't have the 6.3's, I'd use the 600 more often. No point in owning these old girls if you don't drive them! If I want to exercise my left leg, I take the 190SL. I don't own a modern car, my pockets aren't deep enough to buy one!
Art
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S class

South Africa
946 Posts

Posted - 09/22/2017 :  05:09:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow that mongrel caliper is a remarkable bit of home-made goodness.



116.036 - trusty rusty
116.036 - Rooikat
116.024 - the merc
116.028 - Penelope
116.032 - Esmeralda
126.037 - Scheckter
126.037
107.046



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T.J. Woods

Australia
263 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2017 :  05:07:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Art, yes that's the way to go, and if a car's off the road for whatever reason, there's backup.

My aim with these cars is to be able to do the Perth - Melbourne - Sydney round trip without trouble, at the drop of a hat, at least in theory. I did it in the blue 6.9 prior to pulling the heads for refurbishment, and it never missed a beat (top end noise aside).

Yes, that caliper is quite something. I'd like to retain the vented rear rotors, so how I tackle that remains to be seen at this stage.

Tim

1976 450SEL 6.9 #1432
1979 450SEL 6.9 #5866
1969 300SEL 6.3 #1394
1985 W126 280SE
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