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Newsletter No.025 heater hassles, Classic Centre data base, Jokes.

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Newsletter Number 25

Hello and welcome to another newsletter.

This week has been a very busy one indeed. On Wednesday afternoon last week we heard that there was a clearing sale in Tamworth of a company that was the local Mercedes-Benz dealer from 1948 to 1989. My father and I drove the Sprinter up to Tamworth on the Friday and inspected the items for sale. It was like walking into a time warp! They lost the Mercedes-Benz dealership in 1989 to another local company, but continued to trade servicing their old customers and other makes of cars. We found everything that you would expect to see in a dealership in the late 1980's. This included banners, sales brouchers, posters and Mercedes model number plates, colour charts for exterior and interior, options listings, etc, etc. Not to mention over 40 years of accumulated parts. We wound up buying the lot, loading it into the back of the Sprinter and arriving home on Sunday afternoon. Some specials from the parts we brought back are listed below.

John Green.

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Heater hassles.

We get heaps of e-mails asking for info on various problems, but a very common request is for heater problems with the W116 series. Here is a very brief run down on some of the problems and how to tackle them.

The heater tap is held off by vacuum supplied from the inlet manifold. When you move the heat control levers up there is a micro switch that creates a leak in the vacuum line to the tap. This turns the tap on and heats the heater core. Check the following:

That the diaphragm in the heater tap is not broken
That there is vacuum going to the micro switch. (red vacuum line)
That the mirco switch's are working OK.
That the lines from the switch to the tap are OK.

If all of the above is in working order it is a flap problem. The problems flaps are at the bottom of the heater box. They wear and twist to the point where they jam on. Have a look at the levers for the heat control slides. They not only switch those micro switchs but also control the flaps at the base of the heater core. Even with the heater tap turned off there is still a small flow of coolant through the heater core. This is to stop it from blocking when not in use. The flaps are meant to stop air flow over the heater core when the heater tap is turned off. If they are not closed off hot air will blow out the air vents.

Site of the week.

OK folks, real cool one here. Have a look at this. This is a direct link into the Daimler-Chrysler parts database. The prices are in Deutsche Marks and in Euro. You need to know the part number and you need to put the letter "A" in front of the part number for it to work. Try the worlds most common oil filter A000 180 06 09. (we sell them for $12.50)

Cars for Sale.

Both the 220/8's have now been sold. The 280E that I thought was coming down turned out to be a rust bucket and was sent back to where it came from. So we are very short of cars to sell at the moment. There are quite a few out there that are being offered to us but most are just rubbish. We have also found a head for the 190b and have sold it to the chap who has been looking at it for some time.

Specials of the week.

Here is a very small list of some of the parts we have found.

-W114/115 headlamp protectors. I have not seen a set of these for years. Suit 1968-73 version $75.00
-W126 rear mudflaps suit late version 1986-91. These are the old version with the small star. (looks much more refined) $55.00 a set.
-W110/111/108/113/109 upper inner pivot kits. These are $550.00 at you local MB -dealer. We have three sets at $420.00 a set.
-W123 body moulds, we have more of these than you would beleive. Prices vary but they will all be cheap untill we get the stock level down to a reasonable quantity.
-14" fake alloy wheels. Remember these from the 80's?? Looks just like the real thing only plastic $50.00 a set of four.
-W124/201 hub caps. A set of four brand new unscratched caps. They are over $110.00 each at a dealer, will sell the set for $260.00
-W124 high level brake light. Make your early W124 look like a later model by fitting a third brake light. It is a tan one. $80.00 -Sales brouches for the following models. 190E, 230E, 260E, 300E, 300CE, 300SE, 300SEL,380SEC, 500SEC, 380SL, 5000SL, 450SEL, 450SEL 6.9, 420SE, 420SEL, 560SEL all $10.00 each.

Joke of the week.

A few newsletters ago we posted a joke about a speeding fine that recieved a good reaction. Here is an other one.

An elderly couple was driving across the country. While the woman was behind the wheel, the couple was pulled over by the highway patrol.

"Ma'am, did you know you were speeding?" the officer said.

The woman, hard of hearing, turned to her husband and asked, "What did he say?"

"He said you were speeding!" the old man yelled.

The patrolman then asked, "May I see your license?"

The woman turned to her husband again, "What did he say?"

The old man yelled back, "He wants to see your license!"

The woman then gave the officer her license.

"I see you are from Arkansas," the patrolman said. "I spent some time there once and went on a blind date with the ugliest woman I've ever seen."

The woman turned to her husband again and asked, "What did he say?"

The old man replied, "He said he knows you!"

So that's it for another newsletter. Hope you liked what you saw. If you have any ideas or want to contribute any articles, pictures or other material please e-mail me here. Also don't forget that you can check out the old newsletters here

Thanks, John Green.