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MERCEDES W116 The W116 S Class saloon from 1972-1980 (280S, 280SE, 280SEL, 300SD, 350SE, 350SEL, 450SE, 450SEL, 450SEL 6.9)

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Old 9th March 2008, 07:04 PM
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Default The 6.9 journey...

As some of you would be aware, earlier in the year, I bought Jim Carr's 6.9. There is a thread about it on w116.org: http://forum.w116.org/shop/my-very-n...n-6-9-for-sale

I had a good look at it before purchase, as did Styria, and the overall consensus was that its quite a good car which has been reasonably maintained by the previous owner and that could be brought upto scratch with a little bit of work and a few bucks.

So, armed with that knowledge and with (hopefully) a good idea of what I was getting into, the deal was done.

Since purchase, I have a few bits and pieces done. They include a service/tune up, new the drive belts, change of fluid and filter in the auto and I also had the A/C fixed (replaced TX valve, receiver dryer and one of the other valves (?). The air worked well for a week then subsequently died again

Yesterday, I started a leatherique treatment on the seats, which other than a bit of the drivers seat, are in good condition - other than being a bit dirty.

The real work is about to begin. They include fixing the rust, paint, suspension and other mechanical bits that I am sure will pop up along the way.

I will record the progress in this thread as we go along and I'm sure plenty of advice will be sought along the way.

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Old 9th March 2008, 07:42 PM
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Here are some obligatory before photos. These are exactly as I bought the car, except for a wash.

They are captures from some video footage, so they aint the best quality.

The outside:







The smile generator:



The inside is in good nick overall except for the bit of stuffed leather on the drivers seat:







The two bits of rust on the front left guard:





The rust in the firewall (and what nearly stopped me buying the car, but Styria kept telling me that to him its very local to one area and not a hard fix):



...and finally, the seats covered in plastic with the car sitting in the sun after an application of the leatherique oil (messy stuff that is):


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Old 9th March 2008, 08:13 PM
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Thaks for the "before" photos.

It will be interesting to see how things go.

Even the best of them need constant work.

I had my aircon rebuilt two months ago with new hoses and a new compressor but it went flat yesterday - so I will be ringing up in the morning to see about their warranty service.

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Hi bb, Thanks for those photos. As you know, we have discussed your car at length on a couple of occasions and I like your methodical and thorough approach in getting its overall standard up to your liking.

It will be interesting to get your opinion on the Leatherique treatment - obviously, it will be an improvement and some people have praised the product highly. We have used Leatherique ourselves, but I still don't know how effective it is - but, I am not knocking it. Bummer about the Air Conditioning. Regards, Styria
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Nice pictures BB and a very good and honest commentary.

Keeps us posted.... we're all fascinated by one another's progress on our 'babies'
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Old 10th March 2008, 09:54 AM
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That's a very nice looking 6.9

love the bumper overriders,
love the chrome wheel arch trims


the W126 wheels look like a factory job,


very nice indeed
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Ok, so, time for a belated update:

-The rust is fixed (couple of pics when I upload them)

-Full detail of the car as well as a steam clean of the engine bay and under the car

-New fuel filler cap (old one was not sealing at all)

-Leatherique is some good ####; the seats are much cleaner now, it did show that the leather had faded in places that I didnt notice before

Other stuff to be done:

-Suspension work (I know a couple of air cells are stuffed and the ride isnt as smooth as it should be)

-Minor trim work (seat springs mainly)

-Fix broken power window

-To make sure its running as well as it should be

-new/exchange A/C compressor

-new/exchange alternator

-new windscreen and seal

-new disks and pads

-make the sunroof slide better

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Hey mate, forgot about the A/C compressor... Just took mine off ol' silver. Left it with MB Spares. Not sure if it was working or not, because never bothered getting it re-gassed (who needs a/c?!)

But if you want I can ask MB spares for it (it'll still be there) and if you can use it, it's yours.

Keen to see the pics of the rust removal spot etc. And also how the engine bay came up!

Busy at work today, but i'll have to try catch up with you during the week or next weekend to see it in the flesh.

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Rust is fixed:






(still need to get something to replace the soundproofing stuff that was there)
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You got it back in the capital yet???
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No, unfortunately

It's still up in Newcastle land...
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No, unfortunately

It's still up in Newcastle land...
Pop in on your way back...

I'd love to see it....
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It would be easy for Parkes to replace that strip of leather in your front seat, it would improve the whole look. After treating the leather with Leatherique you can bring it back to the original look using their leather colouring system.
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Another update:

-Suspension work - done (two air cells and a couple of valves needed replacing)

-Minor trim work (seat springs mainly) - done

-door trim foam in the front - done

-new/exchange alternator - done

-new windscreen and seal - done

-also needed a new battery


Next round of stuff:

-Fix broken power window (rear right)

-To make sure its running as well as it should be

-new disks, pads and reconditioned calipers

-make the sunroof slide better

-fix cracked leather on drivers seat and faded bits on passengers seat and arm rest


The round after that:

-new/exchange A/C compressor

-cruise control fix

And some time in the near future I am putting in a bloody CD player

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It would be easy for Parkes to replace that strip of leather in your front seat, it would improve the whole look. After treating the leather with Leatherique you can bring it back to the original look using their leather colouring system.
Yeah some Leatherique filling and colouring is on the cards. Dont know if I will go to the trouble of replacing leather yet...

...or I could just get some seat covers
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