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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 21st September 2012, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Tony66_au View Post
I wont drive a car any distance if I dont trust it, so far the 450SEL has travelled to the local town a few times for fuel and a school pickup (The kids LOVED it) on what I call shakedown runs (Not to collect brown paper bags filled with cash BTW).

BUT if I were to drive some distance?

Spare leads, a few plugs, old dizzy cap n rotor, belts and coolant hoses, WD40 and Inox, a handful of nitrile gloves, some worm drive clips, full fuse kit, some cable (I usually have 5 meters of 7 wire trailer cable) and crimp lugs, a ball of string, some fence tie wire, gaffer, cloth and electrical tape and my small tool box inc Multimeter.

Id also have my trusty 10 lt jerry can with fuel, 5 lt of engine oil and a lt of ATF as well as my trusty 400 amp jumper cables.

Most importantly id also have my old mobile phone and external antenna (Amazing range on this thing) and RACV Gold membership which gives me free towing home from anywhere in Oz, a hire car and accommodation.

But id also have done enough preventative maintenance to drive with peace of mind because there is nothing worse than driving worried.

I also have a Sat phone although it needs a new battery and it tends to follow me around a bit considering lately the local cell towers have gone offline for almost 24 hours a few times during storms and the like.

This is contained in old Drench and Vaccination plastic tubs,(Like a milk crate but bigger and with a lid) packed in foam and secured in place in the boot of the car so I dont suffer from the dreaded "Flying Tool syndrome" where loose items in the boot punch dents in the rear 1/4's.
Hey Tone..... you forgot the tilt-tray in tow (just in case)

1978 W116 690SEL # 3312
1985 R107 500SL AMG
2000 C208 CLK430
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Old 22nd September 2012, 06:53 PM
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My trusty Trade tow blokes number is in my phone Michel, and he works Sundays too!
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Old 25th September 2012, 07:08 AM
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Well, Photobucket has decided to co-operate - well, it did on Saturday, the last time that I checked the PC for its operation. So let me see what else needs to be taken on our mythical 2000 kms. trip.

Toolwise, I'd want to take a set of wrench operated Allen keys, also a set of small sockets and one of my main tool boxes.

My main toolbox has two separate compartments, and the main area itself, as illustrated in the next photograph.

Okay, one could go on ad infinitum - it's a bit like taking four pairs of shoes and God knows how many shirts on an overnight trip. Regarding the location of the tools, the small box and the socket/allen key socket set fit nicely alongside two of the rubber blocks on the left side of the boot, and the main tool box, as well as two trays of extra tools, I fit on the floor behind the driver's seat. The spare wheel compartment takes care of the other two rubber blocks, plus coil and ignition module, but I am yet to purchase the two resistors, one of which rendered Michel's 6.9 inoperative. Also, I have just thought of this - the green trigger wire that leads from the distributor to the ignition module. A spare one of those would be advisable, but they are quite expensive to buy from the dealerships.

Any other comments or suggestions ? Regards Styria

N.B. Apologies, I forgot to include the GB tool roll that I like to take just for show - hardly anyone ever looks at them ! Ah well, I do.

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Old 25th September 2012, 08:11 AM
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It's a beautiful tool roll Styria. Is it a Parks Product?
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Old 25th September 2012, 08:33 AM
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I am glad you had a look at the 'masterpiece' - and yes, the tool roll is a product of Parks' skill in implementing my design......and it is genuine leather that has been used. GAHH leather. Regards Styria
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