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Old 22nd September 2010, 03:58 PM
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Default 6.9 Speedos

How many different speedos were available for the 6.9? I've seen the Aust delivered ones which display a max speed of 260kmh. I've seen AMG ones on the net reading up to 300kmh & even 320kmh!

What did the Euro & US (or any other) ones look like? Photos would be great..... BTW my Euro has a standard 450 one in place, so I'm in the market for a replacement.
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Old 23rd September 2010, 03:59 AM
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Default Re: 6.9 Speedos

Hi Mark, as far as I know, the following speedos were available for the 6.9.

260 kilometers for metric countries, inc. OZ.
85 miles per hour - very rare - America only, year unknown.
300 kilometers (as you have stated) for AMG as in WGB's car.
Picture of dual read speedo (but miles per hour) as in Gleaming Beauty.....



Very rare, not easy to come by - I do have one almost exactly the same, but to suit the 450s. - again quite rare and it may have to be sourced from England or similar. Regards Styria
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Old 14th October 2010, 09:27 PM
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Default Re: 6.9 Speedos

I'm finally getting the hang of posting pics & thought I'd add this one to this thread. I'd suggest it's a custom installation in an AMG.



I'm not sure if the link to the Youtube video below will work. It shows the tacho of a 6.9 being revved. What interested me was the speed with which the revs increase. Again I'd suggest AMG modified (althought the speedo doesn't suggest anything special)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-McifFC2nWA&feature=fvw

One thing I do know is there's plenty of morons out there willing to make idiotic comments below some of the videos!!
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Old 14th October 2010, 10:19 PM
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I'm finally getting the hang of posting pics & thought I'd add this one to this thread. I'd suggest it's a custom installation in an AMG.



I'm not sure if the link to the Youtube video below will work. It shows the tacho of a 6.9 being revved. What interested me was the speed with which the revs increase. Again I'd suggest AMG modified (althought the speedo doesn't suggest anything special)...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-McifFC2nWA&feature=fvw

One thing I do know is there's plenty of morons out there willing to make idiotic comments below some of the videos!!
Unsure about the modified 6.9 video with fast revving engine. By the sound of the engine, it wasn't revving that fast. Bouncing tacho is an electrical issue (I think) that is caused to to different resistance in the circuit. Oscar has had this problem on his 350 I think before. The engine speed in this vid definitely doesn't sound like it's hitting 4,000rpm's..

I hate being a doubter, but that's my 2c.

320kmh tacho looks like AMG.. but I think the AMG one's had AMG decal inside the tacho?! WGB can comment, he has one installed on his.
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Old 14th October 2010, 10:51 PM
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SELfor50 I think you may be right:



So I wonder who made the 320kmh one if it wasn't AMG? Could any good speedo place change the dial & recalibrate a standard 450 speedo to suit the 6.9?

Were the Euro temp gauges in deg F & oil pressure in lbs?
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Old 15th October 2010, 06:17 AM
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SELfor50 I think you may be right:



So I wonder who made the 320kmh one if it wasn't AMG? Could any good speedo place change the dial & recalibrate a standard 450 speedo to suit the 6.9?

Were the Euro temp gauges in deg F & oil pressure in lbs?
Countries with imperial measures showed miles and Fahrenheit (such as U.K. of course) and America (I think) showed miles and kilometers, and also Imperial readings - keep in mind, though, that the American galloncarries a lower liter volume than its British equivalent. Regards Styria
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Here is a picture of my repro AMG face.



The design was copied from a photo of what was purported to be a Genuine AMG speedo on e-bay ( from memory they were asking about US$2000) and another photo that was taken of a definitely genuine AMG speedo in a museum in Germany.

There are no shift points on the speedo as per the two others that were used as copies and the face was silk screened in Perth by an instrument maker (he made a few other copies that were purchased by others) and then he calibrated my speedo to the new face.

It seems to read deadly accurate speed in all the usual speed ranges.

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It certainly looks smart Bill.
There is a theory that the comfortable cruising speed of a car is when the needle is at the 12 o'clock position. Can you verify this is the case?
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I can neither confirm nor deny that BB.

And with a new speedo cable (admittedly a 450 one which fitted perfectly - as the 6.9 specific one is no NLA) it has a rock steady nedle through all the usable range.

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Old 21st October 2010, 07:33 PM
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Beautiful speedo WGB! Now the big question is does he still have any faces left & if not can he reproduce more? In this case faster isn't better, as I really didn't like the look of the 320kmh one.... and to me the speedo / tacho are like windows into your car's soul (plus you're always looking at them in Vic), so it's important they look good!
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Old 21st October 2010, 11:05 PM
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Default Re: 6.9 Speedos

Here is the original discussion thread at the other site.

http://forum.w116.org/interiors-and-...r)-on-ebay/45/

I am not sure how many faces were made at the time but at least three were made on reading the thread .

They were made at Applied Instruments Balcatta WA by David and mine cost $250 fitted and calibrated.

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Old 22nd October 2010, 05:48 PM
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I'll give them a call tomorrow, or Monday. Can't wait to test the 12 o'clock theory!!!
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Old 22nd October 2010, 08:56 PM
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Hi Oversize, just changing the subject completely - now that you have mastered the transferring of pics, I am curious to get more details of your Buick Roadmaster - we do have a section where you can run wild talking about cars other than Mercedes. Regards Styria
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Here's a good video of the Euro 6.9 instruments including the speedo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQosKLRrhkw

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6.9 is purring like a kitten it's music to any Mercedes owners ears!
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