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Old 30th May 2008, 10:30 AM
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Default 450SEL 6.9 suspension blocks

For anyone interested the part numbers for the emergency suspension blocks that originally came with these cars, but like many things get lost and thrown out over time.

When these things "drop" they really drop to their knees, you can hardly get your foot under the side of the car they drop that low.



A 116 328 0139 for the right and A 116 328 0039 for the left
The bigger ones have both A 126 327 00 30,
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Old 30th May 2008, 11:21 AM
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Can you still get them?

And if so, they probably are in the thousands of dollars...
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Old 30th May 2008, 11:23 AM
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Can you still get them?

And if so, they probably are in the thousands of dollars...
when I used to frequent the M100 forum you could, they were about $4,500 a set

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Wow that is expensive - however if we could get an original block and make a mould from it, it would then be relatively easy to make copies for anyone that wanted them. It's been a long time since I used some cold cure rubber, but it's probably still around, or a more modern substitute is probably available.
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John have to agree, if people could pay $500 a set and not $5,000 it would be quite reasonable.

The only real issue I have with 6.9's and a few other MB models is a few of the parts can be very expensive, while it is not like they fail every day or every week it just seems sometimes that Mercedes price parts out of people's reach.
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You also need the two band clamps for the front parts.

A1163200145 65,-Eur . The set costs complete 690,- Eur!

A few days ago there was a set in ebay for 300,- Eur.

http://cgi.ebay.de/Mercedes-450-SEL-...d=p3286.c0.m14
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The suspension blocks were not a standard accessory. The blocks were optional available.
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The suspension blocks were not a standard accessory. The blocks were optional available.

Wolfgang that is interesting as I thought they were in the boot with the tools when the cars were brand new.
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Old 30th May 2008, 09:37 PM
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Wolfgang that is interesting as I thought they were in the boot with the tools when the cars were brand new.
It should be on board from factory. IMHO this is one of the extremely rarely cases where Mercedes donīt live up to their reputation.

But maybe they think their product is so good, that the owner never come in a situation to use it. Or that this part could be a sign for liability of the suspension. Another reason could be that the genteel owner, who bought the 6.9 new, never fit in the blocks self and call always the dealerīs workshop.

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It should be on board from factory. IMHO this is one of the extremely rarely cases where Mercedes donīt live up to their reputation.
Another reason could be that the genteel owner, who bought the 6.9 new, never fit in the blocks self and call always the dealerīs workshop.
I kinda agree with you on the genteel owner theory....
When you're the type of person who spends this sort of money on a new car, you don't want to mess with repairs and maintenance...
Let the dealer handle it...
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Reminds me of the Tucker. It was so advanced in 1949 that it had seat belts, but they had to remove them as potential customers thought the car wasn't safe and that was why you needed seat belts !
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Exactly, the cost and the constant attention. Reading all this stuff brings back bad memories and precisely why I swapped that hydraulic junk out.
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Hi CraigS, is this the sort of "Tucker" you may be referring to ?






I am not sure how long "Tuckers" were in production for - I suspect that they may have been somewhat irradical for their time. The one pictured in this post is a Franklin Mint model. Regards Styria
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That's the one. Only 48 were produced, although some sources say 51, and all in the same year. This was also a rear engined car, but not air cooled. Cars change hands these days for anywhere in excess of US$1,000,0000.

It's worth getting the DVD movie "Tucker - the man and his dream".Shows you how the US auto industry treated these small players.
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Hi CraigS, it's quite an impressive looking car for its day - quite streamlined and somewhat reminiscent of Studebalers of that era.

It's a pity that the car in the picture immediately above the "Tucker" does not command the same money. Furthermore, as far as you know or are aware, where would your Tatra fit alongside the Tucker with engine in back, swing axle (?) at the back, also perhaps so similar of the Porsches that were to come. All very interesting stuff. Regards Styria
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