Any advice on sourcing and the viability of fitting a smaller steering to my '81 107 SL would be appreciated.
I have read that the reason for the large 18 inch wheel is that in case of a power steering failure the driver can still have some control of the car.
So I figure a 15 inch wheel should be ok for easier driving ????
New wheels are not cheap,.. and all being well I would like to try and find a used one
I have had the engine cut out in the fast lane heading west on the M4; I was at the speed limit of 110km/hr.
No engine*, no power steering!!
I'll tell ya, it was a frightening experience!!
THAT'S when you need a BIG steering wheel.
With about 1.3 tonnes over the front wheels, it perhaps not surprising WHY, with a 6.9, that power steering is essential.
Even so, you need to have the muscles of a gorilla to keep control.
* The engine failed due to a faulty fuel pump relay; the fuel delivey pump from the tank just stopped working.
Replaced the relay with a four pin type. Cost? Nil.
Benefit? The engine starts on first compression every time!, but that can mask the problems of a weak battery.
It IS still possible to start a 6.9 on first compression every time with the standard 5 pin fuel pump relay: just crank the engine in gear first, the engine won't start in gear, BUT the fuel pump WILL nevertheless bring the fuel system up to pressure; that takes about four seconds. Switch the starter off, then put the transmission in park or neutral, and start the engine. Voila!
I reason that Mercedes, in their wisdom use a five pin relay, so that if there is a minor fuel leak, and the engine is hot, that there is a slightly less possibility of a fuel fire.
Thanks for the pretty pictures Michel... they look good.
Where did you get them ?
Did they come with a Boss to fit the splines ?
I understand that this can be a problem , both obtaining a Boss and having the correct splines.