Someone who knows the '71 300 SEL - Mercedes-Benz Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-09-2004, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Newbie
 
Date registered: Dec 2004
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Someone who knows the '71 300 SEL

So my father's absolute favorite car is his '71 3.5 with air suspension. He's sunk more money into that car than he could've bought two new ones with.

It's nearing the death bed and he's struggling with what to do with it. Latest issue is a leaky air bag (suspension). His local MB guy (Atlanta) doesn't want to deal with the car any longer so I'm looking for someone who may have a reference for me: the MB wrench who adores and knows these older models like nobody, who can get ahold of it and rejuvinate it the right way.

I would greatly appreciate any info you folks might provide.

Thanks,

Dave
DucatiDave is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-10-2004, 10:42 PM
BenzWorld Elite
 
wbain's Avatar
 
Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 1965 220S, 1999 Volvo V70 (wagon), 2006 Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor, 72 350SL 4 Speed
Location: Near Manassas Va.
Posts: 1,830
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
RE: Someone who knows the '71 300 SEL

Your father needs to put money, time and effort into this car to keep it going. Please visit http://www.m-100.cc/ for mor info on these cars, despite it being M100 oriented. The chassis is the same only the engine is different. Scan the forum for know faults. Replacing an airbag is fairly easy.

Read this thread:

http://www.*****************/shopforum/showthread.php3?t=108750

GVZ has a wealth of information on these cars, only the engine and drivetrain are different, much more heavy duty to handle the extra HP and torque.

What about it is nearing it's death bed?

Near Manassas Va. '65 220S, 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, '99 Volvo V70, '72 350SL 4 speed

Not part of the in-crowd since 1952. It's BRAKES not breaks. You break a bone, use brakes to stop your car. /rant

http://www.megamanual.com/index.html
http://www.bgsoflex.com/megasquirt.html
wbain is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-12-2004, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Newbie
 
Date registered: Dec 2004
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
RE: Someone who knows the '71 300 SEL

The death bed part- I guess just that it's like an old old man who keeps having problems that keep him down. I couldn't tell you what exactly has been going on but it died on the highway the other day , though it was fixed, and now the air bag situation - it's the whole thing about pouring money into a pit. Every year it has a few issues.

I believe he feels it's worth it though. Thanks for the references, will check them out.

Dave
DucatiDave is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2005, 01:53 PM
BenzWorld Member
 
Karl Heinze's Avatar
 
Date registered: Dec 2002
Location: Lawrenceville, GA
Posts: 68
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
RE: Someone who knows the '71 300 SEL

Dave,

If you are still looking for a shop, please consider my facility. I have nearly 20 years of experience on vintage Mercedes. This past fall I completely rebuilt the motor of a 300sel 6.3. The year prior it was the air suspension. I am well versed with air suspensions and the mechanical aspects of the w109 chassis. I am located in Lawrenceville which is in Gwinnett County.

Please drop me an email if I may be of service to you.

Regards,

Mathieu J. Cama
Old World Automotive
Vintage Mercedes Repair and Mechanical Restoration
Serving the Mercedes community since 1986
Lawrenceville, GA
cama@oldworldauto.com

1961 Unimog 404S
1965 190c
1967 250s (for sale)
1970 280sl
1970 280se
1971 280se 5 speed
1978 280slc 4 speed
1982 280te
1982 300sd
1983 300sd
1983 240d 3.0 4 speed
1984 300d 5 speed (sold)
1985 500sel Euro w/ hydromat
1986 190e 2.3-16
1989 560sec AMG
Karl Heinze is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-30-2005, 05:34 AM
BenzWorld Senior Member
 
Date registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 499
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
RE: Someone who knows the '71 300 SEL

Have a look at the 3.5 photo i posted in the gallery section here.I had three,all running etc,(iknow people who have more !).The main thing is keeping the service up to scratch,the previous guy sounds like a rarity today.I do my own work as it's a hobby thing,and i feel these 109's are simple anyway.
If your dads car is sagging,it won't be a bag problem,more likely to be a valve.i check them by lifting the car up to full height and spraying soapy water all ovewr the valves.any little leak will show immediatly.It's a simple system.three height valves and a main valve under the hood.with a rubber bellows on each corner.
There is also a little bottle arangment on the inner fender which you fill with metholated spirits,or athonol.It keeps the air system dry and protects the valves.
Neil Dubey at star motors is the world Authority on valves and things and sells rebuilt valves for a fraction of the new price.
I'm rebuilding a 6.3 at present and have a 3.5 with severe rust which i'm going to use as a donor car for a V8 into a finny.[8D]
The fuel injection is a nice simple set up which needs to have the filter changed as often as the plugs ,even anually.Injectors will out last the car,and can be removed easily and cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner.
These were among the most expensive cars in the world in their day and are considered to be very KOOL [8D]by a lot of younger folk.Look after your dad and his car,you won't regret it [:D]
mercmad is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Vintage Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome