Date registered: Sep 2008
Vehicle: 1964 220SEB Sedan
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
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Thank you for the feedback so far!
We know it needs a new differential because the previous owner is aware of a seal leak, ran the case dry and fried the differential. If you look under the car there is obviously a greasy mess coming from the housing.
I use the term 'pumpkin' because veryone seems to know what I'm talking about when I use this term. I have attached a picture taken from a workshop manual I purchased yesterday. This is what we are talking about. The arrows were already in the picture; I'm not pointing to anything.
The suggested Pagoda forums are great! Thank you for this insight!
Yes, I have thought of interchanging with a different style but I would like to keep the car as original as possible. This is why I was so happy purchasing this car because no one has messed with it or changed anything. If it is possible, I would like to keep it's originality. I was hoping that MB used this same differential in other models, but I'm not sure. If they did, it would sure help locate a replacement.
The current differential is not locked up, the car will roll if you push it but it does not drive on it's own. The engine runs great, the driveline is functioning etc...however, if the car is turned off and the car is pushed, funny noises can be heard coming from the rear end. My best guess is the differential.
My plan was to take the current differential and rear end assembly out and replace it. Maybe I can repair this one later or use it for parts.