Date registered: May 2013
Vehicle: 1961 190SL
Location: Northern California, USA
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I'm a newbie also to MB, although a long time (50+ years) car tinkerer and amateur mechanic, machinist and welder. Over here in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County there is a great, long established brake supply and service store that is a wealth of knowledge and inventory. They just sent the remote brake booster form my wife's 1961 190SL to a rebuilder in Sacramento and it came back within a few days ready to reinstall for a fraction of what I expected to pay.
As I delve into getting this car back on the road after 20+ years of storage, starting first with the brakes, I've been pleasantly surprised to find that some of the same parts and services that have astronomical prices from specialty sources are also available and much more affordable in the general aftermarket.
An example is the booster. I've seen refeference to a MB dealer "Genuine" remote brake booster for the 190SL at $7500. The rebuild set me back $230.