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Classic Benz service center in SF ?

Hello Benzworld !

Anyone know a great specialize classic benz service center in San Francisco or near SF ? Would greatly appreciate any input for the 'real' classic service center not just any regular take it in and don't really know how place.

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Eurotech, down in San Carlos near Holly off 101, is an MB certified body shop (they were for years). It's the place they shipped the '36 Maybach that was damaged during filming "Memoirs of a Geisha."

A couple of years ago they expanded to be a full-service shop, not just bodywork. I've used them for bodywork and they would be a place I'd recommend at least to check with.

eurotech (650) 654-6805

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Thank you for your reply. I will check and contact them. Have you heard of Burlingame Motors ?
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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.

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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.

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Ahhh, perfect example why one should look for sources other than a dealer! Way to go Ray
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Grubeguy,

To me part of the fun in this is finding alternative sources for parts. Another example is the "bubble flare" rubber brake hoses that according to my reading so far have the chronic problem of swelling shut because of some adverse reaction to brake fluid. That should not happen. After reinstalling the refreshed wheel cylinders I plan to pull the questionable rubber hoses and see what would be required to get quality hoses that do not react adversely with brake fluid that have the required "bubble flare" ends.

I have a tool that makes "double flares" that are in conventional use in brake, automatic transmission cooler and fuel hard lines lines. Before getting into this 1900SL project I have never even heard of a "bubble flare". Perhaps it is common on European cars.

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