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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-18-2013, 04:10 AM Thread Starter
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1962 Mercedes 190 Project


I'm Sir Nicholas. I have had this car for two years, using it as a part time driver. I have slowly been working on it, and thanks to the two years I have been reading this forum, I have been able to learn a great deal of information on this vehicle. I have been able to answer most of my own questions through searching, but I have yet to introduce my vehicle. Please enjoy.

PICTURES HERE: http://sirnda.imgur.com/all/


This car will be an on going project, and I have lots and lots of questions. I finally decided to speak out and ask, and hopefully I can get some help through my project.

1. My headlight switch is going out and will be needing to repair it or replace it. Does anyone know if a repair is possible, or replacing the whole headlight switch is the only option?

2. How should I wire my side lamps?

3. What should I do in order to keep the car on the road as long as possible, so far I have: replaced spark plugs, distributor, and wires, changed oil, fixed radiator and added new fluid, replaced muffler and piping, two new bushings on shifter connecting like a ball joint, repaired the generator, replaced all fuses, and cleaned battery terminals.

4. When I apply the brakes, my car almost feels as if it is going to sway left. It feels like the front left brake is applying the most stopping power. I would like to know what this may be, from what I understand all of the pads are good, and they may possibly just need a better adjustment than what I have done. I adjusted them myself based on what I learned online, and I am thinking that I did it correct, but may need to readjust as it has been a few hundred miles I have driven it.

5. Is there anywhere where I can buy a reasonable bushing kit, or suspension parts. I need a steering damper, 2 inner tie rods, 2 outer tie rods, 1 center link. (According to shop). I am not looking for OEM spec, just a good replacement parts to keep this on the road as long as possible.

6. I am looking to repaint it the same gold color, but I am uncertain of the color code. I have never had a car painted before, and want to make sure I know the exact color code in case the shop needs it.

This will be an on going project, and I appreciate any help. Thank you.

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Welcome. Your imgur account is set to private, FYI.

As for suspension parts, just stay away from parts like URO or other no-name Asian made products. And definitely stay away from the suspension overhaul kits sold on ebay. Nothing but crap.

Not positive since it's an older car, but the color code should be on a plate near the top of the radiator, or on the inside of the driver's door, like where the hinges are. Also, adding your general location may help you with certain things.

Best of luck with your resto.
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Thanks for the advice, I added a location and changed the settings on the imagur account. I will look to see if the color code can be found, but I am almost certain the color was taken from another Benz, and was not the stock color for my vehicle. The car is currently gold, and pieces of the car where it was not painted, I can see the original blue color.
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Regarding your brakes, the calipers may be bad and need of replacement.If you take the pads out try pushing the piston in. if you cant, then they need replacing.
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if brake hoses are original , start there [ $ 20.00 each ]
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There is a 190SL specific forum. They have a lot of technical information posted and require a yearly fee to post but not to read.

I'm trying to make my wife's 190SL roadworthy and so far have gone completely through the brakes and pulled the starter and generator to check them out.

VW Fox front brake hoses are a direct fit and there is a Raybestos hose that can be used on the right rear. I got the left rear from Pelican. Raybestos makes a front wheel cylinder kit and I found rear wheel cylinder cups and a MC cup at a local brake supply. The bleeder screws were seized and reqired some pursuasion to remove.

From my own limited experience and from reading the International 190SL Forum it appears that the 190SL is for true believers, not for people who believe that extradorinary measures should not be required to service simple parts. For an example of what I'm talking about consult the International 190SL Forum for the starter removal procedure. starter on 1960 SL.

To remove my starter I did the following:

1. Remove air cleaner, air cleaner-air plenum hose and air plenum.

2. Drain coolant, remove 4 hoses from "K"- junction pipe, remove "K"-junction pipe.

3. Remove generator (quite a project in itself)

4. Remove starter.

The starter looks like the original from 1961 so as soon as I can visit the public library and copy the applicable service manual pages I will replace the bushings/bearings in both the starter and generator and probably the brushes too.

This is a "get it running" effort, not a restoration, so hopefully my wife should soon be happily chugging around in it.

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