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Post A ? regarding my Benz' odometer

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I noticed that my odometer has just 5 digits. It appears to me, that there's no good way to tell how many miles one has, beyond 99,999. Am I missing something here?? (it sure wouldn't be the first time...)

I'll patiently await for the knowledge to come pouring in to enlighten me, one more time and I thank you in advance for your responses.

Oh say, since I'm posting... I'm seeking some decent wheel covers/hubcaps, for my '72 MB 280se, in the color of black. Should anyone find themselves with too many of that very thing, let me know. I'd love to hear from you!

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that is the way they where with 5 digits .
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And paint isn't too hard to strip from hubcaps. Painting takes a little more patience though. There are plastic painting templates for the hubcaps to save some masking time. I masked and painted one and swore I'd never do it again. Someone on this forum must have one.

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Originally Posted by LilyM2 View Post
I noticed that my odometer has just 5 digits. It appears to me, that there's no good way to tell how many miles one has, beyond 99,999. Am I missing something here??
Next you will be telling us that the sixes on your odometer are skinnier than the other numbers....

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Oddly I never found masking the wheels too bad of a job, in fact I found it to be somewhat meditative. I just covered the whole area with blue paint tape (would probably use green this time since it's a bit stickier) and used an exacto knife to trim around the raised chrome star and ring. I didn't even rough the chrome but instead applied an auto primer in one coat, then once dry sanded that slightly and painted using touch-up supplied in a spray can. They look the same 2-years on. I even have an original metal mask tool but preferred the tape method.


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