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1966 250se Cabriolet

Hi, I just received my 1966 250se Cabriolet. There is a foot pump on the left of the break pedal. Looks like it's the windshield wiper. Does anyone know if there is water that shoots out? Or doesn't have water in the 66.
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There should be a plastic container between the engine and battery that holds the water
for the windshield washer. When pressing the foot pump you should get water squirting
on the windshield and the wipers should wipe.
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Do you have to keep pumping the pedal for the water to come out?
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Each time you push the pump there is a squirt of water, there is no continuous electric
squirt pump, the device you're pushing is the pump.
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Thank you very much for your help! I really appreciate it. Do you have a 250se?
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No, I have a 1966 300SE, one of only 708 produced. Most of the body and structure are
the same but the 300's have air suspension and the M189 engine which is almost identical to the M198 engine of the 300SL. Also because of these and a few other differences the
300's are designated W112 whereas all of the other coupes and cab's are W111. Probably
the reason there are so few is that when new they cost about double the price of a W111.
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Hi, I purchased a new 66 250se cabriolet and I'm looking for the chassis number and engine number.

I found the engine number on the head and it starts with a 129, but I'm trying to find out where to find the 980/981 number that some websites tell me that it should be there.

Can anyone help me?

It's a cabriolet, the chassis number starts with 023 and the engine starts with 029 but can't find the 980/981 that a few websites say that should be there.

Thanks in advance!
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In this vintage Mercedes chassis numbers were stamped on the firewall and on the inner fender well in the engine compartment. You might have to pull back the insulation on the firewall to see it, but you'll know it when you do, as the numbers/letters are pretty large.

FWIW, I had a 1962 300SE (W112). One of the best MBs I ever owned (so far.)

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Thanks Dan! I appreciate that! I'm going to pull the firewall insulation and see if I can find the number. So you think the 980/981 number is on there? I know the 129 represents the 250SE, what does the 980/981 represent?
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Nice car! Any pics?
Don't go pulling off your firewall insulation looking for a number, as there will be nothing there! The chassis number is on the top of the RH chassis rail, just forward of where the front subframe mounts. The air intake and associated hose and cleaner makes it hard to find. I would attach a pic but I am not home right now.
Regardless, there will not be any 980/981 options listed on that. You need to get in touch with Tom Hanson at the Classic Centre in Irvine and ask for the data card. If you do a search you will find posts that say how to interpret all the codes.
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