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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-02-2015, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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1964 220SE

Five hour owner of a 1964 220SE. Unfortunately no books have come with it so I'm gonna have to hope you guys can give me some help with some pretty darn dumb things, but you've gotta start somewhere.

Anyone know where I can buy an owner's manual? Ebay lists one now for $296. Seems a little steep.

2. This is a 4 speed manual transmission? Tried to get it out of the delivery trailer and couldn't find reverse for the life of me, nor could my father or delivery driver. So we had to turn the truck around on the hill and allow gravity to roll the car out of the trailer. I'm sure I've got to push or pull on the shifter somehow, but want to do it the right way so I don't break anything.

3. Are there any GREAT places in the US to buy parts for an oldie like this?

Thanks in advance.
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The best place for real MB parts is the MB Classic Center in Irvine CA. Tom Hanson is the
parts manager there and knows more than anybody about parts for these cars.
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I forgot to mention that the manual transmission is on the floor. I know I am supposed to go to the left beyond first to get reverse, but it will not engage for the life of me. Also, the shifter is so loose it feels you could pull it right out of the floor, though I had gears engaged 1-4 very easily without them dropping out of gear.

Plus I found an owner's manual. $195? Seriously. I understand the car is 50 years old, but geez. Once I figure out how to post pictures I'll put one up here. This car is in remarkable shape and appearance
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Here's a pic of the car. I can provide more if anyone wants to see them.
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similar problem on another current thread.

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/vint...pd-manual.html
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Who WOULDN'T want to see more pictures of that gorgeous looking car?! Feel free to let us know how you came to pick this car (price optional!), its condition, and what your plans are for it - and of course some pics of the interior and engine bay. What is the colour code of the paint and is it the original colour? It goes well with the interior.
I am rebuilding a 1965 220SE coupe as an upgraded 280SE floor shift manual as the cabs are a bit out of my price range and rare in Australia. I had a serious look at this car (see next link), but it was too far gone for my capabilities and budget. So the owner sent it to Latvia to get restored for a lot less than it could be done over here. Restoration gallery, Mercedes 220SEb 1962, Current projects, Restoration, Riga Master Workshop And have a look at this for an amazing looking car! Restoration gallery, Mercedes 280SE 1969, Finished Projects, Restoration, Riga Master Workshop
So well done on your choice and ability to buy a car that is for many a dream machine. May you treat each other well and have many happy years together!
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Red face more pics please (weather permitting)

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Here's a pic of the car. I can provide more if anyone wants to see them.
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WOW an great car, more pics for sure, please.
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Well, was always in the hunt for a 280 SE Cab, 70's decade but the local dealers that had any were asking $125,000 and up. I kept scratching and clawing my way towards their car, which never seemed to sell, but living tight all my life knew it would've been a very selfish purchase. Then I just decided to a simple search on Ebay for a 220 SE Cab, which we all know is pretty darn similar. There was a cream puff listed there for $62,000 (the one in my picture). One phone call to the owner and he had my deposit not but an hour later. Five days later, the car arrived to my door step from New Jersey.

For the life of me nobody, including myself, could get the car into reverse. The shifter is so sloppy and without real recognizable gears that I'm kind of surprised it moves forward. But it does well. The driver had to take his trailer and turn it on the hill so it would go backwards and gravity would allow the car to coast out of the trailer. Then I just drove the car up and into the garage.

I have lots to do with it to learn about it and still don't have an owner's manual. The car needs absolutely nothing. I am sure a clutch is going to be in order unless I can figure out the trick to getting the car in reverse but from initial inspections nothing else is needed. Here's a few more pics to keep the thread going. And bravo to you drew56 on your endeavors in keeping these beautiful machines moving forward in one manner or another.
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