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Introducing our latest project car - 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL!

We're super excited to welcome a new member to the Pelican Parts family! Meet our 190SL. It has been modified for track use and features the four cylinder, with dual Webers in place of the Solexes and should pump out approx. 125hp. It also has a front spindle swap including disc brakes from a '70 280SE, in addition to numerous other enhancements.









We plan to do a bunch of projects to the 190 to improve upon the current platform. Subscribe to this thread to track our progress.
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As we were having some clearance issues and did not necessarily care for the K&N look, we ended up modifying a set of Porsche Weber air filters to work on the side draft Webers.

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Ohhhhhhhhhh! And its mine after you finish the build, right? ???
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Ohhhhhhhhhh! And its mine after you finish the build, right? ???
haha glad you like it! We actually may be holding onto this one for a while. Be sure to stick around for more as we are still slowly but surely fixing things up.
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Next up: rally-inspired headlight grilles!

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The process was pretty simple as you can see below. As you can see the grilles have hinged tabs which connect to the headlight rings themselves. You just remove the headlight and then place it back in after you connect the grilles to the rings.







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Because this 190SL has evolved into a fun and capable track car it features upgrades that help improve its performance, overall grip and safety. Such items added are Carrera shocks, aftermarket springs front and rear, full-width roll hoop with triangulated pick-up points and fuel cell, but one of the most significant upgrades was made to the front brakes. The original drum set-up is gone and it currently has the spindles, rotors and calipers from a 1970 280SE 4.5. Because of the track use, it was time to replace them with some fresh parts.

So here we go with our front rotor and pad DIY on the 190SL!

Front corner shot before we got serious:



Check out the rotor! Very little of the pad material was actually contacting the rotor surface. Doesn't show much in this picture, but the front rotors had experienced significant heat based on the colors we saw, plus both left and right side rotors were warped:






Dust cap off, ready to dig in:
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Here you see the hub disassembled and the removal of the bearings for a thorough cleaning and inspection:









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Here we have the new rotor, with hub, re-packed bearings and all sealed-up!



Here we have the retaining washer and collar installed. Caliper re-installed and waiting for new shoes!





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Our 190SL came with well-worn racing pads, but we've chosen to install OE pads as the car will see more street than track in it's future, aside from the occasional canyon run













And all done!
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Moving our attention to both the shift lever and rod on our 190SL. The shift action wasn't that bad or so we thought at the time not having driven another example. But we were curious as to the condition of the current bushings so we decided to open it up, take a look and swap out the bushings anyway as it's an easy and inexpensive basic maintenance project.

We tackled the shift lever first as it features two bushings encapsulating the pivot ball and two bushings just below that for the lever - rod junction.









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