BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Apr 2016
Vehicle: 1972 280 SEL
Location: Maryland, Unites States
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The little things on my 280SEL that make the difference
I inherited a 1972 Mercedes 280SEL (w108) from my father. It wasn't till about 3 years ago that I actually made enough money to consider working on it. It wouldn't start, the tires were rotted and the body had rust. So I've had the body redone to remove all the rust (and a few holes that were there), had the transmission rebuilt, put in AT-205 in to stop the oil leaks, replaced a fuel pump that was leaking, had to use seafoam and non-ethanol fuel a couple times when I realized that ethanol fuel was gunking up my system to the point it wouldn't start. Found R12 to recharge the AC which now works. Now I can worry about the little things.
When I started working on this car the speakers would "pop" when you turned on the radio but no radio would play. I attributed this to the antenna being rusted and bent so I replaced it but now I hear the click and no "pop" from the speakers. I know that becker will refurbish the radio if I take it out and mail it to them but I'm not sure its the radio as the light won't turn on on it either. I assume the blue cable is whats getting the power to the radio how would you recommend checking it? Which fuse would be blown out if it didn't work?
The overhead lights don't seem to stay attached to the liner in the car. As far as I can tell there isn't a part that you use to attach it to. Have you folks experienced this? How would I keep the lights in there?
The wood under the windshield is cracked and it peeling. Where would I find just that one strip of wood? I don't need all the wood in the car just that one section.
Lastly my gear shift selector doesn't actually show the gear I'm in you have to feel where its shifting before you take off. Can this be welded together or do you know where I can find the cable that attaches to it? The odometer doesn't seem to work either. Is this worth investigating? What would you recommend as a first step?