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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-05-2016, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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W111 Cab transmission shift linkage

Hello All. My 1970 280 SE convertible finally gave me something to repair. The shift linkage from my column mount transmission fell from the transmission. I suspected the notorious plastic bushing failure that I have encountered on my 116 and 108 cars as well. After replacing the bushing that fits in the selector ON the transmission unit and following the rod back to the engine bay, I noticed the open end of the rod just would sit on the control lever "ball end"? My 116 and 108 are floor mount gear shift cars, so I do not have a reference point, and my shop manual does not refer to a bushing on that end of the rod. I looked and the 72 250 parts car I have and despite it also being a column mount, the lever and the rod are connected using bailing wire. I am highly suspect that this is not how it came from the MBZ factory.

Does anybody have any insight, images or advice on whether or not there is another bushing that needs to be installed to finish my repair? The bushing that I used on the transmission end of the rod is not a fit for the ball end of the lever.

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The only other type of similar bushing I've encountered is the one used in the manual trans shifter linkage rods, at least for the shifters that have three linkage rods coming off them to the trans. Since there are three rods that connect to the shifter, they are close to eachother and require a flat bushing unlike the regular wide bushing for which MercedesSource offers some great tools.

Sorry I don't have any pictures. I think this thread would be way better with some pictures, even if they are just of your cabriolet, my dream car.

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could be 210 992 00 10 bushing.

can you look in EPC? it shows it.
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Now that I've looked at the pics, I think I remember something very similar on the column shift automatic of the w114/115 cars. I think I went through this with @dgosh28 and his w114. I am not sure but think the bushing is integrated to the linkage, not sold separately. It even looks like yours was probably already replaced.

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Called the Classic Center and they provided me the part number that I ordered from my local dealer.
Will install and take pictures on the car....
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installed

Here is the image of the new linkage installed.
Drove the car for about 100 miles today.
Great day!
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will post images of the car later.
Your post is very timely. I have a 1977 280SE, W116, with the 2.8L 6cyl, automatic. It has been mothballed in my garage for several years. Last week I rolled it out of the garage so I could sweep and clean. When I went to roll it back into the garage, the transmission would not come out of Park. It feels like the console shifter is just flopping back and forth loose. I haven't had time yet to open anything for inspection, but it feels very much like something in the shifter linkage either broke or came loose.

Another purpose of rolling the car out of the garage was to replace the car cover, which had become ratty with age. With the cover off, I saw my windshield weatherstrip has dried and cracked pretty badly (the car has been stored for about 7 years).

I was registered here a long time ago, but have been busy with other projects and other cars. I'm slowly working my way back to the Mercedes, would like to get it running and driving again. So I got a new password here and reactivated. Good to see you all again.
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I imagine with a small amount of machining work you could adapt a standard metric Heim joint.

Don't know if it would be cost or time effective but if those things are going to wear out every 40 years or so.....

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$12

cost from MBZ classic was about $12 for the linkage end that I bought.
Not worth your time to machine this part.
40 years for 12 bucks, that is well worth it

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