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Is anyone else confused??

So I've been looking to replace my steering box. I had another thread where someone posted one for sale but didn't get back so I bought a used one. It supposedly came off of a 85 380sl but had a confusing part number.

It's labeled as a : 123 461 0205. This part number corresponds to a 88 - 01 300 SE. The seller swears it came from a 380 sl and sent me a photo of the car and the VIN plate as well as offered to return my money. Is there a way to cross reference numbers that could work but are just labeled differently?? I'd hate to return it not knowing what else it may fit.
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Sorry, think I answered my own question. I could not make out the actual part number of the side.
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So I've been looking to replace my steering box. I had another thread where someone posted one for sale but didn't get back so I bought a used one. It supposedly came off of a 85 380sl but had a confusing part number.

It's labeled as a : 123 461 0205. This part number corresponds to a 88 - 01 300 SE. The seller swears it came from a 380 sl and sent me a photo of the car and the VIN plate as well as offered to return my money. Is there a way to cross reference numbers that could work but are just labeled differently?? I'd hate to return it not knowing what else it may fit.
Thanks,
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Now I am confused. It was labeled but you could not read it?
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It was numbered on the top where the steering coupler goes. There was a 116 461 04 01 part number on the side that was obscured by grease and rust that made it hard to see at first.
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The 116 number is not a part number. It is a casting number for the case.
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I guess in the end Im trying to figure out if this will work in my 85 sl.
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It was numbered on the top where the steering coupler goes. There was a 116 461 04 01 part number on the side that was obscured by grease and rust that made it hard to see at first.
The one I pulled from parting out a 1981 380SL had those same casting numbers: 116 461 04 01

My Steering Box looks like this - a heavy piece of metal:
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Carl, outstanding box gallery. You got me psyched to go out and shoot my box. This one is out of my 1987 560SL. If you think this is heavy, the box out of my Lincoln weighs 55 pounds; the rebuilder recommends crates as UPS had delivered several empty cardboard boxes to him.

Yes Frank, you have the right box. Benz recommends single-use mounting bolts but I think you will be fine with the original screws and a dash of threadlocker.
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Oh boy thanks. With all the numbers I just wanted to be sure before I had the shop pull the old one and declare it incorrect.
Thanks again for the photos as well.
Good weekend,
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Carl, outstanding box gallery. You got me psyched to go out and shoot my box. This one is out of my 1987 560SL. If you think this is heavy, the box out of my Lincoln weighs 55 pounds; the rebuilder recommends crates as UPS had delivered several empty cardboard boxes to him.

Yes Frank, you have the right box. Benz recommends single-use mounting bolts but I think you will be fine with the original screws and a dash of threadlocker.
You and those flat rate USPS boxes
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