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I am looking for a place where I can actually look up parts for my car when I don't know part numbers. I own a 1969 Triumph and I can find anything down to a single bolt or clip, but I can't even find something as common as radiator hoses or heater hoses for my 1978 280E. The straight pieces I can make, but the formed ones are a different story. What are my options or where can I go to find these new? Do I just go into my local MB dealership and fork over whatever amount they want? Any online site that shows detailed breakdowns?

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Some of those hoses might be NLA.

A few years ago, MB of Atlanta offered free access to the Electronic Parts Catalog and you could browse every system of car and see every part number with drawings and all. Unfortunately, they updated the website and messed that up badly and now you can only see the parts they have in stock.

Try this EPC: Another Free EPC

Or just google W123 EPC and something should come up.

Also, most of those hoses have parts numbers in them.

One of the few reasons why I keep my W123 is because it is extremely easy to find part numbers and spare parts. That’s something you can’t do on a Kia or a Toyota. There is almost no information for certain brands.
 

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I did notice MB of Atlanta changed as that is where I was used to searching. I will check the hoses for part numbers. If these are NLA what are the alternatives? Not a hose on the planet, not even a MB one, will last forever.
 

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The Russian site is helpful at least getting the picture of all the separate components, but if the part is NLA they don't even list the part number. It's a start anyway.

Now I am getting a sense why a 50's 300SL Gullwing is over a million dollar car, not only rarity, but MB probably makes small batches of parts for these ultra collectable cars and they charge accordingly. Highly doubtful our W123s will ever be in that category.
 

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NLA parts are always a challenge. In the case of coolant and heater hoses, there are shops specialized in hoses that can reproduce them if you take the old ones. They will search a hose that closely matches the original and modify them until they have the same shape and length of the originals.
 

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One offs or low production runs are an option, but very expensive. $400.00 for the proper one year only reproduction "bumble Bee" yellow striped hoses for my 1969 Triumph TR6.. I should be able to find most of the heater hoses with some searching. The straight pieces will be easy and I bet the 90 degree bends can be found and the pieces that have multiple bends I "may" be able to use straight hose if I route them differently.

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Sounds like you have plan.

Around here is very easy to find shops that can make hoses for reasonable prices. I guess that is advantage of living in a 3rd world country where labor is cheap…

By the way, those hoses in your TR6 are very interesting. I had never seen something like it.
 

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Leave it to the British to be different. They were offered for only one year in 1969 on the TR6
 

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1978 doesn't have a VIN so to speak I believe it is a chassis number and isn't recognized.
 

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Remove the hose you need from your car , check out a pick and pull yard in your area,, thats if your hard up for the hoses .They might be longer but cut them down to fit i bet you would find all the hoses you need with a bit of ingnenuity . Or there is this place in the uk > DMG .< or Abingdon MG . email is www.abingdonmgparts.co.uk The email address said MG but Triumph is included . All the parts went to this guy David Manners when the Triumph and BMC closed down .Its a large consortium so i am sure he would ship out to you . give him a ring 021 544 4444 .
 

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Support for the Triumph is amazing. If I had unlimited finds I could virtually build a car by ordering everything out of a parts catalog, the Mercedes is a little different as are my BMWs.

I replaced the hoses by cutting out straight sections of other hoses and resigned myself to ordering a Uro hose because that was the only one I could find.
 
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