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Whauw very very nice Miko!!!
 

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I hear you Cousin, I think this is it for me for the foreseeable future. Before Covid drama I was toying with an idea of a modern classic like 124,126 or 129 but unlikely as I can't justify another car - I now work from home full time, my daily driver CLK Cabrio is in storage.

Luckily we have sunny weather so Eleanor is out on the road every day, so far so good and she hasn't missed a beat. I need to get tracking done as the wheel is slightly off center due to steering box and coupler upgrade, I hope it can be corrected without touching either.
 

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I’ve got some goodies in the post today:
  • A set of 20x chemically treated MB wheel bolts for that factory look; those should last the next 40 years 😄
  • Instruction card for the spare wheel which I was missing, not that I’d ever need it. 😁
In other news I got tracking done last week and Eleanor now drives straight like an arrow, with the steering wheel perfectly centered. I’m so glad I refurbished the box and replaced the coupler: steering is tighter than ever, super responsive and no more drops of steering fluid on the garage floor; the box was the only leaking spot in the entire engine bay and that was resolved by replacing all reachable gaskets and seals.
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I’m so glad I refurbished the box and replaced the coupler: steering is tighter than ever, super responsive and no more drops of steering fluid on the garage floor;
Are you just trying to make me feel bad ? ;)

Actually, the checking I did showed that the small amount of steering play is in the box itself. But the leak is there. I am going to clean it off and see just how much. Hardly any drip on floor, so can't be too bad.

I have repair kit for front stabilizer bar links coming tomorrow. Hoping that is cause of my slow turn clunking. If not it links needs replacing anyway - rusted solid.

I did come across a guy that rebuilds the steering boxes. Cost is reasonable, but freight back and forth the killer.
[email protected] (has website - scroll to bottom https://dieselfuelinjector.guru/ )
Reconditioned power steering box*, painted and supplied with locking bolt: $165.00
Core prices are as follows.
-R107 power steering: $75
Shipping to CONUS: $55
 

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Heh, not at all Graham - mine was losing maybe a drop or two a week, in the 5 years I've owned the car I never had to top up the reservoir - but it was annoying!

If you get away with replacing the front stabilizer bar links than you may not need to touch the box at all, but if you do I'm pretty sure any local indy can refurbish the box for you: all you need is print out the instructions linked below - that's what I used and it worked a treeat. How to reseal a MB steering gear

You can paint it yourself, and make your own locking bolt which is the easiest part :)
 

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I'm pretty sure any local indy can refurbish the box for you: all you need is print out the instructions linked below - that's what I used and it worked a treeat.
You don't know our indies. I wouldn't want to trust that box with someone who hadn't done it before. And that includes me :)

Enough procrastinating - Time to scrape foam off bonnet!
 

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I hear you Graham - but have a look at the instructions first, it's not that complicated as long as you're careful, take your time and keep it clean. Not all steps are applicable, and for basic seal / gasket replacement a bunch of them are optional as I recall. Putting the box back in, now that's the challenge :-D
 

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Hi Mikolaj, can you let me know where you got the tag from, it would be useful to get one for my car as I have steel wheels fitted but an alloy spare. It may help if anyone else ends up changing the spare, unlikely but you never know.

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Thanks Jim, vast improvement over the old ones 🚗
 

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Thanks @BayAreaBenz85 ,cheers!

Yes of course @CousinMB ,not since last Sunday though as we get proper showers every day plus a bad ass storm last Wednesday. I've learnt to be patient with the weather 😉
 

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So a while ago I posted this topic External mirror variations for 107 chassis as I came across new old stock mirrors that were for LHD (based on rubber seal number) rather than RHD. I couldn’t figure out if there were any major differences, and the seller didn’t have a clue either - so after a little back and forth I decided to take a plunge and bought them!

The mirrors arrived, and as promised they were brand new - so I took them apart and after comparing to mine I realized the key difference between LHD and RHD: essentially, the metal frame has different offsets against the door, a few degree on either side. In essence driver’s side mirror on LHD is a mirror image (no pun intended) of driver’s side mirror on RHD and vice versa for passenger’s mirror. This is also why the triangle rubber seals are different for each side - hindsight is great, isn’t it? Interestingly, the mirrors (i.e. actual glass mirrors) are also different part numbers though they’re identical for both LHD and RHD. It’s a pickle, no doubt about it.

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Nothing to worry about though as the primary reason why I got the mirrors was because of the chrome covers - which luckily are the same! So I ended up having two new / used sets:

  1. RHD which consists of new chromes, new surround seals, new mirrors, existing metal frames and old triangle rubbers.
  2. LHD which consists of used chromes, used surround seals, used mirrors, new metal frames and new triangle rubbers.
So all in all it worked out well - RHD is now super nice and shiny, and back on the car while the LHD is going back to Ebay shortly. Apologies for poor quality of pics below, it’s a super wet day today so Eleanor’s stuck in the garage - but I hope you get an idea why I’m happy with them! 😁

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Without doing any checking, am I right that your mirrors are different from those on the very early 107s, like my 72? I have vague idea of once looking for a passenger side mirror. If I found one, it must have been too expensive! My car never had one from new.
 

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Without doing any checking, am I right that your mirrors are different from those on the very early 107s, like my 72? I have vague idea of once looking for a passenger side mirror. If I found one, it must have been too expensive! My car never had one from new.
Hi Graham, yes the early R107 had different design alright and I believe the passenger mirror was an option until 1974 or 75-ish.
 
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