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Mercedes-Benz Pontons (1953-1962)

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paulbruce
09-04-2017
08:03 PM ET (US)
Hi I am new on this board. I am no stranger to Mercedes cars. I finally finished restoring my 1983 280SL 5 speed and enjoying it for a change. I just sold "my mistake" I made 6 years ago which was an Alfa Romeo Spider and relieved of that. With that car gone from my life, I am looking to eventually fill its gap with another Mercedes. I have already owned a W126 sedan, a W123 240D sedan and now I have 2014 C250 as an everyday driver. Recently I have come across a very solid 1960 190D sedan with a manual transmission that runs and drives. No rust, a good driver type presentable car. Brakes have recently been redone for one. I didn't get to drive the car where it was at as I was hurrying due to the hurricane threat in my area! I am okay and my cars are as well, and the 190D did not get flooded at the showroom where it is at. I really like this car, but I want to know more and what I am up against owning one of these.

The oldest Mercedes my family ever owned was a 1975 240D manual, I understand the slowness of old Mercedes diesels and that this one WILL be slow. I do understand this car will not be the same kind of car as my 280SL. No power steering, power brakes, air conditioning (which is almost a necessity in TX) and of course the quickness. I do have a few questions and I am asking for guidance as well.

How available are parts and where? I understand these engines are bulletproof and reliable? I read one source these are 4 speed manuals on the column, the advertisement says 3 speed manual? How durable are these cars overall and can they be driven on short trips to car shows? 300 mile trip in one day would be the most. Being a 1960 model, how different is it from other old cars such as American? Are they fairly straight forward to work on and service? The seats are covered in plastic and look nice. Steering wheel needs refinishing. Car belongs to an older gentleman and has a US dept of defense sticker on the windshield. I can probably buy this car between the 10-11K mark. Little things need to be done, bumper is off center a bit and hubcaps need refinishing. When things calm down I will probably go test drive it.

Sorry for all of the questions, but this is a bit of unchartered territory for me. Part of me says pass the car up, the other says get me information and do it if it feels right! Thanks and look forward to comments, Paul in Texas
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Heathcliff1
09-02-2017
05:31 AM ET (US)

Before and after fitting the white vinyl.
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Heathcliff1
09-02-2017
05:27 AM ET (US)

Hello J-P from Nairobi. Besides looking good a white/ivory roof is a great way of reducing the temperatures inside the car on hot summer days. Our car was originally completely deep black, a colour we love, but when we were driving in the very hot weather in the south of the US we found that the black makes the inside of the cabin unbearably hot (no A/C). In California we therefore fitted a white vinyl over the roof and the bonnet and the inside temperature dropped by some 10-15C. We were very pleased to have done that when driving through the tropics of Central and South America. Follow us at www.Facebook.com/ClasssicStrider.
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J-P
09-01-2017
12:07 PM ET (US)

I am restoring a W189 300D Adenauer in Nairobi, Kenya. After many months in the body shop, it is almost ready for paint. The car was originally Mittelgrun, but when bought it had an ivory roof which looked quite good. I always like to stay original, but I am tempted by the two tone scheme... Is this something which would have been available when the car was new? And what sort of colour for the roof would be a good choice? Thanks for your advice...
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Jim Vargo
08-03-2017
04:36 PM ET (US)
Some months ago I recall seeing on ebay stainless steel heater pipes for a 220S/SE ponton. I have not been able to find them again. Does anyone know of a source for these pipes?

Thanks
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Mark509
07-19-2017
05:38 PM ET (US)
AprilAlice-

that's a great idea a lot of wedding couples like the older limo's. I would look into cost though. You might be able to get a business credit line with bad credit loan from some lenders if needed.

http://www.nobsloans.com/
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AprilAlice499
07-09-2017
02:54 AM ET (US)
What do ya'll think of restoring an older car for my Wichita Limo Service? I love the idea, but worry cost wise it might not be worth it- especially if I need to hire out work because of time. I'm new to restoring older vehicles so any thoughts are appreciated.

Alice,
http://www.wichitalimoservice.com/
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Jeff Miller
06-06-2017
05:38 AM ET (US)
kdelman,

Try this link.
http://www.mbzponton.org/valueadded/mainte...webasto/webasto.htm
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kdelman
06-05-2017
07:29 PM ET (US)

Hi all,
I am very close to finishing my 190Db Binz wagon and now looking for possible diagrams for re-installing the webasto ragtop. any and all suggestions are welcome. I have attached a photo from last month.
Kirk
Edited 06-05-2017 07:30 PM
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Ncbrady
05-11-2017
01:06 PM ET (US)
hi the diesel injection pump on my 1960 180db is not working, I googled the part number and found some hits however my part is

Bosch: PES4A50B410RS144

Regler: EP/MZ60A 93d

and I found one online that is reconditioned but that is

Bosch: PES4A50B410RS144

Regler: EP/MZ60A 94d

do any of you know what the difference between 93d and 94d is exactly ? and will a 94d work in my car ?
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A Oliveira
02-11-2017
04:13 PM ET (US)
Thanks Phil
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philip langlois
02-11-2017
03:20 PM ET (US)
That is the body number
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A Oliveira
02-11-2017
03:18 PM ET (US)

Thanks Phil
I have two numbers stamped:
- A - on the passenger side - where you say.
- B - a different one, on the driver side, in the inner part of the fender, What is the meaning of this one? (see the photo).
Edited 02-11-2017 04:06 PM
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philip langlois
02-10-2017
09:28 PM ET (US)
The VIN number is stamped in the passenger side frame rail just under the voltage regulator. It will be probably filled in by paint so you will have to scrape away the paint. There is also a plate rivited to the frame at this point with the same number. Phil
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A Oliveira
02-10-2017
12:16 PM ET (US)
Hello
In W120, where is the Chassis number stamped.
There are differences between the chassis number and VIN.
I' not asking for de plates localisation, I need the localization of the number stamped in the Chassi.
Thanks
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Marchman1001
01-03-2017
09:01 PM ET (US)
Thank you for the valuable information.
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