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Mercedes-Benz Pontons (1953-1962)

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Jeff Miller
08:39 AM ET (US)
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10:50 PM ET (US)
Heater radiator box control lever sent. Need you address. Phil
10:48 PM ET (US)

Got the lever you want. Postage $8.25. Product $20. Need mail address.
09:41 PM ET (US)

Greetings, I am trying to locate a source for the left heater box control lever for a 1961 190SL that attaches to the cable from the dashboard. I tried "Authentic Classics" but they sent the lever for the right size which is too tall. A reliable source would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Dan
Bob Graham
10:39 PM ET (US)
That’s a good start. Now post some pics here and the knowledge base can weigh in. Photograph the worst is the rust as well as some interior shots
07:10 PM ET (US)
It’s near Louisville, Kentucky.
Bob Graham
11:49 AM ET (US)
It might help if you could advise where you (and the car) are located.
Jeff Miller
10:24 AM ET (US)

Pontons For Sale at this link.

Instructions are on the "Terms and Conditions" page.
06:12 PM ET (US)
My parents have a 1959 Ponton that needs a new home. It was in a barn for ages, but has been sitting outside for several years. I don’t believe it runs. Body is solid but has some rust around the edges. I would say it’s a challenging restoration car. It has one replaced tail light…everything else is there but needs WORK. At this point, Dad isn’t going to lay a finger on it and I hate to watch it go to ruin. I don’t have any idea where to start with looking for a buyer. Any suggestions about a good place to advertise or how to set a ballpark price? The ID plate on the door says A105010 8505171 which I think means it is a 219, made in 1958, hard top, four door. Thanks for any advice!
Jeff Miller
06:28 AM ET (US)

Nice collection of cars.

This is a simple message board. You may want something with more features. Try this link.

04:51 PM ET (US)

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum and have owned a 59' 220s for the past 11years and about 5000miles:)

I find it a bit confusing to navigate this forum.

Is it organized by topics and is there also a way to private message members?

Thank you kindly,
Jeff Miller
06:44 AM ET (US)
@JoshuaJ If you don't get a reply here, consider joining the International Ponton Owners Group (IPOG).


You will need to provide
> Your full name
> Your location (city/state is close enough)
> The year and model of your Ponton

06:07 PM ET (US)
Hello all,

I am new to this board, i'd like to introduce myself. I am a Southern California native, 37 year old father of 3. I am in the automotive repair business and have a few shops in so cal. I just received a 1959 220S coupe. It has been with a family friend since it was imported here in the early 60's. The fuel pump died in 1970 and the vehicle was put away in a garage, until yesterday. I removed the vehicle and brought it to one of my shops. I ordered a pump, filters, belt, general tune up parts etc. Millers in Phoenix took care of me.

What is a ball park value? It has 59,000 original miles, black on red, manual transmission w/clutch, no sunroof. I understand condition matters. There is some pitting on the chrome, there is a baseball sized dent on the right rear quarter panel. The paint is original, interior is in fantastic condition, all wood is in great condition. Are there any tips I should know about? I look forward to learning from you folks.
02:16 PM ET (US)

Throw out bearing spacer?

(See Message 3397, January 4, 2021 for more......this probably explains why it was hard to shift!!! Mercedes 1958 190 W121. I managed to get it working again after adjusting the Clutch Release mechanism. But after a few miles, the whole thing stopped shifting entirely. )

I removed the transmission and clutch and found my throw out bearing died inside the clutch housing. I found most of the parts. They were not of much use any more!!!

I also found (in my collection of parts that I have had over the past 49 yesrs) what appears to be a throw out bearing from I do not know when or where. It looks unused, although it has some signs of age (dust and external rust that just wiped off). It is solid, and rolls smoothly. I plan to put it in the transmission. But, I have a question......

The old sleeve had lost most of the bearing, leaving only a very hard to remove base of the old bearing, and some kind of spacer. Or maybe that spacer was part of the old bearing, which was now destroyed. It is a simple piece of tubing, maybe a quarter inch wide, and loose fitting on the inside of where the base of the old bearing was. It easily slides up and down the bearing housing shaft. As far as I can tell its only function is to act as some kind of spacer to move the bearing itself forward.

I do not see this piece in any of my manuals, suggested maintenance procedures, or parts catalogues for the car.

Anybody have any ideas about this thing? Should I include it in putting the transmission back on? Or what?

Jeff Miller
02:27 AM ET (US)

These pages mention asbestos.

Exhaust resonator

Heat riser gasket
06:21 PM ET (US)

ASBESTOS AND AUSTRALIA. Good morning all, and a happy New Year. Our 1957 220S is currently in the Netherlands and we are considering sending it to Australia to drive there for a year before returning the car back home to New Zealand. Australia has very stringent anti-asbestos importation regulations in place that do not allow ANY asbestos on the car. Does anyone know where the asbestos was fitted in these cars in the 1950s? We have replaced all gaskets, hoses, clutch and brake linings with modern, asbestos free materials, new wiring looms and replaced the door linings. However we wonder whether here were other areas MB may have used asbestos in the past such as upholstery, bonnet insulation, bottom pan etc. Does anybody know? Many thanks. PS. Picture of our car was taken in 2018 at 4,780m altitude in the Corderilla Blanca, Peru.
Edited 01-08-2021 06:24 PM
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