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Old 12-29-2009, 10:48 AM
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I don't want to sell them, but it is a hard balance for me to have a car and pay my other bills. It's really not much more expensive than owning any other make of car (and much cheaper than car payments on something new). I just need a better job, is all. But, I am taking time after work to try to pursue a career in art and music. I used to draw and play music a lot and I've come to the realization that I need to make a career out of them because I don't have a future in the job field.
To stay on topic: your finnie thread is interesting to follow, thanks!
Now to go OT: Nice artwork. My wife and son are both artists who actually sell their work, and my son plans to major in music in college, you should go for it. BTW, great rendering of the IH Travelall, I had one just like it. Drove it all over heck and half of Georgia. Jeez I miss that truck...
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:13 PM
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To stay on topic: your finnie thread is interesting to follow, thanks!
Now to go OT: Nice artwork. My wife and son are both artists who actually sell their work, and my son plans to major in music in college, you should go for it. BTW, great rendering of the IH Travelall, I had one just like it. Drove it all over heck and half of Georgia. Jeez I miss that truck...
That's good to hear. I am seriously trying to get back into practice so I can make a living off of it. My job has been going steadily downhill and today I told my project manager that if I didn't get the proper pay rate for the work I do that I would start looking elsewhere.

I have had three International Travelalls. More about them here: http://www.justinternationals.org/Binder-Bench/showthread.php?t=8003 .
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:10 AM
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I might be listing the car on eBay in a little bit. I love the car, but like I have mentioned before, I can't really afford to own one. I owe taxes from last year, will probably owe again this year, I have a $200 a month loan that it seems I will never see the end of--4 years and I'm not even halfway through paying it off...
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:04 PM
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I replaced the clutch master and slave cylinders, hoses, and bellhousing boot. I spent lots of time trying to bleed the system. I only had a tiny bit of pressure at the end of the pedal travel. In frustration, I adjusted the pushrods out completely and drove to the local independent Mercedes repair shop.

They discovered that the hydraulics were fine, but that something is wrong in the bellhousing. The previous owner had a new clutch disc and pressure plate installed before I bought it, so that is unfortunate. I have the boxes with the old parts in them, and the part numbers on the boxes are correct.

I think when I replaced the slave cylinder that the throwout fork may have popped off of the pivot ball because now there is lots of travel before the arm starts to push on the pressure plate (did not have this problem before I replaced the hydraulic parts).

I added a spring to the clutch pedal, so now the pedal springs back and works acceptably, but I need to open the inspection cover on the bellhousing and see what is wrong inside. I would hope a new pressure plate and disc would not already have failed.

I drove the car to the local Performance Radiator to get a quote on what it would cost to recore the radiator as it is leaking at the upper seams and the inside has deposits. I was quoted a minimum of $530 to recore it. This seems like a lot of money, but it beats the $2,450 dealer price.

I think my heater cores may also be leaking and I thought it would be a good idea to have them recored so they don't start leaking unexpectedly. I wasn't prepared to be quoted a minimum of $350 per side, making at least $700 plus tax just to have them recored. But still, this is cheaper than the dealer price of $1,150 for the right side and $850 for the left side.

I was thinking maybe $300 to recore my radiator, and so when I heard a minimum of $530 I was surprised. I definitely want it to be recored so it doesn't have any clogging or potential for leaks (reliability is a top priority as this is my only drivable car). A nice, shiny radiator would go well with the new cap I ordered from The Classic Center.

When I tackle the cooling system I am going to use the Zerex G-05 coolant as I did in my last Mercedes. I am going to replace all hoses, thermostat, gaskets, etc. and then reinstall the air compressor bracket. Hopefully I won't need to access anything once the bracket is reinstalled since it covers everything up. I will have the heater cores redone at a later date. Until then, I will use them and hope for the best. If they start leaking badly then I will bypass them until I can afford to fix them.

Speaking of that, my blower motor has been cutting out intermittently and now will not come on at all. I must have a bad connection or a worn out motor that I will need to inspect. I also noticed the firewall is rusted away on each side, which is where most of the water is entering the cabin from.

Today as I was detailing the interior I noticed that the front driver seat back seemed loose. I wiggled it and then the seat almost came out of the car. Apparently the floor gave away and so now the seat is sinking under the car. Then my accelerator pedal came off at the base. I am also going to need to replace the tie rods to remove the mega-play in the steering wheel; I will probably go with Lemforder or OEM (I hear Meyle tie rods have quality issues).

I did get rid of most of the play in the shift lever by adding some washers at the transmission end until I order the proper bushings. What a difference it makes!
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:50 PM
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I've been installing lots of new genuine Mercedes parts from The Classic Center like radiator hoses. I also installed a new Bosch alternator, a non-leaking radiator, H4 "Euro" lights, and a CD player: I Installed A CD Player In My 1968 W110 Fintail .

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Old 05-05-2010, 06:56 PM
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Last weekend I replaced a few parts on my 200D. I replaced the leaking radiator with one that is supposed to not leak, but there was a pinhole on top of the tank that I had to patch. I installed the new radiator hoses, thermostat, bypass pipe, and radiator mounting gaskets I got from The Classic Center. I got rid of the USA-style hose clamps and installed genuine Mercedes clamps. I then flushed the system and used Mercedes-approved Zerex G-05 coolant. I also installed a new Continental alternator belt.

I noticed that the water pump felt loose and made grinding noises once it was off of the car. It didn't leak on the car, though. I had a spare that was near new (and made in Germany) but needed a new gasket. My roommate talked me into getting a $30 water pump from NAPA. When I got it, the box said "Made in China". Then I opened the box and saw that the pump was the long (not short) version, so I took it back. The parts guy said their catalogs were wrong and the short version was $140, but after checking he said that none were available in the USA. He also said he couldn't get a gasket, but he was nice and sold the one from the Chinese pump to me for $3. I then installed the slightly used German water pump with the new gasket.

I reinstalled the A/C compressor and bracket as well. What a pain the air conditioning makes the car to work on! It is in the way of everything. I don't even know how you are supposed to install the water pump housing-to-block gasket. I had the A/C bracket in place and the bolts partially through the water pump housing. Then I slid the gasket underneath and installed it dry (without sealant). I don't know how it could be done with sealant. It really is ridiculous. You practically have to be a master mechanic to work on a car that has A/C. I still need to get a new belt for the air compressor and test to see if the A/C still works like it did a few months ago.

Right now I am using Amsoil 15W40 full synthetic diesel engine oil and the oil leaks have diminished greatly since switching from 5W40 oil.

Unfortunately, the car is starting to smoke badly. I hardly noticed it at first, but now it fogs up the neighborhood when I start the car and it is like driving a locomotive on the freeway because it is always spewing smoke. The car has lots of power and runs well, but I'm not sure what to think of the smoke. The previous owner said the engine was rebuilt 4,000 miles ago (probably not true), and I have adjusted the valves and changed the fuel filters. I think that the fuel injectors may be worn out. I hope the engine isn't worn out.

I'm trying to get the car ready for a 2,000 mile round trip to Utah (from Washington) and back for a family reunion in June. The car has been really reliable and is a joy to drive other than the smoke. I still plan on doing a few repairs before then, but I feel confident the car will do fine. I did an hour trip in the car yesterday and it did 70 MPH all the time, even up hills.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:10 PM
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I had a spare that was near new (and made in Germany) but needed a new gasket.
Any parts house has generic gasket material in different thicknesses they sell by the foot. You can just trace out the gasket using the old gasket, water pump, our pump housing, then simply cut with scissors, hole punches, or whatever.


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What a pain the air conditioning makes the car to work on!
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Plus they draw a lot of power and add weight to the car, reducing performance.



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Unfortunately, the car is starting to smoke badly. I hardly noticed it at first, but now it fogs up the neighborhood when I start the car and it is like driving a locomotive on the freeway because it is always spewing smoke. The car has lots of power and runs well, but I'm not sure what to think of the smoke. The previous owner said the engine was rebuilt 4,000 miles ago (probably not true), and I have adjusted the valves and changed the fuel filters. I think that the fuel injectors may be worn out. I hope the engine isn't worn out.
Does it smoke only during acceleration, when cold, when hot, during steady speed driving, or other? Does it clatter a lot? If it is just during acceleration, there is a full load adjustment screw that will likely take care of the problem. This limits how much fuel the engine gets a full open throttle. It is located at the rear of the pump behind the support bracket and below the vacuum diaphragm chamber. Turning the screw in 1/4 to 1/2 turn will likely solve the smoke problem during acceleration. Doesn't take much adjustment to make a difference.
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Old 05-06-2010, 04:29 PM
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Does it smoke only during acceleration, when cold, when hot, during steady speed driving, or other? Does it clatter a lot? If it is just during acceleration, there is a full load adjustment screw that will likely take care of the problem. This limits how much fuel the engine gets a full open throttle. It is located at the rear of the pump behind the support bracket and below the vacuum diaphragm chamber. Turning the screw in 1/4 to 1/2 turn will likely solve the smoke problem during acceleration. Doesn't take much adjustment to make a difference.
It smokes more some days than others. Today I noticed almost no smoke at all, but yesterday it was spewing smoke everywhere.

But, on the days it smokes, when I first start the car in the morning it fogs up the neighborhood with a white smoke with a blue tint. Then when I drive off it spews blue smoke (but less of it). When I get onto the freeway the smoke turns black and most of the time I can't see it. When going up a hill the car doesn't lose power, but I notice a lot of black smoke at that time.

The engine sounds clattery. Like a normal diesel engine, only louder. When I accelerate it stops clattering and sounds more like a weed-whacker.

The car has really good pickup. When I merge into 65 MPH traffic I am usually moving faster than the cars picking up speed behind me. It'll also throw me back in my seat when accelerating from a stop if I have to jump out into traffic.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:40 PM
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So... When I got my 200D I was not sure when the last time the oil in the injection pump was changed. I siphoned the oil out, which looked clean and clear as new. I put in 5W40 oil, which in retrospect, was probably too thin.

Today I siphoned out that oil and to my dismay the oil was dark and muddy! I collected the oil in a clear jar and noticed there were flakes in the bottom. They look like paint flakes or maybe bits of rubber? I replenished the oil with 15W40.

I am a bit worried that the oil was so dark this time since that oil was only in there a few months and the oil that came out before was like new (and who knows when it was changed last).

Today I also changed my fuel prefilter (am using the clear type as on the later cars as opposed to the metal one). It was full of what looked like dirt or small rocks, probably from when the fuel tank was cleaned by the shop that used gravel. I really, really hope that particles from the fuel tank didn't make their way into the fuel pump and cause damage. It was only a little after I reinstalled the fuel tank that the car started smoking.

I took the fuel tank to a radiator shop recommended by my local independent Mercedes repair shop thinking it would be boiled out, but apparently the shop just filled it with gravel and shook it around. Shortly after installing the fuel tank I noticed that when I opened the fuel cap the tank would "WHOOSH" and start expanding. Later I found the cause was the vent tube was clogged with sand that must have been left over from the "tank cleaning". It cost me over $100 to have it "cleaned", too.

So, there you have it. 1. I am worried about the oil in the injection pump being so muddy and having particles in it. 2. It worries me that sand may have gotten into the injection pump and injectors to cause damage. My precious new tank strainer is probably getting clogged as well. 3. Can this be connected to my car smoking more and more?
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Great looking 200D - i didn't get a chance yet to read up on all of the thread on this, but i will here after work. Quick question though, I've got a '66 200D with the khulmiester AC unit as well, and i'm not sure how to use it, or if it even works! how is that sucker set up? Doesn't seem like it needs a AC compressor under the hood, but i'm not sure - does it? Thanks in advance!-

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Old 08-23-2010, 02:59 PM
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ZLandrum --- yes, you need an AC compressor

There should be an AC compressor under the hood. The kuhlmeister unit is the inside air exchanger.
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Thanks Daw, BEAUTIFUL 190D!! I'm looking on your thread too, very nice!. I've got a york compressor under the hood that's not got a belt on it yet, but the pulley doesn't look like it has a corresponding pulley for the belt to attach too, i'll grab some pictures this evening, and get another thread going of my own, maybe you can help? Thanks

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Thanks Daw, BEAUTIFUL 190D!! I'm looking on your thread too, very nice!. I've got a york compressor under the hood that's not got a belt on it yet, but the pulley doesn't look like it has a corresponding pulley for the belt to attach too, i'll grab some pictures this evening, and get another thread going of my own, maybe you can help? Thanks

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Yes, I can help. My 190D(c) has a 200D engine. I'll be happy to take some pics under the hood and post on your thread.

Sorry for the hijack, Squiggle. You know how much I like to help.
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Great looking 200D - i didn't get a chance yet to read up on all of the thread on this, but i will here after work. Quick question though, I've got a '66 200D with the khulmiester AC unit as well, and i'm not sure how to use it, or if it even works! how is that sucker set up? Doesn't seem like it needs a AC compressor under the hood, but i'm not sure - does it? Thanks in advance!-

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It's great to see someone else with a 200D! I don't think there are many of us on here. I like them because they are styled like a 1957 Chevy, only you get many more safety features and great fuel economy.

Attached is a picture of the underhood area so you can see the York air compressor. I have researched the York air compressors a bit and though they go over well with the 4X4 crowd, they are apparently power-robbers and inefficient in these cars and there are better compressors out there (like Sankyo). The factory mounting of the air compressor also makes simple tasks like changing the alternator belt or water pump nearly impossible.

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Old 08-23-2010, 04:07 PM
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By the way, this car made a 2,000 mile round trip from Washington to Utah and back: 2,000 Mile Trip Planned For 1968 W110 200D .
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