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Old 09-12-2010, 02:24 AM
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Crazy lucky day at the Pick 'n Pull

Just had to share this with people who would appreciate it... my wife just rolled her eyes when I told her this story.

I went to the Pick 'n Pull to return a Volvo fuel pump that I had pulled for a friend (I told her to have her shop check the relay, but either the shop never got the message, or they were evil and not simply incompetent). Anyway, I took my tool box with me to PnP even though I didn't to stay long; you never know what you'll find, right?

I turn in the pump and get a receipt for store credit, I figure I might as well see if they have a 190D that has the trim piece I need. The man tells me rows 4 and 36. I pay the two dollars and go find the car. Sure enough, it has the trim! I unscrew and pop it off, then take the clips off, too; you never know if you're gonna need 'em. While I'm doing this I hear someone approach the car and lift the hood. I pause what I'm doing and have a friendly conversation with a guy who is looking for a fan with a clutch. Turns out this model doesn't have it. While we're talking I'm looking at the engine compartment, and I comment that it's too bad that someone already got the heater blower before I did. Yeah, too bad, he agrees. A few minutes later he comes back and tells me that there's a Mercedes over on row 35 with a blower motor just sitting on the engine. Sweet!

So I collect my trim, and head over to row 36. Sure enough, there's a blower motor with the squirrel cage fan just sitting there on the motor of a 260E I think it was. Dunno if it is going to be an exact match for mine, but at a cost of zero labor I'll sure snatch it. Walking back out I pass the other 190E on row 36... hmm, I'll just look this one over for console switches (still looking out for you, Jetmugg!). No console switches. I step to the trunk to see if maybe it has a retractable antenna assembly still. It does! But, I have to lift a tire or two out of the trunk to get to the assembly, and as I clear the tires what do I see but the fuel sender sitting there in the trunk already removed from the tank. Double sweet! Two screws out and I've harvested the retractable antenna. It all goes in the wheelbarrow, and I'm out of there in half hour with everything on my 190D shopping list, having paid $21 after store credit for the fuel pump. What a lucky day!

Kurt

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Old 09-12-2010, 03:04 AM
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Gotta love finding parts already pulled for you!

Was that at Sherwood, and did they have any S class?
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:50 AM
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Nice finds. I had my fair share a few years back. Been a while since I went parts hunting at the yards. My cars are at that stage they don't need much used items anymore (but I could always think of things they could use ).
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:24 AM
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I got a Zebrano wood set that way - including the glove box trim. All 4 door panels pulled on a W126 b/c someone wanted window regulators. Easy pull, and after I took my wheelbarrow to cash out with a ton of other parts that day, they threw the Zebrano trim in for free! Can you say, "Ka-ching?" Its a perfect set and in my 300SD.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:47 AM
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Gotta love finding parts already pulled for you!

Was that at Sherwood, and did they have any S class?
No, North Portland. I didn't see any S-Class, but to be truthful I was only look for 190's. Seems like the one off Foster Rd. supposedly has all the 300's.

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I feel like a teenage girl at the mall when I hit up the wrecking yard. I go out there sometimes when I have nothing to do/ work on, and always end up finding something that I didn't know I needed.

It seems like everytime I go out there, I have the intention of just buying one thing, and end up walking out with like 10 other things. I'm a sucker for a deal, so if I find it, and know that "one day" I could use it- I'll just go ahead and buy the damn thing.

A perfect example: I'm somewhat of an old Ford buff, so in my lolly gagging out there one day, I came across an old 74 Mercury Monticlair wagon. It had a 351 Cleveland in it. I pulled it the next day complete- flexplate to fan clutch...all for 150. I ended up trading that engine to a transmission man who overhauled the transfer case in my old Bronco. Another time, I found a 429 in an old 69 Mercury Grand Marquie. I barely slept a wink that night, and was there the next day before the doors opened. Same story- 150 Bucks. I put it on an engine stand when I got home, put it on CL, and sold that motor for 600.00 (after I came to the conclusion that I didn't need it, didn't have anything to put it in, didn't really have the room for it....and on and on) The kid in me just HAD to have that 429, cause they're so rare.
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So I collect my trim, and head over to row 36. Sure enough, there's a blower motor with the squirrel cage fan just sitting there on the motor of a 260E I think it was. Dunno if it is going to be an exact match for mine, but at a cost of zero labor I'll sure snatch it. What a lucky day! Kurt

If the blower is actually from a 260E it was a 124 chassis and it will not fit a 190 as it's a 201 chassis!
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Old 09-13-2010, 01:11 AM
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If the blower is actually from a 260E it was a 124 chassis and it will not fit a 190 as it's a 201 chassis!
That's what I suspect too, but I recall reading somewhere on the forum that someone was having trouble getting a blower for their Euro W201 (which is what I've got also). Supposedly the standard US-market 190D uses a different blower than the German ones. I'm crossing my fingers that it might be the right one...

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Old 09-13-2010, 01:34 AM
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That's what I suspect too, but I recall reading somewhere on the forum that someone was having trouble getting a blower for their Euro W201 (which is what I've got also). Supposedly the standard US-market 190D uses a different blower than the German ones. I'm crossing my fingers that it might be the right one...

Kurt
Well good luck, I own a couple 201 cars and have worked on some others including a couple Euro cars. I haven't worked specifically with a Euro 201 blower motor but I'd be suprised it it was different from other markets, the climate control may or may not be different and therefore the control elements for the blower but the blower itself will very likely be the same!
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:05 AM
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I feel the same way when I go to the junkyard.. I want to take the whole car...hahaha... I picked a blower motor for my 93 300E for $20..at a pull a part. My mechanic had quoted me $270 for the blower motor through worldpac..WOW!! I think I saved over $500 by doing this job myself and reviewing the DIY on 124 blower motor removal.. also picked up a used servo unit for $5, off an 80 300SD 116 , great condition.. and not to mention my ac work over the summer with picking Ac hoses for my 77 300D with the swapped 81 engine. I owe alot to VSTECH, for all the help on that one, he is definitley the MAN when it comes to HVAC work.....
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:12 AM
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I go twice a month ,just enough to see the new ones coming in and old ones going out ,theyll pull the cars every 3 weeks to go to the crusher.I would estimate they get $400 a year out of my pocket but I save $4000 from mechanics and tire guys.I figure I come out even when I sell another old MB.Its a hobby that you can drive around in.

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