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Old 08-12-2013, 02:09 AM
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Leather Shift Boot

A couple years ago I got a new shift boot to replace the original Rubber Boot that was the 30yr old original. Well the new one was some sort of stiff material I refered as the Tupper Ware Shift Boot. It wouldn`t stay under the edge around the hole where the shift lever lives.

I did some searching for a leather boot for the 240, but came up empty handed. Even posted a link from a CL add that had a different rubber boot in the picture to see if anyone knew what it was originally made for.

While at PNP I found that a Saab around a 1990 model has a Leather shift boot on the manual shifters. Removed one, cleaned it up, and with some modifying to the plastic Shroud slightly, to snap in the plastic ring the boot fastens to from the Saab. It all came together and looks good.

This evening I finally found a auto site that sell a shift Boot for the 240D and other makes of auto, and made of different types of material. You can order it with what ever color of stitching you that turns you on.
240Dshift Redline Accessories Shift Boot for 74-83 Mercedes 240D at Andy's Auto Sport






Dosn`t look too bad in the picture, and looks similar to the Saab one Iam using.

Maybe this will help someone.


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Old 08-12-2013, 08:07 AM
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yeah the Tupperware ones really suck!

Thanks Charlie!
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:23 AM
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Oooh, I should get one for the Corolla... ours looks quite nasty.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:36 AM
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Nice work! Looks great.

I bought my first 240D new in '77. I remember how surprised I was to see the fake leather, rubber boot.
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best to make one out of real hide yourself, its a nice experience. And everytime you row the shifter you feel that you worked it to make it feel that good.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:30 AM
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best to make one out of real hide yourself, its a nice experience. And everytime you row the shifter you feel that you worked it to make it feel that good.
pics?
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:09 PM
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dont have any now.

made it for my cars when I was in college.
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Old 08-12-2013, 12:33 PM
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this is a great solution, thanks for posting charlie! I have the rubber boot, I just bought a brand new one from the classic center last year, and its already wearing on itself pretty bad.

Weird original design if you ask me, rubber shift boots last forever if its an accordion style, but I guess MB wanted to simulate leather instead of admit that they should install a rubber accordion.

Think I might buy one of these later this year
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:19 PM
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best to make one out of real hide yourself, its a nice experience. And everytime you row the shifter you feel that you worked it to make it feel that good.
pics?

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