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Old 07-25-2002, 11:25 PM
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Restoring an AMG Hammer Wagon, my story Part 1

I recently thanked Dean Albrecht for making me aware of this forum. I wanted to introduce myself to the forum, as I’m sure I’ll need tons of advice (and moral support) for a long time.

About six months ago I purchased an AMG Hammer wagon. Well, technically a 1988/90 AMG 300TE 6.0 wagon. Car & Driver called it a “Mallet” wagon. There is much “historic” argument (if that’s not too strong a word to use) over whether the 6.0 engine is what is referred to as the Hammer engine (the M117 5.6 liter bored to 6.0), or is it only the 6.0 engine with the 32v head, or is it the original 4 door W124 body only, while all others are just CE 6.0s, TE 6.0s, SEC 6.0s and so on. I won’t pretend I know the answer to the question, although some original articles showed 5.6 liter Hammers with the 32v head, and an article in Automobile Magazine in 1988 profiled the first AMG Hammer Wagon
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"The Hammer" was a term coined by an American automobile publication after test driving the 1986/7 W124 AMG M117 5.6 liter 32v sedan. 360 bhp and 510 Nm Torque Top speed 188 mph/303 kph.

There was another "Mallet" wagon that turned up not long ago and sold recently at Barret Jackson.
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"The Hammer" was a term coined by an American automobile publication after test driving the 1986/7 W124 AMG M117 5.6 liter 32v sedan. 360 bhp and 510 Nm Torque Top speed 188 mph/303 kph.

There was another "Mallet" wagon that turned up not long ago and sold recently at Barret Jackson.
Great answer to the 8 year old question.

that "mallet" wagon also sold to Jono at Blue Ridge MB for those who dont know.
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lol, interesting that the OP recently edited his post.
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If the OP is who I think he is, then the vehicle was featured in the July/August 2003 Star and February 1990 Car&Driver....

Very nice 6.0 SOHC wagon built by Westmont...

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If the OP is who I think he is, then the vehicle was featured in the July/August 2003 Star and February 1990 Car&Driver....

Very nice 6.0 SOHC wagon built by Westmont...

Ed A.
Who or what is Westmont?
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Who or what is Westmont?
Premerger AMG had three franchise "dealers" in the USA.

Westmont Illinois, BHMA ( Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories ) in CA and a location in Florida.

The Westmont location seemed to do some of the more then bolt on work compared to the other two locations.

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IIRC, Dave's wagon was/is the Mallet as was termed by the C&D article.

So, w/ that in mind I like to call my car the Hammer Wagon..

Westmont was the headquarters for AMG NA.

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Jono,

Your blue car is the "Hammer Wagon", profiled in Automobile Magazine in 1988, built on a 300TD (hence the extra cost for diesel to gas conversion) for a fine canadian collector (Feingold)

Mine is the Westmont built Black SOHC wagon profiled in Car & Driver 1990 and The Star in 2003.

As you know, I tried to sell the car sometime back, but there seems to be limited interest in these historic AMG vehicles.

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Jono,

Your blue car is the "Hammer Wagon", profiled in Automobile Magazine in 1988, built on a 300TD (hence the extra cost for diesel to gas conversion) for a fine canadian collector (Feingold)

Mine is the Westmont built Black SOHC wagon profiled in Car & Driver 1990 and The Star in 2003.

As you know, I tried to sell the car sometime back, but there seems to be limited interest in these historic AMG vehicles.

Dave
Dave

If I recall I may have had some discussion with you in August 08 about purchasing your TE.

Are you still considering selling...?

I'm in the process of finishing a C124 widebody "tribute" build which is taking much longer then I thought !!!

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Ed,

Yes, still considering selling.

I offered to Jono thinking it would make a nice parts chaser for his growing collection...

email me anytime...

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friggin awesome wagon. If only I wasn't a million miles away.......
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Ed,

Yes, still considering selling.

I offered to Jono thinking it would make a nice parts chaser for his growing collection...

email me anytime...

Dave
Thanks Dave..

Making a mental note for when I finish my C124 build.
Was hoping to have it at Starfest but it will be close !!!

When we communicated in 2008 I was trying to buy the W124 Hammer sedan from the same owner that sold Jono the Hammer wagon.
I offered him a bit higher then what Jono paid this year at auction for the TE, but in 2008 he wanted $10K more then my offer.
Ended up commiting to my C124 "AMG1" tribute build.

I tend to get sidetracked..earlier this year I was looking for a C126 AMG ( preferably widebody ) as I was inspired by Jay Manek's build with a NOS WB kit in the UK.
Got distracted and was offered Chip Ganassi's 08 CLK63 AMG Black Series which I purchased in February.

My problem now is space...
Have four useable garage slots, with one more that I need to get the floor done and considering a lift for the W113 in that bay.
That would give me six slots for six cars, but the G55K can sit outside ( it's a rugged truck ! ) which would give me an opportunity for another vehicle...

All this to say that we maybe speaking in the fall !!!

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1988 Mercedes Benz AMG Hammer 300TE 6.0L V8 Wagon For Sale - $44995

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1988 AMG Hammer 300TE 6.0L V8 Wagon For Sale~VERY RARE!

~VERY RARE~

This car is in beautiful condition and is most likely 1 of 2 original 6.0 wagons!

MSRP in 1988 Was $99,500!

Call Michael 5 1 6-7 2 9-xxxx



Features:
Over $40k mechanical restoration (have all the receipts and details of the restoration).
Beautiful Black exterior
Black Leather interior
Custom original AMG white face gauges
Original AMG light bird's eye maple wood trim throughout
Original Alpine CD in dash
Complete engine rebuild, new bottom end, all ancillaries new
Engine compartment sanded/ resprayed
Transmission rebuilt
New suspension (shocks, springs, rear pneumatic shocks, control arms, bushings, sway bars, Hydraulics, including all lines)
All brake lines front to rear, hoses, M/C replaced
All fuel lines front to rear replaced
New AC system (correct R134)
Sunroof motor and mechanism rebuilt
New AMG Aero 17in wheels w/Michelin Pilot Sport A/S tires


Specs:
W124 300TE 6.0 wagon
VIN: EA9003JF060409
76000 miles
6.0 Liter V-8 M117 (16V)
Seats 7 - 2 in front, 3 in middle, 2 in rear

From the Russian Vin check site:


VIN WDBEA90D3JF060409
Model 300 TE
Chassis 1240901F060409
Engine 103983 12 096756
Transmission 722320 03 030407
Order 0 7 704 84708
Approx. year not defined
Dealer United States (USA) (704)
Interior leather black / anthracite (271)
Paint
040 black (T) (с 01.01.1963)
71 Unknown code
Options
222 right front seat, electrically adjustable (с 01.11.1978)
first aid kit (с 01.11.1962 по 30.09.1970)

240 outside temperature indicator (с 01.03.1982)
second spare wheel (с 01.01.1964 по 28.02.1973)

241 left front seat electrically adjustable with memory feature. only applicable to w 210 when installed in conjunction with code 275. (с 01.03.1983)
wood rims (с 01.01.1964 по 31.08.1971)

286 luggage nets on front seat backrests (с 01.01.1962)

412 electric sliding roof with tilting device (с 01.07.1983)
hydraulic sliding roof, in the rear (с 01.11.1964 по 30.06.1981)

420 automatic transmission, floor shift (с 01.01.1963)

446 tempomat (cruise control), steering column, electrically adjustable, and airbag (с 01.02.1980 по 31.10.1993)

461 instrument with mileage reading and english lettering (с 01.04.1990)

491 USA version (с 01.01.1963)

519 Becker radio Grand Prix electronic cassette - USA (с 01.08.1980 по 30.11.1990)
Becker radio Grand Prix LW/MW/SW/USW - USA (с 01.01.1963 по 29.02.1972)
Becker radio Grand Prix stereo MW/USW - USA (с 01.10.1972 по 31.12.1976)
Becker radio Mexico Grand Prix, electronic (USA)

524 Reims adapter IV (с 01.04.1962 по 28.02.1963)
paintcoat preservation (с 01.01.1964)

531 automatic antenna (с 01.01.1963)

543 exhaust-pipe cover trim (с 01.01.1963 по 28.02.1963)
seat adapter between the front seats, and halogen lamp unit (с 01.01.1967 по 31.12.1972)
sun visor with vanity mirror, illuminated, left and right (с 01.11.1978)

551 anti-theft warning system (с 01.11.1978 по 31.03.1998)
anti-theft/anti-break-in warning system with anti-towing system (с 01.04.1998)
steering wheel, ivory-colored (с 01.01.1963 по 31.05.1973)

570 folding armrest front w202/210 stowage box front with armrest (с 01.04.1970)
front folding armrest w202 - housing at front with armrest

588 Thermoking air conditioner and electric window lifters (front doors) (с 01.04.1970 по 31.12.1972)
automatic climate control and electric window lifters (front and rear doors) (с 01.01.1977)

593 headlamp flasher and turn signal lamps - italy (с 01.01.1963 по 31.07.1965)
headlamp flasher and turn signal lamps, front, crystal clear (с 01.08.1965 по 31.01.1967)
heat-insulating glass, rear window pane (с 01.02.1967 по 31.01.1971)
heat-insulating glass, all-around, heated rear window pane (single-sheet safety glass), band filter
green heat-insulating glass all round, heated rear window, single pane safety glass - tinted strip (с 01.01.1972)

600 headlamp wiper/washer (с 01.08.1971)
trim strips on hardtop (с 01.04.1963 по 31.07.1971)

611 courtesy lamps for front and rear doors, with W124 also for central doors/W202 front doors only (с 01.11.1978)
sealed beam lamp unit, l.h. traffic (с 01.01.1966 по 28.02.1972)
lamp unit, symmetrical (с 01.01.1962 по 28.02.1963)

639 radial-ply tires, elimination of warning triangle (с 01.11.1973 по 31.10.1974)
elimination of first-aid box and warning triangle (с 01.08.1977)

640 aluminium disc wheels with radial-ply tires (с 01.10.1969 по 31.12.1989)
tires with tube (с 01.01.1963 по 31.08.1965)
15-hole light alloy rims (с 01.01.1990)

722 baggage rack, integrated (с 01.07.1981)

808 Change of year of model, last figure shows new model year

844 instrument housing at instrument panel leather trim (с 01.10.1965 по 28.02.1968)
folding seat bench in loading compartment, reverse to direction of travel (с 01.10.1977)

873 seat heater for left and right front seats (с 01.02.1984)




















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