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Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum Today, 05:23 PM
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Posted By Tomguy
What did you need to rewire? This looks like a...

What did you need to rewire? This looks like a body wiring replacement (and not custom for 108s but generic DIY). IE: It doesn't appear to be enough to replace the D-Jet harness and the body harness,...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 08-01-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By Tomguy
My 4.5 had hand-painted pinstripes. I have a...

My 4.5 had hand-painted pinstripes. I have a feeling this was a dealer thing. Unless someone can show the pinstripe options in the MB catalog, that's what I would go with.

That being said, I would...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-28-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 279
Posted By Tomguy
We agree on this, and most items. I know spec is...

We agree on this, and most items. I know spec is 5 after, with the retard, but 7 to 10 before is a good number without it. I do also think that on these 4.5s that setting timing at RPM and adjusting...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-28-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 279
Posted By Tomguy
Also, if you bypassed the vacuum solenoid so you...

Also, if you bypassed the vacuum solenoid so you always have vac at the distributor, don't do that. Set your timing without the vacuum line connected, and just plug the source (the port on the...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-25-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 394
Posted By Tomguy
I was trying to go off memory and old manuals,...

I was trying to go off memory and old manuals, but it's admittedly been at least a decade! I may be confusing another engine. I lost the manuals in a HD crash since it wasn't part of a backup too.
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-25-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 394
Posted By Tomguy
Not sure how losing the vacuum retard (and having...

Not sure how losing the vacuum retard (and having it set at 7 before versus the stock 5 after) would cause you to lose anything on the top end?

You can always make sure the mechanical advance is...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-23-2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 240
Posted By Tomguy
Very good information as always Frank! I agree...

Very good information as always Frank!
I agree with 801mbz that gas analysis should be done.

If you're too rich it might be possible to lean the new ones out (hence not a "$400 mistake") BUT the...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-22-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 394
Posted By Tomguy
D-Jet is EFI but it's open-loop so while better...

D-Jet is EFI but it's open-loop so while better than a carb, it's not smart enough to know what you did leaned it out, and compensate accordingly.

I can't speak to the actual angle the D-Jet...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-22-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 240
Posted By Tomguy
A 350SL (US-Spec with the 4.5) and 450SL would...

A 350SL (US-Spec with the 4.5) and 450SL would also be the 036, yes.
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-22-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 240
Posted By Tomguy
All DJet 4.5s came with the 036 injectors, the...

All DJet 4.5s came with the 036 injectors, the 024 are direct compatible just came with a different hose style for Volvo I believe.
Flow rate for D-Jet injectors on Stan's site, I do not know where...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-20-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 327
Posted By Tomguy
I wonder if this car would be a good car for...

I wonder if this car would be a good car for carsandbids.com - forget BaT and their fees!
It might be too old but it's so rare I'd ask.
Forum: Mercedes-Benz Cars For Sale 07-20-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 456
Posted By Tomguy
Holy crap, I love it!

Holy crap, I love it!
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-15-2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 158
Posted By Tomguy
Hey GSO w108, I moved your post to a new...

Hey GSO w108,

I moved your post to a new thread, as users were replying to the original 7 year old issue and not your question.

You can take it apart and manually manipulate the gears, or send...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-06-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 714
Posted By Tomguy
Very feasible and possible, but why does your 4.5...

Very feasible and possible, but why does your 4.5 in the w108 seem to suffer compared to the 4.5 in the w116? Have you done diagnosis of the DJet system etc. to see what's going on?

Any m116 or...
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion 07-04-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,371
Posted By Tomguy
Holy crap, well, now I know what one of your...

Holy crap, well, now I know what one of your upcoming vids will be! I subscribed to your channel since the start. I remember the first time you took us to the Car Wizard, and rebuilding your S600....
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 07-01-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 653
Posted By Tomguy
Is your foot off the throttle when coasting at...

Is your foot off the throttle when coasting at those speeds? DJet has a fuel cutoff that you may be hitting when off the gas.
How high does your car idle?
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-30-2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 738
Posted By Tomguy
Yes, which is why I pointed that out :) I...

Yes, which is why I pointed that out :)

I still think on a fresh rebuild, even of a 1950s clearanced engine, 20w50 oil is a bad choice, unless there's a reason to do it. 5w30 or 10w30 would be...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-30-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 738
Posted By Tomguy
Most of the reason isn't because of additives...

Most of the reason isn't because of additives that won't withstand gasoline burning byproducts, but because the additives in Diesel oil (such as ZDDP) can cause buildup or even failure in modern...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-30-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By Tomguy
I know my 4.5's pump was loud. I don't recall how...

I know my 4.5's pump was loud. I don't recall how loud but you could hear it running inside at idle. I can't tell how loud yours is on the video but if it's getting louder (I don't recall getting...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-22-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By Tomguy
If you have room to save everything, save it....

If you have room to save everything, save it. Fenders, doors, floorpans, rockers... any / all of it is known to rust on the 108 and rust-free non-crushed cars are getting harder to find. Limit what...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-22-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 720
Posted By Tomguy
Did it fix the issue?

Did it fix the issue?
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-19-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 690
Posted By Tomguy
Beautiful, I really hope someday I get to go to...

Beautiful, I really hope someday I get to go to Aleppo (As well as Beirut and Zgharta), but not likely within the next 5 years.
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-17-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 653
Posted By Tomguy
Holy crap. Yeah, I agree, your tank should be...

Holy crap. Yeah, I agree, your tank should be drained, and then check the strainer - get a mirror into the tank while you can and see if the inside is bad as well.
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-16-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 653
Posted By Tomguy
Note that this is a vacuum retard - not advance....

Note that this is a vacuum retard - not advance. Vac is there at idle. If you turn on the AC for example, it switches the solenoid and there no longer is vac, and your idle increases as timing...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-15-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 690
Posted By Tomguy
Jeez, I thought my old 108 was a rustbucket!

Jeez, I thought my old 108 was a rustbucket!
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-15-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 720
Posted By Tomguy
There are 3 key points on the 4.5's D-Jet...

There are 3 key points on the 4.5's D-Jet throttle position sensor:
1) The idle circuit - at idle these contacts close. This is the easiest way to make sure the switch is set properly.
2) The full...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-15-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 738
Posted By Tomguy
20w50, is there a reason that you'd use oil that...

20w50, is there a reason that you'd use oil that thick, especially on a freshly rebuilt engine?

You should want 10w30, or maybe 5w30. Modern oils aren't your granddad's oil, especially synthetics....
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-13-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By Tomguy
My thoughts are fuel-related like Ron's... I...

My thoughts are fuel-related like Ron's... I don't think this is trigger points, that would occur all the time.

Thoughts:

Plugged fuel tank strainer
Plugged fuel filter
Failing fuel pump
...
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-12-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 720
Posted By Tomguy
Did you just reinstall, or calibrate too? You...

Did you just reinstall, or calibrate too? You need to calibrate the switch (set the adjustment right). I lost the manual for D-Jet but I'm sure someone still has it that can send it.
Forum: Vintage Mercedes Forum 06-11-2020, 04:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
Posted By Tomguy
A 1973 4.5 would be D-Jet and the #1 cause of any...

A 1973 4.5 would be D-Jet and the #1 cause of any running issue with these, especially after sitting, is going to be vacuum leaks.

That being said if idle is actually 2100+ RPMs, and it's not...
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