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Old 01-29-2003, 02:01 AM
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1974 280c starter removal

My son (16) wanted a classic for his first car...a 1974 MB 280C. Te starter needs to be rebuilt, but I can't seem to get it off. What is the trick to getting to the top bolt on the starter to remove it? Once off, I have a great rebuild guy, but getting it off is stumping me.

Barry
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Old 01-30-2003, 11:45 AM
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I'll take a look at mine in the next day or so. I have never had to take mine out, thankfully.
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'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe
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Old 01-30-2003, 02:37 PM
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Got it!

Thanks Chuck....we got it. The top bolt turned out to be a female hex head, that may be the metric equivalent to a 3/8". Anyway, we found a 3/8" hex head socket (brake caliper tool) that we could get on a rachet, and barely make the clearance to loosen it with a box-end wrench over the end for additional leverage. Definately a two person job...one from top to guide and hold the socket in place, and one from bottom to loosen. Good thing these things last for 29 years!
Barry
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Old 01-30-2003, 04:15 PM
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Glad you figured it out.

Uhhh ... if you are going to do any work at all on this car, spring for a set of 3/8 metric hex-key sockets, and long- and short-arm hex (Allen) wrenches. The type of bolt you encountered on the starter is all over the car.
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'66 200, '66 230SL, '96 SL500. Sold: '81 380SL, '86 300E, '72 250C, '95 C220, 3 '84 280SL's '90 420SEL, '72 280SE, '73 280C, '78 280SE, '70 280SL, '77 450SL, '85 380SL, '87 560SL, '85 380SL, '72 350SL, '96 S500 Coupe
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