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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by Tony From West Oz » Wed 30 May, 2018 10:11 pm

T-Modell wrote:
Wed 30 May, 2018 3:33 pm
AMG wrote:
Wed 30 May, 2018 10:03 am
The more I look at the ute, the more it seems to have really good bones. It must have been relatively well cared for, considering the environment it lived in.
This is not the ute; it's the body-donor car, coming from California ... the ute is crap.
Thomas
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Have you found someone to build you a new W115 body yet?
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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by T-Modell » Wed 30 May, 2018 11:38 pm

Hi Tony,

the California sedan is the body donor; this car and the ute will be combined to ONE car, the Pick-Up. Together with the R107 motor/drivetrain/axle donor it will be a combination of three cars ...

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Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by AMG » Thu 14 Jun, 2018 9:41 am

T-Modell wrote:
Wed 30 May, 2018 3:33 pm
AMG wrote:
Wed 30 May, 2018 10:03 am
The more I look at the ute, the more it seems to have really good bones. It must have been relatively well cared for, considering the environment it lived in.
This is not the ute; it's the body-donor car, coming from California ... the ute is crap.
Thomas
:laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6:
All those engine bay pics, I thought it was the ute... :Doh:
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1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by T-Modell » Sun 17 Jun, 2018 10:27 pm

Hi down under,
still extremely busy with work ... but first things first ;-) … by accident - similar to above - I found another BRAND NEW, untouched MB Quart Loudspeaker system on Ebay. Instead of a 16cm bass it has a 20cm one and the state-of-the-art-of-the-time titan tweeter was part of it.

I could acutally make it fit into the door (lost a bit more metal though) and I could even fit the 20cm bass in the foot room … Did I mention, that with another auction I also got a brand new MB Quart 25cm Subwoofer :laughing6: :laughing6:

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Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by T-Modell » Thu 21 Jun, 2018 12:41 am

Hi down under,
a bit of progress ... installed some electrical components this week and prepared my "box" behind the glove compartment, which will house most of the electrical bits and pieces. Prepared a wooden plate, that will be installed underneath the passengers part of the dashboard ... two screws and it can be folded down ... and all relais, fuses will be easily accesible.

Also got the first two of five W126 15" steel rims ... looks better now and in the end with the 15" hubcaps it will look nice. Tyres will be the R107 standard 205/65-15, cheap to get (here in Germany I will need tyres with a spec up to 240km/h, which are really expensive in 14").

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Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by AMG » Wed 27 Jun, 2018 11:47 am

Hey Thomas,

Will your ute be able to carry your architectural models to and from meetings? (work vehicle tax concession/subsidy?)

There's a mentality here in boganland, that It's not a real "Ute" until it's running at least 35" BFG mud terrains or Mickey Thompson Baja Claws :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6: :occasion5:
Good luck getting them rated for 240km/h though :king: :laughing6:
Speaking of bogans...
I just saw the boganmobile of a lifetime last night. a burnt orange early 80's toyota hilux 2.2D ute - with heavy damage on every panel - jacked-up on at least a 6 inch lift - and running.... you guessed it 35's on massive neg offset rims and cheap rubber arch flares that extended at least 4 inches past the hard flares that were already fixed to the guards...

I should have taken a pic. You'd have loved it..... :occasion5:

The only thing missing was a Cheech & Chong "up in smoke" cloud coming from the passenger compartment. But I guess being a new age bogan, they were probably 'Vaping" or whatever they call it.

It's the obvious idiots with shitboxes like this which attract the wrong kind of attention, which subsequently places reactive pressure on govt's registration laws and ruins things like the VSB14 / NCOP and VSCCS for all the people who legitimately engineer and modify vehicles in this country.

I wish Darwinism would catch up on these bogans. Instead it seems to be "survival of the thickest" ... :violent1:
Current:
1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by T-Modell » Fri 06 Jul, 2018 2:10 am

Well,
some progress today. Finished the coolant hoses and the brake hoses. Filled in brake liquid ... nothing drips! Handbrake is working (after significant rework), so next step will be some wiring. It's the plan to get it rolling this month ... I have just too much work at the moment ...

Also I ordered the facelift W126 fuel pump cover ... and it fits the pre-facelift fuel pump ... or I made it fit :laughing6:

Regards
Thomas

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1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by T-Modell » Fri 06 Jul, 2018 9:37 pm

Hi guys,
big step today: The TÜV (roadworthy engineer) was here today: he was absolutely impressed, ZERO complaints, quote "I see you have put a lot of effort into it" and "it looks like a car that Mercedes has designed" :occasion5: :occasion5:

I'm over the top; so roadworthy and history registration will not be a problem!

Regards from happy
Thomas :laughing6:
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by AMG » Mon 09 Jul, 2018 11:41 am

T-Modell wrote:
Fri 06 Jul, 2018 9:37 pm
Hi guys,
big step today: The TÜV (roadworthy engineer) was here today: he was absolutely impressed, ZERO complaints, quote "I see you have put a lot of effort into it" and "it looks like a car that Mercedes has designed" :occasion5: :occasion5:

I'm over the top; so roadworthy and history registration will not be a problem!

Regards from happy
Thomas :laughing6:
That is excellent news. I am very glad for you. :notworthy: :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5: :occasion5: :wav:

in Australia it is seemingly too hard for an engineer to be objective. They always have a 'prepared excuse' when a vehicle doesn't visually fall into their ideology of what they perceive as being appealing.
More often than not it has nothing to do with engineering standards, just a persons judgemental nature and their own preconceived ideas.
Current:
1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by T-Modell » Mon 09 Jul, 2018 8:27 pm

I agree,
that's really rare here too. You need an enthusiast, who enjoys such a project AND has sound knowledge of those old cars. I luckily found such a guy ... he even drove 100kms to my place (ok, in Oz terms that's nothing, you might compare it to 500kms down under :laughing6: )

On the other hand, he thoroughly inspected the car and he would not let us get away with anything unsafe or not to standard. He told me, when he did the history registration for my SL two years ago, that there's quite some cars failing this inspection.

He also accepted my "retro radio" ... he said "ah such a little display, that's alright" :laughing6:

In two weeks time we'll install provisionally the SL cable harness, put water and gearbox oil in it and then see if it starts or not :whistle:

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Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by TheMadRacoon » Mon 09 Jul, 2018 10:16 pm

Don't forget to mark the day...it will become its Birthday.

Such a long journey Thomas, it speaks of your character: most would have been defeated by the project. You must be looking forward to a long drive, then a long beer!
Emad,
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1988 190E Deep Blue (900) / Cream (2006, 190,000 km - 2007, ~ 215,000 km .... FSH and still spent big $$$)
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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by T-Modell » Tue 10 Jul, 2018 1:11 am

Hi,
thanks for your compliments ... I'm sometimes surprised by my patience too. Maybe this is just THE project for me ... something we also presented was checking the wheels in extreme positions if they have enough room; the photo shows just one wheel; when the engineer was present, we put a tyre underneath the front left AND the rear right tyre … maximum bending. It works!
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by Honey500 » Tue 10 Jul, 2018 9:39 am

Well Done!
Just been checking in on your build. Some amazing progress over the last few months. I am sure you can't wait to turn the key for the first time and hear that sweet sound!
It is easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask for permission!

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by AMG » Tue 10 Jul, 2018 12:27 pm

I love those tiles on the floor of the workshop. I'm sure I am familiar with the them-
I think theyre mfg by Buchtal AG - (had similar glazed non-slip type in laundry many years ago in another house)

If I'd known you could park a car on them and use them on a workshop floor, I reckon I'd have tiled the garage myself too.
Current:
1987 560SL 4sp. auto Signalrot "Stella"
1987 190E 2.3-16 5sp. man. Blauschwarz "Hermann"
1992 300CE-24 6sp. man. Perlblau / Iceblau "Gretel"
1992 Range Rover Classic 4sp auto Ardennes Green "Oswald"
2012 E63 AMG Speedshift MCT Diamantweiß "Klaus"
Previous:
1986 560SEL Anthracitgrau "Schultz" - In Mercedes Heaven
1987 190E 2.6 4sp. auto Signalrot "Sabine" - which now resides/owns Andrew M's Garage
1972 350SLC Astralsilber "Lurch" - now in the loving care of Craig B
1989 2.5-16 Blauschwarz 4sp. auto (parted) formerly owned by Derek/Hasan.
2012 Renault Sport Megane RS265 Trophy 8:08 6 sp. man. Liquid Yellow "Jean Rédélé"

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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Post by T-Modell » Sat 21 Jul, 2018 2:34 am

Hi down under,
some progress today ... bit slow these days, but I'm drowned in work ... started wiring, provisionally. Again a lot of work, as the harness has to be adapted. W115 and R107 as well as the two motors (117.962 harness vs. new 117.960 installed) ... but we're getting there ... still hoping, that we'll start the car in July :whistle:

Regards
Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18/19
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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