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Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Fri 04 Aug, 2017 11:18 pm
by T-Modell
Hi guys,

some progress to report (still waiting for the motor holders): The brake booster is now in place and Juergen from Mercedes found a pretty good solution. Together with my modified W115 brake pedal (used the pedal of a W124), it should work.

As the W115 tank opening is between the rear lights, but the pickup has it on the right, we removed the Pick-Up-Tank today; as everything is rotten with this car, it was quite surprising that the tank is in pretty good nick. So we will rebuild it from Diesel to Petrol ... at least some money saved ... just recovered from my heart attack after receiving the Mercedes bill for July :laughing6:

Regards
Thomas
2017-08-04 - 18 - Bardel - Tank Pick-Up_1280x960.JPG
2017-08-04 - 15 - Bardel - Tank Pick-Up_1280x960.JPG

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Tue 08 Aug, 2017 10:20 pm
by Mercmad
T-Modell wrote:Hi guys,

... just recovered from my heart attack after receiving the Mercedes bill for July :laughing6:

Regards
Thomas
i was reminded today that an engine swap I am doing has taken a year and a half ...... time flies when you are head down arse up on a project. But this happens when the owner decides they want other things done which stretch out the time and I haven't booked all the time i have worked on this damn thing ha ha ha

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Thu 24 Aug, 2017 4:48 pm
by T-Modell
Hi down under,
big milestone achieved on Tuesday: we have the motor in position and it looks like Mercedes has designed it! :occasion5: My 3D-designed motor holders were professionally done out of a steel block and what worked as a provision in plastic now works in steel!

Amazing work, that my Mercedes-guy has done (well I helped a bit :laughing6: ). Thanks also for the help of Stefan 6.9, Mercmad, AMG and John Green here!

Tomorrow the car will be transported to some specialists to do a) the complete exhaust incl. manifolds and b) shorten/extend and balance the drive shaft. Unfortunately, the V8-SLC drive shaft doesn't fit the 500 (length would have been alright), so I have to modify the SL drive shaft.

Next steps then will be to make the car driveable, so we can test the whole setup. Then it will be dismantled and the body work will start.

Regards and I keep you updated!
Thomas

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sat 26 Aug, 2017 1:18 am
by T-Modell
So,
off we go ... the donor car with the motor was ready today and Stefan 6.9 helped me with the transport to the exhaust specialist ... we'll see how this will go!

Ready to go (hood closes :laughing6: )
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On the way:
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Regards
Thomas

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sat 26 Aug, 2017 5:25 pm
by AMG
:wav:

Righto, enough celebrations. Get cracking..
:whip:


:laughing6:

Youngtimer looks funny on a trailer.

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Fri 08 Sep, 2017 6:30 pm
by T-Modell
Hi,
a short update (car's still away) ... picked up my radiator yesterday ... the original W115 radiator, but with a high performance radiator block (the max that's possible) and completely refurbished ... looks good I think :occasion5:
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Regards
Thomas

P. S.: Including 19% GST this was 500 Euros; I could have saved 150 Euros with the "normal" radiator block.

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sat 09 Sep, 2017 8:48 pm
by AMG
Thats good value considering... we have to pay that kind of money for shitty plastic tanked PRC made stuff.

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sat 09 Sep, 2017 10:27 pm
by T-Modell
AMG wrote:
Sat 09 Sep, 2017 8:48 pm
Thats good value considering... we have to pay that kind of money for shitty plastic tanked PRC made stuff.
... and guess where the radiators end up, that you hand in at the Mercedes Classic Centre :occasion5: :occasion5:

Thomas

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Mon 11 Sep, 2017 1:23 pm
by Mercmad
you driving it yet? Nice trailer too.

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Wed 25 Oct, 2017 12:29 am
by T-Modell
Hi guys,
while I'm still waiting for my exhaust guy :angryfire: ... technically he's fantastic, planning is hmmmm ... I can report another little project for the ute: I fiddled around with a 320x240 display to be integrated into the ashtray ... at least Outside and Oil Temperature should be displayed there. Could finally safeguard my 12/5V power supply, design a holder for the ashtray inside ... and the prototype is working:
2017-10-24 - Stand Halterung Prototyp.jpg
2017-10-24 - Display Aschenbecher Prototyp_1280x717.jpg
Sourced an outside temperature sensor from a C203 and and oil sensor from VDO ... and dug out my old mathematics ... to evaluate the logarithm curve :laughing6:

Best regards
Thomas

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Wed 25 Oct, 2017 8:11 pm
by Honey500
Slow progress but progress none the less.
Can'twait to hear that it is together and running!

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Wed 01 Nov, 2017 3:21 pm
by AMG
Thomas,

Here's your next project... completed. ;)
https://www.ebay.de/itm/Mercedes-Benz-P ... rmvSB=true

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Wed 01 Nov, 2017 5:50 pm
by T-Modell
:laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6:

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sun 12 Nov, 2017 1:51 am
by T-Modell
Hi down under,
the exhaust guy is still cursing about the space he has for two 40mm downpipes on the left side :laughing6: ... but I continued a little bit on the "important" parts of the project, the ashtray display: :laughing6:
2017-11-02 - 02 - Display Aschenbecher Prototyp_1280x717.jpg
Regards
Thomas

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Tue 14 Nov, 2017 6:41 pm
by AMG
Good to see the ashtray has a secondary function. I used mine for loose change :laughing6: :occasion5:

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Wed 15 Nov, 2017 3:16 pm
by eddie
any chance you could 3D print a rear chassis leg to suit a w111, Thomas? :think:

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Wed 15 Nov, 2017 6:18 pm
by T-Modell
eddie wrote:
Wed 15 Nov, 2017 3:16 pm
any chance you could 3D print a rear chassis leg to suit a w111, Thomas? :think:
There are machines already which could do that ... in the professional prototyping area. Besides that, 3D-printing helped me a lot so far with this project, e. g. the motor holders as a prototype, so we only had to do them once in steel. Another future application with the ute will be to adapt the vents of a to-be-installed-air-con to the original dashboard ...

as mentioned before ... life without a 3D-printer is possible, but useless :notworthy:
Thomas

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Thu 16 Nov, 2017 11:42 pm
by T-Modell
Hi everyone,

been to the exhaust guy today ... he's fed up with the car ... so he wants to get rid of it by the end of next week :laughing6: :laughing6:

New definition of a tight squeeze (all hand-made):
2017-11-15 - 08 - Auspuffanlage Stand_1280x960.JPG
Regards
Thomas

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Fri 17 Nov, 2017 12:01 pm
by 220SEB
As a reply to the exhaust guy being fed up with the car/exhaust....I used to work in a hanger that had a few eccentric old tradesmen, one of them had a saying, "your ability to preform is not based on your capacity to do the mundane, but your acceptance of the impossible as routine" He was an exceptional machinist.

rod

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sun 19 Nov, 2017 8:31 am
by AMG
I always get concerned when tradespeople express to a customer that they're 'fed up' - to me it implies they are frustrated because of their lack of patience, and it can reflect in the end result - and because of the degree of frustration they often think the price should increase due to their lack of patience and/or skills.

I have to say I have never met a tradesman who does exceptional work to behave in this manner. They get on with the job and complete it. when it's done, they usually quip 'wasn't one of the easier one's we've had to do' but they appreciate the praise for their effort when the compliments are forthcoming. They also don't rush work. The ones who do, are cutting corners.

My experience with the ones who complain about the job have a 100% sub-standard work for the $$$ paid. I could list a number of jobs on several cars over the years where this has occurred, and I've had to have the job redone by someone else. They are the ones I tell people to avoid, show the enquiring minds the examples of the work completed and the price paid. These tradespeople are usually the same asshats who say it will cost $$$$ because the badge is mercedes, and because you cannot find an alternative or have a problem with parts availability or a time issue, you get gouged, or worse, the job is unsatisfactory and you lose the time or have to fix other things 'casualties of war' - i.e. damage to paint or other return-to-rectify work - especially when it comes to exhausts and clearances.

I think as we age, our levels of tolerance increase to a threshold, then follows the downhill curve to the point where it's non-existent.

I hope your exhaust guy was just expressing his frustration at the clearances he had to work with, and it isn't reflecting in his workmanship.

Fingers crossed for you :pray:

This is another one of those 'reasons' I don't let people touch or work on my cars without supervision. I have a basic expectation that a job should be done properly, once. It's not unrealistic - it's an expectation that if you are a professional, the attitude towards your work is reflected in the quality of the end product.

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sun 19 Nov, 2017 6:33 pm
by T-Modell
AMG wrote:
Sun 19 Nov, 2017 8:31 am
...I hope your exhaust guy was just expressing his frustration at the clearances he had to work with, and it isn't reflecting in his workmanship...
Joe,
I just summarised in a word, this quote of yours fits ... it's really challenging, even for him, to get this exhaust in. What I have seen so far is exceptional. It's scheduled for next friday and Stefan 6.9 will be there with me for the "acceptance" ... four eyes see more than two.

I'll report
Thomas

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sun 19 Nov, 2017 7:39 pm
by AMG
Ohh I know it's tight.

some years back in JG's driveway my spare m117.968 was shoehorned into a 114 sedan engine bay, to verify what needed to be reworked to make it fit. The exhaust clearances were 'non-existent'

So fingers crossed for you.

Re: W115 Ute Project starts ...

Posted: Sun 19 Nov, 2017 7:54 pm
by T-Modell
AMG wrote:
Sun 19 Nov, 2017 7:39 pm
Ohh I know it's tight.

some years back in JG's driveway my spare m117.968 was shoehorned into a 114 sedan engine bay, to verify what needed to be reworked to make it fit. The exhaust clearances were 'non-existent'

So fingers crossed for you.
Yep, and believe it or not ... even on the left side (steering box) he managed to get two 40mm pipes downwards :occasion5:
Thomas