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EllEsssGuy
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Hello from the new guy!

Post by EllEsssGuy » Fri 04 Nov, 2016 9:38 am

Hey everybody!
I just picked up my new project car: A 1976 280 US market car in tan with bamboo interior. I have some fun plans for this car, ending with it being used as a "business trip" car, to replace my Buick Park Avenue. I do between 60-80000 miles per year (depending on how well business is going), and I want a comfortable, interesting car to spend all my time in. Enter the 280. I will be swapping in a mild (400ish HP) 5.3 liter vortec truck motor and 4l60e trans, keeping the stock steering and rear end (maybe a LSD swap?). I will be upgrading the brakes with a 560 sel front disc/caliper swap and MC, and E320 rear disc/calipers. I will be replacing the carpet and seat pads along with a nice stereo setup, MAYBE swap out the A/C parts with a GM setup if I can make it fit correctly, but the rest of the car should be pretty stock.
I have a question to ask though. I have found a picture of a nice, brown Norwegian 250 sedan with black steel wheels that appear to be 16 x 8s. Round holes around the edges, so I am assuming they are stock wheels. I will try to post the pic if I can figure out how (as well as pics of my car as it sits), but here are a couple of pintrist links:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/506232814337395049/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/318348267384034282/

I know its a long shot, but does anyone know what these are off of? I love the look and the fact that it isnt slammed ( maybe 2 lowered inches?). I am going to need to do larger wheels anyway.
Thanks in advance,

EllEsssGuy
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Re: Hello from the new guy!

Post by EllEsssGuy » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 5:05 am

OK, looks like these are 1990 300SL steel wheels. 16x8 25et. Shouldn't be too hard to find a set locally.

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Re: Hello from the new guy!

Post by CraigB » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 9:29 am

Welcome. Would never have thought of steelies on a 300sl, but great to be able to get the size - if only you could find chrome hubcups and trims to fit! My main point of caution would be the ratio of the diff. Its probably something like a 3.6 and will have that big engine screaming to keep up with highway speeds. You might want to look around at what ratios available and what fits what. I don't know your model well but W116 or gen 1 W126 might fit. 500 SEL/SEC are often 2.24 and better suited i would think. Not sure what 450 W116 is but would be better no doubt and 6.9 diff is 2.65 I think but no doubt harder to find.

And more people might see your post if you put this in the 'modded' forum.
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EllEsssGuy
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Re: Hello from the new guy!

Post by EllEsssGuy » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 12:31 pm

Hi Craig,

I had thought about that. Probably going to try to source a pre '84 500 sec rear. LSD and a 2.46 ratio. Seems it will bolt in if I change the flange. Going to try the existing rear for a little while though, should be some fun acceleration with the 3.92s. My planned highway usage will probably have me swapping that out pretty quickly, even with the .63 overdrive.

Sam

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Re: Hello from the new guy!

Post by EllEsssGuy » Mon 07 Nov, 2016 12:33 pm

And thanks for the suggestion on the "modded" area, I will.

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