Instrument (odometer) repairer recommendation?

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Instrument (odometer) repairer recommendation?

Post by Fozza » Mon 29 Oct, 2018 10:36 pm

Salutations Oz Benzers,
I recently stretched the piggy bank to acquire a reasonably tidy W108 3.5. Woohoo!! It's a long time dream realised. She is pretty damn sweet, but by no means perfect and in need some tlc. Among the long list is repair of the odometer (the usual cog issue I assume). I've used a Sydney based repairer for my W126 and W123 instrument clusters in the past but wasn't all that happy with the work (or the cost).
Can those of greater experience share their wisdom re. good speedo/odo repairers? I'm in Northern NSW, closer is better, but happy to ship anywhere really. I recall John Green recommending someone in Victoria on a post - but could not re-find it in my site searches.
Any tips much appreciated.
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Fozza
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Re: Instrument (odometer) repairer recommendation?

Post by CraigB » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 9:51 am

You will probably find something closer but in Adelaide is a proper 'old school' repairer - Gaugeworks - the only one left in Adelaide i know of and they always seem very reasonable on price to me. A few months ago they did on a Morris Minor "Repairs to seized speedo, replaced magnet shaft, overhauled and relubed, calibrate and test" for $180 and "test, clean and paint pointers in fuel and oil press gauges" for a further $33. He was happy to quote up front 200 to 300 up front and came in under for pretty much what i thought was a worst case scenario...... doesn't seem to work that way often these days! Good guy to deal with too - work done promptly.
http://www.gaugeworks.com.au/
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Re: Instrument (odometer) repairer recommendation?

Post by Fozza » Tue 30 Oct, 2018 9:02 pm

That's very helpful Craig. Thanks most kindly. "Old school' is preferred, and the prices you quoted are entirely reasonable - a fraction of what I was charged by the chap in Sydney - makes the freight to Adelaide worth it.
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Fozza
1972 W108 280SE 3.5
1978 W123 230 (Under reconstruction)
1980 W123 300D (Simply Red) - Gone to a young enthusiast
1989 W126 300SE (The Yakuza Staff Car)

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Re: Instrument (odometer) repairer recommendation?

Post by John Green » Wed 31 Oct, 2018 9:50 am

Ringwood Speedo Service
Address: 693 Whitehorse Rd, Mitcham VIC 3132
Phone: (03) 9874 2260
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Re: Instrument (odometer) repairer recommendation?

Post by VFRBoy » Fri 16 Nov, 2018 10:35 am

In Melbourne there is Howard Instruments, where all the staff seem to be over 70.

http://www.howardinstruments.com.au/

My speedo is also a bit faulty and they quoted $160 to have a look at it, plus repairs.
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Re: Instrument (odometer) repairer recommendation?

Post by Fozza » Tue 20 Nov, 2018 12:14 am

Thanks kindly John & VFRBoy - I'm now spoiled for choice!
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1978 W123 230 (Under reconstruction)
1980 W123 300D (Simply Red) - Gone to a young enthusiast
1989 W126 300SE (The Yakuza Staff Car)

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Re: Instrument (odometer) repairer recommendation?

Post by Tony From West Oz » Tue 20 Nov, 2018 12:26 am

Google "Mercedes odometer fault repair" and do it yourself.
I did it to one of my first 300Ds and it fixed the odo and was pretty easy. Just mind that you do not allow the number dials to move while you are doing the job.
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'84 W123 300D replaced good OM617 912 with OM617 952 and enjoyed having good acceleration for the first time since first driving a 300D in 2002 - became engine and trans donor for 300CD Turbodiesel conversion. Now parted out.
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'85 W123 300CD, 275 000km (Fatmobile) rebuilt turbodiesel from previous Fatmobile transplanted into 280CE (SOLD)
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