Couldnt help but notice you also have a '79 6.9
Know of any decent forums dedicated to these beasts.
I used to use http://www.m-100.info/servlet/Controller but the discussion
board has not worked for a very long time.
If your interested in a step by step restoration of an australian (euro
spec) 6.9 with unfortunatly alot of steps missing in between, as i got lazy
with the camera, take a look at mine from bucket of crap to pristine...
Got any pictures of your beast?
I cant even give a guess at how much its cost in my 2 years of ownership, I
have a box full of receipts waiting for the tax man to take care of ;)
worth it? Absolutely, when I saw this car for the first time, I wasn't even
looking to buy it, I was having some fun, after I drove it, buying was no
longer optional. On the outside it was well neglected, but the engine and
drivetrain was perfect, so I brought it back from the dead. These are quite
rare here, especially in the condition mine is now in, its one of a handful
in the whole country.
from the time I delivered it to the day I drove it away was 5 months. its a
busy workshop and mine was not the only car being worked on, but I know and
trust the guy and that's why I took it there.
only in the last year or so, Ford Australia has released a turbo dohc
straight 6 with 550Nm/275Kw with the torque coming on in full at slightly
less revs than the 6.9.... How many years did that take! plus its not N/A
anyway, and im damn certain its not going to see 15 years without falling
apart, let alone 25... :)
Outstanding results on your 6.9! Sorry,only have one photo of mine and
that is a shot of the rear
corner badge!I have some others from the day I purchased it but can't
unload for some reason!
Description though,79,000 miles,no rust ,big ugly
extended bumpers(soon to go)euro headlights,and
acquired for right under $5000! Need a new power steering pump because
it siezed on registration and sniffer day(bummed)and is currently in my
garage with a new fresh respray(sadly with masking tape still on
her;hope the claim of 3 week clean release is not a false claim)
There is a W116 group at yahoo that you may connect with fellow 6.9ers
at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mercedesw116 /
but it is all W116 in general! Photos will be available
shortly of my 6.9!
your power steering pump seized, my power steering box leaks like a sieve, I
suppose its acceptable considering how old they are though.
I'm going to take the engine and transmission out, as an educational
exercise as well as to replace, for the hell of it, engine mounts and shock
absorbers, front and rear crankcase main seals, every single gasket on the
transmission, o-rings, and the extension housing bush, new flex disks, new
centre support baring, on the diff, the pinion seal and side oil seals.
remanufactured steering box!
currently in the process, 4 new hydraulic spring legs, hoses, spheres, front
and rear valves, new filter and hydraulic fluid, 4 new brake disks & pad
sets including parking brake shoes (new brake hoses already installed), new
wheel bearings and seals. new subframe bushings and suspension rubbers x
I will be snap happy with my camera every step of the way this time.
Its no more expensive than any other hobby, some people spend more on
computers, and there useless in a couple of years and don't give you half as
much fun. All the work besides reupholstering the interior the body
work/respray, is done by my self which is most of the fun.
best of luck with the 6.9 resto, they are an awesome car, and only
unappreciated by those who've never stamped the loud pedal in a working one,
too scared to, or consider dollars and cents running costs more important
than the fun factor.
when I die, screw the coffin, I want to buried in an S class Mercedes.
That sounds about right!If you check them out,hunt for rust in
floorboard,trunk,rocker panels and quarter panels!Make sure
hydropneumatic suspension works also(insanely expensive)!At the price
you quoted,I am sure there are little this and thats!An extremely fine
example of a 6.9 can run up to the $15,000 to $18,000 range,not bad for
an old car huh?
15k-18k? whooooo you know, I think these were very nice specimens too, maybe I
should have bought one of them...and put in a 240d
engine..... just kidding!!!
What's the gas mileage on these things? 6.9L, that's just insane!
You should write a PDF ebook on restoring bodywork, I'll be the first to buy it!
I'd even market it! :)
I have a 1966 w110 and the only rust problem it has is in the same place as in
your following picture
You know of any online resources explaining how to fix this?
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