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Mercedes W126 380SEC 500SEC 560SEC Factory Tow Hitch

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Mercedes W126 Factory Tow Hitch

Have you ever seen one of these? This is a Mercedes W126 380SEC 500SEC 560SEC Factory Tow Hitch. These rare tow hitches are mounted on each side by 3 bolts and a backing plate for reinforcement. I was not able to verify if the bumper was unique to cars with the tow hitch or if a modification was required. The entire tow hitch assembly sells for $2,000 USD on the open market. Not many will tow something with an old SEC but its cool to see that Mercedes took the time to make a tough and durable tow hitch for it. Its a cool and very rare item and important to document.

Recaro Classic Seat Office Chair

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Recaro Classic Seat

This Recaro Classic Seat was converted to an office chair by Recaro. It was a display chair for many years. There is a metal plate mounted to the bottom of the seat that measures 17.5 inch x by 12 inch. The base of the office chair is welded to the metal plate bolted to the chair.

1983 Mercedes W126 500SEC AMG Rear Speaker Deck Restoration Project

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AMG Rear Speaker Deck Restoration Project

As part of an ongoing 1983 500SEC AMG restoration project, It is time to restore the rear interior deck. On the AMG option list back in the 1980’s you could select a multiple speaker checklist as an upgrade. This fiberglass interior decklid was completely new. No longer was the first ad kit compartment located on the rear deck. The new fiberglass rear deck included 2 8 inch subswoofers side by side towards the center of the deck and hidden by a rectangle cover. Since bass is omni-directional this worked very well. On each side of the decklid are 4 inch speaker and 2 2 inch tweeters side by side. In total , there are a total of 8 speakers on this deck. My favorite feature of this rear deck are the metal directional fins installed over the 4 inch speakers to direct sound toward the front of the cabin.

2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype Found in Michigan

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2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype

 

Spotted in Michigan is a 2011 Dettling D-1 Prototype for $160,000 USD.  The seller states this the only one in the world.   The construction is superior to any automobile in the world, with it’s multi tube space frame and structural fiberglass and Q cell body. It is mid-engined small block chevy V8 with trick flow heads and Gm 4 speed transaxle. The body of the car holds a US design patent and the car is very roomy, with enough trunk space for 2 people to go anywhere on vacation.   See youtube video’s under Dettling for more info.

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1993 Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

 

I am in the process of planning my 1993 Mercedes 500GE restoration.  The 500GE has been a lot of fun to own and it is time to see what can be done to improve the braking system.  It has disc brakes up front but still has drum brakes in the rear.  I researched the idea of upgrading to disc brakes but it seems to be a very involved upgrade.   Unfortunately, I do not have access to mechanics with G Wagon expertise especially with this model that never officially came to the USA.   I have had the brakes flushed when I got the car just to establish a base line for my future maintenance work.   My  next task is to purchase stainless steel brake lines to see if that will help with pedal feel.   Its been brought to my attention that the correct brake line kit for the 500GE is the same as the G320 so I will start gathering the parts I need.  According to the diagram , the brake kit will include lines number 14 and number 35.  It is also recommended that I replace the differential hose which is another number 35 line.

 

Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101 Found in New Mexico

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Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101

Spotted in New Mexico is a rare Vintage Alpine Alarm 8101for $1,400 USD. Alpine Alarm Model No. 8101 Security System! Alpine car alarm Mobile security system new but has been opened but never installed. This alarm was seen on the streets around 1986, 1987 or so. This unit does NOT have a remote, it has a touch key entry code pad. Pictures that you see are of the actual unit, so what you see is what you get. Comes complete with instruction, manual, components, wire harness, brackets, warrantee cards etc. I had one of these units in my first truck, and it works like a champ, never had any issues with it, and was happy with its security performance. The box has seen better days for its age, but still holds the components like it came from Alpine. This Alpine 8101 is very rare! This might be the only one left, in its NEW conditon.

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