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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. Opinions?

1993 Mercedes 500GE: Stainless Steel Brake Line Upgrade

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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.