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  1. Newera

    W124 500TE - Lets do this!

    Thinking about it... I wouldn't choose a one-off E500 wagon like this one for UK winter use! :D
  2. Newera

    W124 500TE - Lets do this!

    Fantastic progress with this project. Maybe a helpful tip: Perfection aren't far from yourselves and would refinish your Evo II wheels with a diamond cut finish, for not a lot of money (Around £450 I think it cost us). Would also recommend putting these centre caps on. Thanks for the HG...
  3. Newera

    Classic car originality

    As a compulsive petrol head, I have over the last 20 years built up a sizable collection of cars and motorcycles. All of my favourites are modified. It seems the more I like them, the more I improve & enhance them and I must admit on some of the favourites I went well overboard when I wasn't...
  4. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Ah yes - thanks. Will have to ask for that when buying a gearbox.... I wonder if it'll bolt to the crankshaft and have the right number of teeth and diamter for the starter motor then? Noted, thanks.
  5. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Torque converter tends to come together with a used gearbox. Mounting disc? Not heard of one of those... What's that specifically please - and where would it go?
  6. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Yep, Speedo output signal is adjustable on the controller....
  7. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    I can appreciate the speedo on my car is driven by a cable (can't remember off the top of my head, but I believe on these lower powered W124's it is) then I'll need to find a 400E / E420 / E500 speedometer too... Bugger! Yet another cost and job to do (These aren't usually cheap...). It's not...
  8. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Uprated turbo...I'd probably want to fit an intercooler too, which would mean cutting bits to fit, etc. I looked at all this in detail before, even went as far as speaking with Dieselmeken, but decided against messing with the engine at all in the end. This car's supposed to last the rest of our...
  9. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Found earlier that there are spiral cables that were made for the W124 as well.... I'd forgotten they exist, since I have no airbags in this car, but later ones came with them as standard. Hmm, maybe with a used one of these - there's a possibly even easier solution to be able to fit (metal)...
  10. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    BTW, going slightly off topic, I had the rear seat re-trimmed in E500 style with buckets (still keeping it to 3 seatbelts though, for convenience), complete with seat heater elements - to keep our kids warm on winter school runs. Back seats are now more comfortable than the E500 fronts. Perhaps...
  11. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Thanks 91dm. Yes, I could so easily agree, as I'm prone to tuning every car I really like - but there's nothing much wrong with the OM603. It's not that much less powerful, really (150 for the 603, as opposed to 177 bhp for the 606)... Tuned, these engines can each make a lot more, but then...
  12. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    The gear.dk converter can drive the speedometer, I believe:SpeedoOut Also, as far as I can tell (I may well be wrong!), the output flanges are removable from all types of 722.x gearboxes (Just a large nut holding it in place onto a splined output shaft), so judging by any lack of mention of...
  13. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    @alabbasi. Thanks... now the penny dropped. I was thinking of the 5 speed 722.4 which isn't such a great box, not the 722.6 which does appear to have a reputation for being stronger.... and would work well with the 2.65 final drive on my car too... So now I have checked & I can get a low...
  14. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Nice idea. I think I'd prefer the strength of the 4 speed, as opposed to the 5, which is less reliable though. It goes well enough as is.... :)
  15. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Kinda right, but not quite: Shaken in Japan is based on the age of the car, so provided emissions are what they were expected as when the car was in production, it passes still. The other restriction is that older Diesels cannot be registered to owners residing in cities of Japan after 10 years...
  16. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Not much to update, the car keeps running like a swiss watch despite being at 274,000km and 25 years old now - it's still used daily and the engine barely ever gets cold except overnight. Recently got the re-trimmed rear seat back from Robson leather. Made from a standard rear bench, it's...
  17. Newera

    fresh air Cool Face & Warm Feet which cars do it ?

    Didn't realise they phased it out after the W124... such a simple feature to add. Definitely helps to have a cold air vent to avoid drowsyness. I guess you could open a window, but that's noisy.
  18. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Fitted a complete set of new rear suspension arms today in a little over 2 hours, rear camber is noticably reduced. Another job ticked off the list. Not many left - at last!
  19. Newera

    W124 ''Superturbodiesel'' - The ultimate sleeper

    Great stuff. I did think of sending my pump to Diesel Meken but decided not to in the end... Black smoke is something I want to avoid making more of! Perhaps when the kids are grown up and my wife no longer needs the car to take them to school I'll look into doing something similar, looks a...
  20. Newera

    Modernising & perfecting a minty W124 300D Turbo!

    Forgot one pics. For anybody interested, these pedal covers work perfectly. So glad I never felt tempted to buy the type that need drilling and screws to fit!
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