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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Convertible
Sep 11, 2010 (10:42 am)
Sorry, I don't know anyone in the Vancouver club and when I looked up the website of the Vancouver section of the MBCA there were no contact names or numbers. Whether this means that they are inactive is anyone's guess. I was given the name of a Mercedes specialist on the lower mainland with a good reputation though, and it might be well worth your while to at least contact and talk to them - unfortunately not in West Van but I hope North Van is not too inconvenient for you. The name is
Scan Automotive, 1118 E3rd St. North Vancouver. Phone# 604-980-4542. Best of luck and if you ever cruise over to the island, let me know.
#470 of 518 Re: Reply to Merc85 [freshairfiend]
Sep 12, 2010 (3:50 pm)
Hey thanks for this info. I was going to give Vaughn a call as well... he is a friend of mine at Vancouver Mercedes Benz. He might know of a club member or a club for that matter. I will drop by Scan Automotive and have a chat. Is there anyone there in particular I should ask for?
I will definitely drop you a line the next time we go for a cruise over to the Island!
Sep 13, 2010 (8:59 am)
Until I enquired around and was given the recommendation I had never even heard of them so have no idea who you should ask for. Hopefully they'll be able to fix you up though
Oct 28, 2010 (12:21 pm)
I have heard about a pulley arrangement specifically for 107 hardtop removal and replacement that is comparatively easy to set up in a normal garage. Does anyone have any information on this subject such as where one can be found and approximate cost? I haven't actually used my hardtop since I bought the car but probably would if it was not such a pain to take it off and put it back on. I understand that the hoist in question can be easily operated by one person. Any info would be appreciated.
#474 of 518 Hardtop hoist (Mr Shiftright)
Oct 28, 2010 (1:42 pm)
Boy, that was quick! Thanks for the info. While we're in touch, do you have any information regarding a compatible supercharger for a 280SL or is it just a bad idea?
#475 of 518 Re: Hardtop hoist (Mr Shiftright) [freshairfiend]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Oct 28, 2010 (2:08 pm)
Well it's not for me to tell you it's a *bad* idea....even though I often do tell people that "if you want a faster car, just go buy one"
I did see a nicely done installation of a Ford 289/V8 into a 280SL and a supercharged GM V-6 in a 190SL, but neither of these projects were *cheap* by any stretch.
I'd say that a custom-fitted turbocharger would be easier to configure and design, and less expensive. But I've never seen one.
#476 of 518 Hardtop hoist (Mr Shiftright)
Oct 28, 2010 (5:14 pm)
You're quite right regarding buying a faster car. In fact I originally went looking for an '85-'89 500SL but found an '85 280SL with the makings of a cream puff and went that route. I have never really regretted it and have no desire to change but there are times when a little extra kick would be nice. My experience of turbos is that without an intercooler they are not terribly effective and that could take up quite a bit of space. I thought I would investigate the possibilities of adapting a Kompressor from one of the newer C series but only if everything can be worked out without in any way wrecking what I now have. Thanks for your comments
#477 of 518 Re: Hardtop hoist (Mr Shiftright) [freshairfiend]
Oct 28, 2010 (5:15 pm)
Instead of the Kompressor, an easier route would be to look at aftermarket supercharger vendors, they might be able to work something up that would be correctly sized, etc. That said, I'd just make sure it's in top tune, wax it, and enjoy it as-is.
#478 of 518 Re: Hardtop hoist (Mr Shiftright) [freshairfiend]
Oct 28, 2010 (5:58 pm)
I don't know what you could do with the supercharger off a 4, the supercharged 6cyl models are somewhat rare and likely such a part is not easy to find. It might be easier to just find another entire powertrain if you want a more powerful engine.