Thursday, 22 May 2014

Colour Matching

First, a little primer.

Then a couple of coats of 199!

Offer it up to the car.

And I'll call that a success! You wouldn't look twice!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Wire it up!

Got some time to do the wiring on the car for the lights.

Threaded through the firewall on the passenger side (port side).

Entering the engine compartment just behind the battery bay.

Installed a waterproof plug on the lights for rainy days.

And a video of testing the lights in a pitch black garage at night.

Here's what we made from the rough template in the last post.
I would have much preferred to buy an off the shelf number plate light bar like this one, but the bumper on this car is pointed in the middle.


Good result. I just don't like the shiny aluminium. I'll have to paint it so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

What in the world is that?

Do I have far too much time on my hands? What the hell is this?
This is the view from the front.

Happy with the basic design, I made another that would be more like the finished product.
This view is from the rear of the piece.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

New Switching Idea

Instead of having an ugly after market switch setup on the dash, I was able to acquire an original light switch from a local wrecking 190E (thanks Sunny!).
Since I had removed the new switch from the parts car, I decided to rebuild it to ensure another 25 years of flawless operation.

The problem I had was trying to figure out how the ball bearings were positioned inside the switch.

It took my days of trial and error, but I worked it out. This is how they should be positioned.

A little electrically conductive grease added to the contacts and we're done.

A video of the assembled switch.

Did you know that Mercedes use a single bulb in the back of the instrument cluster to illuminate all the switches in the dash? They do this by the use of fiber optic cables to carry the light from the bulb to the back of each switch.
The long black cable below is the fiber optic in question.

A short video on the switch installed and hooked up to the lights.

Saturday, 3 May 2014