Author Topic: 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet instrument panel  (Read 6576 times)

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280 SE 3.5 cabriolet instrument panel
« on: November 11, 2014, 15:09:00 »
I need to have my speedometer taken out and would appreciate advice on how to go about it in the correct manner. Any advice and pictures would be helpful.

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Ashok

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Re: 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet instrument panel
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2014, 15:46:53 »
Remove the steering wheel first. It comes off easily. The procedure is basically the same as a W113 car. The tach and center cluster must be removed first. Search up the procedure. There a lot of steps to follow in correct sequence.
Joe Alexander
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Re: 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet instrument panel
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2014, 21:30:59 »
Hi Ashok - maybe we can have a look at this on Saturday; I have done this with my Pagoda so if it's similar we can figure it out from the info here!
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Re: 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet instrument panel
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2014, 16:56:50 »
Ashok and I just did this. Turned out the speedometer is a press fit in the dash, and with two fabricated hooks we were able to pull it out of the dash from the front. I first went underneath and behind the dash to see if there was a bracket holding it in, but it uses a rubber seal/gasket to hold it in place. So job done!
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Re: 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet instrument panel
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2014, 21:18:30 »
Interesting Cees,  I suspect that the "friction fit" is unique to the latest W111 and W112 coupes and cabs. Earlier versions did use the mounting brackets and knurled thumb screws to hold the gauges in place just like the W113 cars. Thanks for the info!
Joe Alexander
Blacklick, Ohio
1969 Dark Olive 280SL
2002 ML55 AMG (tow vehicle)
2002 SLK32 AMG (350 hp)
1963 404 Mercedes Unimog (Swedish Army)
1989 flu419 Mercedes Unimog (US Army)
1998 E430
1974 450SLC Rally
1965 220SE Finback

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Re: 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet instrument panel
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2014, 21:39:51 »
My '68 coupe has the same friction fit that Cees is talking about on both tach and speedo. So no brackets on the 280SE cars. I was contemplating subing out with the wood binnacle from the 220/250SE and now wonder if the friction fit would even work.

Anybody know if the wood binnacles exclusively used a friction or bracket fit? Would be curious when they switched from the bracket to the friction fit.

Thanks.
Wallace Wheeler
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Re: 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet instrument panel
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2014, 18:49:25 »
Yep...my 3.5 cab is friction fit as well.
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J. P. Mose
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