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Crestfyre

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Copper grease hubs
« on: October 12, 2019, 22:54:29 »
I recently purchased an entire front suspension setup because I needed certain parts and it saved a boatload of money over buying them separately. After cleaning the mud off I noticed the grease caps were solid copper. So I pulled one and noticed there was a contact point on the hub and a point similar to electric brushes from a motor on the axle side. So my question is were these for radio suppression and were they ever used on a 64 230sl? Attached are pics
CRESTFYRE
Euro Model 1964 230SL
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Re: Copper grease hubs
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2019, 00:00:22 »
Yes for the radio also notice if your car has the copper contacts next to the center hood latch for the radio also. I do not know when these came into use.
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

Benz Dr.

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Re: Copper grease hubs
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2019, 03:34:02 »
Dust caps are copper plated.
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Re: Copper grease hubs
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2019, 18:08:17 »
For whatever it is worth, I have copper colored grease caps with the ground straps on both the '68 W111 and the '60 W128 coupes. The '60 is a Ponton. I would assume they started no later than 1960 with the ground strap in the grease cap.
Wallace Wheeler
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