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Old 13-03-11, 06:02 PM
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Default Wanted: wheels, lower radiator hose for a 409

Dear friends,

as the restoration of my 409 goes on, I have been looking for a set of new wheels and a lower radiator hose. My original wheels are a bit wobbly and the hose is not perfect, so a new one would be welcome.

The 409 being reassembled

Does anybody have any of those items for sale? Thank you for your help,

Stefano
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Old 14-03-11, 01:31 PM
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You need to give the outside dimensions of the outlets and overall length to be sure to get the right ones. They are available in Italy...in spiral or were a couple of years ago.
I thought you had found wheels.
In looking at the restoration progress it would seem you have changed some of the brake hoses but not all.
Any brake hose that is over 15 years old is on very borrowed time. They collapse internally and do not allow fluid return.
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Dorien
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Old 14-03-11, 02:42 PM
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Hello Dorien,

sadly, I have not found any original steel wheels for my 409, that's why I am adapting Mercedes steel 16x6" rims.

The brake hoses have been checked and replaced in April 2010 when the brake servo collapsed; I'll have then checked again when I shall bring my 409 back to the brake/chassis specialists at Frenatutto.

We have tried many hoses but we didn't find any that could be adapted here in Italy: the one of the first series Range Rover looked perfect....until they tried to refit the power steering belt. Thus I am looking for a new one once again.

Thanks

Stefano
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Old 14-03-11, 03:06 PM
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Stefano, I have to tell you how much I admire your two-tone paint job, as we refer to such here in the States.

It's extremely elegant to my eyes.

I once had a '71 M-B with a factory paint job along those lines...taken in '71.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...g?t=1300111433

I was 40 years younger then!
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Old 14-03-11, 05:07 PM
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Lou, I think you will overexcite Cassien if you post any more pictures like that !

Nice Taxi though.....
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Thank you for your kind words! I really like the idea of a two-tone paint job in a classic car. After all, the contrast of color between the body and top has the same effect and emotion that we all love in a classic convertible.

I must also admit that I like your picture and that Mercedes, but, alas, I am a Mercedes owner and an admirer of the Marque as well....

Cheers

Stefano

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Stefano, I have to tell you how much I admire your two-tone paint job, as we refer to such here in the States.

It's extremely elegant to my eyes.

I once had a '71 M-B with a factory paint job along those lines...taken in '71.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...g?t=1300111433

I was 40 years younger then!
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Old 14-03-11, 10:35 PM
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Maybe these people can solve your hose problem

BRISTOL CARS PART 405 TOP & BOTTOM WATER HOSE KIT. on eBay (end time 07-Apr-11 18:20:15 BST)
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