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    I've been wanting to post a build thread for some time now but didn't want it to turn into one of those incomplete dead builds... But now that the car is past the point of no return, the time has come to share the rest of the journey with you all here.

    I always wanted to do a cool 190e build, but I never could figure out what to do that would (in my eyes) be unique...until I found some inspiration in a place where things go to die. There is a decently long story about this car and how it all started so I will try to make this as quick and painless for you as I possibly can.

    So before this I had a W124 estate, which was good but I was ready to move on to something else. While the car was for sale and I was looking for what was next I got a lead that there was a very rare interior in a 190e at a local junkyard (a car I didn't even have yet) but when opportunity presents itself sometimes you just need to wing. So I did. I went up the next day and low and behold there it was, a 1993 Avantgarde Rosso with complete interior. Most of you may have no clue to what that is and to be honest why would you, but I will give you a little info about it...ITS RARE... very rare to the point that it is the only set in the US. So what did I do?

    I pulled it and took it home with me, every single piece I would need. But I still don't have a car for it so I started hunting down what I needed. I got lucky and a friend with a black on black 2.6 5 speed 190e was willing to trade me for my wagon, and within that week I went and did the deal. Now great, I got the car we're done right?? Not as easily as I had hoped... The car needed work, so much work intact that It was easier to just buy another normal 190e and swap and build one good complete car...and thats exactly what I did. I scoured craigslist until I found just what I was after a 1989 190e 2.6 auto in blue black metallic.

    After months of swapping things over, tinkering, fixing and buying parts the car is finally on the home stretch and at this point I will share some pictures.

    Enjoy!


    Here is the interior the day I got it home, and my Old wagon in the back.





    The first 190e




    Then the second 190e


    I decided to buy some coil overs from Catuned





    Suspension installed but not yet dialed in on the old wheels




    Bought a set of some RS 198's and added my Design Line caps I had sitting around




    Got my tires in from Toyo




    Found a genuine BBS 3 spoke steering wheel along with the matching hub and had it shipped from Norway.




    Steering wheel installed (don't mind the auto, the manual still needs to be swapped in but thats delayed for other reasons)




    Wheels mounted on, still need to fine tune the height and do some fender magic to get it right.









    There is a good bit left that needs to be done, and a few more parts that need to be sourced , but as of now thats what I got.

    Thanks!
    Last edited by chayden; 04-06-2016 at 11:18 PM.

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    This is gloriously unapologetic I love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by anti.engineered View Post
    This is gloriously unapologetic I love it
    I'm not sure what that even means, but thank you

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    That upholstery is amazing. Love it.

    Really doesn't work with the wood grain though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_e36 View Post
    That upholstery is amazing. Love it.

    Really doesn't work with the wood grain though.
    Thank you. I should have mentioned the wood isn't staying, getting wrapped in a black burl wood vinyl (just like em would have been) and the steering wheel cover is getting hydrodipped to match the seats.

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    Hey Robby! SO glad you posted a thread for this thing, is that top one Tyler's old car by chance? and does he have your wagon now lmao?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 190Evan View Post
    Hey Robby! SO glad you posted a thread for this thing, is that top one Tyler's old car by chance? and does he have your wagon now lmao?
    Yeah Its about time right, I guess you're familiar with the car already?. And to answer your questions, yes that is Tylers old 190e and yes he has my old wagon haha.

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    awesome

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    Never thought I would ever say this, but don't bother to swap your auto trans for the manual. Mercedes manual boxes shift like you are poking a stick in the McDonalds ball pit
    And a 2.6 is kinda gutless anyway. Swapping to a 3.0 can solve that issue a little though
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    That interior looks amazing and creative, is it custom or stock mercedes interior?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayDz View Post
    That interior looks amazing and creative, is it custom or stock mercedes interior?
    It's stock from mercedes, its the "Rosso" edition.

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    This is perfect, seen this around IG.
    What's your ground clearance and do you have a picture of the front fitment? I'm having problems with 205/40/17 rubbing on the corner of the fender.

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    Those seats are so damn cool
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    I'm all about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loekaaz View Post
    Never thought I would ever say this, but don't bother to swap your auto trans for the manual. Mercedes manual boxes shift like you are poking a stick in the McDonalds ball pit
    And a 2.6 is kinda gutless anyway. Swapping to a 3.0 can solve that issue a little though
    I auto in the car is completely shot and I have the manual trans just sitting here at my house. Also some other parts to make it not so boring. I was going to 3.6 swap it but Im trying to keep cost down since this is just a cheap little fun project for me. My fun car is the one in my signature.


    Quote Originally Posted by JayDz View Post
    That interior looks amazing and creative, is it custom or stock mercedes interior?
    Its stock, from a very limited edition car.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen View Post
    This is perfect, seen this around IG.
    What's your ground clearance and do you have a picture of the front fitment? I'm having problems with 205/40/17 rubbing on the corner of the fender.

    Im having the same issue as you, I need to sort it out. nut Ill try and grab some picture for you.


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    Those seats are so damn cool
    thnx

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    I'm all about this.
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    Here are some front fitment photos per request. Sorry for the quality its all I got right now since the car is at a buddy's shop getting motor work done.








    Here is the interior I pulled from the second 190e in all its Oxbloody glory.


    (its for sale btw)


    And heres the old one rotting in my driveway.




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    Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful! The wheels, the interior, the perfectly 90's two-tone exterior. 10/10.

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    I think I sorted mine out, rolled the fenders and put on fender spacers. Also went from 13mm pads to 21mm pads. Slightly rubs on the driver's side, but hopefully I can sort it out. If you haven't added fender spacers yet, I advise you to do so, they really help.

    That red interior is so nice, I'm really jealous that most US-spec W201's come with nearly full extras. Here in Europe it's already hard to find electric windows or an automatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen View Post
    I think I sorted mine out, rolled the fenders and put on fender spacers. Also went from 13mm pads to 21mm pads. Slightly rubs on the driver's side, but hopefully I can sort it out. If you haven't added fender spacers yet, I advise you to do so, they really help.

    That red interior is so nice, I'm really jealous that most US-spec W201's come with nearly full extras. Here in Europe it's already hard to find electric windows or an automatic.
    Im running fender spacers on mine and I've slightly rolled my fenders, but more roll and spacing will be needed.The offset on the RS's is a tad aggressive for this car at et13

    And I prefer manual interior honestly. I swapped the power rear windows for roll ups and put manual seats as well...less to go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamsv View Post
    Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful! The wheels, the interior, the perfectly 90's two-tone exterior. 10/10.
    Thank you thank you. Im trying to do everything period correct with as much rare stuff I can get my hands on. There are a few more little bits in store that should really set it all off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chayden View Post
    Im running fender spacers on mine and I've slightly rolled my fenders, but more roll and spacing will be needed.The offset on the RS's is a tad aggressive for this car at et13

    And I prefer manual interior honestly. I swapped the power rear windows for roll ups and put manual seats as well...less to go wrong.
    What are the wheel specs?
    I'm running 17x9 +2 205/40 and 17x10 ET26 215/40 at the moment.

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    17x8.5 et13, they aren't aggressive wheel sizes but the offset is a little low.

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    Man the wheels, interior, stance...everything about this is so on point. Looks Amazing!


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    Wow! That interior and steering wheel look amazing.

    If I had that I would go all Asian and cover them with protective plastic covers when I wasn't showing them off.

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    nice man!
    but why let the other one rot away?

    anywho, i recently bought an 190e 1.8 automatic, 2nd owner, but my plans on it are stalled, need 2 finish my w114 project first!

    looking forward what you are going to do with the car in the future!!
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