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w460 failing speedo and combo-turn-signal switch
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Date registered: Dec 2014
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Vehicle(s): 1982 280GE LWB RHD
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w460 failing speedo and combo-turn-signal switch

w460 speedo and combo-turn-signal switch
Chassis 021627 RHD 280GE LWB 1982

At 406,000 miles (2nd engine) and a fill up costs $110 to drive 110 miles, the g wagon is used when I need to haul lots of people or stuff, but not as a daily driver - gets about 600 miles a year. It does show its age from time to time, and this time it is in the cockpit where the speedo is acting up and the turn signal control does not work on right hand turns. 

SPEEDO

The MPH speedo (with small KMH) has developed a click where the speedometer jumps. It's the speedo not the cable. 

Advice Sought: 

1. Is this something I can repair, if so, what are the steps? Do I need parts and if so, what part number and who sells them reasonably priced?
2. Does anyone have a spare they don't need?
3. Is this a standard MB part that is used in other models, like sedans of that era. Anyone have any experience with this?
4. Is there a generic speedo that would fit? It has a mechanical ODO in miles (I live in a KM country, but the g-wagon came from the UK), single light to show turn signal (which I could relocate to the dash) and backlighting.
5. Anyone found a reliable vendor of a new or used speedo that is not a silly price?

COMBO SWITCH

In the last semi-annual inspection, the right turn signal would flash rapidly, but no action at the lights. They told me to fix it before the next inspection. Hazard flasher works, so it's not the bulb or fuse. We took apart the relay, but it seemed OK. It appears to be the unit on the steering wheel. Horn/turn signals/high-low beams/wiper. Eurotruck Importers (http://www.eurotruck-importers.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1079) lists a late model (after chassis number 024324), which appears to not have the horn button. 

Advice sought:

1. Is this something I can repair, if so, what are the steps?
2. Does anyone have a spare they don't need?
3. I read that the W123 stalk is the same. Anyone have any experience with this? If so, what part numbers do I look for? Does it have the horn button?
4. Is there a difference between RHD and LHD parts (mine is right-hand drive)?
5. Anyone found a reliable vendor of a new stalk that is not a silly price?
6. Would the EuroTruck unit work if I found another way to connect the horn? If yes, any suggestions on how to wire in a horn switch?
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