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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby Sam Z » Tue 10 Jan, 2017 12:46 pm

Hi folks. I've got an old 163 chassis I'm doing some maintenance on this week, and my online travels brought me here. Glad to be on board.
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby garryhg » Tue 10 Jan, 2017 1:15 pm

Not New, But got myself another MB and forgot my login details :-)

I'd moved jobs also so couldn't retrieve them.......anyway good to be back after a couple of years!
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby Hendy E55 » Fri 13 Jan, 2017 8:32 pm

Evening all and G'day!
purchased my first Mercedes today; a w210 e55 - its a fixer-upper but im in love and welcome the challenge! Having come from subarus, then saabs, i think i have finally found what i have been looking for.
hoping to pick her up next week, i will post photos as soon as i take delivery.

Cheers and thank for having me! :occasion5:

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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby brum » Mon 16 Jan, 2017 2:17 am

Hallo
I'm 49 years old, a mechanic and I live in Croatia, a small country in Europe. I service the motorcycles, but my great love the vintage cars, especially Mercedes.
Like the W 108 series, I found one 280 S from 1970 that I would like to buy. I believe that I will here find useful tips and help more experienced owners and experts from me.
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby CraigB » Mon 16 Jan, 2017 10:15 am

Welcome and lots of W108 knowledge here. Are there many 'vintage' cars in Croatia? Are there much older cars like from 1920's/30's etc. also that people collect? You don't see many in Australia but there are lots sitting in sheds that come out and get used occasionally.
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby cuisses » Mon 16 Jan, 2017 5:58 pm

brum wrote:Hallo
I'm 49 years old, a mechanic and I live in Croatia, a small country in Europe. I service the motorcycles, but my great love the vintage cars, especially Mercedes.
Like the W 108 series, I found one 280 S from 1970 that I would like to buy. I believe that I will here find useful tips and help more experienced owners and experts from me.



There are plenty of Croatians in Australia - one of them even worked as a mechanic at the Forum Sponsor for some years. I have a 1970 280S W108, but the previous owner dropped a 4.5 L into it. They are great cars.
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby brum » Mon 16 Jan, 2017 7:18 pm

CraigB wrote:Welcome and lots of W108 knowledge here. Are there many 'vintage' cars in Croatia? Are there much older cars like from 1920's/30's etc. also that people collect? You don't see many in Australia but there are lots sitting in sheds that come out and get used occasionally.


In Croatia are very few vehicles from the period before World War II. But there are people who collect them and care for them.
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby dwn06 » Sat 11 Mar, 2017 11:45 am

New MB owner

i have just bought first Benz it's 1999 E280.
i love love some feed back on how to upgrade the head unit.
Where to buy the spares from like a second key.

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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby I Like them » Sat 25 Mar, 2017 1:01 pm

Hi all ,
Thanks for all your efforts producing a great site , I'm sure I will really enjoy being part of it. I Got my first Mercedes back in 2003 a 280se W126, it was very worn out and cost me a bomb in repairs and was never really right , I sold it for a Fairmont and within a month realized there was a LOT I missed about the Mercedes , (No offense to fords they are not a bad car but you know what I mean) I sold the ford and bought a good 380sel which I had for years and enjoyed it very much .Since then its been a case of "The car just fits me ' I have never ever been uncomfortable or not enjoyed driving a Mercedes ,they have all proved to be reliable and I love the engineering. I have a mechanical background and enjoy working on them. Ive owned quite a few now and currently drive a 300se Jap spec , I have covered over 100 thousand kilometers in the last few years and basically had no trouble .With basic servicing and all fluids regularly changed , the only things I have done, are a radiator and a clutch fan. she has now covered 280000 ks and need valve stem seals (head overhaul) I just top up every 500 kilometers.
Thanks again.
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Postby TP Newy W116 280SE » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 7:43 pm

Just bought my first Benz. W116 280SE 1974 Model 150,000 Kim's
Initially bought as a Charity Car - but now think it is going to be my fun, restore and weekend cruiser. Should be fun !!
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby CraigB » Sun 26 Mar, 2017 9:35 pm

Welcome. That's a cool post - often people come on and say they are going to take a car and bash it or mod it with some different engine and i tell myself its their car and all that - so great that the car has charmed you enough to restore it!
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Postby Samarai » Tue 11 Apr, 2017 1:56 am

Hi all, I had joined this site a few years ago but never introduced myself.
I'm Adelaide based and I have had my 1989 230e which I call TYTANYK for a few years.
So far I've loved every moment with it. So comfortable to drive and learn on as I do all the work on it myself.
She stalls a little here and there but I'll be checking the suspected ICV and o2 sensor for good measure.
But on most days she's ok!

Currently on 236,000kms
I've DIY colour coded the bumpers, mirrors and door strips and some rims all to freshen the look. Tinted windows for privacy and especially for temperature regulation in summer, some air Horns for the laughs, 5000k HIDs and just last week managed to stumble onto an eBay seller that offered shipping to Australia for the slim weathershields he had on sale.

Ever since I bought this car I've fallen in love with it more and more. I hope to own more older Mercedes Benz as time goes.

Thanks for reading guys, looking forward to reading more about everyone's triumphs and tribulations on this site and add more to my knowledge bank of these amazing cars.

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Also looking forward to seeing if there are Adelaide locals that meet up, it would be great to meet fellow enthusiasts :)

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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby Blacksmoke » Tue 09 May, 2017 8:59 pm

Hey, I'm Daniel, I bought (My First) money pit. a 79' (Non-Turbo :nono: ) w123 300TD, and it's everything I expected it to be, slow, loud, and unfortunately rusty.
Just in terrible condition entirely, I don't know why I bought this car and it doesn't make sense to restore it to it's former glory. But I'm in love with it, so I'll get it back on the road eventually.
I'm also a Uni student, and a bowling Technician. so I'm busy.
Looking forward to reading all of your tech docs, and reading up on all of your awesome swaps and well done restorations.
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby Mercal560 » Wed 10 May, 2017 12:04 pm

Hello All
After many years of wanting I've finally bought a W126. Its a bit of in interesting one. But it has a strong M117968 engine. Apparently a high comp one. After years of old Fords and Jap cars wow a Benz feels solid.
I should have known Dad has had his 380SEL for 20 years and loves it.

Looks like there is heaps of great info here.
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby CraigB » Wed 10 May, 2017 7:18 pm

Welcome. If you want to make sure, I copied this from another thread. Does it have tri- y manifolds - doesnt mean it is but it is a clue.

"Agree to verify you have the 300hp 10:1 comp version - engine number ends with HV or .10 and check the end of the cams with a mirror for 16 / 17 for ECE or 24 / 25 for later RUF (meaning left & right cam coding).
Fuel head should also end in 015 or 016 (on both the high comp 965 engine as well)
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Engine oil cooler behind the front drivers side bumper with its own small circulation pump visible below the oil filter housing
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby Mercal560 » Wed 10 May, 2017 7:30 pm

Thanks CraigB. This motor has been put into an imported 380SEL body. But I will check all that. I'm extremely impressed with how powerful this car is. Much quicker than my old 220kw XR8
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby CraigB » Wed 10 May, 2017 7:43 pm

And if you are looking for the engine number to find the .10, its on the upper face of the LHS of the block at the back. Go to the back of the LH rocker cover and between it and the firewall look straight down, might have to scrape to see it.
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby 10B-John » Thu 11 May, 2017 2:36 pm

Greetings to all, new Melbourne member here and thank you for the opportunity to join. I'm due to take over a 1992, W124 230 e that has been in my girlfriend's family since new. The vehicle (similar to Samarai's above), is in very original condition but a little neglected after having a number of years with only a simple yearly service. Mileage is low and the car worth taking some effort over. I will be doing a lot of the basic work myself and I'm keen to hear from members re parts suggestions. I realise we are fortunate with the MB Spares connection so no doubt I will be using them. From my research and the last mechanic's recommendations, I'll need some new shocks and struts and wheel bearings (probably) and brake attention, rotors etc.

I gather Bilstein shock absorbers are the go but what about rotors ? and what should I pay? I gather there are some non originals that are quite ok. I will certainly need to replace all fluids and the first job will be the power steering as I gather this may be leaking or low, either way it will need to be flushed (doubt this has ever been done). It will be another few weeks before I get the vehicle but I'll keep you posted. Any immediate advice about parts or fluid types and brands would be most gratefully accepted.


Thanks for your time and attention everyone.
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby CraigB » Thu 11 May, 2017 6:00 pm

Welcome. Shock wise, I have heard of very cheap prices for Bilstein bought out of the US, including the postage - might be worth checking that out. Bilstein or Sachs seem to last forever and may not cost much more. I haven't bought discs for a while but some will argue best performance from OEM eg. ATE or I think maybe Textar. I can't really judge, not enough side by side comparison. Power steering has a filter that sits in the reservoir so be sure to replace that. Wheel bearings are worth checking and adjusting before replacing - usually have a very long life - I've never actually replaced any in a Benz. And check hoses on PS - often it is just the cheap low pressure line. If it does end up being a seal and depending how much time and dollars you have to spare, i have had great results with a sealing additive that swells the seal, although often if its worn its worn - replacement dry looking unit from say a 'pick a part' wrecker could be the cheapest option.

But before saying too much might be a good idea to copy the content across and start a new thread in the W124 area.
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby EDWOZ » Fri 12 May, 2017 1:27 pm

Hi Ed here,

Hailing from Canberra and just bought a ML320 CDI.

I am mainly looking for part sources as well as maintenance and repair info as I usually do all work myself.

Thank you for allowing me to join the forum. Looking forward to also join a Mercedes club in Canberra soon.

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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby andy_w123 280E » Tue 16 May, 2017 1:01 am

Hello All

Andy here from Perth.

Just picked up a W123 1980 280 E to turn into my daily drive. Main issues are aircon and central locking. Hopefully thats all!!

I used to have VW Type 3 wagon as my everyday, so I know what I am in for.

Thanks in advance!!

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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby 10B-John » Wed 17 May, 2017 12:48 pm

Many thanks for the follow up on the 230E CraigB, greatly appreciated. Yes, I will place the same intro in the W124 forum and see what everyone has to say. I'm sure the vehicle will be worth the attention in the end, as it's in very good general condition. John
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby deezel05 » Tue 23 May, 2017 10:22 am

new to OZBENZ own a W638 vito and hoping to gain some info to keep the driving pleasure as easy as possible from like minded members.
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Postby vouli01 » Wed 14 Jun, 2017 11:58 am

Hello All
My name is Jacob, I am from the Port Stephens Area of NSW
I have in the last 3 months purchased my 1st Mercedes ever a E280 CDI sports pack

I hope i can use this site for meeting like minded enthusiasts rather than for issues on the car but........as i already have come across and issue...i doubt that will be the case

Nevertheless hello to all
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ! (formerly OZVETS)

Postby vocinac » Fri 16 Jun, 2017 12:31 pm

Hi there,
Just want to introduce my self to the Benz comunity.
I am located in Adelaide, South Australia and have passion for Mercedes.
Previously owned lots of diferent models 69-280SE, 79-300D, 82-230E,92-300SEL and currently restoring 1960- 220Seb that was purchased a year ago on estate auction.
Will defenetly need help from memebers as this is my first restauration project.

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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ! (formerly OZVETS)

Postby Bartman4800 » Fri 16 Jun, 2017 1:37 pm

vocinac wrote:Hi there,
Just want to introduce my self to the Benz comunity.
I am located in Adelaide, South Australia and have passion for Mercedes.
Previously owned lots of diferent models 69-280SE, 79-300D, 82-230E,92-300SEL and currently restoring 1960- 220Seb that was purchased a year ago on estate auction.
Will defenetly need help from memebers as this is my first restauration project.

Cheers
Zac


Nice range of cars and good luck with the Finnie Resto!

Also, thanks for filling in your profile, so we know where you are.


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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ! (formerly OZVETS)

Postby CraigB » Fri 16 Jun, 2017 6:39 pm

Welcome and you will find lots of finnie info plus 'pastel grey' on here is a great finnie resource and lives in Adelaide so you can't go wrong!
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ! (formerly OZVETS)

Postby Nicj » Mon 19 Jun, 2017 8:39 pm

Hi,

New to this forum,


I currently own a 78 W123 280E sedan, that use as a daily driver. I've owned a couple of other MBs briefly in the past but would like to build a bit of a collection.

I'm keen to find a nice e220 Cabrioloet, 420 SEL and maybe some older cars.
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