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Panzer107
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Post by Panzer107 » Sun 25 Sep, 2016 12:48 am

Hi

I'm Pete and I have two 560 SL Mercedes. A 1987 and a 1986. I use them both as almost daily drivers. My interest in the forum is to learn from others experiences with owning and maintaining their MBs.

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pastelgrey300D
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Post by pastelgrey300D » Sun 25 Sep, 2016 2:44 am

As I'm new ,When can you post pictures?
Hi Blackted, once you've posted 5 times, you'll be able to attach pictures. Alternatively if you sign up to a free image sharing site such as flickr or photobucket, you can upload your pictures there and then link them back to the forum.

Welcome to ozbenz - I'm not far from you (Clapham), if you see someone in a Finnie or other old car waving to you it's probably me!
Hi I'm Pete and I have two 560 SL Mercedes. A 1987 and a 1986. I use them both as almost daily drivers. My interest in the forum is to learn from others experiences with owning and maintaining their MBs.
Hi Pete and welcome to Ozbenz! Lucky you with two 560 SL roadsters! Lots of other 107 owners on here so don't hold back with your questions!
David
1967 W111 230S - Horizonblau
1965 W110 190c - Mittelrot
1967 W110 200D - Weiss (work in progress)
+ other classics

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Blackted
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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ!

Post by Blackted » Sun 25 Sep, 2016 12:48 pm

Thanks pastelgray300D,
I take it after 5 posts admin will let me post with out having to checking every post?
C123

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Post by CraigB » Sun 25 Sep, 2016 1:40 pm

That's right Ted, one more and your all clear. Obviously your not a scammer - photo of car etc etc, but sometimes people might put in a simple post eg. 'like your car', but if there is say 5 of those and no other info chances its a scammer and we might respond with ' tell us more about yourself and your car' - it just gives breathing space and not there to try and annoy anyone.
Craig Baulderstone
Lurch
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL
350SL
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Blackted
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Post by Blackted » Sun 25 Sep, 2016 2:26 pm

cheers Craig.
C123

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A_J_T
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Post by A_J_T » Wed 28 Sep, 2016 12:43 pm

Hi All,

Sooo! Joined in anticipation of some quality banter and valuable advice.

I've been into My Subaru's and feel like i understand and know them fairly well. However! I know absolutely nothing about these Benz you talk of and would never of imagined myself getting into one and wanting to modify it. But! Recently my Brother has shipped himself home "Home is New Zealand" from Germany and has become a avid Mercedes Man, Considering his other love in live is Mitsubishi id say he is coming into the light.

Anyway! we have a W201 that has a blown transmission and some ugly 4cyl petrol in it. I have loved Turbo diesels for as long as i can remember but never had the chance to tinker so the idea for this is to track down a manual transmission and a OM60# engine to drop in and make a bit of a drift hack track day fun car.

Now you might be thinking this guy has lost it and has no idea what he is talking about.... :hand: :naughty: :violent1: :violent3: :banghead: :book: I would tend to agree, i have no idea what im talking about and no idea where to source the engine or parts we require. hence im here haha.

i'm sure this welcome thread is not ideal for me to start ranting on and asking for advice so where would an appropriate place be to start a garage thread or beg for information?

Cheers all!

Aidin

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Post by pastelgrey300D » Wed 28 Sep, 2016 12:58 pm

Welcome Aidin, a turbodiesel into a W201 is not the most extreme conversion we've seen on here! They are so light that they respond very well to almost anything with more power! Just a shame we never saw the turbodiesel 2.5 W201 here in Aus so yes you have to make your own. Keen to see the progress!

FYI: http://www.carscoops.com/2009/09/back-t ... ofits.html
David
1967 W111 230S - Horizonblau
1965 W110 190c - Mittelrot
1967 W110 200D - Weiss (work in progress)
+ other classics

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250s
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Post by merc-304 » Wed 28 Sep, 2016 1:45 pm

Dieselpumpuk : Youtube
380 SEC

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Post by Konzertmeister1 » Wed 26 Oct, 2016 10:10 am

G'Day All!
I am a Canadian who is lucky enough to be migrating to Australia next month and am a vintage Mercedes Affectionado. I have owned 3 W116s and a couple of diesel W123 cars and am anticipating owning more of the same once I settle in in Oz. I have had to sell off my fleet here in Calgary in anticipation of my move, and can't wait to get back in the game. I am a Locomotive Driver as you call it (locomotive engineer in Canada) and will be trying my hand at railroading in the land down under!
Thanks for the warm welcome, and "keep them Three Pointed Stars straight boys!

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Post by TheMadRacoon » Wed 26 Oct, 2016 3:19 pm

Welcome to the forum, and to Oz.

You'll find this a friendly fun loving forum with a lot of serious know-how - and some amazing work by a variety of people.

I'll ask a question a few members might also be thinking of: why don't you bring some of your collection over - especially if it includes the not-available-new-in-Oz turbo-diesels (W116, W126, W123)...?

No need to answer - it's rhetorical.

Welcome!
Emad,
TheMadRacoon
1975 350SLC Astral Silver (725) / Blue (2012, 284,900 km - present.... a real Benz, getting better and better)
1988 190E Deep Blue (900) / Cream (2006, 190,000 km - 2007, ~ 215,000 km .... FSH and still spent big $$$)
1974 280E Reed Green (860) / Bone (1993, 316,700 km - 2004, ~490,000 km and still A1)

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T-Modell
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Post by T-Modell » Wed 26 Oct, 2016 5:03 pm

TheMadRacoon wrote:...
I'll ask a question a few members might also be thinking of: why don't you bring some of your collection over - especially if it includes the not-available-new-in-Oz turbo-diesels (W116, W126, W123)...?
...
+1 ... had the same thought. A container from Canada to Australia is much cheaper than selling and buying again. Import shouldn't be such a big problem, when it's part of a household ... Anyway, welcome here, "Konzertmeister" ... I thought you were an orchestra director :laughing6:

Thomas
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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dynamike
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Post by dynamike » Thu 27 Oct, 2016 8:49 am

Good morning!

Brand new owner of a not so new '62 200 SEb. Located on Brisbane's Northside. She's not running at the moment partly due to no cylinder head...
I'm picking up a like-for-like replacement engine next week that will still need a decent rebuild. Hoping to find some advice on here where to obtain the relevant bits and pieces such as gaskets, a new waterpump, oil pump, etc. I'm not a mechanic and will need to acquire skills and knowledge as I go.

Here's a photo: Image
1965 220 Sb Sedan
1962 220Seb Sedan (stripped for parts)
http://ozbenz.net/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=23626

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Post by Bartman4800 » Thu 27 Oct, 2016 11:37 am

I think you should talk to Mercmad (Ron Bunting), he lives in Rocklea.
He forgot more about finnies than most of us know here.

He has a website : https://benzkraft.co/

I would purchase a new waterpump if I was you, give the forum sponsor (MBspares in Canberra) a call.
Other than that you can get stuff in Germany:

http://www.DBdepot.de
http://www.mbclassics.de

or the classic centre in the US (google)


Bart
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1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "missus car"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (my new commuter bus)

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dynamike
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Post by dynamike » Thu 27 Oct, 2016 2:30 pm

Thanks for the leads. I can see the German website has a complete Motordichtsatz for the 220 SE. Will need to find out if that's for the same engine. Cheers!
1965 220 Sb Sedan
1962 220Seb Sedan (stripped for parts)
http://ozbenz.net/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=23626

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Post by T-Modell » Thu 27 Oct, 2016 5:08 pm

Bartman4800 wrote:...
He forgot more about finnies than most of us know here.
...
Bart
:laughing5: :laughing5: :laughing5:
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1967 W111 250SE Cabriolet, horizon blue
1973 W115 220D 5.0 Pick-Up Argentina, work in progress 2017/18
1986 R107 500SL, arctic white, the midlife crisis viagra replacement
2007 R171 SLK350, calcit white
2008 S211 E63T, calcit white, sleeper

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Post by Bartman4800 » Fri 28 Oct, 2016 11:14 am

dynamike wrote:Thanks for the leads. I can see the German website has a complete Motordichtsatz for the 220 SE. Will need to find out if that's for the same engine. Cheers!
Your 220 Se engine has engine code M127xxx, always use that.

Have a read here, this will give you a lot of insight: http://www.heckflosse.nl/History.htm

Bart
1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "missus car"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (my new commuter bus)

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Post by martinsl » Wed 09 Nov, 2016 8:45 pm

Hi to all, I am a new member of the forum from Perth WA. I recently purchased a 230 SLK and now I've purchased a 380SL in the UK and am preparing to ship it out to Perth. My wife despairs at my car interests as I also have a Jaguar mark 2 and some Model A's. I think i will be dead before they are all on the road. I am not particularly mechanically gifted even though I run a tourism business with 15 vehicles and a mechanical workshop and depot. I joined the forum to meet people with a common interest and hope I can gain further knowledge of the vehicles I now own - regards Martin

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Post by asterixj91 » Mon 12 Dec, 2016 6:14 pm

Hello all,

thought i'd join this forum as i just picked up a 09 postie van this afternoon. a 2009 311cdi sprinter.

haven't figured out which code it is on the main page but i'll get there. my old man here in Canberra has owned a few mercs in his day (even let me drive one).

So i think he'll be proud i've bought it. as long as it works. i'll hopefully be able to get it looked over at mb spares (dad swears by them and they seem to be liked on here too). so here's to adventures in my new Merc!

260e3
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Post by 260e3 » Fri 30 Dec, 2016 8:28 pm

HI Guys

many time reader, first time poster.

i am in the nw brisbane area. Engineer and mechanic by trade.
owned Benz' most of my adult life.
some pics below
current ride is a W124 260e - has a few minor issues but is the best car i have ever owned, and i can drive it for hours on the highway without stopping, so comfortable.
i have done a few mods here and there but i am looking to do a 3.0 conversion with a bit of extra work to get some good power and torque for towing. i will post more about that later.

my 260 has now done 364,000 kms on the original engine, with a head touch up around 150k ago. on a recent rip to Canberra from Brisbane it did not miss a beat of touch a drop of oil. my only issue is that it is a bit stretched for towing my race car .
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when i first got here about 7 years ago
on a recent trip to central qld.
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i have also owned the following cars since the early nineties. most have been destroyed by careless third parties in accidents - i thought they were all the best i have owned but the newer models always seem better, which i guess in no surprise.

First benz - W114 230.6
Second W114 250
Third W123 230E
Current W124 260e.

Dream car
W109 300 sel 6.9 ( i have a model i got at the Stuttgart museum?
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Post by Brewman » Fri 06 Jan, 2017 10:26 am

Hi All,
Happy New Year! :occasion4:
this is my first post on Ozbenz so I'll keep it short.
I'm a MB noob, we have just bought a B180 CDI manual.
This is a big change in car styles for me, having always owned large ozzie cars in the past. I am looking forward to having my first euro :occasion5:
I like to work on my own cars so the MB will be an adventure.

Cheers
Brewman

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Sam Z
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Post by 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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garryhg
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Post by 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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Post by 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:

Hendy

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Post by 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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Post by 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.
Craig Baulderstone
Lurch
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL
350SL
500SEC's
560SEL's

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cuisses
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Post by 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.
David Williams

W108 280SE 4.5 (Papyrus White and Palomino)

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Post by 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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dwn06
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Post by 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.

Guy

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I Like them
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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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!
Craig Baulderstone
Lurch
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL
350SL
500SEC's
560SEL's

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Samarai
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Post by 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.

Before:

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And currently:
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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 :)

Cheers
My Silver 1989 230E W124
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Blacksmoke
Dernburg Wagon
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Post by 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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Post by 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.
Callan
Current Fleet
560SEL
1987 420SEL
1978 Marquis
1978 200B
1984 FJ60 V8

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Post by 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)
Tri-Ys
Engine oil cooler behind the front drivers side bumper with its own small circulation pump visible below the oil filter housing
Craig Baulderstone
Lurch
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL
350SL
500SEC's
560SEL's

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Post by 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
Callan
Current Fleet
560SEL
1987 420SEL
1978 Marquis
1978 200B
1984 FJ60 V8

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Post by 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.
Craig Baulderstone
Lurch
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL
350SL
500SEC's
560SEL's

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Post by 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!

Post by 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!

Post by 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.

Regards
Ed
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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Post by 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!!

Cheers

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Re: Welcome to OZVETS!

Post by 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!

Post by 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!

Post by 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)

Post by 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.

Cheers
Zac

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Post by 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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1963 220 Sb Sedan "Kermit" (Australian Assembly)
1960 220 Sb Sedan "Zum Schlachten" (Early German Assembly, with a torsion bar spring for the bonnet) - Stored in Country WA
1981 Subaru Brumby 1.8 with Weber and 5-speed box "little utie" - Sold to another enthusiast!
2006 Ford Focus "missus car"
2002 VW Passat V6 30V Station Wagon (my new commuter bus)

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Re: Welcome to OZBENZ! (formerly OZVETS)

Post by 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)

Post by 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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Post by michaelm-1 » Wed 28 Jun, 2017 5:30 pm

I have been a long time follower of the forum but lacking any useful skills have not been able to contribute much to any discussion.
The present collection of MBs consists of a w126 420 SEL and a w220 S 430. Recently gave away a w126 300SEL .
The only reason I thought I would do a post was the recent discussion about the purchase of newer models of the marque.
I am a big fan of the w126 model and have had the 420 for about 17 years and the recently transferred 300 SEL was purchased by my father new in 1988 before becoming mine. They are great cars and the quality shines out - even after 350,000kms the 420 does not use any oil and the transmission was only refurbished last year.
I purchased the w220 ( 2005 model ) because it seemed such a bargain with only 90,000kms and in near perfect condition for small dollars one year ago. It was a purchase made with much trepidation given the reputation of that model for problems . Apart from replacement of worn discs and pads ( not cheap) it has been faultless.
It certainly is much quieter , faster , smoother and with much better fuel economy than the 420 SEL .
I doubt it will still be as solid after 30 years but for the money it is fantastic to drive and the known issues such as the Airmatic seem to have been sorted to some degree and the replacement parts are much cheaper than when the model first came out.
My rationale in part is that I prefer to pay the low price and fix the problems as they arise for the benefit of driving a car that is not much off the driving experience of the newest model.
I have no intention of getting rid of the w126 but thus far ( fingers crossed ) I have not been unhappy with my flirtation with a more recent iteration of the S class.
Others may like to try the same gamble.( hope I don't get to regret this post!!!)

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Newbie from Victoria W210

Post by hitmanau » Fri 22 Sep, 2017 2:39 pm

Hi everyone,

Newbie from VIC been lurking the past few days just taking in as much info as I can and trying to find out as much as I can for my incomming vehicle.
I've just purchase my first Mercedes, 2001 W210 E200 Kompressor. It has resonably high kms but not overly so for the age of the car. It's currently at about 288000. I'ts not perfect (has some stone chips with surface rust on bonnet and a tiny bit of bubbling on roof near sunroof which I will fix) but the car is straight and no accident history or evident in the inspection and everything works.

A good mate of mine is an ex MB tech so he will do all my servicing that I can't do on the hoist at home, and also give me pointers etc along the way that I don't get from here ;)

I got this just as a daily driver for myself as I do a fair amount of country km, at the end of the day I wanted something comfy and easy to rack up som emore kms in and is safe and looks good.. I sold a 2006 Renault Megane Sport 225 to get into this one as the Renault was a pain in the butt for stuff going wrong with it. Previous to that had a 2010 Skoda Octavia 118Tsi Wagon, 1994 Nissan Skyline GTR V-Spec II, 1991 Mazda Familia GTAe, 1994 Ford Falcon Gli, 1988 Lada Niva so quite a mix mash of vehicles and that's not including the Wife's cars!

I checked the VIN online and it has following codes
744U - Brilliant Silver Metallic
151A - Tex Leather Anthracite
293 - sidebag in rear L&R
414 - Electric Tilt/slide sunroof in glass version
524 - Paintwork preservation
592 - all round WD-Green glass
676 - Sports Undercar with Light-Alloy Wheels 5 hole 17" (these are really nice wheels and the car sits nice too)
150A - MB Leather Twin
plus the usual normal stuff that most seem to have.

Picking up tomorrow so pretty stoked as weather in Melbourne is pretty nice at the moment.
Looking forward to taking some decent pics of it and posting them up.

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