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Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Mon 08 Jan, 2018 5:46 pm
by CraigB
You may just love the look of the car, never want to sell it ever, hand it on to a descendant who will never want to sell it or just not worried about throwing money at a car.... but if ever you consider the possibility that you may want to sell it at any stage and get top dollar and max return on your investment, then i would put back exactly what it had. It would be different if these were for sale everywhere and competition unlikely to drive up prices, but i reckon these are rare enough that if people are looking for one, they will most likely be looking for an original car. At the end of the day its your car, but I think it is rare that a modded car (unless it is an artistic type hotrod) usually returns a lot less even if it is more powerful, easier to drive etc.

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Mon 08 Jan, 2018 10:24 pm
by bigal
You're right, OM636 it is. The car deserves to be kept correct, what was I thinking. The OM636 sounds like a pleasant little engine.

Kent is a legend! Been watching his vids for a while even before I had a merc.. His handy tips with old bosch fuel injection systems has come in handy. I quite enjoyed that vid.. thanks.

Well I had a very successful day today. I collected the wheels, took them to my regular tyre shop and it gave em a laugh. They had the rubber off, rims pressure washed, new tubes in and done in no time. $100. They gave me some sound advice "don't stand next to these when you load em up, you'll f***n know about it if they let go". I was also told to just use the absolute bare minimum tyre pressure. The side walls on these old tyres must be pretty old and weak. Anyway, all they have to do is allow the car to roll on and off the tow truck and around the yard.

When I got them home I couldn't help but give them some tyre shine.. no normal person would bother. Then again I am weird, I love old Volvos.

These are the mixed set of wheels that came with the car (3x15" and 1x16")

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Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Tue 09 Jan, 2018 11:35 pm
by bigal
Riding on air!

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Bonnet removed for the tow truck ride home.

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Wed 10 Jan, 2018 7:06 pm
by Bartman4800
You are not big at all :laughing6:

Good work! Good luck sourcing the OM636.
We had a 2-cylinder variant in our yacht, years ago.
My dad bought it brand new and marinised it himself.

I think they built them for cooling units etc.

Bart

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Wed 10 Jan, 2018 8:01 pm
by bigal
Ha. Big Al - dunno where it came from.. name from years ago from the circle of mates that has stuck. Try to stick to 85kg.. but after those two well deserved Bulla Creamy Classic ice creams I am heading for 86! Better swim or run it off tomorrow.

Today I finished the front end suspension rebuild on the volvo 145. Better go update the volvo thread.

Will be back here friday with some more pics. 👍

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Wed 10 Jan, 2018 8:41 pm
by Bartman4800
If it is any help, there is a marine diesel supplier in the Netherlands who has rebuilt OM636's sitting on the shelf.

They cost about 4600 Euro. The company's name is Drinkwaard. They also sell parts for these engines.
And they can rebuild your own clunker.

http://www.drinkwaard.com/en/products/e ... /mercedes/

http://www.drinkwaard.com/en/products/m ... 636-parts/

If you need any help let me know.

Bart

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Wed 10 Jan, 2018 10:38 pm
by 70499
It's nice to see the ole girl rolling on 4 wheels. :dance:
I have a om636 manual if you need any info or pages scanned.

Aren't all those Dutch om636 ex-NATO? or did they end up elsewhere???

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Thu 11 Jan, 2018 10:11 pm
by bigal
Thanks for the links and info. I hope to find a tasmanian OM636.. I know where one is. I'm working on some other contacts.

Tow truck booked for 10am. More pics tomorrow. 👍

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Fri 12 Jan, 2018 10:58 am
by Bartman4800
Al,

It's probably been asked before, but can you fill in your location on your profile?
People are able to help you better that way.

Regards, Bart

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Sat 13 Jan, 2018 9:47 am
by bigal
No probs Bartman. btw, Launceston, Tasmania.

And pics from yesterday.

Pushed outside.. sweaty work.

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The Merc Stack..

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Unfortunately he will have to live outside under cover for a few weeks until that greenhouse is extended and lined properly. Our storage room lease had come to an end so had to vacate by the 15th.. not the best timing.

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This went down well..

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Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Sat 13 Jan, 2018 10:47 am
by 70499
From Tassie oak flooring to crushed road base. Life is cruel :laughing6:

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Sat 13 Jan, 2018 3:43 pm
by bigal
The room it was in wasn't great, dark and a little damp at times. It didn't do nice things to my audi. Given the tas oak boards have been popular here I think I will put a tas oak floor in the merc's new little barn I'm making.

Re: Al's Barn-Find - 1954 170 S-D

Posted: Thu 01 Feb, 2018 9:20 am
by Mercmad
Do you have any factory manuals ? these are not simple cars despite their prewar appearance and take a lot of work to get sorted properly .For example, all of the moving suspension parts and the clutch mechanism are connected to a central lube. All parts are available for the central lube (I worked on a car which the owner wanted entered in Pebble beach...i was told to disconnect the lube system so the car wouldn't get oily underneath....) .There are plenty of Vids on Youtube showing guys restoring these cars .Yours was probably imported by Merbenz in Melbourne ,who were importing a lot of them back in the early 50's. Daimler AG will have it's data on file still .