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Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 07 Dec, 2017 8:24 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Hi all,

Just a quick note to advise that after roughly three years Pedro is finally registered under historic registration.

Pedro was never intended to be a concourse car but rather a beach type surf car (Woody) so in that respect it has been successful.
Still has a couple of minor issues to attend to such as central locking and SLS but they are low priority to me.

See a few pics of before and after, don't wish to bore people with too many happy snaps.

Cheers
Greenpedro.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 07 Dec, 2017 8:42 pm
by T-Modell
GREENPEDRO wrote:
Thu 07 Dec, 2017 8:24 pm
... don't wish to bore people with too many happy snaps.
You don't, we're all having the same brain defect :laughing6: ... looks great, have fun driving it!

Regards
Thomas

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 07 Dec, 2017 10:51 pm
by Honey500
Very Nice!
Like the fact it has 3 peddles!

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Fri 08 Dec, 2017 4:05 am
by mathuisella
That looks amazing, especially knowing where you came from :)

Love the manual transmission too :D "Hi Five"

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Fri 08 Dec, 2017 9:08 am
by 300TDT
Well done! Enjoy

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Fri 08 Dec, 2017 12:07 pm
by tsharkey
Good work and great colour. I watched as your son bought this car and then while you two progressively pulled it together. What a great effort. With the board on top, this will look perfect along the coast.

Question - How did you get the engine bay green without taking the motor out ? I am going to respray my coupe a new colour and I want to avoid engine removal if I can.

Fancy thinking that a bunch tragic W123 lovers would be bored by the before and after pickies ....

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Fri 08 Dec, 2017 4:05 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Thanks for the encouraging comments guys, nice that others can appreciate a classic car.
Maiden trip tomorrow to the beach, my mates will be surprised.

Two of the mates, one restoring a 69 Mustang and the other, a LH Torana can't see the beauty in the old 123 diesel manual wagon. I guess I will have to challenge their powerful V8s to a longevity race considering Pedro has 635,000 Ks on the clock.

Sharkey, we cheated a little with the engine bay by stripping off all the peripheral bits which just left the main engine block in place. We then securely wrapped it in plastic and duct taped it up. We had removed all other bits like radiator, pipes, tubes, pumps etc - anything that was removable.
This also gave the opportunity to inspect and restore or replace the ancillary bits.

Cheers all

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Fri 08 Dec, 2017 4:57 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Sharkey, These pics of the engine bay work show to what extent we stripped it to allow a reasonable paint job, not perfect mind you.
You can see there was not much left in the bay.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Fri 08 Dec, 2017 9:50 pm
by T-Modell
I like the foot on the last pic :laughing6: ... exhausted mate?
Regards
Thomas

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Sat 09 Dec, 2017 9:33 am
by GREENPEDRO
lol: :color: Did not see that, its my son's foot, I think he was doing some low sanding or something.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Sat 09 Dec, 2017 5:07 pm
by pina4greg
Congrats. Great achievement satisfying to stand back and look at "what I've done". Bloody marvellous. Wish I had the skills.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Sat 09 Dec, 2017 7:38 pm
by Kcodezd
That looks fantastic Pedro, I hope mine looks as good when I'm done. I am a little surprised by the historic rego, doesn't that restrict your usage a lot. We all know they can handle daily duties as good as anything on the road. Well done. :notworthy: :notworthy:

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Sat 09 Dec, 2017 9:35 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Thanks Pina4greg, Yes, happy with the result although not up to concourse standard but that was never the intention.
As to having the skills, I don't possess any qualifications, just handy with tools and prepared to give things a go.
I did a lot of the donkey work and it was my son who masterminded the whole strip, respray and rebuild - it was a first for us both.
The only awkward part was that after the strip and respray (a first for him) he took a job in a country town and left me with the rebuild - suffice to say that I learn't a lot along the way.

Kcodezd - Yes, pondered over the historic rego and its practicality to my usage but thought I would give it a go, if not suitable will convert to normal rego. It is certainly much cheaper with historic rego albeit a bit of hassell in some respects.

Cheers

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Tue 12 Dec, 2017 8:57 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Been driving Pedro for a few days now and it is certainly different but satisfying to know that it works.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Wed 13 Dec, 2017 12:11 pm
by EdCox
How do you like the manual gearbox? Does it have a really agricultural feel or is it refined?

They are a great car to drive. Enjoy the fruits of your labour!

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Wed 13 Dec, 2017 5:05 pm
by 300TDT
The 4 speed manual in my old '79 300TD was very smooth - really nice to drive. Not sure how that compares with a 5 speed tho.
But I found it difficult to manage hill starts in Sydney - not enough hands to use handbrake, gearstick and steering wheel at the same time.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Wed 13 Dec, 2017 7:00 pm
by EdCox
300TDT wrote:
Wed 13 Dec, 2017 5:05 pm
But I found it difficult to manage hill starts in Sydney - not enough hands to use handbrake, gearstick and steering wheel at the same time.
Not sure how i'm going to go with a foot operated hand brake. Just ride the clutch I suppose.

Come to think of it, I can't really call it a hand brake any more...

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 14 Dec, 2017 8:24 am
by tsharkey
300TDT wrote:
Wed 13 Dec, 2017 5:05 pm
The 4 speed manual in my old '79 300TD was very smooth - really nice to drive. Not sure how that compares with a 5 speed tho.
But I found it difficult to manage hill starts in Sydney - not enough hands to use handbrake, gearstick and steering wheel at the same time.
The manual wagon is a pleasure to drive. Only real issue for me is 50km speed limit really means stay in 3rd gear as it strains in 4th. On the open road / freeway in 5th is much quieter than the auto.

I like the HANDbrake, clutch combo for starting off at lights on a hill. If it were LHD, not sure how I would go with the foot option.
EdCox wrote:
Wed 13 Dec, 2017 7:00 pm
Not sure how i'm going to go with a foot operated hand brake. Just ride the clutch I suppose.

Come to think of it, I can't really call it a hand brake any more...
Is your 240TD a LHD model Ed ?

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 14 Dec, 2017 9:33 am
by EdCox
tsharkey wrote:
Thu 14 Dec, 2017 8:24 am
Is your 240TD a LHD model Ed ?
Nope - RHD. I haven't seen many RHDs with the foot brake. In fact, this is the first I've seen.

From what I can tell, it has always been RHD too.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 14 Dec, 2017 11:37 am
by 300TDT
Never seen one. I didn't know they existed! Maybe it varies by country of delivery?

So you have FOUR pedals down there?
Don't want to hit the brake instead of the clutch!!
Is the parking brake pedal next to the accelerator or by the foot rest?
LHD is far left by the foot-rest.
EdCox wrote:
Thu 14 Dec, 2017 9:33 am
tsharkey wrote:
Thu 14 Dec, 2017 8:24 am
Is your 240TD a LHD model Ed ?
Nope - RHD. I haven't seen many RHDs with the foot brake. In fact, this is the first I've seen.

From what I can tell, it has always been RHD too.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 14 Dec, 2017 11:41 am
by EdCox
300TDT wrote:
Thu 14 Dec, 2017 11:37 am
Never seen one. I didn't know they existed! Maybe it varies by country of delivery?

So you have FOUR pedals down there?
Don't want to hit the brake instead of the clutch!!
Is the parking brake pedal next to the accelerator or by the foot rest?
LHD is far left by the foot-rest.
It's on the right, by the accelerator. It's a bit further forward when not engaged, so unless your knee pops out of its joint, accidentally hitting it is pretty low risk I reckon.

Looking up some of the option codes for this car pointed me to "version for Gulf states" but I'm not sure about the applicability of that code against the year of the car.

I guessed it came from the UK based on the appearance of the towbar, but it may have come from somewhere else.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 14 Dec, 2017 4:32 pm
by Tony From West Oz
The UK style of towbar is the European standard. If ordered with towbar from factory, that is what you get.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 14 Dec, 2017 8:22 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Interesting comments on the manual & foot (hand) brake. Personally do not like foot/hand brakes.
Old Pedro has the usual MB pull out hand brake which is relatively convenient to use on hill starts.

Ed, I find the 4 speed manual comfortable to use, it is not agricultural but not as smooth as modern manuals.

Larry

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Fri 15 Dec, 2017 9:26 am
by 3DB
Looks awesome, Larry.

What brand of whitewalls did you go for?

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Fri 15 Dec, 2017 9:24 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Thanks 3DB,

Trying to keep a lid on costs I went for Maxis tyres at $155.00 each which I thought was reasonable, especially considering that then tyre place came to my home to do the job.

Larry

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Tue 16 Jan, 2018 4:41 pm
by brothermaynard
looks like a sensible restoration - not over the top with the spend but all basics covered. would make a nice daily driver too i'm sure!
would you consider swapping to the 'less fancy' wheels with matching hubcaps? there's a few photos of a similar green 300td on the web with matching hubcaps and a beautiful chrome/wood roof rack, one of my favourites

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 25 Jan, 2018 8:24 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Yeah, could swap to normal wheels with hub caps, but being a lazy bugger, probably won't.

I have a set of those shiny wheel arch trims that I am tinkering with the idea of putting on - do they look too blingy or add to the overall look - any thoughts !!!

Larry

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Thu 25 Jan, 2018 10:50 pm
by Tony From West Oz
Don't tease us, please post a series of photos of your work.

Re: Finally on the road

Posted: Sat 27 Jan, 2018 7:45 pm
by GREENPEDRO
Tony, will get to that, at present waiting on a new clutch slave cylinder from MB Spares as Pedro is on stands with no clutch.
Cheers
Larry (Pedro)