W110 Wagon Conversion - The Story Continues

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W110 Wagon Conversion - The Story Continues

Post by pastelgrey300D » Fri 03 May, 2019 4:48 pm

So on Anzac Day I drove this little beast home:
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This is the wagon that Ron (Mercmad) in Brizzy previously had, it was bought by Daniel (Tomas03) a few years back and transported to Adelaide. A few weeks ago, Daniel contacted me looking to sell and ‘made me an offer I couldn’t refuse’.

The car itself is an early 1963 Australian assembled 190c sedan, sometime in the 70’s it was converted to a wagon using the roof, side windows and tailgate from an EH holden. It left the factory with the standard 190 M121 and 4 speed column shift, it currently has an OM616 2.4 litre diesel with auto trans and floor shifter from a W115 240D. I was still sour that I missed out on the genuine Finnie universal (a LHD 200D) that came up for sale a few years ago here in Adelaide, so it was pretty hard to say no.

I’ve been struggling with my other project (W110 67 200D) car which still needs a lot of work, so I will be selling that car as a restoration project and this wagon will be taking its place. The big plus with the wagon is that it is already a runner/driver – in terms of body and interior it needs about the same amount of work as the other car but I can do that whilst driving it around.

Pics below are in ‘as bought’ condition. Early plans are to tidy up the worst areas of the body to get it presentable enough for a rego inspection and then get registration all sorted (car has not been registered since 1991!). More pictures and updates to come.
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Post by Bartman4800 » Fri 03 May, 2019 5:21 pm

Congrats Dave - you lucky bastard :)

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Post by rens1976 » Fri 03 May, 2019 8:29 pm

Nice looking car you got there.
look like 14" rims there instead of the standard 13's?

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Post by pastelgrey300D » Fri 03 May, 2019 9:20 pm

Well spotted, they’re actually fairly rare 15” wheels and hubcaps ($$$) that Mercmad fitted. I have original finnie 13” sets and 14” rims on hand, so I might play around with wheel combos, the 15s give it uber ground clearance, but seeing as I’m not planning on taking it across any ploughed fields it could be a tad lower. It will probably end up on bundts but we will see. Some smaller diameter tyres might improve the acceleration, which isn’t huge atm.
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Post by CraigB » Fri 03 May, 2019 9:54 pm

Cool car. Is that believed to be a one off? Its a really logical thing to do and looks like it has been done nicely. Was next to one of those big Holden Kingswood 4WD utes tonight - not seen one of those for a long time. Lots of cool local history.
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Post by eddie » Sat 04 May, 2019 8:09 pm

That's awesome David, wagons are very cool. get the rear compartment timber lined like the current CLS wagons - very nice!
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Post by pastelgrey300D » Mon 06 May, 2019 10:17 am

Pretty sure it would be a one off, I've never seen any pics of other similar conversions, but who knows what is still out there. I do like the way they've retained the finnie boot lock, the tailgate does look very factory, but it is very heavy! I might look at fitting gas struts!
That's awesome David, wagons are very cool. get the rear compartment timber lined like the current CLS wagons - very nice!
That is exactly the look I was going for! Will see how good my woodworking skills are...
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Post by CraigB » Mon 06 May, 2019 9:10 pm

I think that is a really important part of history and glad its in your hands. Representative of a time when proper coach builders and panel beaters would take on a job like that and do it properly. Its funny how 'the market' tends to value the closest to condition that it left the factory, but then i think the really interesting stuff is what was done after but particular to a period. I'm sure the person who commissioned this job would have been really pleased with the outcome and style.
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Post by drew56cus » Tue 07 May, 2019 6:10 am

Ha, the wagon has resurfaced! Good to see. You are doing well to decide to let go of projects to make room for this, I struggle with that. Good luck with the revival.
Those 15" wheels and hubcaps came off my 300SE coupe.
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Post by V8Finny » Tue 14 May, 2019 9:30 pm

Is adding a turbo an option??
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Post by John Green » Thu 16 May, 2019 9:54 am

pastelgrey300D wrote:
Mon 06 May, 2019 10:17 am
Pretty sure it would be a one off, I've never seen any pics of other similar conversions, but who knows what is still out there. I do like the way they've retained the finnie boot lock, the tailgate does look very factory, but it is very heavy! I might look at fitting gas struts!
In the 80's there was a red and cream one that would be parked outside a workshop who did MB's at Harp Junction in east Kew Victoria. Same conversion with an EH wagon grafted on. I think the business was called ProStar and run by Bernard Antravon? Anyone else remember him?
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Post by Ivanerrol » Thu 16 May, 2019 9:11 pm

John Green wrote:
Thu 16 May, 2019 9:54 am
pastelgrey300D wrote:
Mon 06 May, 2019 10:17 am
Pretty sure it would be a one off, I've never seen any pics of other similar conversions, but who knows what is still out there. I do like the way they've retained the finnie boot lock, the tailgate does look very factory, but it is very heavy! I might look at fitting gas struts!
In the 80's there was a red and cream one that would be parked outside a workshop who did MB's at Harp Junction in east Kew Victoria. Same conversion with an EH wagon grafted on. I think the business was called ProStar and run by Bernard Antravon? Anyone else remember him?
There’s a ProStar in Burwood rd Hawthorne. It’s probably the same person.
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Post by John Green » Fri 17 May, 2019 10:11 pm

Ivanerrol wrote:
Thu 16 May, 2019 9:11 pm
There’s a ProStar in Burwood rd Hawthorne. It’s probably the same person.
If you want to have a drool at some 50’s and 60’s SL’s and many other historics go and have a look.
No that prostar is a differant person. Could be the same business, just sold on and moved premisis.
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Post by pastelgrey300D » Mon 20 May, 2019 11:41 am

In the 80's there was a red and cream one that would be parked outside a workshop who did MB's at Harp Junction in east Kew Victoria. Same conversion with an EH wagon grafted on. I think the business was called ProStar and run by Bernard Antravon? Anyone else remember him?
There is a chance that this may be the same car, the last registered address was Donvale VIC, so who knows if it has been repainted since then. I haven't pulled it apart enough to find any previous paint colours.
Is adding a turbo an option??
Yes, fortunately the rules around historic registration here were relaxed a few years ago so I could put on a turbo and see, I have another motor in reserve so I'm not to precious if I put a turbo on and blow the motor that's in there. If I find an old STT kit or even just a cheap chinese ebay turbo and see how it goes. There was a 240D motor with a turbo conversion on gumtree a few months back in Ballarat which I was keeping my eye on but that's since sold.
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Post by Tomas03 » Wed 12 Jun, 2019 11:51 am

Dave
Ron painted the car. From the pics he took I think the car was cream beforehand. When I'm finished moving I'll go through my hard drive and email you the pics.
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