What did you do to your Finnie today?

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Post by ToddK » Fri 08 Nov, 2013 11:34 am

I took the 300SE for a 200km drive with the local club, including a couple of freeway stretches at 110+km/h. Drove beautifully, didn't miss a beat and didn't get over 180* on the temp gauge. At 110km/h, it still has plenty of power left for overtaking. It was nice to get the car out of the garage and drive it. Cruising along with the Becker Europa playing put a big smile on my dial.

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Post by Mercmad » Mon 18 Nov, 2013 8:05 am

Ispent most of the week end under Franken benz replacing his front crossmember...
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It's turned into a bit of a mission as there a few things requiring attention . The humidity didn't help either... :laughing6:
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Post by drew56cus » Fri 22 Nov, 2013 9:05 pm

It's turned into a bit of a mission as there a few things requiring attention
Gulp... Do I need to go back to work to fatten my wallet up??!!
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Post by eddie » Fri 22 Nov, 2013 9:46 pm

Hey mercmad, what's holding up the engine in that photo??
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Post by Mercmad » Mon 02 Dec, 2013 7:59 am

Iuse a engine support rod. It runs over the engine and a sling runs under. i tighten it up and it takes the weight of the axle.
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It's useful when driving older benzes with the rubber mount bushes over two post hoists too and saves damaging the expensive bushes by not allowing them to be stretched.
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Post by eddie » Mon 02 Dec, 2013 8:44 am

Nice work Mercmad, I've seen that in the factory manual but not in practice, is that a DIY setup?
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Post by Mercmad » Mon 02 Dec, 2013 2:18 pm

Just a DIY thing. I had sdome peices of Chromoly laying about so I have a nice light weight tool which is mega strong :laughing6:

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Post by eri67 » Tue 10 Dec, 2013 6:27 pm

My mate and i went rust hunting on my aus assembled 61 220se we found only a couple of little holes in the floors a small patch in in rear wheel wells the usual just in front of the front wheels, but found the thing to be really solid, the sills etc are great!

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Post by cuisses » Fri 13 Dec, 2013 9:34 am

Mercmad wrote:If you want really long lasting lasting exhuast hangers,go to repco and ask for holden commode ones. The only good part on a holden are the excellent rubber hangers. VK to VS i think. They are super tough to fit but the exhaust will stay put for years.

The two hangers on my W108 broke off at the bottom [Yes I know this the Finnie forum, but I'm just continuing the theme] - so I went and bought Commodore ones ($6 for two at Autopro). Ron says to use the Holden part, and given his usual opinion of Holdens, there must be a good reason. I have however to disagree with Mercmad on one point - they are in fact pretty easy to put on - Ron must be using his bare hands. :laughing6:

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(1) Put hangers in ice water or in the freezer. Rubber is softer when it is cold (all physicists should know this), so it will be easier to stretch when cold. If you don't believe me, hang a weight from an elastic band when hot and when cold.

(2) Use floor jack to gently lift the exhaust.

(3) Put hanger on lower hook first, then use a screwdriver to lever it on the upper hook.

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Post by Mercmad » Fri 13 Dec, 2013 11:14 am

I was using my....never mind. :laughing6: On the later Mercs the rubbers actually bear a startling similarity to the commodore part... but without the eye watering price.

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Post by drew56cus » Sun 22 Dec, 2013 10:03 pm

Which one?
- Picked Frankenbenz up from Mercmad. It now has the suspension and steering working right!
- Pulled the blown 280 motor and manual trans from the racing finnie.
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- played musical cars. Moved the 250SE coupe out of the way so I could work on the racing finnie (far top of the pic). Bought in a W126 donor (hoping to use the M110 block to rebuild the 280 motor plus the handbrake parts that were munched because the PO's mechanic took the brake rotors off and used long wheel bolts :cussing: , and some bits for the blue 500SEC).
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- Considered buying my wife some flowers to top up the brownie point bucket, considering that the house is currently resembling a wrecking yard...
It is nice to have some holidays and be able to progress things though.
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Post by pastelgrey300D » Sun 22 Dec, 2013 11:34 pm

- Considered buying my wife some flowers to top up the brownie point bucket, considering that the house is currently resembling a wrecking yard...
We should have our wives switch numbers so they can have a good vent about our respective car yards! Although your 7 beats my 5!(and yes that is an engine and trans under the tarp sitting in what is meant to be our outdoor entertaining area! :pale: ).
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On the Finnie front today I did manage to make up a new clutch hose and fit the new clutch master cylinder. Plus my package from MB spares arrived with some much needed shifter linkages and a very shiny new hengst oil filter. Such bling!

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Post by Mercmad » Wed 01 Jan, 2014 8:27 am

An engine is not entertaining? what is it? commodore V6?

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Post by Mercmad » Tue 21 Jan, 2014 4:13 pm

Went to the gold coast today ,that strange place on the south east part of Queensland. Long day though,first dropped off a front axle at Drews place (7AM) went over to the other side of Brisbane in the morning slug race and picked up a reclining Bench seat for a finny ....yehaaaaa!! For those who remember the three Finnys on Gumtree at Beaudesert for sale, this seat came from one of those cars . A young guy here had bought them but decided he couldn't be bothered working on cars and sold them to someone named Chris... (anyone here?_ ) .
So after I dropped the seat off at home I headed on down to the GC to Dave Waltons. I was going to have a look at a pair of 250 M108 engines he has there. Both were buggered,having sat outside for years. I needed the engine for Zebs finny so I bought a coupe/cab Bonnet (280SE 3.5 W111 no less!) and a four bolt alloy torque converter. and headed back up the motorway. thank goodness for aircon ,with near 40 C heat outside . Dave wants to retire so anyone in Brisbane looking for cheap W108 parts, give them a call at nerang road South port.

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Post by Mercmad » Sun 09 Feb, 2014 8:58 pm

I fitted the reclining bench seat into my station wagon. Damn thing weighs a ton!! and if anyone wants the old one which is also a bench seat but non reclining, they can come and take it away.
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Post by cuisses » Sun 09 Feb, 2014 9:29 pm

Mercmad wrote: Damn thing weighs a ton!!
You will have to find a big woman to test it out with. :laughing6:
- and no, this isn't a request for you to post another one of your extensive collection of scantily clad babes in Mercedes images, but go ahead if you must.
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Post by Mercmad » Mon 10 Feb, 2014 8:35 pm

If you need an assistant there is a willing young woman here in Brisbane who might just what you need.Is this what you were meaning ... :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6:
http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/brisbane ... 1037842151
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Post by Mercmad » Mon 10 Feb, 2014 8:54 pm

Oh...you mean this?
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Or this

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Post by cuisses » Mon 10 Feb, 2014 9:07 pm

I think we should all stay clear of "Barbie" - she claims to be learning "fire tricks", and owning a D-Jet means this is exactly the kind of thing I am trying to avoid.

The yellow one is certainly spot-on for a Benz, although she does look a bit worried: "I hope nobody notices the aftermarket rims."
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Post by Mercmad » Tue 11 Feb, 2014 8:10 am

I see there are a lot of those adverts for women looking for work and I suspect it is adverts for hookers to get around gum trees rules on the matter, especially the age old " french lessons" heading. ..ha ha h

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Post by Mercmad » Tue 11 Feb, 2014 8:15 am

drew56cus wrote:ent]
- W126 donor (hoping to use the M110 block to rebuild the 280 motor
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Cheers, Drew
Won't work Drew, There's nowhere for the injection pump to mount or be driven from. I 'think" Rob N still has a 280SE block which could be used though.

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Post by pastelgrey300D » Mon 03 Mar, 2014 10:32 am

I found out why my 190 was so difficult to fuel up - sometimes the pump would click off straight away and I would have to spend 10 minutes trying to put fuel in at a slow trickle - other times it would be fine but fuel would splash back out from the filler neck and I'd come home smelling like an amateur arsonist. Any guesses as to what the culprit was?
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I only noticed it because it was early morning and the sun caught the edge of it. So depending on the angle that I put the nozzle in, it was either hitting the edge of the funnel and splashing back or the nozzle was going in the funnel and causing the nozzle to click off because the other end of the funnel was against the bottom of the tank. So I hope that is the only 'foreign object' in the tank. I remember when I removed the fuel tank on my '64 Mini for the first time I found 3 of these funnel ends and the internals of 2 locking fuel caps inside.

Anyway the real reason I was attempting to get fuel into the car was so there was plenty in there to get two of my friends to the church on time...
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We were there 5 minutes early so mission accomplished! :dance:
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Post by Tomas03 » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 5:12 pm

I spent 8 hours bleeding my brakes after putting my new master cylinder in :whistle:

I made a couple of mistakes along the way. :wall:
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Post by konrad » Thu 06 Mar, 2014 8:06 pm

Gazed at it wistfully and pondered the future when I could turn the key and hear the motor spring to life. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh
And paid deposit for work to start on re-building fuel injection system in Qld.

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Post by Brad220S » Mon 07 Apr, 2014 5:01 pm

Due to being busy building my new house. Poor car has been neglected. Being 120km from where i live now didn't help.
house finished, getting married this weekend and using it.
After 5 months asleep after about 30 second turning over she fired right up.
Forgot how beautiful it is to drive. Nicer than my daily.
Nice drive to its new home at 65mph.

Now much cleaning to do before this weekend

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Post by drew56cus » Tue 08 Apr, 2014 7:13 am

Geez you are having a big year Brad. I hope you can scrub up as well as the car does for the big day! May it all go well (and the next 50-odd years).
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Post by Mercmad » Tue 08 Apr, 2014 8:30 am

I dont think Drew meant that getting married was a bad thing... :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6: :laughing6:

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Post by Brad220S » Tue 08 Apr, 2014 10:15 am

Thanks Drew.
I can say now with good authority, never ever build a house and plan a wedding at the same time!
The only good thing about it is when your stressed with one thing you have something else you can focus on

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Post by Brad220S » Tue 29 Apr, 2014 3:05 pm

Well, wedding and honeymoon done and dusted.

Day before wedding day, open the bonnet and there is crap everywhere. Hmmmm check the water, used about 750mL. Never used water before.
Looking at the mess, seems a leak from the top radiator hose over the fan then spraying everywhere. No time to really think about it, so off to supercrap auto. Found a VS Commodore hose, same diameter, and straight enough to cut two hoses out of it (mine still has the 2 bubble hoses with the metal pipe joiner)
Worked a treat it appears. But will invest in some new proper hoses soon.

Wedding day. The cars looked a million dollars (bridesmaids used a later 280SEL owned buy a good friend)
First time my Father had actually driven my car any real distance (was about 25km to the church) was especially nervous on the way back when I was in the car!
Got some great photos, i've seen a couple, can't wait until i get them all.

End of the night, photographer wanted some photos of us leaving, I suggested we'll drive off in the Finnie.
Wasn't the best idea, backing it out of where it was parked it was very dark, carefully I backed into what I thought was a small shub, thinking, soon as i see it move, i'll stop. Well small shrub was actually a 2 foot round tree stump covered is a vine.
Needless to say it didn't move.
Result one dent about 5cm in diameter round in the bumper. Luckily no other damage.

Lets just say, it was pretty hard to smile for the next few photos. But they did turn out great!

So now, get fixed, track down one of the repro bars or just leave it as a "story"

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Post by pastelgrey300D » Tue 29 Apr, 2014 3:41 pm

Congratulations Brad! Would be great to see some pics when you get a chance! Shame about the bumper, maybe you could get a trees for life sticker or something like that to cover the dent... ;)
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Post by T-Modell » Tue 29 Apr, 2014 4:59 pm

Brad220S wrote:Well, wedding and honeymoon done and dusted.

...
Result one dent about 5cm in diameter round in the bumper. Luckily no other damage.
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Brad,

I'd leave it in and call it "patina". Story for your kids:
You know, when Mum and Dad got married, we couldn't afford a hotel for our wedding night. Our car was parked very close to a pillar and I forgot to put the handbrake on. So the car started rocking back and forth ... :laughing6: :laughing6:
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Post by sf0999 » Sun 04 May, 2014 7:23 pm

Congratulations Brad, great photos too.

I've had my finnie out today in a motorkhana at Ansell Park. Not an ideal car for a motorkhana, but I had a great time. Last Saturday we did another rally and covered 700km during the day. The car performed faultlessly, did get a little dusty....

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Post by cuisses » Sun 04 May, 2014 8:27 pm

Great photos of the bride, Brad. Looks like a great day.

The second and third last photos of the car show what a classic it is. A timeless design in a period environment.
[Actually it isn't very timeless, the fins date it fairly precisely, but you know what I mean.]
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Post by cuisses » Sun 04 May, 2014 8:32 pm

sf0999 wrote: I've had my finnie out today in a motorkhana at Ansell Park. Not an ideal car for a motorkhana...
You can say that again. A column shift W111! Why not make things more difficult next time and use an Adenauer? :laughing5:
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cuisses wrote:
sf0999 wrote: I've had my finnie out today in a motorkhana at Ansell Park. Not an ideal car for a motorkhana...
You can say that again. A column shift W111! Why not make things more difficult next time and use an Adenauer? :laughing5:
And I know just the car too...
http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C486160

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Mercmad wrote:
cuisses wrote:
sf0999 wrote: I've had my finnie out today in a motorkhana at Ansell Park. Not an ideal car for a motorkhana...
You can say that again. A column shift W111! Why not make things more difficult next time and use an Adenauer? :laughing5:
And I know just the car too...
http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C486160

That would be a wonderful car to own, but I don't have a spare $125K, and nor do I have a heavy vehicle licence.
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cuisses wrote:
sf0999 wrote: I've had my finnie out today in a motorkhana at Ansell Park. Not an ideal car for a motorkhana...
You can say that again. A column shift W111! Why not make things more difficult next time and use an Adenauer? :laughing5:
Especially the "Reverse Tee" -forward from the gate, the stop and reverse through the whole slalom -twice. Steering was heavy -one handed as I was looking out the back window. Wish I had the camera in the car.

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Post by Brad220S » Mon 05 May, 2014 3:25 pm

Saw an Adenauer getting around the Sydney CBD in the middle of the day. Was worn out just watching him wheel that thing around!

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by pastelgrey300D » Mon 05 May, 2014 5:26 pm

Great pics Brad, very elegant! Love this shot:
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Steve, does your Finnie have power steering? Or do you just have tree-trunk biceps?! I'd love to rescue a Finnie and use it as a motorkhana/rallycross car - along with you Steve there are plenty of others out there tearing up the dirt.

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Big Daddy » Mon 05 May, 2014 5:41 pm

Congratulations Brad. You make a lovely couple and the car looks stunning.

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by sf0999 » Fri 09 May, 2014 8:15 pm

Results are in from the motorkhana. 2nd out of 6 in the class, 18th of 28 overall. I can not say I was even a remote threat to the serious competitors, and the 4 I beat in the class were very ordinary, but it is just anyone way to enjoy the Finnie.

Incidentally, the great Harry Firth passed away recently. Harry was a legendary driver and team manager, noted for assembling remarkable race teams (Holden Dealer Team amongst others) and also for spotting young talented drivers (he gave Peter Brock his start at Bathurst). Harry teamed up with another motorsport legend, Bob Jane, to steer the wining car in the 1961, 1962 and 1963 Armstrong 500 -Australia's greatest motor race. Originally at Philip Island and from 1963 it moved to Bathurst. Why is this relevant?, well their car of choice in 1961 was a 220SE....
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by cuisses » Fri 09 May, 2014 9:30 pm

Steve, from that list, you appear to have had the "worst" car for this event, so you have done very well. The other cars might have beaten you, but there isn't one on the list that I would prefer to a finnie, particularly in a significant crash.
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Big Daddy » Sat 10 May, 2014 12:04 am

Speaking of the Armstrong 500, a 220SE should have won the 1960 race as well but the car driven by the Youl brothers blew a tyre and rolled in the final stages. A Vauxhall Cresta driven by Frank Coad and John Roxburgh were about a lap behind and were nominated as the winners. I've owned both a 62 Cresta and a 62 220SE and there is no comparison between the cars. No wonder the 220SEs dominated the subsequent races.
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Greg in Oz » Sat 10 May, 2014 9:11 pm

sf0999 wrote:Results are in from the motorkhana. 2nd out of 6 in the class, 18th of 28 overall. I can not say I was even a remote threat to the serious competitors, and the 4 I beat in the class were very ordinary, but it is just anyone way to enjoy the Finnie...
Steve,

I would not be ashamed of that performance. Your 2nd place in Class D was only a couple of seconds behind "Mr Motorkhana" himself, Ernie Boston in his much-more-suited-to-motorkhanas Honda Civic. Ernie has long been a serious motorkhana competitor (for longer than the 36 years I have known him) and only his health issues are slowing him now. For you to get close to his total time in a column-shift manual 220S without power steer is quite an achievement. Having driven several of my Mercs occasionally in motorkhanas, I can say they are certainly not suited to this form of motorsport. Motorkhanas for me were for many years in my Mini Clubman GT and more recently in my Mini-based motorkhana special. Smaller cars (and 4WD and to some extent FWD) are much better suited. Had I known you were having a run, I could have brought my boys and the special out for the day for a run. Looking at the results I notice there weren't any specials having a run. Either one of my boys or I would have been guaranteed a class win!

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by ToddK » Mon 19 May, 2014 6:25 pm

Pick my car up from my local trusted workshop after having the engine and transmission mounts replaced and the exhaust system repaired. I can't believe what a difference it has made to the smoothness of the ride. I can now appreciate how great the air suspension works, as well as the overall W112 quality is. It truly has to be experienced to be appreciated. I love driving this car.

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Big Daddy » Tue 20 May, 2014 9:28 pm

At last I can contribute to this listing. So, I took the car for a spin and transferred the rego to historic plates. I got underneath and rotated the exhaust clamp and now it goes down the driveway - just. Looks like I either have the exhaust pipe raised and use my 13 inch wheels and white walls or stay with the 195 75 14 tyres. It got a wash and polish and it presents well however there is only so much you can do with 50 year old paint. It does look good from a distance. The clutch fluid reservoir was empty (!!) but it still operates properly after a top up. That's another thing to follow up. I also found some decent sized concealed rust holes in both front wheel wells near the sills. They were covered with some sort of fabric and then over-coated with sealer. The sills look reasonably good but will also need minor work as will doors etc. What I do need to repair soon is the driver's door stay. The mounting has come away completely from the door and will need welding back into place.

The good thing is that the previous owner is sending me the data card as well as a roll of correct blue carpet he bought at Techno Classico in Essen for re-trimming as he no longer has a use for it.
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by pastelgrey300D » Wed 11 Jun, 2014 5:14 pm

Finally got mine to crank over! After replacing the battery earth cable and engine earthing strap, cleaning every cable connection, terminal and replacing all nuts, bolts and washers with new, covering all connections in electrolube, charging the battery and taking the battery to be tested, I swapped the starter motor over with a known good one and all is good now! That parts car I bought for $150 has paid for itself several times over... at least I know that every electrical connection under the bonnet is spot on now too!

My brother and mum are over in the USA at the moment so will be bringing a fast glow plug kit back with them in a few weeks so on to the next job...
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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by John Green » Fri 13 Jun, 2014 10:28 pm

Took it to Sydney for a new coat of paint....

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Re: What did you do to your Finnie today?

Post by Big Daddy » Mon 30 Jun, 2014 8:16 pm

Well, actually it was yesterday. I took the car for a decent drive along some winding roads and then gave it a squirt on the highway. My experience with column shifts has always been Australian or English cars and the 230 has such a smooth and gentle change that it took a little while to adjust my driving. This is a fun car to drive and I like the growl of the engine and its responsiveness when you give it a bit of stick. I really need to change the almost 30 year old tyres before I get too adventurous.

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