Im a newbie......be gentle

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Simon Dove
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Im a newbie......be gentle

Post by Simon Dove » Tue 20 Dec, 2005 10:58 pm

Hi there ladies and gents,

I have recently purchased my first benz (1971 300sel 3.5) and am having a ball in, around and under it. Its my family truckster and will get plenty of use in the future. Ive had no real problems with it so far, however if the unfortunate does occur i look forward to bringing it to the forums knowledgeable attention.

Cheers,

Simon
:D
71 W109 300SEL 3.5
78 W123 300D
88 W126 420SEL

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Post by OzBenzHead » Tue 20 Dec, 2005 11:54 pm

Simon: Welcome to the pleasures (and occasional trials) of owning a great chariot!

Perhaps you won't wait for problems before you join in here: there's much to learn and share that can make owning a Benz just that much easier, less expensive, and more fun.
OzBenzHead
Currently owned:
1965 W112 300 SE/C
1983 C126 380 SEC

and formerly:
1955 W180 220a
1965 W111 220 S
1970 W108 280 SE (my first Benz)
1973 W116 280 SE Crayford Estate (previously owned by Rolf Harris)
1980 W116 280 SE
1989 W124 300 E
1992 W201 180 E
1992 W201 190 E 2.0
+ numerous W108 and W116 rolling spares

and prior to my M-B enlightenment:
53 other cars of many nations, but mostly British oil-leakers (including 14 Rovers of the 50s and 60s) cursed by Lucas the Prince of Darkness. First car owned (at age 13): 1953 Fiat. Learned to drive in: 1927 Nash utility paddock-basher & Grey Fergie tractor. Driven distance (logged as at 30 June 2016): 4.6 million km.

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Post by CraigB » Wed 21 Dec, 2005 12:25 pm

Welcome Simon, from another Adelaidean.

Just wandering if I know the car? What colour is it and do you mind me asking where you got it from?

Let me know if you want to know anything about the local club. Also happy to help if you need any 'eyes and ears' to help identify if you run into problems. I'm sure you will find this forum a great resource as I have.
Craig Baulderstone
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Post by Hendrik » Wed 21 Dec, 2005 7:52 pm

Speaking of Adelaide 108's, there is a nice looking silver one I have seen in Blackwood a couple of times with grandma and granpa at the controls. I have also seen a nice white coupe around the area (unless that was the rustorers delight for sale in Glenalta).
Also Craig, do you know what the go is with the Blackwood SAFF fuel station? Looks like it is shutting down :cry: Although that premium (95) ethanol blend fuel did not go down well with the 230E :cry: :cry:
Anyway I am hoping to organise a get together for the Adelaide ozvets next year, nothing fancy just a meet and drive to somewhere.

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Post by Simon Dove » Wed 21 Dec, 2005 8:57 pm

Thanks for the warm welcome.

Craig, i bought it from the north east adelaide area, its light blue/gunmetalish in colour. Its got the darkest tint (mafia) ive ever seen, the tints on the to do list. Fairly sound bus (have not found anything major yet) just requires lots of tlc and a spanner here and there.
Cheers,

Simon
71 W109 300SEL 3.5
78 W123 300D
88 W126 420SEL

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Hi Simon

Post by bahnstormer109 » Wed 21 Dec, 2005 9:18 pm

Hi Simon,

congrats on the benz, i love my 300SEL 3.5 and wont part with it for anything. great choice!

enjoy it,

Paolo.
Paolo
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72 300SEL 3.5
82 380SEL
84 280CE
86 560SEL
86 230TE
A good Benz these days is hard to find, so please be gentle with this Benz of mine.

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Post by CraigB » Thu 22 Dec, 2005 12:43 pm

Hi Hendrik (and Simon later in the message)

I am dissapointed and annoyed with the closure of SAFF in Blackwood. Their story is that the property was sold to 'Peregrin' which I believe is smokemart and BP (will it reopen as a 'on the run'?), and that Saff had no control over the closure. The result is that now I have no biodiesel available closer than Pooraka! I know they sold a lot of biodiesel through Blackwood, simply because they would keep running out of it and on one occasion I filled up one car while the tanker was there and came back 2 days later with the other car and they were sold out again. They say they are looking for another southern outlet but I think it is poor management and they have been caught sleeping. What dissapoints me is that they have built this market for a good product and now risk losing it (although I do know that environmentally it is a drop in the ocean and is not going to save the quality of our grandchildrens lives - or maybe great grandchildren.)

Also partly due to discussions on ozvets, I decided on economical diesel vehicles on biodiesel as being my 'least harm' way for the high mileage commuter cars - based on the concept that carbon is not taken from being locked up under the groung in fossil fuel and then released into the atmosphere to add to global warming which might be our most immediate threat. So I have now invested in the diesel vehicles and lost my biodiesel supply. I can still get a 20% biodiesel blend from Upper Sturt, which interestingly still makes them run quieter and hasn't taken much of an edge off the performance. That 20% must still give a significant cetane boost.

Anyway, I might be wrong about the environmental doom and gloom but I see enough evidence to make me think that what we do now is not sustainable and that the sooner we make changes the easier our descendants lives will be. I want my grand children to be able to experience things from the past, like take my gas guzzlers for a run, even if they have to pay a massive price for the fuel to experience it.

Enough ranting on about this stuff, which should be in chit chat I suppose and not the 108/109. Also not having a go at you Simon for having it as your 'family truckster'. I am sure you don't do massive mileage or you wouldn't be able to afford it. By 'reusing' a car rather than going and buying a new one, you are doing much more for global warming anyway by not using all that energy to make the new car.

While I love my 108, I reckon it would be a nice 109 that would see me trading it in, but they are so thin on the ground. I sounds like yours is a good one. The only surprise I had on an earlier 108 was that there was rust hidden in a front jacking point. This is not uncommon where rust starts at the very front of the sill (inside the mudguard) and mud collects back around the jacking point and it rusts out. I suggest using the jack to lift the front wheels and check for movement before you actually get a flat! It wasn't the end of the world and I just cut a section of outer sill away which gave good access to get in and repair the jacking point. Also check that area inside the mudguard. That is the only 'hidden' problem I have found and obviously you have checked over the rest pretty well.

Hendrick, I have seen a bronzey coloured grandma driving grandpa, but not the silver one so will keep my eye out. Also a get together sounds great.
Craig Baulderstone
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Post by Hendrik » Thu 22 Dec, 2005 1:30 pm

CraigB wrote:Hendrick, I have seen a bronzey coloured grandma driving grandpa, but not the silver one so will keep my eye out. Also a get together sounds great.
Could be the one, it has been a while since I have seen it and those metallic colours all look the same if the sun shines on them at the right angle :)
I had all sorts of trouble with blocked fuel filters running B100, a lot better on the B20. Part of the problem is that the fuel filter on the Nissan is nowhwere near the motor so does not get any heat into it to dissolve the fine particles.
That's all we need, a glitzy super fuel station up here in Blackwood. Guess suburbia is catching up to the hills.
Anyway I will put some feelers out in the new year in regards to a 'gentle' cruise through the hills.
Took the 230E for a drive to the Lobethal lights last night and did it enjoy stretching it's legs after extended shopping trolley/taxi duties :lol:

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Post by Simon Dove » Thu 22 Dec, 2005 6:14 pm

I suppose family truckster was a bad description. I also have a pulsar (shopping trolley) and a hilux 4wd (work hack), so the merc only gets the good long runs out of town. Theres nothing better when i pull up at the lights with my 7mth old son giggling and smiling out the window from his baby seat. The looks on the faces of people in "normal cars" is priceless!

Simon
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Post by Hendrik » Thu 22 Dec, 2005 7:53 pm

Simon Dove wrote:I suppose family truckster was a bad description. I also have a pulsar (shopping trolley) and a hilux 4wd (work hack), so the merc only gets the good long runs out of town. Theres nothing better when i pull up at the lights with my 7mth old son giggling and smiling out the window from his baby seat. The looks on the faces of people in "normal cars" is priceless!

Simon
Has he mastered the art of the royal wave and nod of the head to achknowledge the peasants as they go about their mundane lives.
If not, I do give lessons to suitable types :lol: :wink:

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Post by ADow » Fri 23 Dec, 2005 4:42 pm

Simon - great to have another 3.5 owner on the list. I have had mine for about four years now and despite a steady stream of (mainly) minor challenges and considerable expense in restoring it, there is no way I would part with mine. Yesterday we drove it to Victor Harbour to visit my wife's parents. There is nothing more enjoyable (well perhaps not nothing) than a high speed blast on an undulating winding stretch of country road to the subtle soundtrack of that little high revving V8. I particularly enjoy the look on the faces of Commodore and Falcon drivers when we pull out to pass them on an overtaking lane. Juvenile I know, but fun.
This is a great forum and is very supportive people at all levels of expertise/ignorance. I'm on the ignorant end of the spectrum, but Ozvets has helped me understand and appreciate my car in a way that no amount of reading or tinkering will do.

I support Hendrik's idea of having an Adelaide Ozvets gathering.
Alastair
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1980 300D (formerly daughter's) - Heidi - sold
1999 C200 Elegance (currently daughter's)
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Post by Hendrik » Sat 24 Dec, 2005 12:47 am

I did say a 'gentle' drive. Guess you won't be run captain Alastair :lol:

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