W111 280 - Looking for experienced mechanic to finish engine

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W111 280 - Looking for experienced mechanic to finish engine

Post by roxydj » Mon 23 Jul, 2018 5:28 pm

Hello,

I'm aware of the forum rules that discussing suppliers/mechanics is a sensitive topic, and also I'm aware of the amazing work John G and his team is doing down at Canberra (albeit it's somewhat unavailable to us regular earthlings).

I embarked on an engine rebuild on my '68 280 in November 2017, got a brand new cylinder head back when MB Spares was still sourcing parts (big thanks - I don't know how else I could have got one), then in the last 4-5 months somehow the mechanic made no progress. The weeks just kept passing by without any update, any deadlines - today I went and picked up all my bits because I'll have to get someone else to put it together finally.

I'm in far north QLD where there seems to be no chance of finding an experienced professional, who's seen a mechanical fuel pump and would know what to do with the thing. So I kinda resolved to send the car and engine down at least as far as Brissie - if I can get some recommendations from the users. Lots of workshops claim to have the capacity, but it would be very much appreciated if you could share your experiences with me please. It's a rather sizeable gamble...

Many thanks for any PMs or comments.

Zoltan from Cairns

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Re: W111 280 - Looking for experienced mechanic to finish engine

Post by AMG » Mon 23 Jul, 2018 5:43 pm

Is there a need to send the whole car or can you just send the engine?
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Re: W111 280 - Looking for experienced mechanic to finish engine

Post by dynamike » Mon 23 Jul, 2018 6:27 pm

If you're considering Brisbane there's really no way around Ron Bunting if you want an experienced mechanic. If the fuel pump needs work there's not all that many people in Australia who can work on them but again Ron would at least have all the right contacts. He's on the forum here as. Mercmad.
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Re: W111 280 - Looking for experienced mechanic to finish engine

Post by Bartman4800 » Mon 23 Jul, 2018 6:36 pm

+1 On Mercmad

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Re: W111 280 - Looking for experienced mechanic to finish engine

Post by rens1976 » Mon 23 Jul, 2018 6:38 pm

I'd get in contact with Ron. He's located in Rocklea in Brisbane.
You can see his handy work on his website: https://benzkraft.co
A bit of a google and you can find his number. If not PM me and I'll give it to you.
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Re: W111 280 - Looking for experienced mechanic to finish engine

Post by roxydj » Mon 23 Jul, 2018 7:32 pm

AMG wrote:
Mon 23 Jul, 2018 5:43 pm
Is there a need to send the whole car or can you just send the engine?
I just thought sending the engine (spread out in bits) or the car together with the engine, would cost roughly the same: put the car up on a trailer and pay ~$600, then the mechanic has everything they need at hand. But there's definitely no need to send the car down too.

And I'd like to thank everyone for the comments, tomorrow I will get in touch with Ron / Mercmad - this is the kind of enthusiasm that's really good to hear.

(BTW, my gearbox was done by Patrick "Merc-a-Matic" a year and a half ago, and he is out of this world. *****)

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Re: W111 280 - Looking for experienced mechanic to finish engine

Post by John Green » Tue 24 Jul, 2018 7:20 am

If, we were to do the job then we would want the car as well as the engine. Rebuilding it is only the start of the job. It then needs to be tuned correctly so that the new engine gets a good start in life. One very common reason for engine failure on these is that the pumps run way to rich and wash the bores causing excessive wear.

Also if we were to do a job like this, we won't warrant it unless every hose is replace, the radiator serviced, new water pump, etc, etc. There is no point spending good money and then putting it to risk.
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