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W108280s
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Model you own: w108
Region: Victoria
Location: Carnegie

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ! (formerly OZVETS)

Post by W108280s » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 12:28 pm

Hello,

New Melbourne based member here, recently entered the classic Mercedes-Benz market and purchased an entry level W108 280s, in quintessential 70's Maple Yellow.

It's a 72' floor shift auto, which interests me as most common ones I came across when searching were all column shifts. Are the floor shifts generally more sought after?

It was registered and running since new essentially. Its well looked after and infrequently driven, ready to get in and enjoy. I'm wanting to switch to matching hubcaps, so the bundt wheels and it's sheep skin seat covers will be available for sale if anyone is interested?

Happy to hear on recommendations on parts sourcing or reputable repairers in the SE metro region.

Thanks,
Paul
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CraigB
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Model you own: I own multiple different models
Location: Hawthorndene (Adelaide)

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Post by CraigB » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 2:04 pm

Welcome. '72 is very late for a W108. Will no doubt have the same vented discs that the V8's had and this was standardised with the brakes at the end of production. Certainly less floor shifts around and i think they are desirable - so unless i am an oddity I reckon that makes them sought after and it made a difference when i bought my second 108 that had floor shift and sunroof. I think the bundts were probably more common on the later cars, and looking back I think they were considered desirable and a feature for people selling cars, but i like the look of the hubcaps too. When looking for replacement steel wheels, they would have been 14 x 6 but 6.5 which the V8's had would bolt straight on. Hubcaps all the same. The late wheels i am pretty sure would have round holes and fins at the back to help with brake cooling. They are the same as W107 and also W116, which will help the search - 6's on the 6cyl and 6.5 on 8cyl generally. I'm pretty sure that's correct but to check, you look between the bolt holes, the wheel has a date stamp with the month and year eg. 3 - 72. Also a part number starting with 108. But any 108 part number wheel (fins or no fins, holes or slots) will bolt on and be covered by the hubcap.
Craig Baulderstone
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL Ruby
300TE Otto
350SL Gloria
350SLC Lurch
450SEL Boris
500SEC's...including Syd
560SEL's Foufou and Zac

iredellt
Dernburg Wagon
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Joined: Sun 09 Jun, 2019 6:46 pm
Model you own: w126
Region: Western Australia
Location: Perth

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Post by iredellt » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 5:56 pm

Hi

New member, no benz currently but looking slowly for a W126 SEC.

Cheers

Tristan

CraigB
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Post by CraigB » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 7:22 pm

Welcome - Lots of good W126 knowledge in Perth - look for a thread on here about gatherings in Perth - great guys to chat to and look at their cars to gather knowledge to help in the search
Craig Baulderstone
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL Ruby
300TE Otto
350SL Gloria
350SLC Lurch
450SEL Boris
500SEC's...including Syd
560SEL's Foufou and Zac

iredellt
Dernburg Wagon
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun 09 Jun, 2019 6:46 pm
Model you own: w126
Region: Western Australia
Location: Perth

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Post by iredellt » Tue 11 Jun, 2019 10:01 pm

Welcome - Lots of good W126 knowledge in Perth - look for a thread on here about gatherings in Perth - great guys to chat to and look at their cars to gather knowledge to help in the search
Thanks Craig... I have been looking at a 560sec in NSW, has some lorinser parts and needs some work... let's see...

GazzaSel
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Joined: Thu 13 Jun, 2019 3:37 am
Model you own: w126
Region: Victoria
Location: Melbourne

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Post by GazzaSel » Thu 13 Jun, 2019 3:46 am

G'day everyone, I'm new to this forum and also to Mercedes Benz, been a car enthusiast for a very long time and always wanted a w126 SEL so I baught one recently, now let the fun begin!
Gary :wave:

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Post by CraigB » Thu 13 Jun, 2019 1:35 pm

Welcome - great car - lots of interest in them and advice on here.

Also Irredellt - lots of advice on here about what to look for in that 560 - biggest tip is to open the boot and reach up to basically the underside of the rear window - very common to rust her and big job to repair - not terminal but you want to factor in a fair bit for repairing that. Other things are more obvious.
Craig Baulderstone
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL Ruby
300TE Otto
350SL Gloria
350SLC Lurch
450SEL Boris
500SEC's...including Syd
560SEL's Foufou and Zac

iredellt
Dernburg Wagon
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun 09 Jun, 2019 6:46 pm
Model you own: w126
Region: Western Australia
Location: Perth

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ! (formerly OZVETS)

Post by iredellt » Fri 14 Jun, 2019 11:09 am

CraigB wrote:
Thu 13 Jun, 2019 1:35 pm
Welcome - great car - lots of interest in them and advice on here.

Also Irredellt - lots of advice on here about what to look for in that 560 - biggest tip is to open the boot and reach up to basically the underside of the rear window - very common to rust her and big job to repair - not terminal but you want to factor in a fair bit for repairing that. Other things are more obvious.
Thanks CraigB

Yes, I have done my homework and read a number of the guides on here - what a wealth of information, really great stuff - I was wondering if anyone knew the car (Pajett red) in particular or if it was advertised one here (I don't think I have access to the for sale section). I guess a PPI from a merc specialist will catch all this in any event and I have asked the relevant question (I am in a different state unfortunately).

Cheers!

CraigB
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Post by CraigB » Fri 14 Jun, 2019 10:08 pm

I see you have 4 posts - one more and their should be no more restrictions (just there to filter out scammers) - eg. for sale. Check out Ozbenz facebook too, maybe the SEC Australian one..... can't remember where but I have seen a couple of red 560 for sale for reasonable money - although long enough ago that if good you would think it would have sold. There was one in Queensland I think, that sounded good but with some things to be done, from memory guy was old and ill and sold cheaply...... and i think a guy Ray Rayman Axisa bought it (while everyone else was busy bagging it etc) - I don't know Ray but if you look at his posts I think he has a business fixing them. If it that's all correct - and by giving his full facebook name you can search that on Ozbenz facebook - then the timing is probably about right for the car to be fixed and turned over..... Where is it advertised?
Craig Baulderstone
280s's
280SE3.5
280SL Ruby
300TE Otto
350SL Gloria
350SLC Lurch
450SEL Boris
500SEC's...including Syd
560SEL's Foufou and Zac

iredellt
Dernburg Wagon
Posts: 5
Joined: Sun 09 Jun, 2019 6:46 pm
Model you own: w126
Region: Western Australia
Location: Perth

Re: Welcome to OZBENZ! (formerly OZVETS)

Post by iredellt » Sat 15 Jun, 2019 3:51 pm

Thanks Craig, perhaps I’ll send a PM to avoid clogging the welcome thread!

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