Going to pick up my first Mercedes

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Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Wed 10 Oct, 2018 1:25 pm

G’day

I had a bit of help from a few dudes on here looking at cars for me and due to work being rained out this morning in Sydney I booked a ticket to Brisbane to pick up my first Merc.

It’s meant to be a big storm in Brisbane this afternoon so I hope the windscreen wipers work well.

It’s a 1971 280S auto.

I’ll snap a photo weather permitting.

Scott

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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Bartman4800 » Wed 10 Oct, 2018 2:23 pm

It's all right, you can call us by name :laughing6:

Good luck, and keep us posted!


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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by T-Modell » Wed 10 Oct, 2018 5:11 pm

Hi,
exciting day for you! Good luck, that's always special.
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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Thu 11 Oct, 2018 5:43 pm

The car went fine from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast (visit my mum) and the big storm missed me. The dash lights don’t work so I couldn’t tell how fast I was going and a few other little things not working, but still happy with the car. It’s so nice to drive.

Driving around today up here it has a bad miss or maybe flat spot going up hills so the drive home to Sydney tomorrow might be interesting. I think I’ll leave early and just take my time as the car runs fine on the flat road up to 110km/hr.

I couldn’t work out how to resize photos to put up here so I will get that sorted when I get home and my daughter can show me.

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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by CraigB » Thu 11 Oct, 2018 7:09 pm

simple trick with the dash lights that often works - the knob on the instrument panel is to adjust the brightness and often the rheostat I guess corrodes a bit. Work it back and forth a bit and often it will make contact and work.

flat spot could be to do with blockage or worn seal in accelerator pump jet, but that shouldn't bother you too much once it is up and running. Pull it back a gear manually and get the revs up before putting your foot down to pass (if need to) might work in your favour. Good luck.
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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Thu 11 Oct, 2018 11:15 pm

I tried the dimmer knob thing after Bart told me about it but it still doesn’t work.

I’m not running to any schedule to get to Sydney so I’ll just see what happens. I can do it in the Prado on one tank of fuel in 11 hours. I don’t think I’ll make it in 12 hours tomorrow and reckon I’ll stop more than once for fuel.

Thanks for the well wishes I reckon she’ll be right. I love this car so regardless of how it treats me tomorrow I think we will get on just fine.

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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Fri 12 Oct, 2018 12:38 pm

So far so good.

When it rains I get a drip on my ankle, but the windscreen wipers are good enough and I’ve got a T shirt to delist the screen so that’s all good.

But about 500m before I pulled onto the highway this morning the speedo started to make a noise that got worse as time went by to the point it was annoying AF and with no tunes to drown out this noise it was going to be a long trip.

About one and a half hours into the trip I slowed to about 20mph for traffic and the noise went away and has only come back briefly.

I’m currently just outside of Grafton getting some go juice and with 256 miles on the clock the car took 63L.

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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Pete49 » Fri 12 Oct, 2018 12:53 pm

So about 18.3 Mpg. It might improve with a tune up if its a carby unit. sounds like your having fun and thats what its all about.
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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by John Green » Fri 12 Oct, 2018 1:11 pm

Scottyx wrote:
Fri 12 Oct, 2018 12:38 pm
But about 500m before I pulled onto the highway this morning the speedo started to make a noise that got worse as time went by to the point it was annoying AF and with no tunes to drown out this noise it was going to be a long trip.

About one and a half hours into the trip I slowed to about 20mph for traffic and the noise went away and has only come back briefly.
The grease in the speedo head has gone hard over the years. This causes the chatter in the shaft, you need to pull it out and get an instrument specialist to look at it. We use Ringwood Speedo's in Melbourne.
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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Fri 12 Oct, 2018 8:20 pm

Made it.

Somewhere around the 13 hour mark with the only issue being the 2 arcs scratched in the windscreen from the wipers right in front of the drivers seat.

Not good, but hardly a major problem.

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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 6:32 pm

Man I love this car and the engineers that made it.

The drivers door did not lock or unlock via the key although the key would rotate in the lock.

I pulled the door trim to have a look for a fallen off linkage like what I might see on a Mazda or Ford etc, but these cars don't have linkages. So I keep looking and can't work out why when turning the key it is not engaging with the mechanism to either lock or unlock the door (raise or lower the button thing). I pulled the outer door handle off to look at it and try work out why this cam type mechanism is not sticking out far enough or going into the door far enough so it will engage with the part it should be touching.

OK I'll unscrew this little cam thing on the back of the door handle to have a look and stuff me as I turn this screw it brings this cam in or out so when I put the outer door handle back on this part is now going into the door further to mate with the lock mechanism.

Who do I thank for being such a smart barstard and making such a flipping cool door lock mechanism.

Now I can lock the car when I park it at the shops.

I hope fixing the central locking will be just as easy. I know it will be fun and maybe not too hard as the vacuum hose from the inlet manifold has been removed from what looks like a one way valve up near the fire wall and it has been blocked off with a screw. I don't think it will be that easy, but I reckon it can't hurt to hook it up.

When I work out re sizing photos I will chuck a few up here.

Back to the garage.......

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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by T-Modell » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 6:41 pm

Great that you made it! One tip from a long-time Merc driver: Get knee-protectors, it helps admiring the car :laughing6:

Have fun with it
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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 6:58 pm

Test photos
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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 6:59 pm

I’ll try put one of the car
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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 7:08 pm

So I hooked up the vacuum hose under the bonnet that was disconnected and plugged.

The driver side rear door works as it should when operating the drivers door lock.

The passenger side rear door try’s to operate but can’t quite get there.

The passenger side front door lock operates in reverse of what the drivers door lock is doing. I hope the vacuum lines can be switched around to fix this and the rear door on the passenger side hopefully it’s a crimped vacuum line or something easy.

Beer time time. Car time tomorrow.

Did I mention I love this car.

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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by CraigB » Sat 13 Oct, 2018 10:29 pm

Car looks great and i agree re the engineering, such simplicity and it all works so well, all adjusts, all rebuildable - almost like that was the pinnacle and ever since in trying to improve on the design it all got more complicated. That's oversimplifying things a bit and later cars handle better, more power, economy etc., but I think about the W116 I have here and all the extra vacuum in the heating system and the nightmare trying to get all that right and W126 with climate control and all sorts of other 'clever' features, non rebuildable bits etc. I love well engineered simplicity!

Often when locks are slow it means there is a leak in that diaphragm. I'm guessing the fact they blocked it off means there is a reasonably constant leak. I am pretty sure you can buy the diaphragms fairly cheap and the units can be dismantled , and repaired. Somewhere on here I am sure someone put a link up to a supplier or ebay listing, but that was a fair while ago. If nobody responds I will have a look and if you find something i am interested - will probably need to do mine. Its not unusual for there to be leaks in joiners or line into the vac tank in the guard. Vacuum pumps with gauge are really cheap now on ebay and its a handy tool for this sort of thing. You can easily isolate what parts of the system are leaking. A bit of fiddling around but great when the system works.

And pretty sure reversing the lines will reverse direction.
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Re: Going to pick up my first Mercedes

Post by Scottyx » Mon 15 Oct, 2018 5:01 am

It was pouring rain way to hard Sunday morning for a bike ride, but I don't get too wet driving the Merc and with new wiper blades fitted it seemed silly not to go for a drive.

When I got home I pulled the rear seat out so I could replace the wiring to the speakers in the parcel shelf along with the speakers. I found the carpet to be quite wet just inside both rear doors so I think door seals are on the agenda and also a rear window rubber.

While I was fiddling around pulling out the old wiring for the stereo from the fuse box I saw a blown fuse so obviously I replaced it and bugger me my heater fan works now which I way easier than pulling out the heater box or control switch. The brake lights also now work which is just an added bonus as I never checked them before.

Sure is plenty of room to work on this thing.

I also ordered a Mityvac vacuum pump so I can get to the bottom of the central locking.

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