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2022-08-09 11:03
It was back in April 2018 when I got a call from Greg at Gullwing Motors, telling me to come in as he had a car that I might be interested in. Oooh, this sounded exciting, what was it?! I co… Read More
Auto Brunch St Ives August 2022
2022-08-07 07:10
Today I attended the monthly Auto Brunch event at St Ives Showground.   This is easily the best cars and coffee event in Sydney.   There is always a huge variety on displ… Read More
Stuck W116 Ignition Barrel – Part 1
2022-07-25 00:50
I was quite keen to start using the 280SE more now I have sorted out the steering, exhaust and drivers seat.    I don’t have a modern car, so I rotate the various historic re… Read More
W116 Seat Repair
2022-07-24 00:54
Now I had the 280SE at the point where I could drive it more, I wanted to attend to the drivers seat.   Like most of these cars, years of driving had caused at least some of the sp… Read More
280SE W116 Exhaust System
2022-07-22 03:03
The final things preventing me from turning the 280SE from a garage queen to a rolling restoration was getting the exhaust sorted out.   It really was a mess.   The rear… Read More
W116 280SE Drag Link And Tie Rod Ends
2022-07-21 04:26
My next job on the 280SE project was replacing the drag link and tie rod ends.   Of the six ball joins in the steering, two were really bad, and the others were all quite old.&nbsp&hell…Read More
Nardi Steering Wheel For My 450SLC
2022-07-14 05:23
I generally like to keep my cars stock.   The exception to that is period accessories that are totally reversible.    Things that the first owner may have wanted to do to… Read More
Planning Becker Radio Installs
2022-07-11 12:31
In the two years of owning my 560SEL, one of the things I have appreciated is the original Becker CD player.   I’ve owned many classic Mercedes-Benz models over the years, bu… Read More
The Mercedes W116 In Australia
2022-07-06 12:28
The W116 Mercedes is no longer a common sight on the roads of Australia.   Yet, at one time, it was quite prevalent.   With a 450SEL costing more than 8 times an equivale… Read More
Rebuilt Mercedes Brake Calipers
2022-06-26 06:10
I attempted to attend the MBCNSW May night drive with two separate cars.   Coincidently, I had the same brake issue with both cars.   On both cases I experienced a soft b… Read More
50 Years Of The Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2022-06-19 05:41
The S-Class is probably the signature model for Mercedes-Benz.   Personally it’s what I think of when I think of the brand.   When I think Porsche, I think rear eng… Read More
USA Junkyard Visit 2022
2022-06-08 06:14
I’m currently in the USA for work.   I arrived the day before the event I am attending, so had a couple of hours to spare before work started.   I’m in Las Ve… Read More
Auto Brunch St Ives June 2022
2022-06-05 04:20
Due to COVID, bad weather and other commitments, it had been a while since I attend the Auto Brunch event at St. Ives showground.   March 2021 to be exact.   I finally ma… Read More
K-Jet Fuel Pressure Test Part 4
2022-05-22 10:01
I’ve been trying to narrow down poor running on my 79 280SE when cold.   Previously, I had two issues I was trying to narrow down, high control pressure when cold, and after… Read More
MBCNSW Cars And Coffee – May 2022
2022-05-22 05:52
Last year the MBCNSW was planning a Paul Bracq day.   That event had to be cancelled due to COVID.   I had heard it was supposed to happen this year, so I put the date in… Read More
2022-05-05 04:27
I recently attempted to take my 560SEL on a Mercedes Club night drive.   On the way there, I experienced a soft brake pedal and a very hot drivers side rear wheel.    I h… Read More
Jensen Club National Rally Display 2022
2022-05-01 08:40
Today was the public display for the Jensen Club National Rally.    Not being a Jensen owner, I’m obviously not a member of the club, so I attended as a spectator.  &nbs&hell…Read More
Microcars At The Powerhouse Museum
2022-04-15 10:01
Sydney’s powerhouse museum currently has a display of microcars.  I assume its a temporary display, as they microcars are on loan from various owners.   The powerhouse m… Read More
K-Jet Fuel Pressure Test Part 3
2022-03-18 03:11
This is part three of a series where I am trying to diagnose poor cold starts on my 1979 280SE.  Please click here for part 1 and here for part 2.   In the last part, the fuel… Read More
Wheels 2022 Queanbeyan
2022-03-06 11:07
Today I attended the Wheels 2022 event in Queanbeyan.   This is a large car show open to car clubs affiliated with the ACT Council of Motor Clubs.   In some ways it is qu… Read More
K-Jet Fuel Pressure Test Part 2
2022-02-27 00:57
Earlier in the week I attempted to run a fuel pressure test on my 1979 280SE.    On further examination, I was pretty sure I had it connected up wrong.   The instructions… Read More
K-Jet Fuel Pressure Test Part 1
2022-02-21 12:42
I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of the running issues on my 1979 280SE.   The last thing I tried was draining all the fuel and replacing the fuel filter and tank strain… Read More
2022-02-08 10:42
The C107 is a bit of an anomaly in the classic Mercedes-Benz range.   On one hand it occupies the spot usually reserved for the S Class Coupe.   On the other, it was crea… Read More
W114 And W123 Coupe Production Figures
2022-02-05 08:07
In 1968 the new mid-size Mercedes-Benz range made its debut.   This was a pretty important model from Mercedes-Benz – it would set the basic platform for their model range fo… Read More
2022-02-03 00:08
The W108 and W109 series were produced from 1965 to 1972.  While its replacement, the W116 was the first model called the S-Class, the W108 and W109 models occupied that spot in the mod… Read More
W116 Fuel Filter And Fuel Strainer
2022-01-23 20:30
My recently purchased 280SE is not running well.    The symptoms feel like it is not getting enough fuel.    Strangely enough, performance picked up with more petrol in t… Read More
MBCNSW January 2022 Night Drive To Cattai
2022-01-23 10:19
The first night drive of the year was held a bit earlier than usual to avoid the Australia Day Holiday.   This was actually a drive we planned for the second half of last year, but… Read More
2021 Fleet Update
2021-12-23 03:23
With the year coming to a close it felt like a good idea to do a 2021 fleet update.   A bit of a summary of any issues I had with each car, how much I used it and any future plans… Read More
560SEL Refurbished Gullideckel Wheels
2021-12-19 23:50
My 1987 560SEL is in very nice cosmetic condition for its age and mileage.   The only thing that really let it down was the condition of the alloy wheels.    It was clear… Read More
Troubleshooting 280SE Running Issues
2021-12-16 02:44
One of the things I noticed right away when I got my new 280SE was that it wasn’t running well.    It was very hard to start and keep running.   Eventually, if I wa… Read More
Machines And Macchiatos December 2021
2021-12-11 22:53
Machines and Macchiatos is another local cars and coffee event I’ve been meaning to check out.   I finally made it today, at their new location in Belrose.   This l… Read More
The R16 Resistor On The Australian W126
2021-12-06 23:25
The second generation W126 controls ignition timing from the EZL.   In most countries, Mercedes-Benz provided a knob to adjust the timing based on the petrol that was available in… Read More
Evaluating My 1979 280SE
2021-12-05 20:35
I took the risky move of buying my 1979 280SE sight unseen.   This isn’t something I particularly recommend, but you can get a good sense of a car by looking at detailed phot… Read More
W107 Subframe Mounts
2021-11-28 20:34
The Mercedes Benz 107 series uses a separate front subframe.   The engine and front suspension attach to the subframe, and then the subframe attaches to the body.   The s… Read More
107 107’s Across The Harbour Bridge
2021-11-28 02:51
2021 was fifty years since the introduction of the R107 and C107 models.   The R107 would go on to be particularly long lived model, finally getting the axe in 1989.   De… Read More
Youngtimer Sacco Day 2021
2021-11-21 09:16
Today was the MBCNSW Youngtimer Sacco Day 2021 – The second annual event.   The day is to commemorate the cars of Bruno Sacco, head of design at Mercedes-Benz from 1975-1999… Read More
450SLC Radio Wiring
2021-11-17 11:09
I’ve been doing quite a bit of work to my 450SLC lately.   One of my more recent jobs has been to fix the A/C condensate leak.   While I was there, I noticed that r… Read More
The Adventures Of My E-Type
2021-11-11 05:02
Today we are used to E-Types being coveted sports cars which are treated with care by their owners.   Few of them ever even see a drop of rain on their paintwork.   Howev… Read More
Evaluating My 420SEL Parts Car
2021-10-21 12:48
Today I spent a bit more time evaluating the 420SEL parts car and the more I look at it the happier I am with my purchase.   It has too much wrong with it to make it a viable resto… Read More
2021-10-19 04:19
I’ve been thinking about buying a W126 parts car for some time.   The number of affordable parts cars is getting thin on the ground as the W126 transitions from everyday tran… Read More
Mercedes Lug Bolt Restoration
2021-10-04 21:32
I have recently purchased a set of 15×7 AMG ‘Penta’ wheels for my 1977 450SLC.   These wheels did not come with lug bolts, but I had a set from when I had the rep… Read More
2021-10-03 21:53
Earlier this year I managed to smash a foglight lens on a MBCNSW drive to Berry.   I drove over a large stick on the road that flicked up and smashed the lens.   I saw th… Read More
C107 Rear Windscreen Installation
2021-10-03 12:47
Back in May, I had the rear windscreen removed on my 450SLC.   The idea was to replace the old windscreen that was delaminated with a good used unit I had purchased from the MB Spa… Read More
Guest Post:  W126 Parking Brake Shoes
2021-09-28 05:41
I purchased my 1989 420SEL about two years ago and have been busy doing a lot of work to the car to bring it up to my standard.   My most recent job was to inspect and replace the… Read More
2021-09-22 12:29
When I purchased my 1987 560SEC it came with Simmons B45 Wheels.   These are a high quality Australian made three piece wheel.   I pretty quickly replaced these for a cou… Read More
M272 Camshaft Position Sensors
2021-09-18 12:02
When you own a modern Mercedes-Benz, you seem to be playing constant whack-a-mole with the check engine light.   I’ve written before how silly I think the check engine light… Read More
BM2 Battery Monitor
2021-09-07 12:36
A couple of months ago a friend showed me his BM2 Battery Monitor installed on his 420SEL.    It is a bluetooth enabled battery monitor that connects to a phone app.   Th… Read More
560SEL Front Suspension Rebuild
2021-09-05 11:31
This week I got my 560SEL back from having a front suspension rebuild.   This wasn’t something I really wanted to take on myself.  My SEL drove well, but there was some… Read More
2021-07-24 11:27
I’ve always been a little surprised that my W111 Cabriolet rear seatbelts were lap only.   Mercedes-Benz were such pioneers of safety at the time that it seemed odd that they… Read More
W126 Brake Hose Replacement
2021-07-10 01:32
I’ve been meaning to change the brake hoses on the 300SE for a while.   I have no history for the car, so I don’t know how old they are.   As I also wanted to… Read More
300SE Fuel Pump Replacement
2021-06-30 21:08
When inspecting the SLS in my 300SE, I noticed that the fuel pump was seeping fuel.    It wasn’t enough to smell fuel, so I am not sure how long it had been like that. … Read More
2021-06-30 10:04
On a recent drive with a few friends I noticed my 560SEC was sitting a bit low at the rear.   I had it parked next to a 380SEC, which I am pretty confident is at the correct height… Read More
2021-06-30 09:29
Back a few weeks ago I identified the problems with my power window was the W126 front window regulator.   In particular, the passengers side front.   The regulator was m… Read More
450SLC Rear Windscreen Screen Rust Update
2021-06-24 07:14
A couple of weeks ago I discovered rust around the rear windscreen in my 450SLC.   At the time, I was having the 450SLC rear windscreen changed for a unit in better condition than… Read More
560SEC Performance Exhaust
2021-06-16 11:15
Last year I had the exhaust replaced on my 560SEL.   At the time the exhaust was rubbing on the drive shaft and had a few holes.   I had a custom stainless system built t… Read More
2021-06-09 11:01
The W126 introduced a lot of new features for Mercedes-Benz.   A small convenience feature is the height adjustable seatbelt for the front seat passengers.   This feature… Read More
250SE Crash Repair Update – Paint
2021-06-02 08:29
Today I went by to check out how things were going on the 250SE crash repair.   Last week the panel work was nearly complete and the car was almost ready for pant.    The… Read More
MBCNSW May 2021 Night Drive To Bilpin
2021-05-28 01:00
Last night was the monthly MBCNSW May 2021 Night drive.   This month we did a repeat of our very successful November 2020 drive to Bilpin.    As with last time, we met in… Read More

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