M.B Spares Newsletter No. 129
Since launching our Facebook
pagejust over a month ago we have had a great response. Where possible
we have been updating it with info and photos showing the daily workings of
MB Spares. It is a public page so you don't need to be a Facebook member to
check in and
see the pictures. One of the pictures was taken on the shore of Lake
Burley Griffin and will be featured in an upcoming Calendar we will be
doing in conjunction with the Mercedes-Benz Club of the ACT. It is the top
picture in the right hand margin of this Newsletter. Just click to see full
size and click again to reduce.
Mercedes-Benz Club of the ACT Concours.
The Mercedes-Benz club of the ACT will be holding its 37thAnnual
Concours on the 23rd of September 2012. Last Newsletter we
advised the location as being the same as last year, but due to the Patrick
White Lawns area being renovated the Concourse and The Shannon's German Car
day has been moved the Treasury Building Car park. You can access the area
Langton Crescent Parkes. ( click on link to see map)
Information on the event can be
found hereon the MBCACT website. Entry is available to Members of any
Mercedes-Benz Club in Australia. The entry form can be
Mercedes-Benz to enter V8 Supercars.
There have been rumors of this for some time, but it is now official. In
2013 the Three pointed star will line up on the Starting grid for the V8
supercar championship. Erebus Motorsport who already run the SLS here in
Australia in the Sports car class has directly funded AMG/HWA's development
of a V8SC-spec engine for the E-Class. The engine is essentially a
de-stroked 5.0-litre version of the 6.2-litre GT3-spec V8 which powers the
SLS racecar. Even Herr Aufrecht (the A in AMG) is involved with the engine
development, so this should be a very interesting development. In what is a
rather odd move Mercedes-Benz Australia are not backing the move and seem
to have distanced themselves from the operation. I bet their attitude
changes if/when the podium finishes start to rack up…
You can read all the details here.
Cars for dismantling.
As usual lots of cars coming and going in the dismantling section. We even
managed to get a great shot of a flying Mercedes when the scrap metal
merchants were picking up the wrecks a few weeks back (see right margin)
Some highlights are as follows:
-W108 280S, bad front damage, but it is a floor change manual (yes another
one), so this car would be the ideal donor car for someone wanting to
convert their 6 cylinder W108 to a manual. As with any conversion it is
always easier to buy a complete car rather than all the bits individually.
- W202 C180, hit in the side, but guess what? Another manual, not quite a
rare as the W108, but likewise could be used to make your old C180 a little
more exciting to drive.
- 380SEL, good engine and auto.
- E220 (W124) excellent condition cloth interior and mechanicals. (have
already sold the engine bay loom)
In come the dollars and in come the cents, to replace the pounds
and the shillings and the pence.
Every now and then you come across something that is a great reminder of
the past. We have recently purchased a 1966 250SE from the son of the
original owner. It has travelled only 67000miles and came with two very
interesting bits of history. The first one was the original sales receipt
where the balance owing is made out in Dollars and Pounds. With the change
to decimal currency being in February 1966 it goes to show that some people
were still struggling with the conversion in September 1966. It also shows
that to get a R/H external mirror back in 1966 you had to pay an extra
$10.00. No doubt quite a sum of money back then….
A copy of the receipt can be found here.You will also see that there
was a trade in. It was an early 60's 220SEb and before that they owned a
The other great piece of history that came with the car was a collection of
Mercedes-Benz calendars from 1964-82 inclusive. Each one still wrapped in
tissue paper and in the original box. Looking though these is a very
interesting walk through history with Mercedes-Benz following the trends of
the times. See the photo on the right for an example of the 197? Calendar….
Some of these are now being duplicated off our Facebook page so apologies
to those of you who have seen these before.
Here isan interesting Australian ex-pat…..
- Not many
- Interesting clearing auction in the USA, someone with a liking to
Diesel MB wagons.
- And finally the Wikipedia articles
Daimler. It is interesting, especially in Daimlers article to see that
politics and other issues with running a big business were just as big an
issue back then…
In the last few Newsletters we have been looking for more staff and in last
newsletter we announced that we had found almost by accident a potential
apprentice. Well this Newsletter we can announce the appointment of Derek
Watt to our workshop staff. Derek and his family have recently emigrated
from Scotland (he does have a wee accent) where his last job was working
for a Classic Car Hire company maintaining a stable of 25 Classic and
contemporary models ranging from an E-type Jaguar to aFerrari 550 Maranello
and including several very desirable classic Mercedes-Benz models.
There are always plenty of events on across Australia for Mercedes-Benz
owners. Here are a few to put in your diary:
23rdof September 2012. Mercedes-Benz Club of
23rd of September 2012. Mercedes-Benz Club of
WA,German car day.
14thof October. Mercedes-Benz Club of SA
2012 Classic Day.
18thof November 2012. Marques in the
17thof March 2013 Pagoda's 50th Birthday
Filters that nobody changes.
The latest in our series of unknown filters is a very simple one. Nearly
all petrol models from 1976 onwards have a very small filter hidden inside
a fitting on the fuel divide or fuel rail. We have seen quite a few cars
where the original filter is still there. We even know of an engine that
was rebuilt due to lack of power, only to find that when don it was better,
but still lacked power. When this filter starts to block the fuel pressures
can read normal, but there is an issue with flow.
It is designed to catch any flakes of crud that come off the fuel lines
over the years. The sulfur content in fuel eventually lines the fuel lines
and it is possible for flakes to fall off and you do not want them and
anything else winding up in your injectors. They are very cheap at $ Each…
Cars for sale.
Remember the E280CDI that sold in a flash?? Well we have another one that
has just come into stock. It is also an 2005 model only this time in
Elegance spec in Brilliant Silver with Black Leather and Burled Walnut
interior. If you are keen to own one of these you find
details of it here..
Other cars also new into stock is a rare 250SE sedan with a floor change
manual transmission. This is a rather an odd occurrence with floor change
being quite rare on the earlier models and then we get two in two months..
Cars sold in the last month include the stunning 6.3 the 220SEB with
factory floor change manual and our beautiful 190Db which has gone back to
Here is a list of the other cars currently for sale, including a rather
- E280 CDI Elegance sedan
- Jaguar X-type
- 250SE floor change manual
-CLK320 Sport coupe, only 72000kms
- C180Kompressor Sport Coupe
- C220 CDI wagon
Each one has its location listed with some here in Canberra and the others
with an associate of ours in Sydney. If you are interested in any
information please feel free toe-mail usor
contact the mobile number on the cars listing.
So that's all for now. We look forward to seeing many of you at the ACT
club Concours, and for those of you who can't attend we will have pictures
in the October Newsletter.
Enjoy your Benz..
John & Sandra Green.