Hello everyone, Merry Christmas! Yes it's that time of the year again.
This newsletter has our Christmas trading details, new freight rate
pricing and the monthly Facebook summary for those of you who are not on
Facebook. Please remember that you do not need a Facebook account to view
Christmas trading hours
Below are our Christmas trading hours. Other important dates to keep in
mind are the final order dates to get parts delivered before the
For parts that need to come from Germany anything ordered after the 5pm
the 8th of December will may not arrive in time. Each day
after the 8th reduces the chances even further.
For parts ordered from Australian warehouses we would need the orders by
the 18thof December. Our final shipping date will be the
8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 12 noon
8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 5:00pm
8:00am - 12 noon
8:00am - 5:00pm
Our normal opening hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, we do not
- The 20th Spanners and Sausages night was a great success, we
documented it with its own special Facebook alum.
You can check it out here. And read more details below.
- We serviced a
CL63, what a car...
- One of the most popular posts was of the
W115 Ute production line in Argentina.
- We added pictures of the exhaust and fuel tank on the
Peking to Pariscar.
- Had a great
- We had a
demonstration of just how good the passenger safety cell is on the
yet another dodgy brake job discovered. You can see the other
pictures on the series by clicking on the arrows to the left or right of
the picture. For anyone who can't work out what is wrong here these
rotors are 22mm thick when new and have a minimum thickness of 20mm, so
1mm per side wear and they are not safe. The discs in the picture have
been machined to 16mm thick and then worn down further by the pads.
Spanners & Sausages.
The 20th year of Spanners and Sausages was great success with
around 50 people attending. Sausages were eaten, refreshing beverages
consumed and generally a great time had by all.
With so many people we did a self guided tour before our presentation on
the last 20 years of MB Spares. For those of you who couldn't make it,
here is the text from the self guided tour.
- Enter workshop side door.
- On your right is a W107 500SL, which is a very rare car here in
Australia and W123 280E, both have been sold to different collectors in
Queensland. MB Spares has sold cars into every state of Australia, New
Zealand, Asia and even back to Germany.
- Turn left and you will see our reconditioned nuts and bolts department.
With cadmium plating banned due to OH&S issues the next best thing is
yellow zinc, however suppliers of nuts and bolts only do silver zinc. As
MB Spares does many restorations back to original specifications we now
have to save up all the old nuts, bolts and brackets, have them plated
and then sort them all out.
- Down the staircase you will see John and Sandra's Motorhome, it is
built on a 2001 Sprinter 413CDI chassis.
- Up the stairs is our obsolete parts section. This is our stock of parts
collected over the years, much of it is no longer available from
- Under the Mezzanine are the following cars: 300CE-24 being stored for a
good customer, 250SE sedan only 68000miles, 300b sedan which was John and
Sandra's wedding car 26 years ago, W112 300SE cabriolet, someone's failed
restoration and for which we are still collecting the parts to complete
it, and a W112 300SE coupe donor car for the cabriolet
- Have a look in the engine bay of the W143 Type 230 cabriolet b and on
the bench. Can you work out what happened here? The cylinder head was
handmade in Germany for us as nearly all parts for this car have to be
made, as replacement parts just are not available.
- Next car is a 380SEC, long story, but the short version was that it has
had a small engine bay fire (see top of bonnet) and we brought it off the
elderly owner. We have replaced a few parts like the leads and got it
going. It is for sale as an easy project car for $5000.00
- Next up is a ML270 we are dismantling. As the press , bench grinder and
drill press are here, we always try to park a wreck here.
- On the hoist is one of our current projects. We are building a car to
run in the 2016 Peking to Paris rally. Those of you with a keen sense of
history will realise what it looks like.
- Next up we have a chassis from a 1958 300d Adenauer sedan. It has just
arrived having been separated from the body which is at the panel shop.
We will carry out a full restoration on it before it is reunited with the
- The station wagon is an Ultra Rare Binz conversion that was
commissioned by the Bishop for the Catholic Church in WA. It was used on
the church missions in the Pilbara for many years before finding its way
to the Central Highlands where we bought it. It has a perfect rust free
body, but more dints and previous repairs that you would ever believe.
- On the Bench behind the Binz is the gearbox from the Sprinter. Another
very long story, short version involves a previous repairer fitting the
wrong style of flywheel causing potential damage to the gearbox.
- The other bench has the front suspension from a 1960 W128 220SE coupe
that we are restoring. The body is currently at the panel shop. The
engine on the floor is from the 220SE and the engine on the low trolley
is from the 300d.
- The red box on the floor is our heater. It burns old engine and
transmission oil, something we have plenty of.
- In the other corner you will our collection of Mercedes-Benz factory
tools that we have acquired over the years.
- On the host is a 1963 220SE recently purchased by a customer here in
Canberra. We are doing a full service including the valve clearance and
various roadworthy repairs.
- Exiting the workshop you will see the Green family car. It is a 2007
R320CDI. Have a look at the picture on the bonnet and then at the wheels
now. It has been fitted with ATE ceramic brake pads which are the
ultimate solution to the black dust problems of regular brake pads.
Whilst more expensive than regular pads they have a 50000km or 5 year
warranty and you can see the difference here. The car has not been washed
for the last 2000kms.
Enter the showroom door.
- On the front counter are the following: An example of why you should
buy your parts from a professional parts interpreter, an example of how
our headlamp restoration kits work and our new Rego reminder stickers.
- The clocks represent the time at various Mercedes-Benz factories around
- On the counter against the wall is our server. It contains record for
the 14293 stock lines that we have sold and the 12815 different customers
that we have supplied since 2005.
- The far left door goes though to John and Sandra's offices. Have a look
in John's office and have a read of the interesting invitation on your
right as you enter.
- Go back out into the showroom, the red and blue shelve is for local
orders waiting to be picked up. It can overflow on the day after one of
our air freight shipments arrives.
- Turn right into the new parts room. This is our stock of regular fast
moving stock. On the mezzanine level above is slower moving stock.
- Have a chat with Murray who can show you how parts interpreting works.
- The next desk along from Murray is the dispatch desk. We have an online
system with Star Track with the alibility to ship almost anything to
almost anywhere in Australia overnight.
- Though the opening you will see Chris's bench. The rack on the right
with the blue tubs is for parts put aside for workshop jobs. On the left
and straight ahead are orders awaiting other parts before being shipped.
- Exit back out towards the driveway, this is the dispatch bench. Here we
pack everything from some wheel studs to enough panels to rebuild a car.
Everyday around 4pm the Star Track truck arrives and picks up our daily
freight for distribution across Australia. Today we had 20 parcels with
at least 1 destined to every state, including the NT. Murray also took a
couple to the post office, including one for a customer in Singapore.
- This bench is also used for inwards freight, including our weekly air
freight shipments from Germany.
- MB Spares buys up "job lots" of parts from other workshops and
wholesalers here in Australia. On the dispatch bench are two recent
deliveries. Every few years we collate some of the more interesting parts
and sell excess quantities back to German Classic parts specialists.
- On the floor is a reconditioned 220SEb short motor waiting for final
payment before delivery.
- The racks with the cars on them are custom made to take the weight of
the cars. We get them up there with our fork lift.
- Cars that we buy for dismantling come from many different sources. Most
are from private individuals who are referred to us by various repairers.
The cars with no obvious accident damage are economic mechanical write
- Finally as you exit to the drive way look on your right at a 1955 220a
that we have just purchased. It was the very first major job that MB
Spares did. In 1994 we reconditioned the engine and detailed the engine
bay. This car attended the MBCACT Concours's for most of the 1990's and
then was left in a carport for 10 years due to the owners illness. We
will be getting it going and then selling it as a project car. POA.
- On your right as you walk down the driveway are the following vehicles
- White Sprinter 313CDI brought as a failed workshop job, yet another
long story, found the clutch plate installed back to front.
- White C180, is being dismantled. We also use the wrecks as a bin to put
our scrap steel in so it can be recycled.
- Blue 230GE, we import these from Japan, overhaul them and then sell
them. This one is nearly ready, once finished and detailed up it will be
on the market at $19990.00
Onto the Carpark in front of the workshop:
- Red 190E, being dismantled. Economic right off due to ongoing regular
maintenance not being done. Changed hands and the new owner was hit with
a monster quote for the roadworthy.
- Silver C180, written off. It was abandoned at a nearby panel Beaters
- 230TE, just arrived. Worn out.
- Silver E320CDI wagon. Some of you may remember this from the
Mercedes-Benz of Canberra workshop tour. It had the gearbox out and in
pieces. We bought it and then sold it to one of our staff who has since
repaired it. Very rare car here in Australia as the W210 wagon was never
offered with a diesel engine.
- In front of the offices are a collection of vehicles waiting to be
dismantled. The most notable is the Smoke Silver C200 Kompressor. It is a
one owner vehicle with 159000kms on the odometer. It has had a major
electrical failure and is an economic write off.
Whilst we try our best to keep air freight rates down, rises are
inevitable. Our preferred carrier is Star Track Express, here are our
current rates for Air bags and Post bags:
Air bags all states except NT 1kg $12.00, 3kg $16.50, 5kg $21.50
$9.35 surcharge for delivery to PO Box (available to satchels only)
Air bags to the NT - 1kg - $23.00, 3kg - $37.00, 5kg - $56.00
POSTBAG RED 500G - $9.50
POSTBAG RED 3KG - $15.00
POSTBAG RED 5KG - $17.50
POSTBAG EXP 500G - $12.00
POSTBAG EXP 3KG - $16.50
POST CD BOX - $4.00
Signature on delivery - $2.95
Insurance $1.50 per $100 extra cover
Road freight rates are calculated on weight and dimensions, so each
shipment needs to be individually calculated. You can contact
our dispatch staff for more information. You will need to quote your
Cars for dismantling in this month:
C200 W202 1996 and a 1998
280SEL W126 1983, yes it is a SEL, quite rare here in Australia
C180 W203 2001 high mileage and hit front right
W140 300SE 1993 worn out
Cars for sale:
E280 W210 1998 Very neat low mileage example.
380SEC W126 1983 Project car.
420SEL W126 1989 Amazing original condition.
SLK200 W171 2005 Fun car, ready for the
313CDI W903 2005 Sprinter mid wheel base fan
So that's it for this Newsletter, be good, drive safely over the
Christmas break and look after your Benz.
John & Sandra Green.