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Newsletter No.050 Christmas opening hours, workshop photos,

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Newsletter Number 50
21st December 2002

Merry Christmas 

and a Happy New Year.

Hello and welcome to another newsletter.

Hello again. A not so serious newsletter this time guys. After all, it is the festive season! Some jokes and some fun websites for you.  After so many requests, we also finally got around to taking some pictures of the new workshop.  Also some more cars and a few other interesting bits.

John Green.

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Christmas opening hours.  

We will be closed for a short time over the Christmas period, however if you have an emergency you will be able to contact Bob on 0412 006 501. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support over the last twelve months and we look forward to being able to help you in the new year. 

Monday 23rd    8.00am - 5.30pm   Sunday 29th Closed
Tuesday 24th 8.00am - 3.00pm Monday 30th 8.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 25th    Closed Tuesday 31st 8.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 26th Closed Wednesday 1st Closed
Friday 27th    Closed Thursday 2nd 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 28th Closed Friday 3rd 8.00am - 5.00pm


Joke of the week.

A Texas Ranger pulled over a red Porsche (inhabited by a Yankee) after it
run a stop sign. He walked up to the car door and said, "Sir, May I see your
driver's license and registration please?"

The Yankee said, "What's the problem, officer?"

"You just ran the stop sign back there at the last intersection."

"Oh, come on pal, there wasn't a car within miles of me!"

"Nevertheless sir, you are required to come to a complete stop, look both
and proceed with caution."

"You gotta be kidding me!"

"It's no joke, sir."

"Look, I slowed down almost to a complete stop, saw no one within twenty
and proceeded with caution."

"That's beside the point, sir. You are supposed to come to a complete stop,
you didn't. Now if I may see your license and..."

"You've got a lot of time on your hands, PAL!  What's the matter, all the
doughnut shops closed?"

"Sir, I'll overlook that last comment. Let me see your license and

"I will, if you can tell me the difference between slowing down, and coming
a complete stop."

The elderly Ranger had enough and said to the driver, "Sir, I can do better
than that." He opened the car door, dragged the obnoxious motorist out, and
proceeded to methodically beat him over the head with his nightstick.

"Now sir, would you like me to slow down or come to a complete stop?"

Teaching by example is not a lost art in Texas.

Workshop photos.


OK, here are the pictures of the workshop as requested.  My son James has done a Power Point presentation featuring some shots of the new workshop and dismantling facilities.  If you go here you can download the file. (click on new-shop.ppt).  You will need a copy of Microsoft Power Point to open the file.  It is 595k and should take about 3 minutes to down load at a 56.6k connection.  Two of the photos are here:

Here is a run down of the cars in the pictures. 

230SL, just had the front seals done in the auto transmission.

220a, belongs to a chap in Singapore, he has just brought it from a lady in Adelaide and has sent it to us for some work before it is sent to Singapore.

Vito113, one of the local couriers, busted the centre out of the clutch three days before Christmas! (great)

280CE, getting some new sunroof seals

C180, one of our cars having its inspection done before being put out for sale.

230TE, just had the rear suspension rebuilt.

230TE, waiting for an engine rebuild, customer hit something, holed the sump and I think you can guess the rest.

280SE, rare car this, its LHD and has a 5 speed manual transmission, getting the head serviced

250SE coupe, being restored.

300b, mine, just sitting there.

300CE 3.4-24 AMG, its hiding behind the 280SE bonnet

250SE coupe, another one, waiting for restoration to start.

450SLC, the worlds longest project car, we have been working on it for over three years now..........

220D Long wheel base the sister car to our 250LWB, has been painted and is waiting to be put back together.

230 Cabriolet b, a rare RHD 1938 model, basket case but worth hanging onto.

230 Ambulance, same as above but worse.

The last picture is of the racks in the old workshop. 



Links of the week.


Some Christmas fun website for you to check out this time:

Plenty of Christmas fun at this site.

Info on new FBI internet tracking here.

Do you know your nose's? Find out here.

Cars for dismantling.


Only one new car and it is a trade that we took on the red 260E. It is a 1982 280E, the car has great mechanicals but the body is a bit rough. 

Also some interesting info on the 300SEb that we got in a few months ago. I had to check the chassis number the other day and it is 108 015 22 000068. Now that is a very low chassis number.  Many years back, we dismantled a 250SE sedan whose chassis number was 108 014 22 000075!


Cars for Sale.

Lots of action on the car front. The 260E has been sold and we have traded a 280E on it (see above). We have received into stock a beautiful low mileage C180, a 230E and a 300E. All have their log books and are great cars. (of course!) The 300E was the Wheels Car of the year in 1986 and still deserves this title.  They are a great value for money car even today.  

STOP PRESS:  We may have a 1982 280CE coming in early next year, red with cream MB-tex, will look like this one. If you are interested let me know.

Don't forget you can check out our cars for sale here!


C180 Sedan 1997 model.

First of the "Update" C class models. 5 speed auto, quad air bags, cruise control 10 stack CD and all the other great C class features. Only 65000kms and full dealer service history. Unmarked bone MB-tex interior. $32990.00AUDMore details




300E Sedan 1986 model.

One owner car with 188000kms and full dealer service history. Cruise control, Climate control, alloys, unmarked burgundy MB-tex interior. $15990.00AUDMore details




230E Sedan 1986 model.

Two owners car with 177000kms and service history. Climate control, late style 8 hole alloys, unmarked Royal Blue MB-tex interior. $14990.00AUDMore details





560SEL Sedan 1986 model.

560sel-bronze.jpg - 55.94 KAn excellent example given the mileage. 240000kms but with a condition that looks more like 150000kms. Champagne duco with tan leather trim. Like all 560's it is fully optioned right down to the electric rear seats and the town and country horns system. air conditioning, multi point central locking, power steering, tilt action sunroof, climate control, etc, etc $17990.00AUDMore details


So that's it for another newsletter. Hope you liked what you saw.  If you have any ideas or want to contribute any articles, pictures or other material please e-mail me here.  Also, don't forget that you can check out the old newsletters here

Thanks, John Green.