Newsletter Number 110
26th September 2007
Hello everyone, sorry it has been awhile between newsletters. I have a bit
of a sad tale to tell. On the 23rd of August I suffered a heart attack. Not
a good thing when you are 42, it seems I had some family history of heart
trouble that I didn't know about (thanks Grandpa) and that the pills I was
taking (Vioxx) to relive the swelling and pain when I broke my back 4 years
ago did the trick. No doubt along with the stress of running my own
business and my involvement as a District Commissioner with the Scouts.
It was a shock to wake up the next morning in a ward full of people who
were either old, smokers, overweight or all three in some cases. I have
never smoked, are not overweight, are fit (did the Overland track in
Tasmania with my son James two months ago) and don't drink that much. You
never know what life has in store for you.
There are two positives in all this.
1) Lucky for me it was a mild one not the full blown lights out number
2) I have been told that the odds are now good. If you survive the first
one then on average your don't eventually die of heart trouble as you know
to look after yourself. The damaged artery is not able to be operated on,
but I have been given a course of pills and a exercise programme that they
say will bring me back to where I was before.
I have been back working a few hours a day now for the last two weeks and
are easing myself back in. I need to thank Murray, Colin and Chris who have
been doing a splendid job running the place in my absence. They have done
such a good job I almost feel redundant. So for those of you who have
wondered why I have not been at work now you know........
I would also like to mention that one of the things that does make these
newsletters all worthwhile is the great comments that are e-mailed to me
after each issue is published. I know I don't respond to all of these but I
do truly appreciate the compliments.
Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks John and Sandra Green.
No doubt everyone has noticed the new look website. This is the 4th major
overhaul done of the site over the 11 years we have been on the net and
there is no doubt this is the best version yet. It is a lot more flexible
and will allow us to do some of things we have wanted to for some time. We
are still in the process of cleaning up some of the pages, here are some
that we have sorted all ready:
Alloy wheels page. We have a new range of alloy
wheels for sale at substantially cheaper prices than the old range.
As we are selling more we are able to buy at a better price and pass that
saving on to our customers. As we can now have up to five pictures per page
on the new version of the site we will now be posting pictures of various
cars with the wheels fitted over the next few months.
Picture gallery. We can now have a picture
gallery to post as many shots as we like, the old system had only 10 shots.
We will use this to post shots of various MB club events and other
significant things. I am working on a new page for our
412D campervan and a
page with a picture of all the cars I have
owned over the years.
Online parts store. I have even done a page
explaining why we don't have an online parts store. Don't laugh too hard at
the picture on this page.....
As always we are concerned about subscribers information security. We care
very much for your privacy and have some of the strictest anti-spam
protection around. For this reason you cannot change your e-mail address or
name by logging on and trying to edit it. You can however change your
If you have changed your e-mail address please
your subscription from anew. We are working on a new cutting edge
system that will work around this problem, so you can change your e-mail
address and still offer you the high level of security that we have
currently built into our system, but in the meantime please
and then contact MBSpares to have your old
Several newsletters ago we had some lowering kits for W124's. Well we have
found another 5 sets! 2x 4cyl version and 3x 6cyl version. These will lower
the car 20-30mm depending on what size rubber spacers are used. Normal
retail is $750.00. These are defiantly the last ones and are on sale at
$395.00 a set.
A Gullwing story.
A friend of mine sent me this picture of a Gullwing arriving home at his
father in-laws house for the first time in the mid 50's. It has an
interesting story that goes a bit like this. Laurie ordered a brand new
Gullwing and was in Germany when it was being built. He was taken on the
production line to see it being built and commented he wants to make it
right hand drive. They wouldn't sell him the car so he was not happy. From
Germany he heard of Gullwing for sale in New York being sold by the Boss of
General Motors. He flew to New York and bought the car and drove it across
America. The car had a factory performance camshaft, Rudge wheels and later
he discovered a Limited slip diff..
He had it shipped to Australia and delivered to his home in Strathfield
(photo) . There has been a article going around that explains he gave it
Col Rizzo when he went overseas and told him to see if he can work out how
to make it right hand drive which wasn't that easy with the tubular chassis
etc. In the end he worked out a plan and Laurie got him to go ahead and do
the job.. It was during testing that the vehicle was found to have a
limited slip diff which was a very rare thing. Believe it or not Laurie
changed the colour to white after one year (probably too hot in the Aussie
sun) and sold it a year or so later - he has never heard of the car since -
is it still in Australia? Whoever owns it now would know it was Laurie
O'Neil's car .
Laurie has owned I would say well over 100 Mercedes Benz's and driven them
all over the world. He still says that the most stable and impressive
Mercedes he has driven at high speed was his 190E 2.3 Cosworth that he
bought new in 1986. When new he followed the Paris Dakar race from Paris
and travelled at 150mph for long distances at great ease.
There are plenty of great stories out there on the cars that we love, if
you know of one please send it in to
me. I am working on getting a copy of the story about how it was
Don't forget we have for sale a limited amount of Mercedes-Benz dealership
overalls and dust coats. We have also found a decent quantity of USED
overalls that we will be selling for $40.00 each. The NEW overalls are
$75.00 a pair and the dust coats are $50.00 each. Give us a ring if you
don't understand the sizing system. Ph 1300 787 300 ask for Colin, he is
the overall guru (he is the one on the left).
Another Barn find 300d
Four months back we reported on a
Type 300 that we had recovered from under a block of flats in Sydney
where it had sat for over 32 years. Well we have another one, this time in
much better condition and it is a later model 1959 300d. This is the pillar
less version with the fuel injected engine and automatic transmission. Avid
newsletter readers will remember a beautiful black one that we sold about 2
years back. We will be doing a few clean up jobs on this one and then
selling it possibly on an ebay auction. If you are interested
please let me know.
Lube service instructions:
Do you do your own oil changes at home? Here is the list of what is done
in our workshop for a basic lube service.
- Remove oil filler cap
- Raise vehicle, lock hoist
- Remove under trays if fitted
- Drain oil
- Safety inspection under vehicle
- Check diff oil level
- Replace sump plug
- Reinstall under trays
- Lower vehicle
- Change oil filter
- Add oil, start engine and check
- Test brake fluid for water contamination
- Test coolant freezing point (very important in Canberra)
- Check other fluid levels in engine bay
- Lube door hinges
- Clean windscreen
- Check tyre pressures
- Check all lights
- Check horn
- Check windscreen wipers/washers
- Check elec windows all work
- Check seat belts
What is this?
OK, it's been awhile and some of you may not have even remembered what the
picture was so
here for a reminder. The question was What model and variant is this
engine from. Now I must say that nobody got it first up, a few of you
correctly worked out that it was a M120 V12 engine, but I was after more
than that. It is a late M120 as fitted to a W140 600SEL. You can work it
out from the lack of a distributor cap mount and no hole for the rotor
button to poke through. Early versions had a distributor cap with rotor
driven off the front of the camshafts, later versions had a coil pack for
each cylinder. The engine variant is a 120 982. The red thing on the top is
a rubber hammer..... :-) The most correct answer was Greg Yates who is a
member of the NSW Mercedes-Benz club and avid poster on various MB forums
around the world.
I have decided to have a section for upcoming events in our newsletters for
the various Mercedes-Benz clubs to use. Over the years I have always tried
to promote the major events, but I am sure I have missed a few. So if you
know of an event that would be on interest to our Newsletter readers please
e-mail me with the details. The
plan is not to put each clubs entire calendar on here, just the major
events. Here are a few that I know are coming up:
14th October 2007. The Mercedes-Benz club of the ACT 32nd
Annual Concours d'Elegance to be held on the beautiful Rond Terraces
overlooking Lake Burley Griffin. This event is sponsored by M.B Spares
& Service and is a highlight of the Mercedes-Benz club calendar in
Australia each year. Full details including the application forms can be
found at their website click
here and then click on the Concours link at the top of the page. The
details and application forms are in a link on the r/h side of the page.
The theme for the Concours is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
first Mercedes-Benz Four Wheel Drive?? Those of you who read the Geocentric
(the AGOA magazine) or any of the other various magazines will have checked
out articles on the Dernburg wagon made by Daimler in 1907. They are trying
to get as many 4x4 Mercedes-Benz there as they can.
23rd - 25th November 2007. The Australian Geländewagen
Owners Association (AGOA) is celebrating 25 years of the Mercedes-Benz
G-Wagen in Australia. November 2007 marks the 25th Anniversary of the press
release that marked the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen in
Australia. To mark this event AGOA is holding it's first National Treffen
(German word for meeting) in the Victorian High Country. The original press
release was held at Mt Terrible in Victoria and AGOA is keen to revisit
this historically (in terms of G-Wagens) significant area. Details can be
or If you would like more information or would like to pre-book a space,
then call John Kenny on 0417 544828 or email
18th - 22nd April 2008. As reported in the last Newsletter
the next Biannual rally for the Mercedes-Benz clubs of Australia is being
hosted by the Victorian club. Maybe you will have attended or seen our
reports from the ACT Rally held in 2006 which was a great success. This
rally also is shaping up to be an excellent time. Please have a
look here for a general overview as supplied by the Victorian club. If
you are interested in attending the rally application forms will be
available from your local Mercedes-Benz club. A listing of there contact
details can be found here.
16th March 2008. Shannons Wheels Expo is one of two major
annual events hosted by the Council of ACT Motor Clubs. Each March since
1982, hundreds of vehicle enthusiasts have participated in this trip down
memory lane which is an official part of the Canberra Festival supported by
Australian Capital Tourism It is held on the lawns of Old Parliament House,
Canberra and this year is being hosted by EJ-EH Holden Club ACT. This event
has traditional been very well supported by the Mercedes-Benz club of the
ACT with over 50 cars on display.
Joke of the month.
SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING?
"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and
"lollipop" with your right. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn't you?)
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "MT". (Are you
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never
The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every
letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you're going to try this out for
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are
read left to right or right to left (palindromes) . (Yep, I knew you were
going to "do" this one.)
There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous":
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. (You're not doubting
this, are you?)
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in
order: "abstemious" and "facetious." (Yes, admit it, you are going to say.
A e I o u)
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on
one row of the keyboard. (All you typists are going to test this out)
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds (Some days that's about what
my memory span is)
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps They don't appear until the child reaches
2 to 6 years of age.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would
never end because of the rate of reproduction.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel
that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a
chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that)
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Now you know everything!
What is in a name?
The late model black W124 300D that we sold two months back went to one of
the administrators of the OZBENZ forum that we sponsor. Now he is a very
observant guy. While we were filling out the paperwork in my office he
framed on my office wall. It is an invitation to Christmas party in
Johannesburg in South Africa. Many years ago we purchased a 1961 190c with
an interesting history and this invitation in the glove box. The car was
one of the first of the Fintail bodied 4cyl car to be made in South Africa.
The owner was a journalist who was sympathetic to the civil uprising at the
time. He claimed to have carried some of the leading political figures of
that time in the back seat including Nelson Mandela. Anyway he had to leave
South Africa in 1962 and migrated to Australia. He kept the car for another
30 years and sold it to us when he had to stop driving.
Anyway, he noticed it was from Cargo motors and when he got home looked
them up to see if they were still around and found this. The name "Cargo"
is a combination of the first letters of the first names of the founders of
Daimler-Benz, CAR(L) Benz and GO(TTLIEP) Daimler. On occasion, it has also
been said that means just CAR GO or that in our early years, we mostly sold
trucks and were therefore in the "CARGO" business.
them out here.
Links of the month.
Don't forget that if you find something interesting on the net to
send me a link to it.
- Are you into AMG's? Here is the link for the
AMG club in
Germany, unfortunately in German but the pictures are worth looking at.
- Bored?? Try this.
- Not sure if this
one is exciting or scary???
- OK, so how many of you have seen the pictures of all the cars in a barn
in Portugal. We even had them as a link in one of our previous newsletters.
here for the true story.
Cars for Sale.
As it has been awhile since the last newsletter there has been quite a bit
of action in the used car department. I will try to summarise it. I guess
most importantly is what we have for sale at the moment. The most exciting
is the Rare R129 SL280, this is a six cylinder
version of the R129 roadster, which offers all the grace and style of the
SL500 without the fuel consumption. It is also no slug and can do more than
just keep up with the traffic. This is a one owner car with great history
and is in amazing condition. Other car we have for sale include a pair of
white W210 E320's a sedan and a station
wagon, we have dropped the price on the wagon
The most exciting car we have had in the last few months was a very late
model 1993 190E 2.6 with the Sportline option pack, it has already been
sold, check out the options list:
190 E 2.6
103942 22 075166
722409 03 241337
0 2 839 06279
fabric black+anthracite (071)
left front seat, electrically adjustable
right front seat, electrically adjustable
tires - Pirelli wide tires used for export
outside temperature indicator
sports seats, front and rear
steering wheel with sports design (390 mm dia.) and gearshift
lever in leather trim
center console below instrument panel with cassette compartment
electric sliding roof with tilting device
automatic transmission, floor shift
headrests in the rear
tempomat (cruise control) and airbag
sun visor with vanity mirror, illuminated, left and right
Behr air conditioner, and electric window lifters (front and
green heat-insulating glass all round, heated rear window,
single pane safety glass - tinted strip
lamp unit, asymmetrical, l.h. traffic
sports chassis with 8-hole light alloy rims
10 liters of fuel and mode of packing VE III
Change of year of model, last figure shows new model year
active bass loudspeaker system
rear door contaCTS and lamp above rear window
sportline with 8-hole rim(consisting of codes 65/3, 243, 281)
(c 124: codes 65/3, 281, fabric, check a3) (a 124: codes 65/3,
Finally I have decided to sell the W114 factory
stretch that I have been working on for the last five years. It in a
unfinished project, factory stretched W114 sedan. 2.8lt twin cam engine
with 4 speed auto. Over $10000.00 spent on bodywork and full rubber seal
kit. Black interior with perfect dash and timber work. many other new
parts. Would make a great club car or wedding car.
You can check out all
our Mercedes-Benz's for sale
Or you can check out all the other cars we have for sale here:
New cars into stock:
E320 Elegance Sedan 1996
SL280 Roadster 1996 model only 71000kms
190E 2.6 Sportline 1993 model
C240 1998 only 72000kms
2x 300TE wagon 1989 model
A200 2005 model "as new"
E220 wagon 1995 model
380SE sedan 19985 model
Also in stock we have:
sedan 1995 spec
Elegance station wagon
classic Diesel sedan
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
here. Also, don't forget that you can check out the
old newsletters here
Thanks, John Green.