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PostSubject: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 3:56 am

Hello Everyone, As You Know I've Got My Little Del Sol But That's Pretty Much Finished And I Needed Something Else To Get Myself Covered In Grease And Oil With lol

So Now I've Bought Something Much More Old Skool!

My Workmate's Mother In Law Had A Car Sat In The Garage For The Past 11+ Years And My Workmate was Supposed To Do Something With It But He Never Did So After Seeing Some Inspiration Online I Thought Fark It, Lets Start Something Completely New.

Here's When I Went To First Take A Look At It In Their Garage.



It Was Pretty Dusty But With Just A Tiny Wipe With A T-Shirt The Brightwork Came Up Mint.

Then The Day Finally Came Where They Weren't On Holiday And I Could Arrange Transport For The Car To My House.

On The Truck



And Back At Mine Still Covered In Dust And Spiders Web.



The Condition Is Really Bloody Good, Just A Few Very Small Surface Rust Spots On The Body Just Bigger Than A 10 Pence Piece.

The Rear Air Suspension Has A Leak But I'm Told After 10 Mins Running It Does Pump Up. But All That Will Be Going Soon Anyway To Make Way For Some Proper Air Ride.

The Interior Smells Pretty Old lol I've Been Opening The Sunroof And Doors As Much As I Can To Get Rid Of The Stale Air Smell.



The Seats We're All Re-sprung Before It Was Put Away And It's Like Sitting On An Old Mattress, Pretty Bouncy!





It's A 2.8 Straight Six With The Much Rarer Manual Transmission.

While It's Been Sat There I've Changed The Oil, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Fuel Filter, Flushed The Coolant And Drained The Old Fourstar Out And Replaced With New Fuel. Turned The Engine My Hand A Few Times With The Plugs Out And Then Put New Plugs In And Started The Beast Up! Quite Surprised How Easily It Started.

Video Of The Start Up

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxpKAAzXe_M

After A While Of It Running And Me And My Mates Sat In It, It Got Steamy On The Windows And I Thought It Was Inside But It Was Outside lol I Jumped Out To Find The Rad Spewing Water Out A Crack In It So I'm Currently In The Process Of Sourcing A New Rad For Him.

Yes He's A He Because The Lady Made Me Promise Me I'd Keep Calling Him 'Klaus' lol

Just Like The American Dad Fish lol



So When He's All Done, He'll Be Sent Off To The MOT Station. IF! He Passes He'll Be Driven To Fleet To Wyliez Autos For Some Belly Scraping Air Ride And Exhaust Relocation As That's The Lowest Point On The Car.

Excite! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 4:32 am

THIS, IS, GOING, TO, BE, SICK!!!!!!!!! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 4:41 am

A workmate? The lady? Indeed ...
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 4:52 am

MARC MOSS wrote:
A workmate? The lady? Indeed ...

Copied And Pasted From Another Forum.

YES EVERYONE MARC WANTS SOME RECOGNITION THAT IT WAS HIM WHO HELPED ME GET IT But seeing as he's a bitch he never got him outta the garage Razz

Love you for it tho bro!
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 5:19 am

Ish should be epic once sorted out, Pimpmobile Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 5:46 am

looking forward to seeing what you do with this mate

future JAE support vehicle? ;p

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 6:45 am

All I can say is when it's done it's gonna be a furrrrrrkinnnn lush low ass beast lol
Low and slow benny lols
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 8:04 am

o my god a old mint merc if you live local to wednesbury there is a guy that will rebuid your rad cheap iv used him in the past
a new rad for my chevy was £169 he rebuilt for £70 and it looks like new

18"amg' alloys and drop the fucker on its ass.. job done
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 8:46 am

So sick benny. definitely a rare one being manual. can't wait to see more progress

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 9:17 am

^x2

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 10:14 am

Do want! There is a silver non estate model of this near my house and I always wanted to ser it on its arse

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 10:40 am

big-al wrote:
o my god a old mint merc if you live local to wednesbury there is a guy that will rebuid your rad cheap iv used him in the past
a new rad for my chevy was £169 he rebuilt for £70 and it looks like new

18"amg' alloys and drop the fucker on its ass.. job done

I've got a brand new one coming for £80. Cheers tho, I live near Bournemouth dude anyways lol

I'm keeping the standard steels for the moment, I really like the shiny and body coloured hub caps.

If I did buy wheels then they'd HAVE to look old skool. It'd get away with some BBS RS's tho I think!

Ebay Germany has so many cool old wheels, thank the lord for google chrome and it's auto translate! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 11:10 am

This has big potential and I'm sure you wont disappoint Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 25 Aug 2011, 7:42 pm

CAnt wait to see the progress on this either!
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Tue 30 Aug 2011, 7:39 am

My steering wheel boss adapter turned up and after getting the old wheel off and the new boss on I found out that Nardi Torino steering wheels have a different PCD to MOMO wheels so I've ordered an adapter fom eBay which should be here soon.

So today I polished up some more brightwork with the amazing stuff that is Meguiars Metal Polish. Got round to the front and the old front grille was showing it's age with the plastic feeling brittle and the colour an old faded grey colour.



So whipped it out and got a few coats of new satin dark grey on it and it looks really good. The satin finish makes it look much more of a factory finish.

Sorry for the crappy phone pictures, I'll take some with my DSLR soon.



Hopefully my front spoiler should turn up this week too! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Wed 31 Aug 2011, 3:59 am

He moves Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Wed 31 Aug 2011, 11:08 am

New radiator turned up.

So had to fit it there and then!

Went pretty smoothly really.

Old and new:



Fitted in:



Marc in his pink jacket filling the new rad up lol



Fired it up and had to do a cheeky little drive to make sure it could actually move under his own steam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OelaYF5DXow

After I pulled it up I saw lots of water dripping down and looked to find this



Water coming from the water pump Sad How annoying. New one will be priced up tomorrow!

Couple of random shots.



Newly painted grille



Can't wait to see it dumpt!

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Wed 31 Aug 2011, 6:51 pm

Do want!

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Thu 08 Sep 2011, 10:36 am

Well the other day I came home to find some parcels waiting for me (always gets me excited!) and first of all it was a new water pump.

After taking the old one off, I found I didn't really need a new one but while it was off I thought what the hell and whacked a new one on.

The actual leak was coming from the coolant housing where it bolts to the block, the gasket had given up. Quick trip to the local Mercedes dealer and 85 pence later I had the gasket I needed!

Battled on in the rain, and fitted it back together.


You can see here new pump and gasket and also the smaller coolant housing gasket just poking out down the left hand side.




The bottom pulley had to come off also as the lower bolts we're covered up by it. VERY annoying but got on with it.




Filled the system with water and watched for leaks. Hurrah! No leaks and one happy chappy! Smile

Next up my steering wheel adaptor came.

The Boss I'd bought had only MOMO wheel PCD and Nardi wheels have a slightly larger PCD so this adapter came from the states. Pretty pricey but does the job.



And the Nardi Torino wheel fitted. Sooo much nicer than the massive standard wheel!




Also my front lip arrived! Looks pretty cool and is pretty good quality and fit.

Just needs painting up and fitting. Gonna leave it to very last after the Air ride Ect as it's not that important and I'm not sure if I'm gonna run with it yet.

Here's how it looks anyways.




Oh and a new sticker Razz



Chrome one's are tasty!
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Fri 30 Sep 2011, 12:48 am

UPDATE!

So he went in for an MOT the other week and I was expecting to be told what needed fixing and where but . . .

It only went and passed! lol Few advisories were that the exhaust system has multiple blows and the rear brake pipes are starting to perish.

I was chuffed as nuts, sorted insurance which was £200! and taxed it online. Proper smooth to drive, the slight body roll takes a while to master if you go into a corner too quick, the tyres instantly squeal like pigs lol

One thing I will say is so far it's F**KING Juicy compared to my 1.6 16v Honda haha!
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Sat 01 Oct 2011, 5:17 am

Today I drove down to Beaulieu to the Vintage Tyre Centre and bought some Atlas white wall trims.

Finally worked out the nack of getting them on and I'm really pleased how they came out, gives it even more of an old skool vibe! Should look sweet slam dunked on them! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Sat 01 Oct 2011, 5:20 am

OG business!
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Sat 01 Oct 2011, 5:33 am

Slam it!!! did you see the green one i posted up a while back ??
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Sat 01 Oct 2011, 5:44 am

No matey
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PostSubject: Re: Benny's Mercedes W123 280TE Project.   Wed 05 Oct 2011, 10:15 am

Took some newer shots of the Merc, Enjoy!





Seats laid flat



Inside



Old and new old car





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