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Do you have an interest in other cars?
« on: December 14, 2008, 03:56:41 AM »
Do you have an interest in other cars?

I am guessing most of us do, I have owned a lot of different Benzes mostly from the 1970's and 1980's

green 72, 280ce


white 1980 250, built in East London, SA
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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2008, 03:59:03 AM »
1977 230 in orange



1974 280S, in green



230E, 230



450SEL 6.9 in green



Various other European and Australian cars


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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2008, 04:01:50 AM »
Would be great to see some pictures of other cars our members have owned or are interested in.




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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2008, 12:15:28 AM »
Hi,

I will try to post more of my cars when I find the time, but here is my 1956 Ponton with 72k miles. Formerly celebrity owned.



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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2008, 12:46:27 AM »
Pontons look nice with whitewalls!



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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2009, 06:26:44 PM »
I have a nice fin tail sedan and will post some pictures of it soon.  It is a 1963 220S which is now undergoing final preparation after upgrading to a 250S motor (7 main bearings c.f. 4) and alternator.  Even found a nice little electronic regulator that fits inside the original regulator housing.  After final detailing, I will take some pics.  may be a few weeks.  In the meantime, here is a shot of it together with my 190b:



Roundie trim not finished in that shot.

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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2009, 01:52:38 AM »
Here is a few of mine


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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2009, 02:05:35 AM »
Some wonderful looking cars there Ian and Craig

thanks for sharing these with us.


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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2009, 06:38:11 AM »
Washed the roundie today and took some pics.  Have been playing about and set up my own gallery:

http://ianamillar.com/gallery/index.php?album=roundie

I have put a few years and dollars into the restoration after purchasing it from a nice old lady in Melbourne who's husband purchased it  in 1962 and passed away in 1963.  She kept it until she could no longer drive due to poor vision in about 1998.

Almost everything is new: chrome, exhaust (SAAB 900 rear mufler fits perfectly), leather uphostery replaced the aweful red vinyl, and I used incorrect perforated white headlining as the original grey plastic was terrible.  All the door rubbers including the threshholds are new, window channels etc, air vents (fibreglass), cardboard between firewall and cabin replaced with new polypropylene sheet, carpets new, paint (the whole car was disassembled for painting in two pack top coat - not a base plus clear which would really look wrong IMO.  The guards, doors, bonnet and boot were removed for prep and painting, tyres, shocks, steering, engine was cosmetically tidied (red is the correct colour for the block btw) and the engine runs quietly without smoke (although the water pump and timing chain are new as is the radiator and I rebuilt the carby).  New copper piping replaced the hopeless steel piping for the cabin cooling at the firewall.  Even the windscreen wiper arms are new. We did drop the "pontoon" sub assembly and fitted new engine and subassembly rubbers though.  Even the foot pedal rubbers are new.  I won't ever enter it in a concourse as it has too many "wrong for them but right for me" changes like the 114 14 inch rims which were really essential for modern tyres.

One day the 170Va will be this good and I can post pics as nice as these.

In the meantime I will set up a 170Va progress gallery and another gallery for the finny (by mid Feb).
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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 03:18:42 PM »
Classic american cars are great from 1973 down...last couple years I owned a
1964 Pink Cadillac Fleetwood
1967 Mustang convertible
1966 BMW 2000cs
bunch of other stuff but these stick out the most from memory
But at the end of the day,I get bored with them quickly and sell them off for another Mercedes..as I am doing right now in my quest for  a 220 cab B

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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2009, 05:10:24 AM »
Ian:  I see you are using Zen Photo on your website.  Nice business site by the way.

http://ianamillar.com/index.htm

It's always nice to see the faces behind the cars.   

Zen photo is offered as a 1 click install on our server space, but I haven't tried it.   Is it pretty easy to navigate. 

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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2009, 03:46:38 AM »
Yeah.  It was too easy :)

I did the "professional" web site myself using a template that cost about 50 bucks!  Your browser needs a "Chinese Simplified" character set installed for the site to display completely and I found the moving GIF images do not work in some IE versions.  Mozilla Firefox is good and I use it anyway.
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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2009, 05:33:24 AM »
The 170Va restoration has been on hold as I have been concentrating on the Finnie.  Now it has a rebuilt 250S motor (which is much better than the original 220S motor because it has 7 main bearings cf 4).  I purchased a rusted out 250S a couple of years ago for $300 and removed all the good bits like the engine, transmission and axle etc.  I then purchased a whole compliment of engine parts from the USA before the exchange rate went south and had it rebuilt and balanced at a local machine shop with those.  It has NOS 2nd over-size pistons (to 2.6 litres) which were all balanced/trimmed.  The crank shaft was balanced too and every moving part is new from the gudgeon pins to the Bakelite chain guides.  The head has new inlet and exhaust valves and guides etc and new rockers and towers.  Every sprocket at the front of te engine is new as is the chain and tensioner.   I even had the fluid coupling reconditioned.  The transplant was over Xmas and New Year and the last month or so has been spent on the fiddly bits like the thermo fan and a simple electronic ignition system (USA Ignitor), auto service etc.  The car pulls like a train.  Very quiet like a modern car.  It will be even smoother later when the W108 engine damper is fitted to the front of the block.  I could not believe it.  The arm for that damper (which I pulled from the 250S) aligns and bolts right down on a spot on the body behind the driver's side headlight which looked like it was waiting for it in even though the finnie never had the system.   Still trying to find some 8mm Nutserts to hold it down.  I didn't go for a 280S motor due to the lack of meat between cylinders 3 and 4 which causes head gasket failures.  And the 350 V8 would have been silly.  The engine looks almost identical to the original and bolted right down on the same mounting points (with new rubber engine and transmission mounts and sub-assembly mounts).  Visual tell-tales are the coolant/oil heat exchanger on the side of the block and a different dipstick (which I painted red today). 

There are photos at one of my galleries:  http://ianamillar.com/gallery/index.php?album=finnie

You can just see the SAAB 900 thermo switch tube in the upper radiator hose for the fan.  Still fiddly stuff to do like finishing the electrics for the windscreen washer and there is a set of "restoration stickers" on the way from eBay. :)  Oh and the stupid cabin heater sprang a leak so the whole dasboard hs to come out.  :(  Really must do something about the rocker cover.  A friend suggests that I paint it with "POR" aluminium paint which is supposedly impervious to everything.

The thermo fan is a really good idea but you have to be careful with the selection of the thermoswitch.  The engine coolant thermostat is the standard 79 degrees so I selected a 87/92 thermoswitch so the fan only cuts in at temperatures above that at which coolant starts to flow through the radiator.  It is a much better arrangement than the noisy permanent fan on the water pump.

I only wish I could drive my cars!  Being legally blind and having an interest in old cars is a bit wierd, but I do enjoy being driven around so thats cool :)

So there you go.
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2009, 08:29:19 PM »
Ian on your ponton, where did you source the whitewalls in Australia?


What sort of costs were you looking at for a set of these?


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« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2009, 04:48:20 AM »
They are just English made "Atlas" inserts over Continental 175/65 R 14 tyres on W115 rims.  I would not recommend asking your average tyre shop to fit them.  They need tubes so air does not leak out as they fit between the tyre bead and the rim and no tyre-fitting lubricant should be used - else they pop out.  I think they came from Antique Tyre Supplies at Ingleburn in Sydney. I have another set to go on the Finny soon.  I think they were about a hundred bucks for four.
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« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2009, 04:58:02 AM »
And otherwise know as "flappers". They are available at quite a number of places - both Australia and overseas. For example, Niemoller sells them. They were on my Ponton when I got it, and despite hearing reports that they "flap" when driving and hence the name, I haven't had a problem with them so far. I did think of putting a bead of silicon around the outer edge so that they didn't "flap" but ...............

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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2009, 07:55:31 AM »
The Atlas ones are quite rigid.  Mine don't flap, but they do discolour over time and do tend to lift a bit at the periphery.  I remember the supplier telling me that they will no longer be made in the UK.  That was quite a while back.  They are not brilliant but look okay from a distance.  I will not put them on the 170Va.  I painted the wheels cream instead.  :)
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Re: Do you have an interest in other cars?
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2009, 01:45:18 AM »
A little fun:

OK apart from the "AUTOMATIC" badge on the wrong side, who can see a fault?



What about in this shot:



...or this one:



OK you will see it here:



A wee dot!  Why would there be such a dot?  Well how about the owner (two owners ago) who figured that having a 220S engine bored to 2.3 litres miraculously converted the car into a 230S then couldn't find a proper 230S badge so made one up out of a 280S badge by cutting the 8 like this:



...and then drilled new holes in the boot lid because the mounting pins were in a different position!  AAARRRGGGGG!!!!!

Anyway a proper badge from eBay, a bit of body filler and a careful sanding, a paper hole punch through a bit of masking tape, a dab of 2-pack and Bob's your uncle!

There are two other such wee dots but they are under the badge!

:)
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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2009, 01:52:32 AM »
You are quite a handy person at fixing things Ian, good work!

What is the significance if anything to the number plate? They do not appear to be standard NSW plates

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« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2009, 02:37:01 AM »
The plate is for NSW historic car rego (hence the "H").  Limited road use which suits me as I don't drive. The annual fee is only about $50 (maybe less - can't remember) which includes third party bodily injury insurance.  You have to be in a car club for this type of rego.  Tasmania would have the same thing.
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