Spac’s Adventures in Mercedes



  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.


    Floor matts to protect floor matts is an interesting decision to make...

    Another interesting decision is the bump strip on the *top edge of the door protector panels* . I assume that they were chrome originally, and it was an aesthetic decision.

    Car drives ok, although the auto is less co-operative than the one in the white car.

    This one is also filthy inside and out.

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.

    Couldn’t handle the flaky, stone chipped white grille on the 190E. No good before photos because I never think of them until it is too late.

    Tried the “aqua blaster” (wet bead blaster), trying to avoid chewing the plastic too hard.

    It worked pretty well.

    But the corners were impossible to get clean.

    Then I tried with the normal/dry blaster.

    Better. Faster, gets more of the nooks and crevices clean.

    But not all of them. There’s actually a ton of surface area and you need to rotate the grille to four different orientations (45*, 135*, 225* and 315*) to even see all of the paint, and then repeat on the other side.

    Luckily, the seal pick chips the paint out pretty easily.

    Bearing in mind that a new grille and surround is about $160 on ebay, I think that there’s about 6 hours work in this one…

    At this point, I think that I will leave the surround in stone-chipped white and repaint the aluminium trims in white, and reassemble it. If I make the rest of the car pretty, then I will buy a new grille.

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.
    edited October 2021

    This happened today.

    Before getting too excited, the manifold is Mitsubishi Astron. And they’re only 40mm carbs - I would have preferred 45s, but the existence of Chinese copies seems to have driven up the price of genuine Webers by a lot. Go figure. Anyway these came up at a tolerable price, so I went for it.

    Linkages have been installed back-to-front. These photos show the throttle closed, and just opened - the second carb can only begin to open after the first has already opened a fair way… These linkages should be swapped between the carbs (top to bottom in these photos).

    An unexpected bonus is that the port spacing appears to be the same as the Mercedes’ - I will definitely be looking at the possibility of modifying this manifold to suit (rather than fabricating from scratch as was the original plan).

    Next is to investigate 123ignition distributors. They list something for the four cylinder W123 (which should be the same M102 engine as the W201), but I am not going to spend $600 without being sure.

  • I like the 123 dizzy. I’ve got a programmable (via laptop rather than Bluetooth) in my 144 rally car. It’s done Sydney-London, Peking-Paris plus a couple of COTs without missing a beat.

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.

    Got the strips back onto the 190E grille. What a mongrel of a job! They take a lot of care to get on, and then fight every inch of the way.

    Went with white for the strips as a way to balance the 1980s bad taste against the 1980s bad taste…

    Definitely not immaculate, but nor is the rest of the car.

    I would have put it all back together, but I left the clips at work … well, I thought I did, until I opened the road car’s boot and discovered the clips there.

    Meh, a job for tomorrow afternoon.

  • Vee_QueVee_Que @Vee_Que South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.

    Wow ok. Is the backyard full yet!?

  • radoSteve'o @rado Shoalwater WA

    What a decent set of 40's fetching these days , if you don't mind me asking ?

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.

    I paid $600 with manifold. He started off asking for $1500, which was highly optimistic even with the Covid Tax.

    The $600 is the low end of the price range but still galls a bit considering the number of pairs of 45s I have bought and sold for less over the years…

  • radoSteve'o @rado Shoalwater WA

    Hmm , never had a set of 45s but a few 40s on escorts, capris . I've actually never driven a car with 45s but I bet it'll sound the goods . 40s should be good though for the merc hey ..

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.

    I think so!

    Merc people are weird. Once you get past the "the Mercedes engineers know best!" crowd, you still have to deal with the "just buy a Cosworth" and the "Fit a LS/SR/M111/JZ" crowds... and then you discover that there's a literal handful of people who have actually fiddled with the humble old M102 8V boat anchor and had reasonable results.

    Finally beginning to formulate a plan for these cars. Maybe.

  • Vee_QueVee_Que @Vee_Que South Eastern suburbs Melbourne.

    Yes well your old 45s are going well for me even if they kill floats regularly.

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.

    I did something else today…

    Not (just) because I have poor impulse control… but for one good reason:

    This is a C180, so is the 1.8 litre version of the 2.2 litre silver car.

    I now have most of the parts needed to put the 2.2 and manual box into one of the 190Es - will need to make engine mounts and I am not sure about the tailshaft.

  • You should put a beams motor into one of them

  • radoSteve'o @rado Shoalwater WA

    Looks tidy

    What's that set you back? If you don't mind saying

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.
    edited October 2021

    $1000 and a trip to Albury.

    I inadvertently took the photo from the most flattering angle possible. The front bumper is broken, and there's a solid dent in the bootlid (complete with oversized band-aid stickers).

    Also one rooted tyre (suggesting geometry/bush problems), saggy headlining, and a few other bits of weirdness.

  • I would daily the hell outta that...

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.

    The repaired ignition switch for the 203 turned up today. It lives!

    Washed all of the cobwebs off it, drove it, smiled.


    Also fiddled with the white C180. Confirmed that it does have a 3.9 diff in it - it feels ridiculously tall geared m, like considerably worse than an 96+ manual 240…

    There are some superficial similarities between MB diffs and small case BMW diffs, so I held a slim hope that I could adapt an E36 diff, but the measurements kill that idea.

    Will look at early 1-series diffs as an option.

  • PaddlerEdPaddler Ed @PaddlerEd New England Region, NSW

    Hey Spac, we've got someone with a load of cheap/free Mercedes parts up our way listed on scumtree - do you want me to grab any for you?

    All seem to be ex-W124 280E, but some might be useful for you collection?

  • SpacSpac @Spac Canberra-ish.

    If the front brakes are vented, then definitely them.

    Sway bars are also useful.

  • PaddlerEdPaddler Ed @PaddlerEd New England Region, NSW

    Looks like they're still attached to the body...

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