I should possibly set the scene a bit..
I'm slowly turning into the person I used to hate when I was a youth. I suspect it's a sign of the times and getting older.
Whilst I was working on my W124 300E last night, I started looking over the car and did a quick VIN decode, just to see what equipment my car would have been fitted with as standard. I've never really been a matching numbers conkers licker sort of enthusiast, always believing that if it's your car, you're free to do what you want with it, but if you ruin your car, I will call you a dickhead for it.
I'm a VW nut, (yeah yeah..) and as such I've watched modified beetles and golfs over the years and quite enjoyed what folks have done, but then the whole matt black, rusty shite bolted to them, taking the paint off business started happening, and I don't get that. I don't mind a car that's been ravaged by use and the hands of time, I find some mild decay a little interesting, but if you stick nitromors over your bonnet because it makes people look at you, you've gone down in my estimations. I'll let you enjoy it. But I won't praise your car, or the work you've done to it. It seems a waste to me. If you do something dangerous to your car, I WILL call you a prat for doing so.
Anyway I digress.
So, as some of you know, I've now been the custodian of my W124 300E (M103 12v non cat) for some time now. I sold it to a lad as I was never going to get it done, and then he started to pinapple it, then lost interest and built a big turbo engine for his Mitsubishi colt... then left a job at a classic restoration business where he was storing the car to go and be a fitter for Merc Commercial vehicles. I saved the car from being bailed up, and it's sat waiting for me to get round to it.
Well, now I'm getting round to it, partly because my landlord at the unit is getting sick of the sight of it, and has offered me free storage at their farm.. away from all my tools, meaning it'll sit even longer!
The car.. well it's last MOT was in 2009, it failed on the following:
Reason(s) for failure
- Nearside Windscreen washer provides insufficient washer liquid (8.2.3)
- Offside Windscreen washer provides insufficient washer liquid (8.2.3)
- Nearside Side repeater not working (1.4.A.2c)
- Nearside Rear Tyre has a cut in excess of the requirements deep enough to reach the ply or cords (4.1.D.1a)
- Offside Front coil spring fractured (2.4.C.1a)
- Offside Front Brake pipe excessively corroded (3.6.B.2c)
- Offside Rear Brake pipe excessively corroded (3.6.B.2c)
- Nearside rear parking brake recording little or no effort (3.7.B.6a)
- Offside rear parking brake recording little or no effort (3.7.B.6a)
- Exhaust emissions carbon monoxide content excessive (7.3.B.1a)
- Parking brake: efficiency below requirements (3.7.B.7)
Advisory notice item(s)
- Nearside Front Brake pipe slightly corroded (3.6.B.2c)
- Nearside Rear Brake pipe slightly corroded (3.6.B.2c)
- Brake pipe slightly corroded (3.6.B.2c)
- Exhaust has a minor leak of exhaust gases (7.1.2)
- both rear discs corroded
- near side front wheel arch corroded
That happened while my Dad owned the car.
He did some of the stuff that needed doing. And then never could get it to run right. Lack of understanding of the Jetronic fuel injection.
Obviously, it's been sat, so I've had a good poke under it for rot in the usual places, and I'm happy to report it's OK. Infact it's very solid, it's never been welded and won't need any. There are a few signs of breach of the rubberised underseal, which I've removed back to clean metal, neutralised with genolite, and then brushed on some grey stripe to protect it further, followed by a shultz underseal to keep it looking tidy.
Last night I had the relays, plugs, fuses etc off and cleaned up any corrosion, that's all sorted now. Aside from a lazy wiper linkage, everything seems to work as it's meant to.
The front wings are now aftermarket. That's annoying because the panel gap is awful by the door.
Excuse the awful pictures.
2018-08-09_09-18-46 by davedorson, on Flickr
2018-08-09_09-19-23 by davedorson, on Flickr
2018-08-09_09-19-00 by davedorson, on Flickr
Now, lets start with those wheels.
They're going. They're the wrong, they look stupid. To make it look right, I'd have to buy some scene like rubber for them, and lower the car. I don't want to do that. They were only ever really used to move the car, I was given them for repairing a MK2 Golf. When I saved the car, he wanted to keep the 16" sportline wheels from a later C Class that were fitted as he'd refurbished them and wanted to get some money out of the car.
They are actually genuine Aero One's (I've sent some images through to someone on one of the Faceache W124 groups that knows this stuff who's confirmed). They're W124 offset but presently have massive tyres fitted.
I bought set of 15 holes from someone on here.. sorry, I forget who, but he had a berlingo
They were original equipment on my car, they're currently at the blasters waiting for me to collect them. I've not done that yet as I've not bought suitable tyres (I've got some mismatched part worns). I'm swayed toward Continental's in the original 195 65 R15, I've been told to ensure I get 91V rated ones, because otherwise the comfort will be ruined...
The indicators, we want gingercators, we know this. The rear lights are tinted, I'm not sure if they should be, I think they'd look better if they weren't. I'll source orange ones and sell these.
My car had the optional side repeaters. They're behind the wings, because aftermarket wings have no hole for the indicators in..
The fuel pumps have failed, they need to be swapped out. I've got one on the shelf, the second on order. I'll give it new fuel filters too. Hopefully I can then sort out the issues with it not running right. I suspect the failing pumps caused someone to richen it up and that's made the CO2 really high.
The front spring, as you know, I've swapped.
I'm finding myself looking at making this car as close to factory as I can.
It does need some paint. The arches are a bit crispy at the rear and I want to sort that before it gets any worse, but ideally I want to MOT it before I attack the bodywork properly.
The car is 040, Black (the same colour they used on the hammers), the sacco boards are a matt grey, I've got them all, I just need to find some clips for them.
The interior is MBTex Mushroom, (175). it's held up OK, it needs a clean up and a bit of a repair to the drivers bolster.
The engine is the m103 unit, with a 722.3something or other 4 speed automatic with 2nd gear start.
I'm scared I'm becoming a licker..