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#121 OFFLINE   forddeliveryboy

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:32 PM

Whispering diesel, they called it. Back when most oil burners were XUDs and other pleasantly-rattling dizzlers were commonplace, these things were quieter than a Peugeot petrol.
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:52 AM

If it was a 309 pez, not a challenge; a schoolmate's mum had one of those when I was a sprog, you could hear it coming from about a mile off the valvegear was that bad.

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:06 AM

If it was a 309 pez, not a challenge; a schoolmate's mum had one of those when I was a sprog, you could hear it coming from about a mile off the valvegear was that bad.

Nostalgia! Yeah, I knew it was my parents getting home when the old 309 turned into the road. A really distinctive sound.
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:15 PM

You need this:

 

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:28 PM

You need this:

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Nup.

I need to work on the fleet
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:19 PM

I'm basing my mpg guess on the Junkman's excellent doom blue example..

I know he loved* that car

 

I kept detailed records of our 300D's fuel consumption. Here's the data:

 

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hope this helps


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:34 PM

My rear headrests don't fold down, so I expect that to have a negative effect
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:16 PM

My rear headrests don't fold down, so I expect that to have a negative effect


My saloons folding headrests caused me great amusement when rear seat passengers fell asleep leaning on them and I pressed the button to drop it...
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:24 PM

I like that straight six diesels wail as the petrols howl. I don’t get to exercise the loud pedal a lot, but my favourite standing uphill start is at the lights on the a30 outside wentworth golf club. Glorious sounds.
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:27 PM

My saloons folding headrests caused me great amusement when rear seat passengers fell asleep leaning on them and I pressed the button to drop it...


I started off haveing them in the lowered position on my coupé but got tired of lifting them up with passengers so now have them permanently up. It’s just a party trick dropping them but I use their recess to house the large bags of silica gel I need to dry the rear window.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:32 PM

Today this was pressed into service.

I approached with trepidation, as it had lain for 4 days without a start.

1 heat later and it was away :) loaded it with tools and set off for the unit with some tasks to do.

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On the left is a pile of trim parts that need refitting.

I can confirm an indicated 100mph was registered;)

The 335 had to get brake work attended to, and my brother took care of that.

I turned my attention to removing some of the filth from the Merc.

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I got the windows cleaned, hoovered it out and got the dash and door cards cleaned

As usual, I spent some time cleaning the steering wheel and stalk.

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Something tells me this ain't done the 315k..

I also discovered the spare and found some crispy bits

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After the clean, it was deployed to run the Toledo to its new abode.

We're on the way back to the unit to pick up my brother's car, and have just turned 316k
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:41 PM

Don’t knock the indicator etc switch. It could be original- I did read in a club magazine about it being the most expensive switch ever designed.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 07:45 PM

Don’t knock the indicator etc switch. It could be original- I did read in a club magazine about it being the most expensive switch ever designed.


I just meant it looks damn new! Plastic doesn't feel like the other ones either...


Arrived home now, mild panic as one of the
structural* cable ties holding an undertray on failed about 2 miles from home.

A repair for in the daylight tomorrow methinks.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:12 PM

Rust on the framework on inside of the rear side windows is a common problem. Be careful, if it gets worse you will get water ingress into the boot. A bit of rust treatment and a lick of Hammerite would probably help.

All in all that’s a sweet ride my friend.
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:19 PM

Rust on the framework on inside of the rear side windows is a common problem. Be careful, if it gets worse you will get water ingress into the boot. A bit of rust treatment and a lick of Hammerite would probably help.

All in all that’s a sweet ride my friend.


Thanks.

I'll see what else needs doing, but safe to say after circa 200miles, I'm growing to like it!
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Posted 08 December 2018 - 10:33 PM

W124’s are addictive, especially a capacious diesel estate with a smooth six pot motor.

What’s the plan for the front wings? Have you seen my photos and write up of the repairs that I did to my wings?
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:26 AM

I just meant it looks damn new! Plastic doesn't feel like the other ones either...
Arrived home now, mild panic as one of the
structural* cable ties holding an undertray on failed about 2 miles from home.
A repair for in the daylight tomorrow methinks.



That’s what I thought you meant on the stalk.

The front undertray on mine was absolutely terrible with oil and muck but the main dealer cleaned it all for me when they had it this year. Now it’s shiny!
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 10:11 AM

I really like these, they've got a certain calmness about them. The P.O. of my old 300D decided to fix the problem of a non-functional stop solenoid by tieing a piece of baling twine to the stop lever which then was left hanging out of the grille. This had to be periodically replaced due to getting munched by the power steering pulley. Your repair will hopefully be an improvement on this.


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 11:50 AM

Column stalks? Hewn from granite M8.

Undertray cable ties must be aftermarket. Tsk tsk.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 02:35 PM

A repair has been effected on the undertray and silent* running has resumed.

I used it to run parts for the 320 over and also caught up with Davehedgehog31 of this here parish, and we did a back to back Exec express test.

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His is faster. Purely down to having a turbo gauge, and nothing to do with 2.5x the power..
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 08:31 PM

Love these, watch the tank for rot that falls in and is then swept into the filters. The best thing about them is the way they just chew the miles, you can play travelling salesman.
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 09:54 PM

Here's one for the assembled crowd..

At motorway speeds (60mph+), the steering on the Merc feels a bit 'vague and twitchy'.

No obvious thunks/bangs etc from balljoints, could it be the steering box needing adjusted?
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 10:23 PM

Check fluid levels and tyres (camber and pressures)
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 10:31 PM

Check fluid levels and tyres (camber and pressures)


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Posted 09 December 2018 - 10:36 PM

Check fluid levels and tyres (camber and pressures)

I'd add and the tyres themselves. They may have flat spots from standing or other defects. Is the undertray on right and front spoiler and towing eye in place? These should feel more planted the faster you go...up to 155mph if in a 300 24valve he he.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 12:57 AM

 Y U no fit a 606 from a W210 if you want a dizzler?


If I had one of them I probably would do.

It's all pipe dreams at the moment anyway

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:08 PM

I was at the helm on this for a bit on Sunday. "Dignified" is the word I would use.

 

Not fast by any measurement, momentum is gained with little sensation of acceleration but once there it holds its course with the minimum of fuss. 

 

Even with the loud pedal mashed to the floor there is no commotion, no strained shouting from the engine room aft, you proceed full steam ahead in complete comfort and effortless entitled style.

 

Lovely.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:44 PM

Here's one for the assembled crowd..

At motorway speeds (60mph+), the steering on the Merc feels a bit 'vague and twitchy'.

No obvious thunks/bangs etc from balljoints, could it be the steering box needing adjusted?


Yes. If it begins to resemble an old RR, it needs adjusting. There's always going to be a little slack compared with a rack and pinion, though - don't adjust up too tight.

I was at the helm on this for a bit on Sunday. "Dignified" is the word I would use.

Not fast by any measurement, momentum is gained with little sensation of acceleration but once there it holds its course with the minimum of fuss.

Even with the loud pedal mashed to the floor there is no commotion, no strained shouting from the engine room aft, you proceed full steam ahead in complete comfort and effortless entitled style.

Lovely.


I was convinced these were front-engined... they're glacially slow unless you rev them over 3500, or if the autobox is tired. Setting off is very stately on the autos (in 2nd), unless you mash the loud pedal which selects 1st, there's a surprisingly loud whoosh as six over square cylinders suck much air and many gallons of sump oil are stirred - and before your mind wakes up from 124-induced torpor it's gathering speed in second beyond 50.

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:55 PM

Yes. If it begins to resemble an old RR, it needs adjusting. There's always going to be a little slack compared with a rack and pinion, though - don't adjust up to tight.


Funny, I always compared me me to very much like a Range Rover but lower down.

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:55 PM

Yes. If it begins to resemble an old RR, it needs adjusting. There's always going to be a little slack compared with a rack and pinion, though - don't adjust up to tight.


Thanks, will look up the procedure!
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