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  1. So the glove box lid and mechanism have been repaired and it all work's! The dash had two screwdriver marks that I gently warmed up with the hot air gun, took some time to get the dents out but I'm happy with the results even if it's not perfect, Before After My attention was then to JUST fit my spare battery as I had run the original one down by leaving the interior light on over night, taking the battery out soon showed up some other stuff to be making good due to battery acid corrosion stuff ! The battery tray and clamp looked pretty grim But old Mercedes metal is far thicker and rust resistant than I first thought I think I've been lucky with this ! Vactan was brought out of the shed and applied to all of the rusty bits, I took out the spare wheel as some surface rust was underneath it, I think it might have had water getting in the boot from the dodgy antenna rubber This doesn't seem to be leaking anymore as it did rain last night and the boot was dry this morning , but it has evidently caused the boot floor to rust through the metal but the underseal is very thick and has no visible issues from underneath, this will get welded up in time but for now I'm just treating it with Vactan, The battery clamp was also crusty, so wire wheel in the drill, place drill in vice, then masking tape the trigger on (health and safety look away now) lol, Thorough rust removal and paint with my favourite paint Rustolium Hard Hat, came out ok I think, The rust is not the end of the world and I'm sure will be reasonably easy to fix with my sparkly stick machine, in other Rust related news I need to have a look at both sills, the drivers side sill has a patch that i was aware of when i made the offer to buy the car, it's gone past the scrape and apply Vactan stage, it's rather ripe and crunchy/crusty further investigation is required, some of the other rubber grommets have bubbling around them but no way near as bad as this one That's it for now, updates will follow
  2. Yesterday's C280's fixing of various bits, the glove box lid that was broken prior to me owning the car was my focus, The tiny plastic catch in my hand above was truly knackered but luckily all the parts were still present, I made myself comfortable at the table with a large Latte and began working out how to put it all back together, the metal hook/catch was rather bent but with some careful manipulation I had it back to its old shape, the casing around the hook was in 3 bits and the small brass pin that holds the whole lot together was badly bent, I removed the pin and managed to get it back to an acceptable standard by sliding a small pop rivet trough the centre and popping it in the vice, the small tappy stick was then introduced, The pin itself was swaged both ends when made so I had to re swage one end once I had got the catch back together, Heath Robinson was called on so a large nail with the tip filed to a better finish was used for this, I ended up with this Some two part gorilla glue was next to put some strength back into the repaired catch This was then put aside while the glue hardened and hopefully to be fitted tomorrow, next on the list was the boot lock due to its reluctance to lock and unlock from the central locking, the central locking works on a vacuum system, each lock has a small bellow with a rod to operate the locks but on the boot it just wasn't working so out came the boot lock to have a closer look, Hmm a bit of corrosion on the rear, stop it at the back ! The brown stuff was everywhere and was not allowing free movement of lock parts so a thorough clean was called for, a stainless steel brush, craft knife, WD40 and carburetor cleaner were used to clean up the rear of the lock, the merde that came of and out of the lock was thick and crunchy, Everything was gummed up including this ring that should turn easily to operate the two micro switches on the lock, Unfortunately I could not get the barrel out of the lock as even with the spring clip removed it didn't want to fully come apart, so I washed it through best I could with carb cleaner and then filled it with oil, the lock is now fully functioning and works perfectly with the rest of the system, I reffitted the lock last night because Security, Later today I will be putting the glove box mechanism back in the lid and then putting the whole lot back in the car, I will of course follow up later with pictures
  3. Today I actually did something to C280, the last week and days have all just blended in to one another, I've found myself just sitting and relaxing, listening to the Bird song which is unusual for us having Heathrow airport, the M3, M25 in earshot, the sun was out for more than a couple of days and i have sat in the garden pondering life, it's been nice and all but the car has been waiting patiently since it arrived here, so this morning i got out and took a look at the first job needing doing, the central locking was not working from the keys i have when I tried them in the door, I'm not convinced that the two front locks are from this car as they don't slide in as well as the other locks on the car, further investigation is required for the door locks but at another time, it looks like the car had been fitted with a Laserline alarm when new, but no fobs came with the car so hunting the control box out was my next move, the lower cover driver's side came of easily exposing the alarms hiding place, the alarm had been fitted almost perfectly with out the use of scotchlocks, removed the fuse box cover in the engine bay and started taking out the fuse board's and relay holder thing, this gave me loads of access to the wiring harness, lots of chopping off wire's and a little time later I had a pile of scrap alarms come with many wire's mostly they are in one area but some go to do other stuff, this old Laserline alarm had a master key hidden in the back off the glove box, so that lot came out too, the glove box lid and lock have been broken in a car break in before my ownership, so I can see if I can at least repair it so it closes, the previous owner just applied another piece of Gaffer/Tank/Race/whatever you call it tape when the old bit gave up, will be nice to have a fully operational glove box lid With that lot removed it was on to fitting a remote central locking kit that has been sitting around since 2017 and I don't even remember what I bought it for originally? No picture of the Kit as I have not taken any, but you do get a picture of the new key fob with the C280's key, I haz working remote central locking There will be more pictures tomorrow
  4. That moment you realise you have at least a 3 month wait to be able to book an opticians appointment
  5. They do like using chod in Le France as I remember pappin some when I was last there in 2011-12, thanks for sharing
  6. Dodgy thermostat or blocked radiator is where I would start if it's not getting hot enough
  7. Does this model have a oil cooler in the radiator? I had this in a Volvo 850, I had to change the radiator and then it was all good, just a thought
  8. With the W203 came the electronics, part of the reason i got an earlier Merc, its almost analogue in comparison to the crazy electrical modern Mercedes, the interior has a smell that reminds me of a W124 my Friend had and the doors all shut with solid precision, I really quite like it so far, body let's it down but it's not a rot box just some silly bits that need doing, most pressing will be sorting out the rust hole on the right hand sill, its not big ( famous last words ) but needs doing, I will make sure to take many pictures when I do
  9. I was sent some pictures from my Sister, it looks like we were a Ford family back in the day other than my father who changed from a MK2 Cortina Estate (EBY 713J) to a Volvo 145 then to the 244 GLE (NDJ 314W) you see below (third car back) This was my Sister's 2nd car EGK 50X that replaced the Mk2 escort after being written off, The Mk2 Escort belonged to my grandmother but passed it on to my sister when she gave up driving, before that my Grandmother owned an early Mk2 Cortina column change in Saluki Bronze, no pictures of that I'm afraid, EGK 50X came to a sticky end while it was parked up, as I remember it the car could not be moved due to the rear of the car being 4 foot shorter, Sister replaced it with the G reg Escort parked next to my Cortina 1600E at Carbis bay holiday park in Cornwall circa 1990 -1991, I was the only 20 years old at the time of owning the 1600E
  10. I can indeed confirm that the ride is very nice, smooth, quite with adequate power when required, the front lower bushes were replaced a couple of years ago due to clonking, hitting all the curb side drain covers and pot holes showed up no worrying noises which is nice as there a complete pain in the proverbial to replace so I'm told
  11. Some have asked for pictures, I am sure others will be interested to see the worst parts that I have discovered so far including the crazy paving paintwork on the boot and bonnet
  12. Tetleysmooth possibly it's the earlier type as mine is the pre facelift model, far less electrical bits on this than the 1995 - models, Schaefft yes I will in time change them back to original Orange indicators J-T I would have thought that this was bought by the Old money brigade way back in the day, BMW 328 for the young sales manager with file o fax in hand Mercedes C280 possibly the Managing director Does anyone have either Orange front indicators bonnet Star badge for one of these ?
  13. I did a buy on Monday, borrowed the trade plates from work and drove it home, So this is now my new project for the foreseeable future, I have been looking for an early W202 so quite happy with this popping up near me on Facebook marketplace, I only have this one picture so far as I have been kept busy at work trying to get customers cars out the door, What I know so far about this fine steed, Elegance spec automatic 106,000 miles 2.8 M104 straight Six What I know is needing doing for the next MOT so far, near side mirror glass broken, Rust hole in right hand sill, Oil leak from the front of the timing cover TADTS, central locking not working, I suspect a perished rubber vacuum hoses, I'm pretty sure there's going to be more but as I'm going to be home for the next I don't know how long (like many) I'm sure it will keep me busy
  14. Later today I will be doing a short collection on a wafty old hector, it's totally impractical for the current situation but I've always been a little tapped in the head so quite normal for me
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