By Peter C
Woke up this morning, had a little time before I had to leave the house for work, had a quick look at what’s new for sale on Retro Rides and saw an ad for a W124 200E manual, located 15 miles from home. I had no intention of buying a car today but I had to have it! I called the seller and arranged a viewing.
2 x rusty front wings (TADTS)
1 x rusty rear arch
Needs a polish
Tracking is out because new track rod end was fitted for MoT
Engine has oil leak/s
It’s a W124 200E!
5 speed manual transmission
Brand new MoT
Superb MoT history
4 x as new Continental tyres
Last owner for 15 years, her husband before that for 4 years
Very tidy MB-Tex interior
All electrics work
The dealer kindly delivered the car to my house but I managed a pez station shot on route:
Remove front wings, cut away rust and apply plenty of wob.
In-situ similar repair for rear arch
Clean and polish
Leave patina and enjoy the car as it is
I will update this thread once progress is made.
Hopefully these two will become good friends.
Big thanks to Panhard65 for transporting this for me.
Now unloaded and waiting for me to start work on it. First time I've seen it outside. I think Panhard65 thinks it's a bit of a turd but doesn't want to be nasty.
Entertaining Mrs SiC friends today, so I need to put these away from kids hurting themselves. Going to live in the garden for a month undercover. If I can get the 1275 in there running, these will be sold on. If I can't, I'll see if I can get any of these in.
For now, I have to earn some more goodwill credits with Mrs SiC.
By Peter C
I bought a lovely Mini Cooper S from @Sunny Jim which my wife and I collected yesterday. See here:
The Cooper made the 250 mile 4.5 hour journey to Buckinghamshire (from North Wales!) under its own steam but all was not well under the bonnet. The fresh air vents were providing anything but fresh air, I was choking on oily fumes. I stopped on route and wiped a lot of oil from the rocker cover and gently kept going, keeping the engine revs below 3k.
Before you read any further, I have absolutely no qualms about the car or the deal I made with @Sunny Jim I bought an 18 year old car with 120k, sold as seen, of course there will be problems!
I investigated further this morning. There was oil all over the front of the engine and on top of the exhaust manifold shield.
I went to remove plug lead No 2 and it came off in two pieces, the metal connector has split from the cable.
Next I removed the sparkplugs. Plugs 1 and 4 were a little moist but plugs 2 and 3 were sinking in engine oil.
The rocker cover gasket and plug well seals were obviously knackered, a typical R50/53 fault.
To get the rocket cover off...
All this had to be removed. It's by no means a difficult job but it was time consuming. There is a bit more space under the bonnet of my W123 & W124!
I've bought a new set of leads £18 and I'm picking up the gasket set tomorrow morning (£40). Hopefully the whole lot will go back together without any issues.
Look at this engine, it's hard to believe that it's done 120k miles in 18 years. Everything under the rocker cover looks mint!
In other news, to replace a blown brake light bulb I had to remove the entire light unit. How stupid. Modern* cars ehh?
The annoying rattle from the tailgate was silenced with a 4 inch length of insulation tape, wrapped around the lock catch.
I do like a clean exhaust pipe. Or two. Out came the Brasso and I am pleased with the shine.
And finally, I've noticed that the small lights in the front bumper flick on randomly. According to the experts on a Facebook group, the presence of LED bulbs is upsetting the system.
What do you get after 16 hours and 800 miles of driving on a Sunday to collect two cars? Well @sharley17194 picks up a 1997 Citreon AX from the depths of the Lakes on the North West coast past Keswick. However, we actually started the day by driving to just near Cromer on the East coast to pick up this!
An Austin Montego poverty spec estate with a 1.3L A-series engine! Yes you did read that bit right! Yes I know the DVLA lists the model as 1.6... Yes its correctly registered as 1.3L. No I dont know if its a factory 1.3L! 😂
My favourite part of all this??? (Apart from the doom blue colour and the absolutely terrible interior!) 281,000 miles on the clock!
Collection went really well and the below posts follows my initial assessment of what is quite frankly the best car I have ever purchased.
Been far too long* since I have done one of these..
Last night, I spent some time ( and not an inconsiderable number of £) ordering up parts to fix 4 of the fleet. Additionally, the Audi goes in on Monday for two front tyres.
By midnight I was cash poor and not yet part rich, so I downed the laptop and turned to idly browsing my phone..
Staying strong through the sea of " for sale" tags here, I upped the ante and broke out TEH DADDY!
Up in these parts, the bargains are oft far flung - population density and geography conspiring against the local bargain hunter.
Due to this, my default search includes a radius of 150 miles - annoyingly flagging up NI cars not worth the extortionate repatriation costs.
However, it also reaches into the far flung Ecosse.. catching exotic locations such as Duns and Huntly.
But not so this time, for lo, the tree did bear fruit and it doth fall not far from my abode.
This is the collection leg of the adventure, a TTT/ Split_Pin co-produced Caper.
My lift arrives at 8.