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Looking forward to seeing it's journey continue on here. As mentioned before, for the asking price buying a running and driving W140 WITH MOT is an absolute no brainer. If I was closer I would have jumped on it despite already having one in the drive!

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Whilst it might not look like it, this trip odometer reading indicates a significant mille-stone, 1048.1 miles achieved in my first month aboard the ex @HMC w140. 
It has been a 1st klasse experience for me, never have I enjoyed so much leg room in a car (After a liberal dose of contact cleaner was applied to the electric seat controls!). 
I have been busy attending to some of the car’s faults but not in photographing all of the processes...
The viscous fan coupling and the thermostat were changed promptly which was an improvement but not the complete solution. The radiator didn’t feel like it was getting evenly hot, suggesting impeded flow so citric acid was introduced to the coolant and left to work it’s magic. 
After a week in the system, the radiator was now warming evenly so the citric-coolant-cocktail was drained and the system flushed and refilled. 

The cause of the radiator clogging was diagnosed as a leaky transmission oil cooler, which passes through the radiator, so bypassing it was the preferred/cost effective option.

Since the bypass, radiator clogging has reduced wholesale and transmission expiration has yet to manifest. A filter and oil change are in the immediate future of the gearbox as a reward for its compliance.

Not all of the improvements* have been mechanical ones, the o/s/r door had two holes drilled in it and it’s handle had been forced, these issues were resolved with silicon, a 2p piece and a 10€ cent.



The reinstatement of the wooden trim from the front of the ashtray was not as easy as I assumed but with an assistant, anything is possible...

Also on the list of repairs was to put an end to the petrol smell that would infrequently overwhelm the cabin, the seals around the fuel gauge sender were found to be harder than Fedor Emelianenko, swapping those for some freshies banished the stink.

And that is where we are up to in the story so far, tune in some other time folks.

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14 minutes ago, beko1987 said:

Nice, some nice easy* jobs ticked off there! 

You don't want to be overheating in the last few hours of summer we have left now

Thanks, I’m fairly sure the ashtray trim was the hardest job yet, not only tightening the screw that holds it on to the ashtray module but achieving the sort of even shutlines that a car of this calibre deserves...


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Owing to the w140’s arrival, my s210 has had a fairly relaxed time of late, it’s still getting used but mainly when the roads are dry. So, practically never then! 
I have managed to achieve a full (picture free obviously...) service of it though, and to replace the fractured expansion tank:

You can just about see the pink residue of crack evident in this picture.


Crack free tank installed, nice.

All was confirmed as grand following an extended test drive to Brighton. I truly love this car, comfortable, capable, cool as you like and capable of both irresponsibility and economy, RATED!


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