My Mercedes Collection

My Mercedes collection after giving them a quick wash. A representative from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Mounting NSW Historic plates

NSW has a great historic registration system. It allows for classics to be used for 60 days on a logbook for a drastically reduced fee. For unknown reasons the plates issued are tiny plates with purple numerals. The plates are so small they are not wide enough for the mounting holes on most cars. As […]

450SLC timing chain check

The Achilles heel of M116 and M117 engined cars is the timing chain. As the engine is an overhead valve engine, the chain is used to make sure the valves open and close when they should. On the V8 the chain needs to go to both heads and down to the crankshaft and so it […]

450SLC Repaint completed

The 450SLC is complete and I picked it up over the weekend. What a difference from the faded original paint at the front of the car – it is like having a new one.

The respray took place over three weeks (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3). In addition, rust was cut out, […]

450SLC Repaint part 3

The 450SLC is now completed. Last week the actual spraying was done, and this week the car was polished, re-assembled and checked. I do my final inspection and collect the car this weekend.

In addition to having the car re-sprayed, I had the air cleaner resprayed in black and the chrome arch covers removed […]

450SLC Repaint part 2

Another week has gone by at the panel beaters on the 450SLC and the car is getting much closer to completion. Last week was mostly rust repair and preparation, this week completed the preparation and started the actual re-spray.

Where components could be reasonably removed, they were to ensure that they were painted […]

450SLC Repaint part 1

My 450SLC has now spent a week at the panel beaters having rust removed and being prepared for paint.

The starting point was the chassis rail on the drivers side.

This was welded and then painted.

From there, work moved to the boot where both sides were rusting and there was some […]

450SLC Rust

The big Achilles heel in the R/C107 chassis is its propensity to rust. They are pretty much bullet proof mechanically, but the rust proofing from the factory was poor and there are a lot of areas where they can and do rust, even in climates such as Australia that are not prone to it. Once […]

722.0 B3 (reverse) band adjustment

My 450SLC was starting to slip a little in reverse, especially under load (e.g. up a hill). The transmission was shifting gears very well other than this one area, and the fluid looked clean and at the right level.

The 450SLC uses the 722.0 transmission, which unlike the later models has an adjustable B3 band […]

450SLC door striker replacement

The drivers door on the 450SLC had become harder and harder to close properly over the past year or so. It normally took a couple of tries before it would latch correctly. I therefore decided to try replacing the door striker, which do wear out over time. The part number of the new striker was […]