500 posts on classicjalopy.com

The most recent post about the W126 cowl covers was the 500th post on this website. I started the site in May of 2013 when I was doing a lot of work on my Citroen DS. I had recently purchased the car and was fixing some of the problems with the car, installing a new radio and later re-upholstering it. At that time I never thought it would still be going 7 years later and with over 500 posts.

At the time, I wasn’t really concerned with how many views I got as I really created the site more for […]

450SLC Battery tray

I had not driven my 450SLC since early march due to the COVID19 lockdown. When I first started the car the battery seemed quite weak. After a drive, I put the car on my Ctek charger. The charger showed an error where the battery will would not hold a charge. This was confirmed by my Solar battery tester. The recondition mode helped a bit, but ultimately the battery is almost 8 years old.

I probably would have tried a bit harder with the reconditioning if it wasn’t for a 30% off sale on DIN batteries at Supercheap auto. It seemed […]

Yet another way of attaching NSW Historic Plates

After using blank plates as a way of attaching NSW Historic Plates on the 450SLC and the 560SEC, the adapter I fabricated for the 250SE was looking rather shoddy. I made it myself out of aluminium. I used thin aluminium to make it easier to cut. The thin aluminium bent easily and now had creases.

I liked how using the blank German plate filled in the spot for the plate rather well. This plate is far too modern for the 250SE. That style of plate was introduced in the early 90s. It is quite contemporary for a late 80s car, […]

NSW Historic Plate Adapter

It was just announced that the NSW 60 day logbook ‘trial’ has been made permanent. This is great news as its a really good system. The two minor drawbacks – the amount of paperwork and the size of the plates. The plates are tiny and really ugly. They are so small that they don’t line up with the mounting holes of nearly any car. The neatest way of mounting them is to use an adaptor.

On the 250SE and Traction Avant, I made adapter plates out of sheet aluminium. I’ve never been 100% happy with them. On the 450SLC, I […]

2011 Coldwater Car Show

One of the last car shows I attended in Michigan was the Coldwater Car Show in 2011. As the Coldwater Car Show is held in May, it is quite early in the season. I left Michigan in early July of the same year – this was probably the last decent road trip I did in my 560SEC. The SEC was a great road trip car and I put a lot of miles on it in the roughly three years I owned it. The drive was about two hours, a nice distance in that car.

At least back in 2011, this […]

The car stylists behind my Garage

Today, I was reading an excellent article on Curbside Classic about the legendary Paul Bracq. Bracq had a long career with Mercedes Benz, BMW, Peugeot. He also worked at an independent styling house. Part one covers his time at Mercedes-Benz and part two the rest of his career. I highly recommend this article.

Bracq was responsible for one of Mercedes-Benz most elegant designs of the post war period, the W111 Coupe/Cabriolet. He was also integral to the W108/W109, W114/W115 and the W113 Pagoda. Later in his career he also styled the E24 6 Series, another favourite of mine.

This article […]

Unfortunately, Facebook is killing car forums

The online communities for collector cars are now on their third iteration. They started mostly as email lists, moved to forums and are increasingly moving to social media. This is not a good thing.

The car forums and lists built a real sense of community and there was a lot of effort that went into many postings. Indeed, some individuals spent a lot of time writing up great howto guides on various topics.

Some of these car forum/email threads are now 10-15 years old, yet are still invaluable resources to the collector car community. At the end of the day, […]

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 these plates don’t end up on some disposable SUV where new holes can simply be drilled, a mounting plate is required. On the 250SE and Traction Avant, I fabricated my own mounting plates out of sheet aluminium. I didn’t have time to do this for […]

DS Paint Complete

The paintwork on the DS is now complete and the car is ready to be re-assembled.

I have the car back in my warehouse. To re-assemble I need to:

Re-fit the four door cards, rear seats and carpets Polish the boot hinges, fit the boot, C pillar trims etc Polish and re-assemble the rear bumper Re-fit the lights and rear number plate Rear indicators Antenna and rear view mirrors

In addition, the wiring is not right for the headlights so this will need to be traced one at a time. It will probably be some weeks before I can […]

DS final adjustment

The DS should be ready to be collected next week. All the panels are back on including the NOS bonnet.

The front of the car looks pretty much as it should now. Just minor adjustments for panel fit left. The painted wheels also make a massive difference.

The rear wings are also now done and adjusted. I’ll be doing the boot lid when I get the car home.

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