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Parts / DIY universal
« on: February 16, 2021, 06:06:01 PM »

Vehicles / anybody want a stripped(!) rust-free 190 shell?
« on: January 30, 2021, 11:43:57 AM »
What a waste...

That's maybe 200$ worth of scrap right now. :(


Vehicles / barn find in Michigan
« on: January 30, 2021, 11:38:39 AM »
Not mine, but it seems like something pretty on the inside...


Off-Topic / a 1960 190b ponton wagon
« on: December 14, 2020, 05:58:57 PM »
Henry Magno reached out to me about a 190b ponton wagon that a customer of his is selling. The car presents reasonably well, it even runs, but it needs brakes badly, some suspension work, maybe a head gasket and the underside needs like 100 hours of rust repair.  That pretty presentation is the paint holding the rust together. :)

The owner is the son of the original owner, and he's looking for 16,000$ for the car.  I offered 9k and was turned down.

More photos from Henry...


Fintails / pretty pictures from
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:57:06 AM »
A little cross-forum posting going on. Somebody on the m-100 site asked about the old and I pointed him here. Somebody then replied with a link to some of the old archive pictures.


Vehicles / 220se in Spokane
« on: December 02, 2018, 03:08:23 PM »

Introductions / cth350 (aka Charlie)
« on: November 23, 2018, 11:26:22 AM »
Back in 1985, a year out of college, a friend at work was always telling me about the mercedes 190 he was restoring. It went in one ear, out the other. Stories about pistons, wood, leather, wires, paint. Nice friendly guy, but I was a bicycle mechanic at best and took the bus or my 10 speed to work every day.

It was a cold and rainy morning and I was walking the 2 blocks from the bus stop to the office and Arlon drove along side and offered me a lift that last little bit of the way. I hopped in without a second thought.  I thanked him for the save and figured out how to buckle the seat belt with only a little bit of help.  I immediately felt comfortably warm and sat back in the seat.  A few moments later, I realized that I was in my mom's living room. There was wood work, a comfy seat and the classic music was pleasant.  I thanked him for the ride and complimented him on the fine car.  Within months, I was looking for my own and saw a zillion cars from 190's to 280's. I settled on a 230/8 of all things and I've been hooked ever since.

Another friend was a one-man towing company. He and his buddies would drop a dead car off to me and I'd scavenge parts before they hauled it off for scrap. Those were the days of a 100$ parts car.  Lots and lots of cars went through my fingers. Some I kept whole, others, I kept little.  I moved and had to scrap a ton of alternators, heads and things like that. About 6 months later, I discovered this new fangled ebay market place and regretted the timing of the move, because those parts would have found a much better home. I am a book worm and acquired at least one of everything I could find. With shop manuals from the 170 up to the fiche for the cutting edge 90s cars.

My high water mark, about 10 years ago, found me with 36 Mercedes and a suburban to tow them. A 19 car garage in Reading to hold a bunch. And friends spread across the globe that have helped me learn and thrive as an arm chair mechanic (I am a computer programmer by trade). Many of those friends have passed, including Frank, Greg, Len and Stu.  Others have moved to more distant places (hey Mitch!).  Others have simply grown silent, or maybe I'm just not in the right place to listen.

Watering holes like this one have come and gone over the years. I met Frank via the old Mercedes Veteran's list in like '95.  He was a very cool cat with some great cars, a lovely family and a sharp mind.  The site was the go-to place back then for all things technical and DIY; the center of our community.  That drifted with benzworld and peach parts and the mbca trying to be "the place". There were others. The ponton folks managed to build a home for themselves. The 170/220 guys had a strong one for a while. The m100 crowd formed a group, it split over personalities, also pricing and status. The sides never reconciled and many moved on. The finback community homes have been discussed at length on our yahoo group.   I am glad it continues; that first benz, that 190 was a W110 car.


Vehicles / 300se lang for sale
« on: November 20, 2018, 10:05:13 PM »
I have a w112.015 300se lang for sale. It's in Reading, PA.

No clue when it last ran. It's all there except the radiator.


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