Sunday, 31 March 2013

Some Good News, Some Bad

Today was a day of mixed feelings. Let's start with all the good stuff :)
I received some goodies from Chemical Guys this week. Here's a recap. I used the green EcoSmart on George today as I didn't have the time to do a complete wash. At first, I found it hard to use as the buffing stage was proving to be quite labour intensive. I was spraying it on the car, saturating the panel, wiping it over with a MF cloth then buffing it with a second, clean MF cloth. I found that I was doing it quite wrong. After wiping the product (while lifting the dirt from the car), I should be waiting till the EcoSmart left a light white haze on the panel before buffing it off. Once I got that technique figured out, the job became not only easier, but a pleasure.
 I actually forgot to take a few pics after the work was done since I had to pack up and leave, but here's some before pics. You'll have to take my word for it that after the EcoSmart is buffed off, it left a beautiful glossy shine on the paint work. It looked like a liquid finish.

My idiot brother thought this was appropriate. I asked him not to do that since even the smallest dust scratches the paint.

Driver's rear bumper

Rear of the driver's side rear wheel arch.

This is a before pic. I wanted to take an  after shot from the same position, but I forgot :(

Here's a quick video on the application usage of EcoSmart.

Once I had finished with the painted panels, I applied the EcoSmart to the windows and wheels. They came up very nicely!

When the wash was all done, we headed out towards Manly Beach but since we were still a little early, we stopped over at the auto store to get some new wipers for George.

I bought the refill only, bot the whole wiper assembly.

Parked at Manly beach, looking like a Boss.

Boss-ing from another angle.

 After we had fish and chips on the beach, we watched an awesome sunset.

So what's the bad news then? Well, on the way home, I noticed a thump or clunk coming from the front end of George. It was particularly noticeable when steering abruptly from side to side, like when negotiating a roundabout. I believe I may know the source of the problem. When I was looking into the front swaybar, I had to loosen a couple of brackets in order to reseat the bar. I feel that I didn't tighten the bracket enough. Fingers crossed, that the only problem, but I won't know till next week when I get a chance to get under the car and check it out.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

New detailing stuff

Just got a shipment of new detailing stuff today. One of these will save me a lot of time when washing the car.  Another will help get bug butt off George and the last two will help keep a lovely smell around.

Any guesses as to what I bought? Leave your comments below!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Compliments from an enthusiast :)

While driving into Mega Meet on Friday evening, I passed a guy marshalling cars into the arena when he was obviously happy to see the 16v and couldn't help but show his appreciation.
You can't hear it in the video thanks to the chill-out Indonesian music I'm playing, but he says "Ok, NOW we're talkin'!!". That was pretty cool, I thought.
It's nice when someone recognises a 190E 16v for what it is and not an old Benz with a bodykit. If anyone knows who this guy is, please let me know! I'd like to take him for a drive!

Monday, 25 March 2013

OFIM Photoshoot Feature - Hasan's 190E

OFIM (Oh Fuck it's Monday!) showed interest in my car when we gathered recently at Zen Garage. We decided to do a photo shoot for a feature on their website so I met Daniel Karjadi at Bicentennial Park in Sydney Olympic Park.

We had a great photo shoot with some lovely backdrops at sunset. I'll let his work do all the talking!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Photo Time!

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Daniel from an online photography enthusiasts group. They were interested in photographing George due to his rarity and overall BOSSness.
More info on them soon but in the mean time, here are a few photos from the night before while detailing and a few amateur pics I took from today.

Applied Banana Gloss

Whole car was Banana'd

Wax On

 Wax Off

Tips were polished too

It was a beautiful evening in Bicentenial Park, Homebush


Hmmmm.... Those hips!!

Monday, 18 March 2013

BlackVue / Google Maps API Key Error - SOLUTION

Do you have a Pittasoft BlackVue DR400G-HDII (Season 2)? And like me, are you getting this annoying message when the software loads:
"This web site needs a different Google Maps API key. A new key can be generated at"

Well, I found the fix. Pittasoft have released an updated software with the new keys. Just download the software and you're done.

Happy and safe motoring everyone!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Euro Sunday Drive

We set out for a drive on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon though the Western Sydney Blue Mountains.
We grouped up in Penrith where we would meet our fellow drivers and cars. In total, six cars turned up which I think was pretty good considering the short notice. Here are a few pics and video of the meeting point.

After the introductions, we headed west down the Great Western Highway then north east to Richmond via Hawkesbury Road. From there, we took Bells Line of Road to Pie in the Sky Roadhouse where we stopped for a bite to eat and a chat about cars n stuff n things. A few happy snaps @ Pie in the Sky (PitS):

After our bellies were full, we zipped down to Mt Victoria then Katoomba. There are some pretty nice roads around these parts. I'll need another day alone to explore :)
That was the end of our trip and we headed home. All in all, it was a great day and fantastic opportunity to catch up with the EST ( boys.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

An afternoon at Zen Garage

George and I spent the day at the Zen Garage where we had the chance to meet other people and their Euros. I was able to snap a few pics but since I'm due for an upgrade, they're rather amateur.

Fortunately, I was approached by 2 guys who wanted to do a photo shoot at some time for websites they contribute to. They were from and

Monday, 4 March 2013

Maintaining a 25 year old car

I have been asked a few times about he products I use to wash, clean and maintain George. Here's a quick run down of my process and products:

  1. This step is done rarely since it'll strip any protective coating already present - Attack the tyres with Chemical Guys Orange Degreaser, diluted to a mild concentration. Let it soak then scrub with a brush. Hose off.
  2. Use Chemical Guys Diablo Wheel Gel on the wheels and allow it to soak, breaking down all loose brake dust and dirt. Then scrub with a brush. Rinse clean.
  3. Hose off any loose dirt etc from the whole car, making sure to do the wheel arches and under the bodykit (I don't have a pressure washer - Karcher, sponsor me!!! Shameless begging!)
  4. 2 bucket wash method with super soft microfiber (MF) mitt and Chemical Guys Maxi Suds.
    1. Since I don't have a foam gun (ahem, Karcher), I'll roughly go over the whole car, covering it in suds and letting it soak for about 5 minutes.
    2. Gently rub down the car with the MF mitt, regularly rinsing it in bucket no2 to remove any dirt built up.
    3. Hose off the car thoroughly
  5. Inspect all panels for dirt/debris and do a spot clean.
  6. Dry off with a MF waffle weave towel
  7. Move the car inside the garage.
  8. This step is done occasionally since it's been done before - Apply Prima Banana Gloss with a foam applicator pad to all painted panels and alloy to haze dry.
  9. Buff off with a new super soft MF towel.
  10. Admire the glossy depth in the finish :)
  11. Clean the windows with Chemical Guys Streak Free Window Clean.
  12. Now, for the tyres, I will spray on Chemical Guys Extreme Shine directly to the tyre and work it in with a contoured applicator pad. Don't use too much as a little goes a LONG way. Also if you use too much, you'll get a lot of sling, messing up your newly washed car.
  13. Spray CG Extreme Shine on a new foam applicator pad and apply to all exterior plastic to bring out the original look on bumpers and wing mirrors etc.
  14. This step has only been done once. Tape off all bare metal surfaces and rub down with Chemical Guys Metal Shine. Buff off.
  15. I haven't tackled the interior leather/plastic, but that's for another day.
So that's it. Pretty simple. Below is a pic of products that I mentioned above.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

An afternoon of progress - Replacing rear sway bar bushings

Today I tackled the job of replacing the rear sway bushes. I thought they would be harder to replace than the front, but as it turns out, this was dead easy.

Let's get started!

Jack up the car and remove the wheel

 Remove the bolts that hold the bracket with a 13mm socket

There's the old worn bushing

Here's what we're replacing it with. A new polyurethane unit from Ake at Hedgehog Tuning and Motorsports.

Spray a little lithium grease on the swaybar

Slide the new bushing over the bar and into place. Affix the bracket, tighten the bolts again and you're done.

Repeat for the other side.
All this should take you no more than 10 minutes per corner. When you're done, take a well deserved break!

I had some time up my sleeve to I decided to do a bit of metal polishing.

Sorry about the ugly reflection :(

So, now I'm just waiting for the front bushings and I'm done!