Sunday, 27 October 2013

Scheduled Maintenance

A quick update only. As stated at the end of my last entry, George has just passed 215,000kms. This means it's time for an oil change.

Yes, I'm aware that I need to remove the instrument cluster and clean it.

I went down to a friend's house and we talked about cars, modifications and maintenance. When chatter was over, we changed the oil and oil filter. I also replaced the oil sup plug and copper seal with a new one from the local dealership. They're only a few bucks and worth changing at each maintenance interval.
I was happy to see that the used oil was still rather clean (considering that it just came out of an engine). I considered running the car for 10,000kms before changing the oil, but the cost benefit makes sense to do it more often.

New filter goes in.

I noticed that this time, he hadn't brunt as much oil as last oil change. I can't tell you exactly why, but I know that the previous owner, Decker, used Castrol Magnatec while he drove it. From the time I bought the car from him in November 2012, to the time I first changed the oil in January 2013, I had topped up the oil by about 1.25 litres. From Jan till now, I added only half a litre. My only change was that I was now using Penrite HPR 10 10W-50.

With summer around the corner, I'd like to complete a radiator drain, flush, cleanse (with citric acid as recommended by Mercedes), flush then refill with new coolant.
Next week, fingers crossed, I'll get some spare parts for the car!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

MB Club of NSW Concours d'Elegance 2013

The day has finally arrived for the Concours d'Elegance and I'm excited! Having the need to be at the event grounds at just after 8am, I had an early morning start. I really didn't get enough sleep!

I'm not going to talk too much about the event, I'll just say that there were 3 cars in the class I had entered. The other cars were a 1988 180E and W124 320 CE (unsure of the year). Both cars were absolutely immaculate! I was especially envious of the W124.

I had been keeping this a secret till today. I ordered some custom number plates from Germany :)

A quick walk around of George.

It was finally George's turn for the judges to pour over.

While the judges completed their rounds, I snapped a few pics of the other entrants.

Some more photos of George.

Ok ok... Enough delaying!

After 52.5 hours of detailing.......

I was so excited and surprised! The first place winner was the white 180E which, as I said before, was absolutely perfect. You can see it in the above photos along with the W124 (which I thought would win with the 180E 2nd).

The overall winner of the day was this 220 SE.

Now, back to a normal life of upkeep on old George, but next he's due for an oil change as he's just ticked over 215,000kms today :)

God bless my wife, Susana, for putting up with me over the last few weeks as I prepared for this event. She's an absolute gem!