Sunday, 28 December 2014

New Sunroof Seal Arrived!

Yeah, I know. It's not a genuine Mercedes-Benz product, but the supplier didn't have one, this was in stock and was one seventh the price of a genuine. I took a punt. Let's see how good/bad it is.

Checking the Sunroof Seal

Since reassembling the roof after replacing the left arm, I needed to check to see if the seal was still water tight. I took the car outside and poured water over the roof and checking inside for leaks.
Unfortunately, it leaked like a bastard. I know that it's supposed to have the rain guard installed to prevent leak, but I hadn't installed mine yet.

Here's a photo of the sunlight shining brightly through the rear part of the panel.

Knowing I was going to have problem, I took the liberty of ordering a new rubber seal. I hope it arrives soon so I can install it over the holiday break!

Monday, 15 December 2014

BlackVue Dashcam Memory Upgrade

Sure, 32GB is heaps of storage space for any dashcam, but if you can go bigger, would you? I certainly would.
The camera I'm using is a Pittasoft BlackVue DR400G-HD II which has official support for up to 32GB of micro SD memory. I asked BlackVue if it'll support a 64GB card and they replied that they had only tested 32GB and if I wanted larger, the higher model camera will do it. Not wanting to buy a new cam, I bought the 64GB micro SD and went about testing.

I first plugged it straight into the camera and turned it on. After booting, the camera said that the SD card was not supported, so I removed it and compared it to a working 32GB card. The larger of the two was formatted in exFAT whereas the smaller was in FAT32.

I tried formatting the 64GB to FAT32, but Windows wouldn't allow it, so I searched online for a solution. I found a company (RidgeCorp Consultants) that created a free utility to format virtually anything using FAT32. I ran it on my 64GB SC card and hey presto!

Inserting the card into the camera, it booted normally and began recording. Awesome.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Getrag Gearbox Arrival

Ah, today was a GOOD day! After months of waiting, my gearbox finally arrived from Thorsten Stadler at Team Stadler Motorsports in Germany!

I was so excited that I wanted to play with it straight away like a kid on Christmas morning!
It arrived in a big wooden crate with plenty of padding to ensure it wasn't damaged during transport. Some bits and pieces also came in to aid in the manual swap.

Here's the eye candy!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Drive Back

Let's get started!
When you wake up and see this, who in the world could complain?

There's a boardwalk which takes you along the water front.

We passed the town of Bega on the way down and decided to stop there at the Bega Cheese Factory on the way back.

Stopping over at a little shop in Tilba, they had this cop for sale which is identical in design to the set my grandma has back in Pakistan :)

The Tilba Tilba Sweet Shop indulged out taste buds. Yes, it's Tilba Tilba, not Tilba. Tilba is where I found he cup above.

The other side of the Sweet Shop was a 50s (?) style diner.

We had a hitch hiker, Nicholas, on the way back (friend's kid - good bloke).

We stopped over for fuel in a town called Narooma, which was, at the time, hosting their annual Blues Festival. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pics, but it was pretty quiet since it was still day time.

What would a lovely adventure be without some drama? This woman thought it was safe to save a turtle from the middle of the road by risking her own life. Not a smart thing, lady.

All these adventures left us hungry at the end of the trip, so we stopped over at my favourite cheap eat, Kebab Club, for a late feast!

We brought home a souvenir from the Bega Cheese Factory. Bega is pronounced Beega, but my Mrs kept saying Baygah, so I named this little lady Baygah.

George performed flawlessly. Not a hiccup nor a bad mood, but I know there are a few things that maintenance tasks that are needed.

Here's a map of our trip back, which took us a whole 11.5 hours!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Enough work. Let's drive!

Recently there has been a lot of work going into the car and very little joy coming out of it. With a long weekend on the horizon, I decided to take George for a nice long drive.

Starting from Sydney, we drove south along the Hume Highway, exiting at Mittagong and passing through Bowral.

I had to visit a client nearby so we made our way to Kangaroo Valley which was my first trip there. What a beautiful little town in the middle of nowhere!

Not my photo. Source is

Continuing our journey, we found some awesome twisty roads where I had some fun (always within the speed limit, of course).

Lunch was at a picnic area in Bateman's Bay down by the water.

George even said hello to a grand child of his.

Unsurprisingly, George will most likely outlive his younger relative. They don't build them like they used to.

Arriving at our destination in Merimbula, what was estimated to be a 6 hour drive turned into a 10 hour marathon. No matter. We weren't in a hurry and the drive was pleasantly enjoyable.

That night, we fired up the BBQ and had some lamb chops!

This is the route we took on day 1.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Sunroof Mechanism Installation

Not looking forward to this job, I began anyway.

After plenty of research, I removed the sunroof panel and guide rails. The hard part was then to come. There was little information on the internet about how to perform this next step, so I improvised with a LOT of trial and even more error. If I was asked to do it again, I'd pay someone to do it instead. I just don't want the headache again.

Once the broken piece was removed, I cleaned absolutely everything with a strong dilution of All Purpose Cleaner, then I applied Sunroof Lubricant to the entire sliding track from the front to as far back as I could.
To assist me in doing this, my good friend Shane had generously gifted a film canister full of grease. I then loaded some into a syringe and used this to dispense it easily.

More lube after installing the mechanism.

When the left side was complete, I did the same on the right side. Might as well, right? Removed, cleaned, lubed, installed and lubed. That side wasn't as difficult because I knew what I was doing by then.
The roof was then installed and adjusted to the correct closing position.

When this was complete, I was pretty tired, frustrated and wasn't taking any more pictures, but I did take a video of the completed assembly.

Later, I'll have to

  1. Figure out how to install the rain tray
  2. Find out if the sunroof seal is water tight.
  3. Look up the maintenance documentation on how to adjust the motor.
Till then, I'll be driving around with a roll of duct tape just in case the seal's not waterproof!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Sunroof Bracket Delivery

I found the left side sunroof mechanism for a steal and promptly bought it. At only $120, there's no need to procrastinate!
For your info, the part number is 1247800512 (right hand side is 1247800612).

Here's the part.

Tomorrow I'll start putting this into the car. Not looking forward to the complete disassembly, reassembly and adjustment of the roof!

BTW, a BIG thanks to Burt Wonderstone for carrying this back from the US for me :)

Monday, 29 September 2014

More parts arrived

I decided to get new rubber pads for the brake and clutch pedals. Only a few bucks and makes a huge difference.

The part numbers are:
Brake Pedal - 2012920082
Clutch Pedal - 2012910282

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunroof mystery solved

My sunroof stopped working a few months ago an I haven't had the chance to spend half a day figuring out what's wrong. I know something is broken because there is a rattling noise above my head when driving.

So, today I opened the roof, which was easier than I thought it would be, and found what was rattling around. A stray bolt.

Of course, when the sunroof doesn't work, you must open and close using the manual adjuster in the boot. Surprisingly, this is made from a hard plastic which, over the course of 25+ years, has become brittle and broke right in my ratchet. So I did it the hard way.

Anyway, here's the driver side (right side) and it appears to be completely intact. Cool. Problem must be with the passenger side.

There we go. The guide pin is broken off.

Stupid pin.

Doing a bit of research, the entire mechanism must be purchased to resolve this issue. Let's see what I can find.

Friday, 19 September 2014

A little scheduled maintenance

Old George has ticked over 220,000kms so it's time for the 5k service.

This includes changing the oil, filter, seals and sump plug. Never forget the sump plug. It's only a few bucks and putting on a new one ensures that you'll never have problems with the rounded ends.

I use Penrite HPR 10. Not cheap, but it suits my needs. If there's anything better you guys recommend, I'm all ears.

That damn oil cap is impossible to take off!

Genuine filters because a friend was "throwing" them out at $10 a piece. Otherwise, I'll use Hengst.

Nice a new :)

New sump plug.


Monday, 25 August 2014

More parts coming in

Reading forums or years, I knew that the gear linkage bushings are best upgraded while everything open, so I bought some from Ake at Hedgehog.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Parts start arriving

I was able to fine a manual pedal box in the UK and negotiated a price (I lost the negotiation). Here's what arrived.

Those rubber pedal pads look worn. Better order new ones.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bit the bullet

I've been thinking about this for a long time and I finally bought it.
There's a well known tuner in Germany called Team Stadler Motorsports and they were able to supply most of the parts required.
Some parts are being sourced from England due to them being a right hand drive country.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Colour Matching

First, a little primer.

Then a couple of coats of 199!

Offer it up to the car.

And I'll call that a success! You wouldn't look twice!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Wire it up!

Got some time to do the wiring on the car for the lights.

Threaded through the firewall on the passenger side (port side).

Entering the engine compartment just behind the battery bay.

Installed a waterproof plug on the lights for rainy days.

And a video of testing the lights in a pitch black garage at night.

Here's what we made from the rough template in the last post.
I would have much preferred to buy an off the shelf number plate light bar like this one, but the bumper on this car is pointed in the middle.


Good result. I just don't like the shiny aluminium. I'll have to paint it so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.