Author Topic: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman  (Read 80897 times)

floyd111

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #645 on: 02 July 2019, 06:56 PM »
It's not been a happening year, but finally an update. Bought a 35 year old NOS engine, M110 280S. It still has the original blue spark leads and has run a mere 18KM whilst mounted on an educational table.
This is going to be such a relief, since my own 280S engine is scattered all over, with no doubt, most of the engine parts missing by now.
This will be so much easier. Got a great deal as well, half of what a regular overhaul would cost.
At the same time, the workshop has finally made time to finish my wheel arches, so with a bit of luck, the chassis will soon/finally be ready.
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #646 on: 10 July 2019, 07:58 PM »
Normally, when it's silent like this, it's because everyone thinks the same thing and nobody wants to say.. like someone's plans of lowering a 6.9 and leading the exhausts out through the bonnet ::)
Did I make another bad decision here? I know there's a risk of old seals and gaskets, but isn't that still worth it getting a 18km NOS engine?

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #647 on: 10 July 2019, 10:06 PM »
Right
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #648 on: 11 July 2019, 05:21 AM »
Only time will tell Stan. Anything NOS at this point is at least 20+ years old. If the engine was stored dry, I would expect it needing a replacement of all gaskets at least.
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #649 on: 11 July 2019, 06:51 AM »
I would think the engine is fine. There are very few rubber gaskets on it.
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #650 on: 11 July 2019, 10:36 AM »
Great find on the engine!
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #651 on: 11 July 2019, 05:33 PM »
 ;) That's more encouraging!

The engine was not stored dry, but was kept in running condition over the years. I would expect an actual dry engine to have rusted shut over such a period, let alone be faced with dry rubbers.
Indeed, we'll see, but for 5 grand this is a steal, even though it feels I just regurgitated a kidney.

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #652 on: 12 July 2019, 07:10 PM »
Wow thats a hell of a find, great looking engine and I hope to see a tonne of photos when it arrives.  ;D

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #653 on: 14 July 2019, 01:01 AM »
And today..
Remember the pic I have been using for years, the red W116 that inspired me to build mine?
Just bumped into the actual car. It's been for sale for years.
It's a non-restored original, with sheep skins and all the options I wanted most. 10 grand with 113000km on the clock.
O my, if only I had known.. I could have been driving his car years ago, and saved... ah well.

https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/mercedes-benz-280-se-w-116-originalzustand-fast-unberuehrt/1159422804-216-16478

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #654 on: 07 November 2019, 10:56 PM »
Well, exiting times are coming soon. Actually, they're here. Found an overqualified classic car mechanic in Britain who wants to come live here. I will take him in.
At the same time I have rented a massive building in the middle of nowhere, with a ground floor big enough to restore 3 cars at the same time.
I am trying to kick my old workshop into first gear, and they make actually be doing my wheel arches and the clear coat now. Before New Year, all my cars, all my parts and the new mechanic should be living in-house. 
My NOS engine has also arrived, made it through Customs cheaply, and will be delivered to my new house tomorrow.
Tony, the new guy, says building a W116 is a breeze after 40 years of restoring actual classics. I am getting very hopeful so suddenly!

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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #655 on: 08 November 2019, 05:42 AM »
Stan, that's great news.  Only thing you need to set you new mechanic straight that w116 are real classic cars!
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Re: 280" Concourse; Diary of a layman
« Reply #656 on: 08 November 2019, 06:17 PM »
Yeah, that didn't come out right! ;D That's not what he said as such.. it's what I rephrased in a semi-Freudian fashion.. I think the W116 is a classic but I know the world outside isn't very impressed, last of all places, here in Taiwan, where but 1 in 100.000 people could possibly  tell a W123 from a W116, and wouldn't notice that W123 unless if there's an flashing police light on the roof. Even then I am not sure. The countless other car fanatics here are often beyond rich with cars that are by definition super flashy and super expensive. "Vintage" and "Classic" are not words in the national vocabulary.
Then there's a guy like Tony, who's done countless cars I'll never ever own and was already idolizing 30 -45 years ago.
Yesterday I received a message from them suggesting we keep the old tar on the boot floor, "for it is in such good nick after all." , despite the fact that I pretty much stopped an inch short of using curse words on video chat with the workshop. 6 years now, and even paid a year ahead of works, and still no actually finished chassis to show for.
In 3.5 years  I found 3.5 foreign mechanics, shipped them  to the workshop, and none of them were told to do my car, except Ed Osborn, who scattered my engine over 3 tables,  which, thanks to the absence of any organisation or oversight, ended up on 10 tables in 3 buildings in 3 different city locations over a 3.5 year period.

Still, we're hopeful. Worst case scenario, I got to find a local company later on to do the arches... I shutter at that idea as well.
Anyways, it's gonna get done in the end. I just know it..I think ::)