So, I bought a R107 :)

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  1. SilverSaloon

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    Hi

    I've bought a R107. :bannana: I'm 30 next month so my wife and I thought it would make a nice treat. I've always admired this particular model, mainly for its looks. Hopefully if its a good one it will stay in the family for a long time. I'm pretty sure it has the basics of a good, sound 107. It does need some TLC though.

    Its a 1985 model in Mercedes Signal Red with Pebble leather interior. Its an ex-SL Shop specialist car. The previous owner purchased it from them about 2 years ago. Previous to that, it was owned by a MOC member.

    Its had some structural work done on it for its last MOT, and has a mostly complete service history, with Mercedes dealers up to about 40k ago. Its done 170k now.

    Bodywork is pretty good, but comes with some rusty areas that need attending to. All should be easy enough to do.

    Interior has already had a full clean. All the carpet bar a few pieces have been removed and washed in the washing machine ;) and the rest shampoo'd in situ. The leather has been cleaned with water, cleaned again with leather cleaner and then treated to some leather feed & conditioner. It has come out very well, although the drivers seat has the usual bolster wear and is a little saggy with age, but can live with it for now. Rest of the interior just required a clean up and maybe a few new screws into place.

    It comes with a hard top, the soft top is also in very good condition, a 1 cm nick in the side window parts on each side, fixed by some clear sealant. I've ordered some Hindsight plastic restorer to bring back the windows to a clean look.

    I need to replace a few wheel bolts that are the wrong type.

    Cruise Control only seems to work when it wants to. Sometimes its fine, sometimes it just doesnt work....

    Steering is spot on, but the steering wheel is not centred when going straight. The car doesnt pull. Previous owner says that the track rod ends need replacing and then it will centre.....?

    Tyres are all good.

    Mechanical wise, it requires a few tweaks; a good tune up. It takes a couple of tries to get started when really cold and need to hold the revs for a minuite or so to prevent it from stalling. No idea what this could be? Cold start valve or something?

    Once going it drives nice and straight.

    The next few months will see all the rust sorted and also mechanicals done ready for (hopefully!) some summer fun. Its a 2nd car to my W124 so will be used little. Behind the wheel it does feel a generation older than my W124, but i guess thats because it is. I doubt i could live with it as a daily car (may get used to it), but plan to only take it out in those nice days out.

    Just been clayed, T-cut and polished, along with a good interior clean.

    Pics are here:

    http://www.mbclub.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=702736#post702736

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    Any advice, tips, comments etc would be handy to maintain this beast! :)
     
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  2. Dieselman

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    Rustproof it, these things rot like crazy.
     
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    Nice. Which engine?

    edit: Oops. See from new sig it's a 280
     
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    Looks nice,


    Agree with rust proofing it, theres a guy near us that puts in on his ramps at local garage and spray wax oil (covers up the bits that you don't want spraying) for £50.. bargain.


    Hope it doesn't cost too much to keep nice, can you park in in a garage? as that will help alot. Also if you use it in the wet I would be leaving the doors, boot, bonnet up when dry and leather it all down.
     
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    Nice Car, it looks great! - will you be bringing it to Stirling meet next week?
     
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    SilverSaloon

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    may do, not sure yet. Probably will do.

    Agree with the rust proofing etc. Something i will be doing once i've attended to several bits and bobs.

    It will be garaged all the time and only taken out in the dry - when i can get the roof down.
     
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    Very green with envy, daren't let the wife see those pics, she would love one. If there was one around here would cost a fortune but I live in hope. Nice car SS well done.
     
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    I said that when I bought the SLK - "It will be garaged and only taken out when I can get the roof down"
    But it's such god fun to drive - i just cant help myself

    Anyway - Enjoy.........
     
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    SilverSaloon

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    Hmmm, to be totally honest the drive of it is very "old school" and i'm more into my comfortable soft ride etc. Then again, when the sun is shining I miss my CLK convertable..... so this should be just the thing. I will probably use it for a while more regually as i've just bought it etc, but once things settle down it will be used very little i suspect.

    Its also not good for the two young kids, although i'm going to retrofit 3 point seat belts in the rear; it currently comes with lap belts. Company called Quickfitsbs supply (and fit if required) 3 point belts for these.... but the rear seats are tiny!

    But, i love it!!! I'm amazed at how many people actually look at it as you drive past and other drivers eying it up at the lights. And thats with the roof up!
     
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    Very nice indeed, Im sure you will enjoy every minute of owning it.

    Mine usually only gets used on sunny days, but last Saturday it was at the MB World meet at Brookland, and the temperature was -5.

    They are a great crusing car, and comfortable over a long distance, I did a trip to the Alps in mine last June, covering 1800 miles in 5 days, the car more than coped with the miles, and we were well looked after, with the great suspension, and supportive seats.

    Enjoy it.
     
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    Very nice SS :cool:

    love the colour too - i can understand why people turn there heads to look - a real beuty and true classic

    did you have to travel far to collect and did you drive it home?
     
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    Nice :)

    You see quite a few of these in various states around the city. They are a classic design for sure. Keep us posted on the ongoing bits and bobs.


    Ade
     
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    i love these cars, unfortunately i passed the 30 mark a little while ago but perhaps as a treat for when i turn 40? don't tell my wife though,

    seriously cool car, have fun with it!
     
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    I used my 350SL as an everyday car (dont believe in having a toy and not playing with it. :D ) and it was fine, not much to go wrong with em really.

    Thats not me in the drivers seat by the way. lol
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    Nice one Derek- its a lovely car and its good to see it go to a home where it will be well looked after. I am really looking forward to seeing it. I take it Dereks (druks) left a lasting impression. I'm sure he'll keep you right and as for mods and tweaks, he certainly knows his stuff, and what "seats" to have in it :D
     
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    My truck as well, thats where i stash my vehicles on me mates farm, thats his ex bird in the Merc. :p
     
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    Thanks everyone for their comments. I'm very pleased with it and got it at a decent price I think considering it needs work and a alot of TLC. I picked it up and drove it back to Scotland from Manchester.

    I think I've finished the cleaning of the interior/exterior now. It now smells nice and i think i've made it "mine". All thanks to lots of Autoglym products :) Its in the condition i can happily start using it now.

    i took all wheels off today - brakes seem pretty mileage-new as per history (car not covered many miles per year recently), tyres are good. Slight play in rear wheel i think that i'll have to sort, and of course the steering already mentioned does need looking at.

    Lots of hard work getting it clean and fresh but worth it. Hard top is back on now and probably wont come off again until summertime - atleast thats what my wife told me after she had helped me lift it back on :D :eek:
     
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