Hi all- I would like to give a sort of status update on my fleet. I have got a lot of new parts recently for all cars. Some of those ‘new’ parts will be subject to new DIY content for the board coming soon. (The leather DIY being at the forefront on my to-do list!)
I did make one quite big change for this summer which I am excited about! Usually I only have my daily driver diesel Benz and one other classic Benz insured for road use each year. However when renewing my 500E’s insurance recently I was given the option to do a fleet insurance type deal to include as many additional cars as I wanted (In a classic multi car policy with limited mile usage applied across all vehicles) for a very reasonable fee. So I added my 300E-24 and S280 to the policy for now as they are ready for the road.
My 320CE & E36 builds are involved projects and let’s face it - they won’t see the road this year. I will continue the restoration work on those cars but some focus also needs to be re-directed on what cars I will be enjoying this summer in our limited season of decent weather and no road salt.
Thus the next efforts will be to prepare the 500E, 300E-24 and S280 for our annual MOT inspection. The 500E is a renewal only so should need basically nothing. It covered about 1100 mile in the last year.
My recent S280 purchase will need a set of new tyres to start with and lots of general maintenance work due to it standing for 2 - 3 years by its P.O. The DIY tasks planned include some minor bodywork repainting and the headlamps need aligned for example. I will not be throwing all new parts at the S280 just now - more elbow grease than anything else to get it into good serviceable condition.
My 300E-24 is a car I restored some 10 years ago and has covered less than 1k miles since but I hang my head in shame to say that car hasn’t been on the road since approx 2013. It was very well dry stored since that time so it should not require much for the test. I recall some play in the front LCA ball joints last time I was working on it so both LCA’s will be renewed on it before the test.
Very much looking forward to enjoying 3x classics this summer - stay tuned for the MOT prep updates coming soon