Its been a while. I finally got the brakes sorted - I adjusted them up quite tight and drove it until the drums heated up a bit. This bedded all the new hardware and did the trick and it is now licenced and on the road. It goes and it stops.
Some first impressions.
The shift pattern on the gearbox needs getting used to.
It pulls very well - 5th gear is useable and not just a tailwind overdrive despite my tall tyres.
The speedo lies but the car is very comfortable at 110 - 120 kmh gps speed.
The cabin is quiet but the exhaust noise is too much for me. I think i will add a silencer to the current straight-through pipe.
The B class seats are sooo nice and comfy but they are too high - the steering wheel obstructs the top of the instrument cluster and despite my jokes, it bugs me.
I have belted it quite hard for about 600 km and i think my original optimism for 1000 km tank range is sky pie. But I am confident 800 is achievable.
Still a lot of work to be done, and it is not perfect but it is mine and i enjoy it and let me put it out there: it is the second best G in the country.*
*The answer to your obvious question about whose is the best is " Yours, of course!"
Ja it is Anton. I am really undecided about what i should do with it in terms of what it will be when it is done. I have another 5 speed gearbox, this one is the crawler gear version, so maybe a 300D and very plain. I think i have decided against building it back to a 240D though.. dunno - have you got suggestions?
When building a pickup do not let the rear window be parallel to the rear view mirror. At night it causes disorientation. Oncoming car headlights reflect off the inside of the rear window, into the mirror and cause you to think that you are being overtaken at extreme high speed.
It is a design fault on mine. I wonder who the designer was? I cant blame anyone because when I saw the factory pickup window angled the "wrong" way I decided to improve the design......