About the author

So what qualifies the author to advise on these cars?

The author graduated at the top of his class with a B.S. Honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College, London University, in 1973, the same renowned school that includes Colin Chapman of Lotus Cars fame amongst its graduates.

With a mother who taught him early on that there were only two cars - Mercedes and The Rest - Mercedes ownership was not so much a possibility as a certainity.

This is the 1937 Mercedes Benz which belonged to the author's parents, commissioned from the factory in Sindelfingen, in 1937 - a picture treasured from early childhood.

Emigrating with just the change in his pocket to the United States in 1977, it took 12 long years to save for that first Mercedes. Bought in 1988 with 44,150 miles on the clock, that 300SD remains in daily service to this day, with over 200,000 miles on the odometer.

With a deep love for machines and subsequent training in analytical writing, the author's venture into creation of this web site offered the opportunity to marry mechanical and written skills. Knowing he could do it better for less saw the author maintaining his first Mercedes from day one of ownership. Further, that first Mercedes Benz has been joined by two more over the years, all maintained by the author.

Addition of a wife along the way saw an equally gorgeous 1981 380SLC join the household. The car was plagued by a rough idle and poor performance which, diagnosis disclosed, was attributable to air leaks in the injector holders and intake manifold. The work to replace the leaking parts involved many hours but just a few dollars in parts, and the whole process, with over 160 pictures, is illustrated on this site, with detailed annotations. Most cars of this vintage are overdue for this work. Following up this work with a new cam chain and restored ignition timing, all shown here, results in one of the finest running SLCs around.

A few years ago the stable was joined by a magnificent 1990 560SEL. While needing little more than routine service, the one life-threatening fault of the V8 results from fracture of aged cam chain rails which, if not replaced at 100,000 miles or so, will cause catastrophic damage to the engine upon failure. This job, using only shop made tools to emulate those dictated by the factory, was performed by the author and is illustrated here.