Very pleased to have found your forum and am looking forward to getting to know everyone.
I've just got my 300se back.
I had to sell it 6 years ago after an illness, and replaced it with my 220b, telling myself that it was much easier to maintain, much cheaper to run and generally a far more sensible choice of Fintail, all the time not believing a word of what I was saying to myself. The nadir was when I put it in a hedge to avoid a loony in a white van.
I was looking for parts on eBay and came across Hercules, advertised as an ideal Banger racer
. I knew it was my car because of the non-standard colour scheme which came with the car when I bought it (for just under 10 times what I paid for it the second time around). I am now restoring the 220b to pristine condition in order to sell it and plough all the money and no doubt more into Hercules.
It seems it has been languishing under some arches in North London and has really suffered. All the chrome has been removed and fortunately put in the boot, along with the rear lights. The interior is complete although in quite rough/cracked condition. The windscreen is cracked and the two chrome air vents are missing. The two headlights have been removed and the wires cut.
As far as the engine is concerned, there is fuel in the oil, which I hope is the cold start valve, the generator pulley is missing, so I hope to God the vandals who had it didn't run the engine for long because the generator shaft also drive the water pump. The voltage regulator is also missing as is the pipe from the air filter to the air suspension dehumidifier bottle. On the plus side, there is an enormous battery which I have charged and am using on the 220b, its battery having given up the ghost.
When I last had the car, I had the autobox rebuilt, the Dunlop brakes replaced, the brake light sensor replaced, the generator rewound and put in a new new metalastic coupling to the waterpump, as well as having the head gasket done on the engine and the injection sorted out, so hopefully when I have drained everything and repaired the break in the fuel line, the car will start...
I have been documenting the work on my blog, A W112 Mercedes-Benz 300se Fintail (Heckflosse) Called Hercules
and would like to invite members to have a look. It also shows Hercules in its heyday and the Ebay banger ad.