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About SmarteeBluey

  • Birthday 03/03/1954

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  1. I have known it a long time now, MB will not support the Smart here in Australia. If I wanted a spare part, it is quicker, cheaper and easier to buy from over seas. Want your car serviced, local mechanic may charge around $150.00, at MB about $800.00. . . A friend bought a new Smart fortwo in 2009, had to buy it online direct from France as MB dealer did not deal with them any more. MB !!SUCKS!!!
  2. Don't know if this issue has been updated, but recently my left hand side windows bracket broke (as above). With some frantic searching I found a heap of parts available on Ebay. When the parts arrive, it is a matter of scratching the head on how to re-assemble it. One of the Ebay address's below. Hope this helps
  3. I have a similar version down here in Aus. It has the lighter plug on the power end, just got to be careful not to start the car when switched On. . . I paid about $85 AUD
  4. Great job Mike. I did that 2 years ago hear in Aus to my 450. Don't know why, but have not had a blown headlight since either.
  5. You Know It's Hot In Australia When! 1) The best parking spot is determined by shade not distance 2) Hot water comes out of both taps 3) You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron 4) The temperature drops below 32c and you feel chilly 5) You discover that in January and February it only takes two fingers to steer a car 6) You discover you can get sunburnt through your windscreen 7) You develop a fear of metal door handles 8) You break a sweat the instance you step outside at 7am 9) Your biggest bicycle accident fear is "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the road and getting cooked" 10) You realize asphalt has a liquid state 11) Farmers are feeding there chickens crushed ice to prevent them from laying hard boiled eggs 12) The trees are whistling for dogs 13) While walking back barefoot to your car from any event, you do a tightrope act on the white lines in the car park 14) You catch a cold from having the aircon on full blast all night long 15) You learn that Westfield Shopping Centre's aren't just Shopping Centre's, they are temples to worship Air-Conditioning 16) Sticking your head in the freezer and taking deep breaths is considered normal 17) A cup full of ice is considered a great snack 18) A black out is life threatening because your aircon and your fans no longer work. 19) No one cares if you walk around with no shoes on 20) You keep anything in the fridge, including potatoes, bread and clothing 21) People have enough left over beer cans to make a boat and compete in a regatta. (S.A joke) 22) The effort of toweling yourself off after a shower means you need another shower right away. 23) You will wait patiently until the day it starts raining to go on a run. 24) You worry your ceiling fan is spinning so fast it will fly off and Kill You 25) You Laugh because this list is so accurate
  6. Sticker is derived from the computer "Intel Inside". This one say's "Turbo Inside" :icon_smile:
  7. Since the first repainting of Smartee five years ago, I often was asked what car is it since there were no name badges on it. To those who did not know about Smart cars, they often thought I was pulling their leg when I told them. (Smart cars not often seen on the roads locally then) Recent respray job led me to finally put some form of badging back on it. Ohh the joys of Ebay
  8. Recently I have repaired a Numeric Blue front and rear damaged guards. This was a challenge with good results. I then experimented with different colours trying to keep to the Numeric Blue theme BLACK, YELLOW, RED, & PURPLE The Black and yellow I felt I went too heavy and looks too busy. Red I eased off, before Purple maybe too light in one area. These sample panels are 400x150 mm and photos of them do no justice. If I was painting a Smart, I would make up stencils matching the original pattern and size, but for now just experimenting. Any thoughts appreciated. Rob
  9. A friend of mine had asked if I would repair some rust in front of his "A" pillar of his Numeric Blue 450 Smart "Dougie". While I was at it, could I fix some of the scratches on the rear and front gaurd where a 4WD took a short cut in changing lanes. CHALLENGE! The Black took about 3-4 hours after the front panels and parts were removed. Touching up the Numeric Blue was more of a challenge. 3 Air brushes with Blue - White - Black mixtures did the job. Coates of clear and when set, hand buff up to blend in the edges. When finished there was time for a photo shoot. Neighbours are still walking out their front doors and looking. Not often to see 3 Smart cars on my front lawn. Dougie will be picked up in another 2 days. Till then I'll have 3 Smarts in my driveway.
  10. Had a similar problem years ago in my Toyota Van. Just pulled off at the lights and it died....No electrics. After pushing to the side of the road, checked everything, cables warm - battery warm. Same story about 4volts from battery. Could not jump start with second battery attached. End result found battery had inploded, after pulling off the cell caps, totally destroyed inside the battery. New battery and everything worked as normal. I was told by autoelectrician that it happens very rarely for no reason. My 2 cents worth
  11. Smartee was starting to look a bit rough lately. A small amount of rust needed attention in front of the Right hand "A" pillar. The entire front was full of stone chips, thanks to a freeway upgrade for the past 2.5 years. All round scratches and chips, plus a forklift at work running into it a couple of times.. . . .denial all round. I had arranged to go interstate for the birth of my daughters first baby so I extended my time off work to do this facelift. Total of 8 days working on it. Every stone chip was filled in with blue stopping putty and sanded back with a block to smooth it out. The front looked like it had a case of the measles. (Sorry no pictures taken of this) I have been experimenting with curtain lace, so decided to incorporate this into the paintwork. Basic colour is a copper metallic a GM 2004 colour called "Fusion". Stripes/Lace highlights is in standard Jet Black. Hope I don't have to do it again in a hurry as this time round more problems were encountered than the first. Enjoy
  12. It has taken 4 weeks and seven visits before they finally fixed the wheel. Happy with the job but not the length of effort to get them to pull their finger out. Little do I say that I will NOT go back there unless it is an emergency.
  13. Question: Where do you go to, to find out the sales stats? I would like to find out what gets sold in Australia. Although it may be hard to as you can only order your new Smarts online, the Merc dealers no longer even keet one in the showrooms anymore. ?????
  14. Changed the coolant today. Jacked the front Left corner up. Removed the plug from the motor and let it drain. Took the half bonnet off and other parts off to gain access. Removed the cap. Flushed through about 1 liter of new coolant. Replaced plug in motor. Filled the reservoir with new coolant and shook the car. Started the motor and removed the jack. Took for a spin around the block, then topped up the coolant. Replaced the parts and half bonnet. . . . Total time: 22 minutes Gave myself a pat on the back, never done it so quick before. Half bonnet modification helped a lot in this process. Rob
  15. I have used a 36 SMD LED package for the past 2 years without any problems in both my Smarts fortwo. The only trouble was installing them, they were slightly lager than the hole they fit through. A tight squeeze. Taking them out, they fall inside the headlight, thus removing the headlight lens. LED's as seen below. They did the job so well that one headlight globe was blown and replaced a week later without anyone telling me constantly that my light is out. These new ones are not as bright, but still brighter than the standard 5W globe, and easier to get in or out (if power -/+ are wrong way round). The other larger COB LED's were an experiment for replacing the standard headlight globe. They worked well for about a week, giving a brilliant white light, then burnt out. At the cost of them, I did not try them again. Happy SMARTing