santapod - sorry to hear you got that problem twice! that sucks. i hope it aint that here...
gyrolady - thanks for that advice! i was indeed going to ask him about where all those bits are - nice to have a list of the actual bits i need to ask about now though - thanks! hehe. i'm taking her over tomorrow. finally! well, if i get her started that is. i'm parked at the top of a hill right now, so i guess jump-starting is always an option, although i've never even done that before either! (boy-o-boy am i at the very bottom of this learning curve! haha)
ponderlonger - i've been organising all this through our mutual friend, so i should be able to get the guy's contact details tomorrow all being well, and will let you know. the mechanic i spoke to in leeds also used to know someone with a very well-looked after fleet of old mercs and a bunch of parts apparently. he's been trying to get back in touch with him, so if he does, i'll let you know where in yorkshire are you?