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Question New member, William J Toensing, Now have M Benz diesel

Don't know if I have introduced myself before but will do so again as I now have a "new" to me 1983 300SD with "only" 345,000 on the odometer, so I have a few questions.
But first, let me reintroduce myself. I am 76 years old & have been a car buff all my life with a particular interest in diesels due to their fuel efficiency. My first diesel was a 1979 VW Rabbit bought new in 1979, European delivery. Next was a new 1983 Nissan Sentra diesel which I sold after buying a new Mazda 626 LX diesel. A few months later, I had a chance to buy a 1979 gray market Citroen CX Pallas diesel, which I did & still own. Within the past few years I have bought 6 VW diesels:, 2 1981 Rabbits, an '80 Dasher wagon parts car, a 1981 Dasher wagon, 1982 Quantum wagon, & an '86 Jetta which last week, traded for the M Benz 300SD. This Benz had been converted by the prior owner to run on waste vegetable oil. The Benz arrived at my place on the back end of a tow truck. The owner said it died in Colfax having driven about 50 miles up hill from hill from Sacramento. He said the Benz was overheating slightly before replacing a bad water pump, & since, continued to have "minor" overheating problems. Although I haven't had a chance to troubleshoot it yet, I suspect a blown head gasket & warped head as attempts to start the engine have been futile despite a new battery & adding 10 gallons of fresh diesel to the WVO.
As part of trouble shooting I first plan to do a compression check. What would be a proper compression reading? My guess would be around 400 psi based on my VW diesel experience. I would also like to know which engines & parts interchange from year to year. Mine '83is a 5 cylinder turbodiesel. I also will want to buy a shop manual for this car, something better than a Haynes manual. I will also have to learn how to navagate this website. I notice lots of sub groups but no diesel sub group.
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