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Hello all,

Just recently acquired an 82 300D Turbo with 126k miles on it. Previous owner had purchased it earlier this year in an attempt to convert it to a WVO setup, but couldn't due to other priorities. Am still trying to decide whether it was a decent investment (only $600); it needs the following fixes:

No heat (heater core appears to be shunted due to a previous leak)
Transmission flaring between 2/3 and 3/4
Rust in the usual places as well as the undercarriage (too many NJ winters)
Damp floor pans all around
Tach is sporadic
A/C doesnt work (no surprise)

The advantage is that the motor sounds/feels solid for a 27 year old car, and most of the interior is in relatively good shape (except for the floors).

I've been following this board for a couple months now and I'm glad there are folks out there that are true Benz enthusiasts and are willing to help. My goal is to try restoring this car over a period of a few years and not to break the bank in the process (budget of 2-3k). I think my first order of business is to deal with the body/undercarriage. The previous owner(s) Bondo'd some areas but missed a few others. I'm thinking new sheet metal is in order for a few places with holes, but I need to do more evaluation to determine the extent. I'll post some pictures at some point once I move it to its new home in my garage. Thanks in advance!
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