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one year old diesel newbie

Glad to be on the forum and help out if I can
I bought a 79 300TD a year ago, and never had any idea what a pleasure it would give me to learn how to work on it.

I have progressed from 0% knowhow to 40% which is huge.

I have rebuilt the self leveling system so if I can be of help to others on this score let me know.

In addition to this I have

rebuilt the vacuum pump
bypassed the Chrysler-built heat control and installed a valve
replaced the water pump, thermostat and coolant hoses.
repaired the obligatory hole behind the battery and sealed up the water leaks
rebuilt the oil cooler lines
replaced the alternator's voltage regulator
replaced the glow plugs and had a shop install a new Bosch relay

I had to bite the bullet and let a shop do:
The brakes
The differential input seal
Swapping out of ruined trailing arms for original ones, and with that install an anti-sag kit which included all new mounts and bushings for the rear end.
While they were at it, I had them replace the rear wheel bearings and the e-brake shoes.

I now have it in the mechanical condition I am satisfied with.

Unknown territory: Body repair (esp rust under the doors)

Future jobs as $ allows:
Replacing hatch seal and new door seals
Window brushes
Timing chain (right now no stretch or wear apparent)
New injector nozzles
Front suspension and steering restoration as necessary
Engine mounts and shocks

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