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1986 300D in Indy
Hello, I'm Casey...
I have owned in the past:
* 1976 W114 240D (green)
* 1983 W123 240D (burgandy)
* 1985 W123 300D (silver)
And now have a 1986 W124 300D (dark blue). It's not a turbo, and was imported from Germany. At one point it had a second fuel tank installed in the trunk - but it's been removed. Along with that went a whole lot of extra parts and wiring and hoses as it the second tank was designed for WVO. Most of those extra parts are still attached in unknown state to the vehicle, though much of the wiring and hoses have been cut wherever possible. The engine seems good, the transmission fine (has been rebuilt once and the shifter control precision is loose), and the chassis is mostly rust-free and in remarkably good shape. However that's the end of the good.
The sunroof is broken and sealed closed, the back two power windows don't work, the switch for the passenger window is sketchy, the driver side window does not always go all the way down, as it hits something loose inside the door, and has scratches from this on the glass, thus needing replaced. There's no antennae - the radio is non-functional. There is no air conditioning, and although the heat works, there is no fan. This combination makes driving it in the summertime hell.
The trunk leaks, the dash is cracked from the sun, the speakers are all shot, the two front seats are very cracked and need replaced, the back seat has a few tears. The carpet is good, but the rubber on the bottom of the floormats is disintigrating and breaking apart everywhere. The door interiors need replaced, all of the door switches for seats and windows need replaced, the windshield has a crack, the odometer stopped working hundreds of thousands of miles ago at 49k, the dash light is very dim and the adjuster does not work, the hood release on the front of the car is broken so needle-nosed pliers are needed to open the hood, all of the interior wood is badly cracked. The steering wheel still feels good but upon inspection shows a lot of cracking too.
Looking under the hood is scary. There are a lot of added non-factory parts that were part of the WVO / second fuel tank system and are very poorly attached. I've removed what I could without impacting anything but many are still connected in with the main engine hoses, etc. There is a lot of jerry-rigging too - the accelerator is attached with a bent up wire clothes hanger, pretty much any original part that was plastic is broken or missing completely. The glow plug relay plate fuse is blown and a piece of heavy gauge wire now takes it's place.
Three out of four of the tires are almost bald. The front right passenger wheel is missing an arm bushing and some sort of stabilizer thing so it vibrates and makes a lot of noise whenever you hit any bump, minor or otherwise. It came with the front driver headlight and corner light broken out. The passenger headlight plastic was solid white with holes worn all the way through, the cover missing from the back, the corner light held in with tape as the clip was broken off, etc. I replaced both headlights and the corner light, but the left headlight still isn't working, and the replacement corner light is labeled "W140" rather than "W124" (guess it came from an S-class), and although it fits, it is a darker orange and has only two pins rather than three. It functions as a blinker, but the car does not recognize that it's attached, so the left turn signal is still rapid.
It has a few minor dings, the paint (I think it's original) is still good but not very impressive-looking. All of the rubber door seals direly need replaced. The insulation stuff that goes under the hood is completely gone. The resonator is broken somehow so it makes a whole lot of noise as though something metal is rattling around inside of it, especially when idling.
It needs a lot of help to be back to it's former glory, but it functions well as a daily driver...
Last edited by Raptelan; 06-30-2010 at 07:57 AM.