- and I'm about to get into the engine. I got the car for my girl, and she loves it. New brakes, shifts great, black leather interior, supposedly has a 60,000 mile swapped engine. Odometer reads 212,856, and seems to work. It has no rust except two 1 inch spots on the hood, next to the windshield. It was supposedly parked with a blown engine for many years, then given a new engine, straightened out, and sold to the guy i bought it from. The engine has chalk on it, but anybody can do that, right? The engine compartment is very clean, so I might believe him. I've driven it, and while it's slow to accelerate, it drives, steers, cruises, and stops no problem. It feels good to drive it.
Interior is is in great shape. Much, if not all of it has been redone at some point. The interior doors seem new, and it's all black. There is a plaque on the wood that say "Merci, Merci, Merci!" I have not seen this kind of interior on any of the other W123 cars I looked at. The interior was very important to my girlfriend. It's not cherry, but hell, what do you want for 1100 bucks.
Anyway, I'm going to paint the exterior gloss black with Rustoleum. I've done it before. It'll be great, and it'll cost 40 dollars.
I have ordered the Mann brand air, oil, and primary/secondary fuel filters, I will have them tomorrow. I will use Delo or Rotella oil, and make sure to grease the gasket when replacing the oil filter. I will use Redline brand Diesel Fuel Catalyst additive in the fuel tank. We are going to replace the valve cover gasket and have the valves adjusted by German Formula, the old school Mercedes shop here in Portland. Talked to the mechanic on the phone, he's owned three of this engine.
What else can I reasonably DIY? Her dash lights are wigging out, is that famous rheostat? Sorry, I've fully been lurking you guys for like 2 weeks with MB on the brain. . . any pointers for a noob?