BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Sep 2010
Vehicle: 1981 300SD - Over 350,000 miles
Location: Portland, Oregon
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So I just kind of have to share this with everyone, or no one depending on if anyone looks at it. It's also just a place for me to tally up all the work, time, and money put into this thing.
Things I've done
Bought a 1981 Mercedes Benz 300SD with 350,000 miles on it -$100 and a laptop I paid $100 for
Replaced old vacuum tubing and reconnected a disconnected tube to the boost. -1 hour time, $10-$15 cost
Rack damper adjustment -30 minutes time, $55 cost
Fixed drivers seat spring issue with pool noodle -1 hour time, free pool noodle
Bought spare parts off a guy for $50. Included chrome wheelbase covers, new seats (which I didn't use), a new floor peddle, spare bulbs and taillight covers, and a new inside door handle plastic bit -Time installing 1 hour, $50
Took apart passenger door to try and fix control box for seat motors, now it moves up and down and forward and back but still no upper control. -1 hour 30 minutes
Bought Lubro Molly, Fuel Filters (Spin on and Primary), and new fuel lines, then ran a diesel purge. -1 hour time, $30
Replaced oil filter and changed oil. -1 hour time, $55
Reconditioned and polished all leather -3 hours, $10 for blue shoe cream and polish
Bought blue vinyl and had my wonderful grandma re-sew backseat headrest area -?? time, $15
Replaced motor mounts and fuel filler neck seal -3 hours 30 minutes time, $50
Replaced drivers seat with gray seat with better springs and splicing all the wires. Then replacing gray seat with old blue one after splicing failed. Then re-splicing wires to old blue seat -4 hours, no cost (listed above)
Fixed drivers side speaker that wasn't playing -30 minutes, no cost
Other odds and ends -2 hours, no cost
Total time -20 hours
Total cost -$380 plus a laptop
Still to do?
Maybe another diesel purge now that everything else is right.
Splice wires back to the trunk light (someone cut them)
Fix tachometer (not a priority, I already tried once..no luck)
Try to fix parking brake
That's all I can think of for now. Otherwise she drives beautifully, all the power windows and sun roof work, the seats are good, the outside is good and I can't think of anything else wrong.
Thanks for the help so far!
Last edited by spencercarson; 10-14-2010 at 09:05 PM.