I'm Roldan from Cebu City, Philippines and I have 2 classic Mercedes-Benz vehicles; 1966 W110 200 and 1973 W116 280S. Both are euro spec.
here's the the story of my 2 cars:
This is used to be our family car since my father bought it in 1990. It been with us for 19 years. Using the car to fetch us to school, used as an ambulance (it happened to me when I was sick with severe allergic reaction and used to ferry my father in and out of the hospital for treatment after he was diagnosed with cancer in January 2002 and he died 3 months after). This is also my big brother and I learning to drive with my dad and the M121 was responsive, lots of power because of dual carburetors, and it was very addictive to flooring it down, in 1996, after graduating from high school, the M121 has died (engine seized: bent cranks,rods,stripped bearings and cracked head) despite the parts were plenty at that time but this is beyond economic repair; talking about shelling out more bucks, instead, bought an engine; 2.2L single carbbed Astron 80 from '80 Mitsubishi Galant Sigma sedan coupled with 5-speed Borg-Warner manual gearbox, and some major works on the body repair and painted red. It ran well but very far from M121 in terms of drivabilty,power,torque and durability but the parts are cheaper (but high maintenance) higher top speed because of 5-speed gearbox. In 2008,one afternoon, while on an errand on a motorcycle, I happened to pass by a small junk shop and got the sight of an engine that's very familiar shape, I got off my bike to take a closer look and it was a descent M115 engine with 4-speed manual gearbox from wrecked '74 W115 200 Euro spec. and it was for sale before it's to be disassembled and sold for scrap metal and I returned with some tools, used the 27mm socket wrench to turn the engine manually and it was turning fine, taking off the valve cover to inspect the state of the valve train components and all the valve train parts are worn except the camshaft which was in very good state, able to bench start the engine and it was smoking blue (worn piston rings), after some persuasive negotiations I bought the engine for PHP 10,0000 (US$227 as of Jan.7 2011). I rebuilt the engine myself and I spent about PHP 20,000 (US$254) in parts and another 5,000 for labor, (I hired a tinsmith to customized the engine mounts bracket, air cleaner mount, transmission mount and AC compressor bracket re-made for this engine to fit the M115 once the Astron 80 used to sit in). It was completed in August 2009 and made about 1000 kms. since rebuild. Now, I spent a of bucks on engine rebuild and I'm saving up for body repair (it's rusted again after the engine swap in 1996). I garaged the car in my big brother's friend's parent's residence with big lot and able to find a descent spot to park in until I build a garage for it.
here's the 200's photo's:
took it up the mountains with my uncle some 500 kms. after the rebuild. I upgraded to 14-inch steel wheels(original COMMERZ) and covers from another W115 parts car.
This is M121 engine used to power the 200 (the photo from my fellow MB owner who also own a 200 but a '68)
Newly rebuilt M115 with original intake manifold
M115 with '79 W123 intake manifold (with direct engine shut-off valve and fresh air bleeder (bypass) valve next to it for improved emissions. I had problems with engine after running when shutting off and running crap so, went to the same junkshop and I found the W123 intake manifold just the W123 went into scrap and I was lucky they left it behind hehehe the welded area in the exhaust manifold was a hole due to heat and age).
I bought the 280S in May 2009 for 30,000 PHP (US$680) from my neighbor who is a widow, used to be her husband's car. After her husband died, her son used the car to school until he graduated in college in 2005, the car was unused since then. The money originally intended for my 200's body repair, but when she said to me that she'll have the car to be sold for scrap if no one will buy it, I felt so bad because it was well cared for when it was used and it had the engine rebuild in 1998 (I knew this because it was done in her house and I can clearly seen it when I passed by her house). When I brought the car home, I changed all fluids, some suspension parts, battery, points,condenser,plugs to it run descent. I spent a good 8000PHP on it and I used it as a replacement for my 200. It's still running great up to this day.
The 280S photos:
280S with 200
painted the grill black and replaced with new grill chrome strips
M110 engine with infamous SOLEX 4A1 carburetor