Date registered: May 2013
Vehicle: 1984 300 SD TurboDiesel
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Thanks for the great site! I just got my first MB on the road a couple weeks ago. It is a 1984 300 SD TurboDiesel Sedan that has been sitting for the past 5 years. I actually bought it on a lark almost two years ago and didn't do anything with it until recently. Amazingly after 5 years with no particular car in storing it but just letting it sit outdoors it fired up and ran pretty well with a new battery. The front end was kind of shot, but I had my man Tony from Hightstown, NJ put that in order with new ball joints and tie rod ends. I found some old tires for $20 apiece from a hubcap joint and mounted them up because the old rubber was dry rotted. That's all it took really!
After a couple of local road tests I took her out on a 100 mile round trip from Princeton to Morristown which involves about 30 min of twisty country lanes and 30 min on the interstate each way. All things considered it was a success but not without drama. After exiting the interstate into Morristown there came the inevitable task of finding a parking spot in town. This was made somewhat challenging since the throttle linkage was stuck open and the car wanted to rev and run. Let's just say the brake test was good. Trying to get under the hood to examine the linkage was impossible because one corner was not budging.
So getting back to Princeton was less dramatic and the car pulled all the way past the posted limit on a number of occasions with typical turbo lag. The whole throttle thing was like either no throttle and I was going 40 or floor it to get to 65+. The best thing about the day was meeting my old buddy for lunch and cruising with the sunroof open on a great spring day. Not so great that all the windows are stuck closed though, and the driver's seat is kind of a bottomless pit, and the diesel smell was permeated by carpet cleaner. Good thing about the sunroof being fully operational...
Anyway, some bugs became immediately apparent. I tested the wipers and they froze almost instantaneously. One directional didn't work and besides the sticky throttle that was it. Not bad ... so its a driver!
Now the interior as I mentioned is pretty tatty. There were cigarette butts from the 1980's under the seats so that probably contributed to the stink too.
My original plan was to make a greasecar out of her but now I'm leaning to a LeMons race car, or maybe both.
I also own with my understanding wife a BMW X5, BMW 325, and a Triumph TR4 the latter mostly in boxes, along with a BMW 2002 tii engine and a random assortment of Volvo, Saab and Triumph spares.
It's great to be here!
PS> did I mention rust? Yes we have some but still under investigation... stay tuned