Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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If you buy a rebuilt engine/tranny, it costs about $6500 to $8500 over the web depending on the engine. You can do a Google on rebuilt mercedes engines and you will get back all kinds of remanufacturers, many of whom have impeccable crediantials for high quality work that you can get feedback for on these forums, but the cheapest way to do it , IMO, is to by a donor car. You can buy old Merc tanks all day for three grand that have great drive trains, and they come with all the parts you need and many that can be adapted. It's also a hell of a lot easier to find a 350 or 500 sedan than it is to find a 350SL or 500SL, so you can build a hell of a car if you find the right donor. Despite the 560's reputation, either one of those will blow the doors off that pig.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
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