Date registered: May 2005
Vehicle: 1981 300SD, 1976 300D
Location: Phoenix AZ
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FS: 1976 300D W115- rust free!
Where to begin? This was supposed to be a fun project- I tried, I failed, now it's you turn.
This 300D had an engine replacement; motor #1 had its crank pulley come adrift, thus damaging badly the nose of the crank. Motor #2 had symptoms of a bad head gasket- that's how it came into my hands. It pressurized the cooling system with combustion gases.
I replaced the HG, saw no cracks in the head or block, did see a "pinched" spot in the HG. Thought that was it. (Yes, checked for warpage too). I was wrong. Still has the same issue. So, I consider this to be a bad engine and treat it accordingly. She's not a driver.
What she is: Hyperbole though it seems, still the nicest W115 I've ever seen. Not 100 point concours; just a CA/AZ car with *no* perforation below. I don't mean it looks like the exhaust system's been detailed; I mean it looks comparable to a 2004 MB as far as structural integrity. And the interior's just as nice. Some minor things (wrinkles in the vinyl on the speaker grille, a few tiny cracks in the dash)- but the Becker works, the power antenna works, the A/C is full of refrigerant (R12)... it's just that kind of car. Color is between Palomino and peanut butter (gotta love the 70s)... paint is, I believe, original.
Do you have a good 617 diesel engine? I don't. This car deserves to be saved, not parted out! I'll have more pics, it needs washing, which will come this weekend. Here are a couple of pics of the interior to give you an idea what I'm talking about- this is "as found"- I've only had it since December and have been doing the head gasket job as time permits since.
How's $950 sound? I'm in Phoenix, AZ.
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1995 BMW 540i/6 black/tan
1993 500SEL black/black
1986 420SEL blue/navy
1984 380SL ivory/brown
1984 300D blue/navy
1983 280SE blue/grey
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