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FS or Trade 1981 300TD

Just purchased a brown '81 300TD turbodiesel with approx. 80,000 original miles on the car/engine. The low milage and mechanical condition left me in a daze and I bought the car hastily. While the low milage and mechanical condition are a great starting point, there is just too much project in this car for me to handle.
Mechanically, all it needs is rear brake pad replacement and rear suspension work (a sagging rear end that feels every little bump in the road-perhaps auto-hydraulic stabilizer/rear sway bar and/or shocks are shot)
The car comes with a second tank conversion that has not been used.
The interior, exterior, and some of the electrical components need a lot of work. Based on what I paid (and I'm not looking to turn a profit on this sale) this car would only be a worthwhile purchase for someone who enjoys restoring these cars. For me, I don't have the experience or the time/money to do or pay for a restoration myself.
In addition to the above mentioned mechanical repairs, the car needs the following:
-repair/replace sunroof
-repair/replace climate control system (control panel/blower motor/wiring)
-repair electric windows
-paint
-replace left taillight
-replace dash
-repair/replace odometer
-repair/replace door locking system
-rust restoration on bottom of passenger front door, fist size rust hole in
floorboard backseat.
-a few minor dings here and there
-repair/replace grill, emblem, and hood (not perfectly straight with body)
-replace wood panels/glove box door
-repair/replace windshield seal
-repair/replace trim and moldings on body
-replace ceiling interior panel
I could have missed a thing or two, but I believe that covers it-you get the idea. I want to recoup my costs OR trade for a turbocharged 300 W123(D, CD, or TD) with higher miles (up to 200,000) but in excellent interior/exterior/electrical condition.
I am putting this out there because this could be the right situation for someone who enjoys restoring these cars.
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Wow, for 80,000 miles that car took quite a bit of abuse. Good luck on that...

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agreed-quite a bit of abuse for a low milage car. A lot of the issues are indeed from the car sitting out of service for years (cracked rubber seals on windows, windshields, trim, molding, sunroof, etc). The car also spent 2 years after it was placed back in service in daily city driving/parking in NYC and Chicago. Paint condition and rust spots also could be from extended time out of service in Florida (originally, this car was a Daytona Beach, Florida car for most of its life) The original owner in Daytona sold it to his mechanic. The mechanic sold it to the person I bought the car from, who drove it to Chicago. It then spent 6 months in New York City.
Some of the interior issues are truly beyond my comprehension. The car has been back in service for 10,000 miles, and the engine is bone dry (in other words, NO LEAKS at all). The title/registration/carfax documentation as well as a Mercedes tech all seem to agree that there is nothing to indicate that the engine has more miles than what has been indicated. I have another car, so if I can't find the right situation, I will restore it one system at a time. First, I was planning on repairing the auto-hydraulic stabilizer/shocks. Next I was going to try and do the rust, paint, and winshield/window/sunroof rubber trim and seals at one time. The rest can be done as I find the parts and have the time. A benz restoration guy in Southern California advised me to expect to spend 2 years and $5000 give or take.
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hi. do you mind sharing who the benz restoration guy in socal is? i have an 84 300td that is a good candidate for restoration. if you are able to disclose his contact info, that would be great. thanks in advance.
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I would also be interested to know where this benz restoration shop in socal. I have a 190e 2.3-16v I would like to restore.
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