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RE: New to MB Need help with '69 280SE
Latest update. My late mentorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 69 280se coupe was towed to BudÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Benz in Georgia upon the recommendation of his old mechanic. I felt that I should honor his recommendation and get an estimate and see what happens from there. I got a complete list of items that are probably needed for the car. The car has 220,000 miles on it.
They found coolant standing in cylinder #5, confirming the damages done by blown head gasket. I can see a lot of rust on a camshaft through the oil filler hole. The car sat for nearly 10 years, and there is probably a lot of internal rust that I could not see.
Engine rebuild with new and rebuilt components such as distributor, alternator, radiator re-core, fan clutch, water pump, AC compressor & hoses, etc., etc. is around $14000, including labor. The list has about 30 items in this category. They will only rebuild and replace components on the original engine, but will not swap engines, even with an identical unit. Engine itself with head and block is $6000, but the surrounding components and labor add up to about $8000, making the total $14,000.
Brakes with new calipers, hoses, wheel bearings, master cyl. and booster, etc. is $4000 including labor.
Fuel pump, injection pump rebuild, fuel lines are $3400 including labor.
Front suspension with new control arm kits, sway bar, king pin set, steering gear box, pw steering pump, shocks, etc etc is $5000 including labor.
Rear suspension with trailing arm bushing kit , donuts, clunk bushing, pinion seat, etc. is $1000 including labor.
Transmission (4spd automatic) rebuild (if needed) is $3800, including installation.
So this thorough rebuilding of mechanical parts will cost me roughly $30,000.
I received this estimate based on an identical car that they are working on right now. Perhaps some of the repairs listed above are not needed, but they are pretty certain that at the least the car needs a complete engine rebuild and fuel system rebuild.
In a way I appreciate the fact that they are not underestimating the cost. I think this is pretty much an estimate for the worst case scenario.
Now, since I am new to this, any opinions or inputs will be greatly appreciated. BudÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Benz is a reputable shop with history, but they might be too fancy for my needs. All I want is to get it to reliable running condition again. Mat gave me good advice a while ago, but if others have opinions about the situation please let me know.
This is largely an emotional decision, and the car is worth restoring to me. But if you know that this is clearly a bad move, I would appreciate your voicing the opinion as well.