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What all should I change? / Here's my new car!

Yes, I realize that I could find most of the answers I'm looking for by useing "search" and so I apologize for starting a new thread. What I'm wondering is: since I'm buying a 76 300D that's been driven about 1 mile per week for the last 9 years and then driving it 230 miles home I should change stuff. Oil (he's been using 10-30!), transmission flush, coolant, air filter(s), glow plugs assuming they're not too hard or expensive. What am I forgetting? Is there a reccomended fuel tank additive, does diesel use a heavier duty coolant, what grade of oil, brand of oil filter, hoses prone to wearing out, ect? When I get home I'll have the good German speaking boys at Henry's adjust the transmission (shifts too high) and give it a once over. Thanks! (and now I'll go search anyway)

UPDATE: I took a Greyhound up at 3:15AM Saturday morning (wasn't that fun!) and bought the car that morning. Changed the oil (both AutoZone and Jiffy Lube gave me the wrong filter), flushed the very very dirty radiator, topped up the brake fluid and ATF, pried the stuck trunk open, changed every fuse I saw, most of the lights and went home! 4th gear isn't engaging at all, fuel gauge reads full, A/C and radio don't work, and extremely hot air blows directly onto the my foot (?) but I'm happy for the price. Oh, almost forgot... a few minutes after I picked a hitch hiking couple the car lost power and stalled. We tooled around a bit but couldn't figure it out. They left and I kept on trying to figure out what was wrong. Soon, I was hitch hiking until I heard a familiar sound right behind me. A super-cool guy named Joshua picked me up and during the ride his 300SD had the same problem, so he showed me how to fix it (fuel filter was clogged). I got a ride back to my car, took about half an hour the get the filter out (had to do it MacGyver style) but after I shook some fuel system cleaner through it the car ran fine, almost all the way home. I still need to change it because it says "GAS FILTER" on it, leading me to beleive it is not the correct part. I will also change all fuel lines and the canister filter next paycheck so I can run biodiesel until I convert to oil. I'm very happy with my new car, I hope it lasts me a long time.
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I would replace the brake hoses, flex disk, any rubber fuel lines,belts, hoses, engine and suspension mounts at a minimum.
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Don't FLUSH the transmission! Drop the pan, drain the fluid, change the filter, all new fluid. Flushing is like taking a shower with your clothes on.
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Post pictures and how many miles does it have?
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Don't FLUSH the transmission! Drop the pan, drain the fluid, change the filter, all new fluid. Flushing is like taking a shower with your clothes on.
...and don't forget to undo the convertor drain and empty it!.High shift points? chack the conditon of the vacuum line to the modulator and the rod ends on the acelerator linkage.
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...and don't forget to undo the convertor drain and empty it!.High shift points? chack the conditon of the vacuum line to the modulator and the rod ends on the acelerator linkage.
Converter drain? Don't even know what that is. Someone told me that the vaccuum hoses weren't connected to the trasmission in 76 so I wouldn't have to worry about it. Well, I'm getting this car for cheap, so I'll have some extra cash to have the pro's look at it. As much as I'd like to be, I'm not much of a mechanic.
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It is recommended that you do a transmission flush every 25to30,000 miles. IF you don't you can rist premature ware. I don't remember exactly how much fluids these old transmissions hold but I know it is alot more than 3quarts.

I learned from my father that if you are going to do something you better do it right, or else it can come back and bite you in the a**.
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