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a battle with rust

hi everybody! i am new to all this, and need your collective advise. i am considering buying a white 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9, which looks quite nice, except this:



how bad does it look, how can i fix it, and should i just walk away and try to find a better body?

thanks in advance!
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tip of the iceberg.

NO such thing as "just one rust spot" ?

How about a rust -free Euro version for 10K?
or another one needing just paint for 7k.

Rust will cost you

P.S. I bought a rusted 6.9 for $350 once

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i could not find any other rust spots. the owner wants $3000.

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i could not find any other rust spots. the owner wants $3000.
I am in Canada where rust is always an issue - Have owned an '85 300D for 18 years. When I bought it, the rear wheel wells were rusted much worse than that little spot. Had it fixed. Since then, wheel wells have been done several times. Then 3 years ago, I had new front fenders installed and whole car painted by Maaco - Total cost C$3k including fenders. Car has no new rust. Gets driven in snow and slush, but not as much as it did in the first 10 years.

So basically, if you like the car and there are no others to choose from, buy it but be prepared for rust repairs from time to time. Get a quote on having that rust repaired and same time get them to check everything else out. Get the owner to drop price by $500 to offset the repair cost. Repair shouldn't cost much because that is a small panel and easy to spray. Looks like it might have been caused by the fastener that holds the trim on.

But - I would ask - why would you want a 6.9?? Own an oil refinery

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But - I would ask - why would you want a 6.9?? Own an oil refinery
i like going fast. my other car is mustang cobra, so...
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If that car is made like the W107 (from a similar era), the problem may be failed fender seals and the plate/body putty that seals the inner/outer fender and the rocker. My car was completely rust free except in areas where the body seals failed (front bumper mounts, and a previous badly-done accident repair).

CHECK THE BLOWER MOTOR AREA and ALL BODY DRAINS FOR BLOCKAGE. If any is found, run away.

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$3,000 yes, great deal with rust included.
Buy it and enjoy it.
You may never go back to old American iron after cornering flat at 120mph.
Most outstanding under-appreciated (price-wise) car.

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heh. some american iron corners better than others - try to drive 2000-2002 cobra sometime, you will see another outstanding under-appreciated car.

thanks for you advise everybody, i'll use it well.
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Not a huge fan of American iron myself ... I'll give your car two years before it's worth half of the purchase price.
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to quote quentin tarantino: "the less man makes declarative statements, the least he is apt to look foolish in retrospect". look at the prices of cobra and you will realize how wrong you are. those are rare collectibles, much like mercedes 6.9 and 500e.
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