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I might get an older benz for free, but I have questions first

First off Im unsure of the year. Ive no idea how to find it on the one vin plate I found (which was in the door jamb).
Second, the reason its free, theres no key...it was lost. But instead of leaving it the po tried to start it by jamming a screwdriver into the ignition mechanism. so thats broken...it also has no title. Third, the car is rusty...like the floors and lower rear quarters need to be cut out and redone, are there pre made patches for this or do I have to custom cut some?...Basically where the heck do I get parts for it?

The title is no problem, the cars in his name, so i file a mechanics lean against it and its all good. The key/locking cylinder question has me baffled however. Where do I find one of these, also how do I figure out what to buy it for???
I can tell you the car is a 4cyl, gas, auto. The numbers on the trunk said 220 but i forget which letters were after.

Ill be greatly thankful for any info you guys can provide me.
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Ill throw some up this afternoon.
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keys, etc

getting keys isn't a problem. You need to have the car in your name (register the car) and you need the VIN. Then MB will supply you with the key code(s) and you can either buy keys from the dealer (which varies in price) or get them from keyman.com or some other internet provider.

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This car sounds like a parts car. You will VERY quickly have more into it than it is worth and still have a rusty car and a frustrating and costly experience. If you really want one of these there are lots of good cars out there for very good prices. As they (I) say the initial purchase price is usually the lease expensive part of the purchase. If you can get it for free and fiddle around with it that's great but usually people get dissasified and start trying to fix it up.

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wtf this sounds so stolen

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^^^hehehe no it was my boss's car. he bought it as a shop car for the employees to run to the parts store in.

I also forgot to mention that he ruined the locking mechanism the ignition key goes into...so a new one is needed.

As for my plans with the car? IT RUNS, i parked it but im not the one who lost the key. The motor ran strong the only fault I found with it when I drove it was the trans shifted very difficultly. It also leaked fluid pretty bad. So I was thinking...worst case scenario: rebuild carbs, tune up, new gas, new gas tank (if its rusty), pull and rebuild the trans.

All I want is a beater of it, Ive had a vision for it since the beginning, however I'll not spoil the surprise ending but tell you that IT WILL BE AFFORDABLE.

*edit, heres exactly what I need at first. Windsheild, and both drivers side door windows (not the little ones though) Info on rebuilding that trans would be neat too.
I would still like to know how to find the exact year if anyone knows how to read the vins, my friend thinks its a '72. Also where to find parts would be a big help.

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I would still like to know how to find the exact year if anyone knows how to read the vins, my friend thinks its a '72. Also where to find parts would be a big help.[/B]
Open the driver's door. There is probably a metal plate in the door jam. It's going to have a number that starts with _probably_ 108 based on what you have said so far. That's the vin number. The same plate will list the production date mm/yy. I agree with the previous poster that the car is a parts car given the list of things you want to fix. You can probably find a good driver for $1000.

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Post the as much of the VIN as possible and I can look it up in WIS later tonight.
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Correction - it isn't a 108 car. It's probably a 114/115 car. The VIN should be something like 11501012004422. That's the right number of numbers and probably the right first 3 (maybe 6) digits. Then you may want to get EPCnet if you have a PC - Electronic Parts Catalog. FREE. EPC-net Online

It doesn't work with a Mac as best as know...
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