Date registered: Jan 2006
Vehicle: 73 280SE 4.5, 71 300SEL, 03 BMW Z4, 72 Fiat 850, 80 Triumph TR7, 85 Porsche 911
Location: DC Area
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There's original, and there's reliable. Less than 100% original equates to 100% reliable.
Mercedes was well ahead of its time back in the day. However, the day is more than three decades ago, and better costs you about $140. How about this - buy yourself a Pertronix, but keep the original points and such. "Going Pertronix" is easily reversible, and should you ever sell the car, originality is ten minutes from the new buyer's grasp.
I'm not a huge fan of originality. To hell with originality. I'd rather keep the chassis on the road, with a recognizable body and interior, with maybe something not as original as a die hard might like. Mercedes' are easily recognizable - they're rolling works of art. A purist would curl up and die to know about a non Mercedes engine in a Mercedes, but people who truly love the cars would rather just see them still on the road. How often do you get thumbs up, or waves, or stares, all from people who only know that a special car just drove by...
Once I come off deployment, I'd really like to put a modern hemi into a '71 300SEL - make the body look original, but have it run with a modern drive train. It'll cost less in gas, and given a Benz engine rebuild versus a Dodge rebuild, the cost savings is obviously.
The bottom line is this - would you rather have a barely reliable "pure" car, or a 100% reliable "upgrade"?