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Advice on DIY/1973 280 SE

I will be receiving my new to me 1973 280SE 4.5 next week. The PPI identified some items needing attention. I have little to no wrenching experience, but think I want to try some things myself. Here's the list - looking for advice on which ones I should think about doing myself and degree of difficulty.

- left lower and upper heater levers need replacing
- rubber door seals need replacing
- missing bushing in transmission linkage
- trans cooler hoses old
- missing rubber grommet on transmission cooling line
- turn signal flashers won't hold and flash fast
- one window inop, other three are "jerky"
- front dome light assembly bad
- front flex disc cracking

Thanks for your input.
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You should be able to do the flex disk easily. I would do this first, as if it fails, it will damage the transmission. The flashers most likely just needs a new relay module.

Wish I was there to help.
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I would recommend to find an Indy in your area who is experienced with older cars and let you watch.
You will make more damage and spend more time when you try to do it yourself with no mechanical background ,no proper tools and location
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