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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-21-2010, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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new owner of 1974 240D

as of tonight!

4 speed manual, almost no rust, kind of a really dark brown with a mostly burgundy interior, (except for the driver seat, which is from a much later car with a tan interior). PO had yellow hubcaps on it, which actually looks pretty cool.

Very excited, its a solid car with only a little easily repairable rust! and missing trim, some lights, and the grill. First order of business for me is getting the glow plugs working correctly.

Starts slow, salt shaker glow plug indicator does not warm up, so I figure they are not working at all.

Anyone have any general advice on this model? I am extremely familiar with the 123 chassis, but this is the first 114/115(?) I have owned, or even driven, so I am excited to learn about it!

Pics tomorrow

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1974 240D turbo 617 swap, W201 5-speed project
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-22-2010, 04:33 AM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!

Just be on the lookout for rusts. If you see one coming, have it done quick. The rest (mechanical/electrical) should be similar to a 123.

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here are some pics of it. There are three in total rust holes, small hole in the rear floor pan, and holes at both subframe to floorpan bracket attachment points. Thats it.
Already, im appreciating the less undercoating on this model, makes it way easier to stay on top of rust holes, the same visible hole on a 123 would have meant 50 times the rust. On my 80 240, there were no visible holes and the car was 40% rusted out completely. On this 74, the rust is simply right around the hole, and no further. It will be easy to permanently patch.

I am missing brake light assemblies, front light bezels and turn signals (The headlight bulb is all thats there), and the grill. Anybody have any spare parts, let me know!
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1983 240D 4-speed, DD
1974 240D turbo 617 swap, W201 5-speed project
Abomination Chevy Astro, 616 turbo swap, T5 5-speed, 4.56 diff. Work van
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Looks like a good car, should be a fun project.

That looks like a W123 drivers seat, may i ask what they did about the seat belt buckle?

'79 280CE with 226,000 miles
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-22-2010, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Looks like a good car, should be a fun project.

That looks like a W123 drivers seat, may i ask what they did about the seat belt buckle?
The seats are hacked in there. The answer to your question is "nothing"

Both the driver and passenger seats are screwed to 2x4 pieces of wood, and then screwed to the slide. They do not slide at all. I will have to figure them out, its totally unsafe like that. I assume wood between the seat and slide was not OEM?

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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-22-2010, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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so who has dropped a turbo 617 in one of these chassis?

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been a long time, but im on my way to completing a 617 turbo swap.

Pulled out the original motor (dont worry, this was sold to a guy to get another 114 running)



and dropped in a motor out of a 1980 300SD-




lots of issued getting this motor to fit, but its finally in there. Mated it to a W201 overdrive 5-speed using a welded bell technique to adapt the gearbox and using a 38lb 300D flywheel.-





Im using a 3.46 diff out of a 300D NA. The OD ratio in the 5-speed is at or around .81 to 1. Im hoping for a really nice balance of acceleration and top speed with this diff and transmission arrangement, however, I do have a 3.07 diff also to try if I don't like it.



Moving back to the engine compartment, im using a 115 long runner intake, and I have a beautiful T5/T4 hybrid turbo for it, this has presented a big challenge to get fitted in-

(does not fit like this, as sourced from a forum member)



I needed to bring the turbo up a bit, so I made this S-pipe, but thats not going to work, too low, needs to be remade, but ultimately something of this nature will be made to fit the turbo-



Th idea with the S-pipe and support structure is to mimick the design cues from the 115 intake, which is cool looking. I might make it exactly like this but at the appropriate height, or try my hand at making a header, which might be fun.

for wheels, Im going vintage looking BBS-



and a grey interior. (everything was mismatched and wrong anyway except for the door panels-



Ultimately, on the outside, im looking for a dark green, maybe a british racing green or a forest green, something tasteful, and im doing a side trim delete.

The look I want to go for here is "vintage rally" I might do a racing stripe, but this is all super long term stuff now. Gotta get it actually running first.

Here is the car immediately before going under the knife-



Also sourced some beautiful euro headlights for it, so im getting kinda psyched about getting it running-


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so making some slight progress getting the turbo mounted, some pics of my new S pipe for this. Previous S pipe turned out to be far too low

Going to end up being made up of a dozen little pieces because of the compound curve and twist, but ive been inspired by looking at some header production pics and started a lot wiser this time. Lots of welding left to make it really solid

The turbo is going to live in this region-



new S pipe, structural bits to support the turbo ill do later on after this is done




also BBS rims balanced and mounted. Look great on the old 115 chassis, matches the age perfectly in my opinion


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Is that motor a turbo motor to begin with? If not you're looking at some serious engine issues if you try to turbocharge it…. like burned pistons, to begin with….
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Great build! I want a turbo 300 motor so bad!
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