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Looking at a 1967 200d. What should I expect?

I am looking at getting a cheap little diesel for the wife to putt around in. Our audi s4 just broke a timing belt so its done for. We are ready to downsize a bit and go back to something simple, old and not as expensive as an s4 to maintain and fix.. Long story short, I'm looking at 190-200d's because I have always loved fin tails. What do I need to know? Anything I should look out for? These cars pretty bullet proof? I would like to be able to take it on road trips. Tell me what you guys think? I don't want to pick one up and realize I made a mistake.. I'm expecting gutless and slow
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I'd reckon the most important thing to look for is rust, especially in the rockers and undercarriage. Check over the headlights and in the spare tire wells in the trunk. Door bottoms, too. Windshield seals may be deteriorated and cause leaks into the cab as well.

Jack up the front and wiggle the suspension at 12/6 o'clock to check the kingpins for play and at 9/3 o'clock for tie rods and general steering looseness.

See if the heater core is leaking or has been bypassed. Do a simple engine health test by loosening the oil cap while running and see if the cap dances around. Or better yet, get yourself a diesel compression tester and do a compression check. Black smoke out the pipe is OK (can usually be adjusted out), blue smoke is bad.

Brakes are front disc/rear drum. The rear shoes are no longer available so you would have to have them relined if they are shot. When were the rubber lines last replaced?

Most parts for the mechanics are readily available online or from the Classic Center. Trim and interior are harder to find and generally cost a bunch. Consider how well the car has been cared for. Are there maintenance records? If it's been neglected, you will spend a lot of time and money sorting things out. Better, IMO, to spend more upfront for a well-maintained finny, especially if you need it to be reliable.

That being said, the w110s are wonderful cars to have and drive.

P.S. Maybe Squiggle Dog will chime in. He's been all over his '68 200D.

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If you end up getting the car, I have 5 or 6 fin bodies for parts. One of them is even a 200D with a factory sliding roof, pretty rare indeed.

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So I ended up sticking with the w111 body but changed things up a bit.. I ended up getting a super clean OG low miles 59 220s euro spec out of so-cal. Was sent from the factory to a hospital in africa in 59 and shipped to california some time later probably late 60s. I could not resist those euro spec headlights! Now comes the adventure of driving it 1000 miles home.. Luckily only one pass at about 4500 feet.. Should be exciting! I will post some pics when I have some..

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