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Looking at w108 w/ blown diff - help!

Hi, I'm new to the forum.
My question is this, I am looking at a 1966 250s w/ virtually no rust, 4 speed manual, but needs the generic tune-up - and as posted in the title - has a blown 3.92 diff.
The options that I found are not from the w108 chassis, locally. There is a w115 1975 230 4 that needs carb work for 400 bucks. The question is will the differential/ rear-end be able to be swapped (as in bolt-in). I would not mind just swapping the entire rear end if necessary (trailing arms, diff, axles, brakes etc.). Is this possible? noticed both use the w115 uses a 3.62, but am hoping it'll still fit (w/ necessary speedo mods). If not, what other diffs should I be on the hunt for, as I know that the w108 marked the end of the pivot axle.
I am a diy'er, and use to work at my uncle's mercedes shop where I rebuilt engines (850,000km on a 6 year old delivery van, needed new bearings and a water pump, that's it), and did other regular jobs around the shop.

I am located in B.C. Canada, thus 60's convertibles are out of the question as an alternative!

Appreciate any help that I get

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The 115 rear end is completely different from the 108. i don`t think it will bold on, maybe with some modification to the mounting points on the chassis.
There are plenty 108s out there. look at junk yards or craigslist, eBay. Or call a Mercedes Dismantler (Sunvalley in California). You can also go to your local Mercedes Repair Shop they may have a used one or can point you in a direction where to get on. good Luck
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You can also use the differential out of a W111. Same bolt in pattern
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Thanks a lot. So I can use the diff out of the fin-tails or w108/9. One of the flags that came up was that they w114 was built from a literal clean shit so thank you once again - the hunt continues and hopefully soon I'll be posting a benz in my profile soon.
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