Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1976 Mercedes Benz 300D
Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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Hi, everyone! Just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Chris, and I've just inherited a project car - a 1976 300D. I've attached some pictures below. Here is the story:
My father-in-law is a rancher and we just recently spent a family weekend with them. While exploring their huge property, I came across a pile of random cars, trucks, and tractors. I spotted the Mercedes and was amazed that it was just sitting out there. After poking around the car for a while, I returned and asked him about it. Turns out he traded for it over 10 years ago, planning on using the engine in something else, but never got around to doing it. It's just sat out in the fields, and he was going to scrap it soon. He told me I could just have it, if I wanted, which I almost shouted out, "YES!" He went out and grabbed the title from the glove box and just like that, I became the owner of this ratty, but glorious, automobile!
From what I understand, the engine ran up until the trade, but ended up with a fuel issue. It'll probably still run just fine, but will need some maintenance. I plan on putting it into his shop (he runs a small body shop for auto dealers) and tearing it down to restore.
A small history on myself; I have always worked on cars since I was a kid. My dad had a 1969 Mustang which was my first introduction into engines. I helped him work on that for years. Then I rebuilt the engine in my first car, am '89 Toyota Supra Turbo. I've maintained all of my automobiles over the years, and am looking forward to having another project car. I'm married, with 2 kids, and am a software development engineer by day.
Great to meet you all, and I'm sure I'll have plenty of questions for you!
(PS: Please forgive the image size/quality. I only had my crappy cell phone on me!)