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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!)
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Quite a project you have there! Good luck and keep us posted!

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Would someone be kind enough to point me towards a resource concerning interchangeable parts between different chassis/models/years? I'm assuming many of the body parts on my '76 300D are interchangeable with other W115's regardless of model? It would be helpful to know while I'm searching for replacement parts.

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The body parts on your car are a bit different from the early models ('68-'73). In 1974 MB went to the 5 MPH impact bumpers so the front fenders/wings are slightly modified, the hood and grill were changed to a wider,lower style, front doors were different as they eliminated the "wing" windows and moved the side view mirrors into the areas which were the wing vents. The rear lights were re-designed and won't interchange. The '74-up went with "ribbed" lenses and a slightly different wrap around style.

Most of these parts will bolt on but they won't fit "quite right" with the exceptions of the hood/grill and tail light assemblies which won't fit.

Doors will work as long as you don't mind changing the side view mirror styles (frankly, I find the early style much more usable), fenders will work with some modifications and fabrication if you want to get away from the "park bench" bumpers.

Those are about the only differences I can think of body-wise.

Even though there were a few cosmetic changes over the years all interior pieces will interchange.

Under the hood there are few changes. Placement of the battery, emissions canisters and controls, etc. Nothing major and all mechanicals are pretty much identical between the same engined cars. There are differences between dis-similar engines such as exhaust/intake manifolds and their related plumbing but those are easily resolved.

Suspension wise- identical. Ditto on the drive train. A couple of minor variants in the power steering pumps, lines and steering boxes (dealing with how the lines are connected) but nothing insurmountable.

The W114 coupe's are a bit different. Doors, windshield and seats won't fit a sedan but everything else is the same.

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Good "outside the barn find" you have there. As Mike D said, parts under the hood should be interchangeable with same engine models. Haven't seen much U.S. version models here in the Philippines since we have mostly European types. Good luck with the restoration!
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Thanks, Mike D! Great information there! Are there any particular websites you guys use to purchase parts for your vintage Mercedes?
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I think you can get quite a lot of things as long as you look for W115 models as mentioned earlier W114 are slightly different even though some mechanical parts are the same. I have a good experience with couple of websites, but more surprisingly, I was able to get a lot of parts from dealership for great prices and not to forget Advance Auto parts. Good luck :-)

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