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Date registered: Nov 2012
Vehicle: 1969 280SL manual trans
Location: ontario, canada
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I applaud you for taking on such a project. I love the look of the gray car and I respect the amount of work that went into that car, and I think the result is fantastic. If the parts are available to fully restore an original car then that is a preferred way to go in my opinion, but the owner of the car must always decide what is most important and valuable to him or her. Having said that, I have seen 300SL cars from the 1980's selling for almost free ($500) with very nice inline six cylinder engines and five speed transmissions. If that would fit between the frame rails and under the hood it could make a nice setup. maybe it could be done as a full bolt in so that it could be put back to stock later if that was ever required? I could also imagine seeing this car with a 280SL drivetrain. There are 280SE cars which can be had for only scrap value. How about an engine from a 1970 280SE and a getrag 265 gearbox which can be bought from a BMW for a few hundred dollars? A complete SLK32 AMG drivetrain would be fabulous, but costly... Maybe there is a wrecked car that someone could recommend or donate...? How about a 3.5 V8 from the late 1970's with a 5 speed manual? My vote would be to stay with MB parts whichever way you go. I respect Nissan and the others, but I think the MB parts bin is so big it would be so much better to stay "full MB". The original blue colour would be gorgeous on a sleeper or on a full restoration. I once saw an nice Mercedes panel van of a similar year running down the autobahn pulling a trailer with a Brough Superior vintage race bike, and that great image has stayed with me ever since. I keep looking at that gray car and thinking that maybe I need to build one of these... Did these cars ever come as a cabriolet? Does anyone here have a rust free body shell sitting behind their barn? Please keep posting updates with pictures. We appreciate you sharing this project with us. M.F.G.
Last edited by pagodanut; 12-29-2012 at 04:21 AM.