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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Talking First Classic Car: W114

Hello everyone, this is my first classic car (71 250 2.8 auto) and I've been told everything is origional (around 45k miles) except for the headliner, exhaust system and of course all maintenance items. It is exceptionally clean inside and out and just needs a few things to be perfect, the rest is just maintenance to make me comfortable putting 5-8k miles a yr on it.

Having a hard time finding parts or information about the car, the owners manual says almost nothing.

-Non functional odometer or clock
-Loose Speedo Glass and chrom ring
-Drivers Arm Rest a little loose fitting against door
-Air conditioning Rattling/Knocking Noise at random every minute
-The chrome could use a polish
-Paint is 90% and has swirl marks and a few chips that need corrected
-OEM Style Modern Headunit for mp3

Then all fluid changes
-Engine Oil & Filter 10w40 mobil 1
-Transmission Fluid & Filter dont know?
-Diff Fluid dont know?
-Brake Fluid Flush will motul rbf600 work?
-Radiator Fluid Flush

Then she will be show quality and hopefully run very well.

Here are a few iphone pics..

*Also have the origional floor mats in mint condition but I like these a lot

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Congrats on a great find, YoungC! This is a great color and the cocoa mats are period correct - I would leave them in the car and the originals in a nice box in the garage.

Agree, owner's manuals are not that helpful but you should pick up a lot of info here - suggest finding a good "indy" or independent shop that works on older MB in your area, that contact will likely pay off big time. Glad you are planning on a freshening all fluids and other PM, it will also pay off in big dividends. Super nice, original car. Enjoy it!

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dont go nuts using supreme fluids . 15/40 shell rotella T , dot 3 or 4 standart brake fluid , dexron / mercon atf , 80/90 rear axle fluid , atf in power sterring , and MB anti freeze . and spray lube for linkages +++++
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Nice find, enjoy it well and give it another 40-odd years of life. They are built to run forever.*

You can get a vintage Becker that has an Aux In jack on the face plate, or remotely mounted.


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is that wood trim orig or is it vinal sticker cause it look so sweet in the pics

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Congratulations! Great looking w114 with beautiful coco mats! Have fun!
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Beautiful car my friend! Welcome to the club.
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That is a real beauty. Fantastic interior.
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Congrats on your first classic car, great pick IMO! I picked the same model, but couldn't save my barn find, one of the valves had rust(!) inside and the engine wouldn't turn over even after a month of trying all kinds of tricks.
Yeah I wouldn't worry too much about the fluids either, when the manual was written the ATF # III or IV was not invented yet, I'm using the SuperTech brand (Walmart) and my old girl likes it just fine. I'm using Shell Rotella 10-45, which is a ordinary oil, but yeah mine is diesel unlike yours. Same with antifreeze, I bought the generic liquid at advance auto parts (the one already diluted with water). Definitely do the fluids exchange ASAP, charge your A/C and there's a great chance that that would be all you need to do mechanically (based only on your pics, the car looks to be well taken care of). I would strongly recommend use of Lucas additives if there's a need. Good luck and I wish you thousands of happy miles. W114 are build like tanks, surely yours can take more than 5-8 thousand miles. Mind is a bucket of rust and in the last year and half she made about 15 thousand miles.
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Thanks for the kind words gentlemen!
I took it to a shop that does vintage euro cars this morning and noticed a small puddle of red fluid under the car so unfortunately it is leaking ATF. Also noticed the windshield washer sprayers arent spraying even tho everything looks new.

I would really like some info on getting a modern functioning but OEM styled radio unit. The car is all wired up and has speakers and everything else ready to go as i'm told just has no head unit anymore. I know less than nothing about radio units but would like it to connect wirelessly thru the blue tooth on my iphone to stream music to but not talk hands free. Any info would be appreciated.

Also hoping when it hits 50yrs old it will appreciate a significant amount being in show condition

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