Date registered: Jun 2012
Vehicle: 1994 E320, 1990 300CE Coupe, 1971 280S
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w108 new owner
After a year search I finally found a w108 that was worth the asking price. I picked up a 1971 280S for $1200. It needs some work for sure. The interior as a whole is in great shape. Seats, dashboard, door panels, carpet, and steering wheel are in good shape. Although it could use some good cleaning. Outside there is the usual small amounts of rust at the lower section of the door but no more than surface rust. The front bumper seems to be the biggest issue. Driver side bumper mounting bracket needs replacement along with lower radiator support. Nothing a welder cant handle. As far as the m130 engine...the car has been sitting for 12+ years so the cylinders are locked up. Hopefully some marvel mystery oil sitting in there for a week or so will free them up. If not its disassembly time. There is no fuel in the fuel tank although it will need a cleaning before use. The car came with a box of parts including 2 zenith carb rebuild kits. Previous owner plugged off lines from mechanical fuel pump and installed an electric fuel pump with regulator. Its very noisey and wont be staying on the car...Im guessing the mechanical pump is no good so I will replace it. Brakes and suspension seem ok but will need the safety check before a road test. All interior and exterior lights work, windshield wipers work, power windows work, and ignition switch works. Combination switch and horn will need attention though.
I definitely have a project ahead of me. As a Mercedes master tech I mostly work on 1990-present cars. I own 2 w124's also. This w108 is my oldest venture into Mercedes classics. I ordered the MB classic centers service manual and also found 3 service manuals inside the car. Hopefully with all that info and all you fine people on this forum, I can get this classic back on the road.
Looking forward to the project and being a vintage Benz owner!
Mercedes Benz Master Technician
AMG Performance Specialist
1994 E320 Sedan
1990 300CE Coupe(OM606 swap in progress)