Hello from the great Pacific NW! Volkswagen enthusiast here, joining your fine forums to introduce myself and grab opinions and comments on my upcoming purchases of vintage Mercedes diesels.
A little backstory:
My first car was a 1987 W124 300D sedan with the OM603 3.0L 6cyl turbodiesel. The first summer I had my license, either the PO or a previous mechanic had done some shoddy wiring to and from the heater, and on a super hot July day, I ran the heater briefly while idling to try and keep the engine cooler. That brief use of the heater caused some sort of wiring SNAFU which ended up in the car erupting into flame, burning up the hood insulation, melting the grille, shorting out the battery, ruining half the fuses, putting a hole in the brake line (from hot melted hood insulation), and effectively scaring the living daylights out of 16 year old me. A month later it was running just fine again, and has been graciously passed down to my little sister who relies on it for college and work
Old picture of when I found my sister at school:
And since then it was rattle canned a darker blue to fix all the vandalism marks and dings that happened when it went to high school with me:
And for good measure, meet Wendy:
I digress, and the main reason for my post is these two fine ladies- a '76 240D and a '71 220D, both with 4-on-the-floor transmissions:
(the 220D doesn't run and hasn't prior to 2009, if you couldn't tell)
Why two, you might ask? Well, for starters, I'll be getting both of these cars for less than $1,500. The 240D is a strong runner, well taken care of mechanically, and the 220D is going for so cheap that I can afford using it as a parts car, especially for the bumpers, tail lights, and steering wheel (possibly even the interior, as it's red leather and I've been told that's a rarity).
It's been my dream since getting the 300D to have a manual diesel Mercedes, and well in the US, finding newer models with manuals is not an easy task (I've seen one 190E in town with a stick, everything else around here is autotragic). Not only do these look quite stunning with the European bits (headlights, bumpers, etc) but fits the bill for a simple daily cruiser. I plan on sticking the Jetta in the garage for the winter to not ruin my freshly polished Audi TT wheels.
Eventually, I would like to have the W115 on air ride, with bigger injectors and if I'm crazy, a turbo (I think something out of like an F250 or similar should do!) swap coupled with longer gears for better highway cruising and to take advantage of more power! And having two running cars means one can go under the knife and I can still get to work.
If you're interested, I've got quite a few more pictures, but to avoid the tedious task of linking all of them, I threw them into a Flickr set you can view here: Chasing Charlotte - a set on Flickr
Thanks for reading!