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Mission of Mercy; '62 190D

Hi folks, I've been asked to take on a project that under normal circumstances, I'd declare as DOA. It's a W110 with lots of the typical pan rust in all the usual places, especially the passenger side under the front and rear seats. The parking brake is inop 'cause the brackets welded to the pan have rusted off.

Additionally, it starts extremely rough and smokes like a demon. The engine/trans mounts have failed, which of course makes the whole car judder and shake like crazy. The column shifter is extremely vague and apparently won't go into third gear, though I was too afraid to go that fast during the short test drive over to my shop. The column appears to be missing some kind of strap up under the dash, so it feels like it's about to drop into your lap.

This will not be a restoration. As the title suggests, this will be a mission to keep the old girl from heading to the crushers, by making it safer and more presentable--in short, I will be buying time. She's willing to spend money, but not restoration money on the work I do. I will be welding in sheetmetal to replace the pan rust, as well as bracing work to shore up the chassis material which has been compromised. I'm interested in acquiring a variety of used parts such as turn signal switch, shifter assembly/column bushings, climate control pieces and assorted interior items. If anyone knows of online resources to help with this project, I'd be very grateful. Wish me luck...gonna need it.
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God bless the fintails and those who love them!

For trim and body parts, forum member by the name of Addone is currently parting out two fintails. I just bought a fender splash panel from him. Search him out. Ebay also has some random used parts for sale.

The Classic Center should have the column bushings in stock.

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You might try K&K manufacturing for the floor boards.

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The smoke might be the leather diaphram governor in the injection pump. However there are lots of guys more familiar with these old diesels on the forum than me.

Good luck and keep us informed.

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Good on you for taking up this project; it's a shame the owner isn't willing to truly rescue this car. Perhaps enough time will be bought where a new owner can step in and give it all the attention it needs.

Minus the rusting floorboards, the body looks pretty straight. The paint certainly is in better shape than my 170S!!

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That looks like one stressful project!

But I highly commend you for agreeing to tackle it!
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wow, brutal. several thousand I would think, just to get her semi-safe.
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Yes, she's prepared for about that amount of work.

My first MB was a '73 220D I bought about 25 years ago. I know a fair amount about the 124 chassis, especially the turbodiesels, but these old school diesels and their attendant chassis are well outside my normal comfort level.

Already I jumped in over my head. The original throttle linkage has a number of worn pivots, so ever helpful me thought it would be nice to swap in some spares from my old 220D; fine, I think I can make them work, but I forgot how sensitive the pneumatic governors are on these old M-pumps to throttle plate position relative to the pump lever. Now I get to completely reorient everything without the benefit of an OM621 manual. I have an original MB manual for the OM615/OM616/OM617 non-turbo engines, but they're not quite the same. Fun stuff
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Side note, are you sure it's a 62? If it is, it's one of the earliest of W110's in existence. The ponton diesels were still being made up to october '62.
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Initially she told me it was a '63, but when we met to plan out the project a few nights ago, she said the title shows it to be a '62. I haven't checked, nor do I know enough about these models to figure out its true status. I have a steep learning curve ahead.
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The production figures show that there were 9,249 made in 1961 and 12,882 in 1962. At least according to this source:

Production figures

Those figures look like calendar production: if you go by model year some or all of those 1961 cars could have been 1962 models.

You might find that website interesting if you haven't already seen it.

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