Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: '87 300TD/'90 300D/'94 Quattro/'89 Vanagon TDI/'01 EV Weekender VR6
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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.
Last edited by Zeitgeist; 11-26-2013 at 12:16 PM.