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Contemplating purchase of a 1967 250s or 1972 250, need advice.

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Thank you all for your input. I emailed the seller on the '72. It does have A/C, it's just not blowing cold. I'll be taking a look at it on Saturday.

Compressor is real easy to get to on these cars. No problems there. I am not familiar with how hard it is to get to the evaporator, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that a car that nice probably isn't going to have any issues with the evaporator. I personally would determine if it has been converted to r134, and if not:
- make sure compressor doesn't look bad.
- vacuum out the system to see if it holds vacuum.
- If it holds vacuum, then vac it out on a really hot day with engine hot, and then just charge it up with R12. It isn't as hard to find as people will tell you. I did the above on my 1973 450sl and it was blowing 44 degree air out the vents.

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I took a look at the '72 over the weekend. Overall it's a nice car. There are some things I'd need to take care of in addition to the A/C, mostly cosmetic, like the headliner being detached in the back, wheels need to be polished and repainted, wood needs refinishing, steering wheel is cracked, knobs are missing, weather stripping needs to be replaced, some hoses and belts are cracking and should be replaced. However, the seller is not really budging on the price so I took a pass on it. I'll be taking my search elsewhere, maybe Southern California as another poster suggested. Thanks again for all of your input.
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I would say keep looking. i recently was in your shoes and saw several cars. Ranging from unbelievably bad, to very, very nice. With prices all over the place. The more you see the more you will learn what's a good buy. A lot of people on this forum gave me the best advice. Be patient the right car is out there.
I found a 1968 280se always garaged, original owner, with 61k miles, for $7500.
But then i found a very nice 280se 4.5, two tone, sunroof, leather, always garaged for $3200.
It was an easy decision..... i bought both
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Originally Posted by Oldkid21 View Post
Thank you all for your input. I emailed the seller on the '72. It does have A/C, it's just not blowing cold. I'll be taking a look at it on Saturday.
I wonder if the not so cold A/C might relate to the cost of R12 freon? I would be curious as to what it might cost to retrofit it to use R134?
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