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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-20-2015, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings! New member in Canada logging in.

Hello, all.

Have been browsing the MB vintage forum with great interest, ever since suddenly acquiring a 1972 250/8 (W114) sedan as something of an impulse buy a few weeks ago. Our very first Mercedes, though we are already "vintage car" people - we are currently running a 1971 Triumph Spitfire & a 1972 Opel GT.

The 250 we've taken on is all-original and in quite decent shape. Runs well, body is okay. Previous owners did some bodywork and painted it a rather loud aqua with white roof - original colour was pale aqua.

Heater blower motor not working; radio was replaced with CD player at some point. Some carpets replaced with non-matching loose-fit mats. Floor pans and trunk pretty decent - a bit of rust but nothing frightening.

Runs a bit rich (twin Zeniths) but starts easily and scoots along nicely - quickly had her up to 70 mph on the drive home and could easily have gone higher except thought about the awful old tires and instantly eased off on the throttle to a more sedate level.

Learning the car will be an interesting project, and no doubt we will have queries in the near future for the MB gurus here. Have just found the pertinent Haynes manual and are starting to track down other guides, parts sources etc.

Soooo...fellow Canadians...your vintage MB parts source recommendations would be MOST welcome. We deal with suppliers in the States for the Triumph & the Opel, so that's no problem, but is there anyone either in Canada or the USA that you'd recommend as a starting point?

Any tips would be immensely appreciated!
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1972 250/8

Here's a photo of the car in question the day she came home. Please excuse the road muck - as you can see it is still winter in our part of BC and the highway was rather wet. (It was a relief to find that the windshield wipers and foot-pump were functional. Hadn't checked those in the test drive phase - as mentioned this was something of an impulse buy.)

I will share further photos soon, likely accompanied by some of those questions I referred to earlier.

The paint job is several years old and fairly decent, though there are a few rust bubbles showing through - the car has been parked outside the past few years. Original colour is the pale aqua of the hubcaps. If we decide to pursue a full restore, we'll be returning it to the original shade. In the meantime, "eye catching" is the descriptive phrase we've decided to use.
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Welcome to forum, and please do sent over the intake and carbs for the weekend, package them in the Opal GT I'll likely get the intake and carbs sent back to you within a week!

14 years old in MTL neighbor said, "kid you can have the Opal for $200.00" what a world away the $200.00 seemed to be!
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Oh, yes, the cars we didn't buy...

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Welcome to forum, and please do sent over the intake and carbs for the weekend, package them in the Opal GT I'll likely get the intake and carbs sent back to you within a week!

14 years old in MTL neighbor said, "kid you can have the Opal for $200.00" what a world away the $200.00 seemed to be!
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Will keep that in mind!

The Opel GT is a rather silly car, what with its more impractical features. The headlights-up lever between the seats, which no matter how hard pulled never quite rolls over the lights 100% of the way. The one piece body, lack of even a rudimentary trunk, and tiny behind-the-seats luggage area, making longer trips a real joy (!) to pack up for. The tiny hood, designed for looks versus ease of access, and the necessity to take the motor out through the bottom, which requires some creative raising and blocking techniques for those not blessed with a hoist.

Non-Opel car people don't actually point their fingers and laugh out loud, but I suspect that is merely politeness. On the plus side, it's great fun to drive, in a baby-sports-car sort of way, and as a conversation starter it can't be beat.

Too bad on missing your chance way back when, Patch, but your lack of $200 might be the best thing that happened to you at the time. Of course, if you're still interested, there are still a few out there and the prices are still quite decent for those in reasonable condition. A lot of fun, if you have a sense of humour regarding your old ride.

Looking forward to the advantages and comforts of the Mercedes for longer road trips; will be decidedly luxurious compared to the Spartan features of both the Opel and the Spitfire.
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All True, but it's not a daily driver. We have and 90 MR2 import R/H and don't mind lifting the car over the engine, we have more than once! The nice thing is the engine is on the dolly and ready to role.
What I found difficult with my first experiences with MB was the thinking behind attachments, mind you they know what their doin!
Have never worked on a Benz as long in years as your is; I would think it a nice feel, no low signal buses just hard wire and voltage, no command modules to wrestle with however I do think EGR started in 71 clumsy clogging units and could be a sign of the rich burn you mentioned; as did anti pulsation devices prone to seizures.
Should be a fun project!
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I think 90% of the battle with these w114 cars is simply making them good roadworthy cars. It sounds like you've got one. Now you can drive the wheels off it.
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I think 90% of the battle with these w114 cars is simply making them good roadworthy cars. It sounds like you've got one. Now you can drive the wheels off it.
Enjoy! Maintain. Repeat.
That sounds most encouraging - this is what we're hoping. Waiting for the snow to finally go so we can take the car on some longer runs, after going over all the obvious essentials.

Replace fuel filter, general housekeeping of that nature. Need to take a look at the brakes, new tires are a given, needs some general tidying up to clean away all of the fir tree needles - car was obviously parked under trees for some time - might invest in new trunk & sun roof seals as there is some minor but suspicious moisture seepage in those areas. Still trying to come to grips with the sun roof - not quite sure what makes it tick - not really an option we desire but there it is so must make the best of it.

Have it parked under cover now, sharing a berth with the Opel, bumper to bumper. Just barely room for it - if it's a keeper we will be putting up another car-housing structure. Which we'll need in any event - have a long-term project car ('68 TR Spitfire) which will require housing once it's out of the shop (which might be some years yet - "long term" is indeed the way it's going - keep taking time off from working on it to drive about in the road-worthy ones). Good thing we live on a farm...still have some room for more buildings...

The Mercedes has a good "feel" to it - very good-natured, if that makes sense. Very much looking forward to playing with this one.
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Congrats on the purchase and welcome to the Benz world I just welcomed myself to the Triumph world, with a TR7, a few days ago. I ended up blowing the tranny in the truck I borrowed to get it...
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