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1976 300D 115 Chassis (Cherry or Lemon)

This is the last bunch I've found around New England that appealed to me. This guys selling a 1976 300D 115 Chassis. As always heres the guys description. Guy wants $4000 but will offer him $3-3500. The guy seems willing to bring it to a mechanic.

The problems that I know of are: rear caliper is seized, I know who has one for sale, vacuum seal, muffler needs to be reattached, could use new tires. I have the Mercedes emblem, windshield wiper fluid pump, and the repair manual. Some under body rust, body is pretty good as you can see in the pics. It's in good shape for a 38 year old car. No cracking on the dash. There is no documentation on the miles, but from the condition of the interior I believe it to be correct, I have only had it a few months, so I can't speak for the history, but it's a great little car. I can take it to a mechanic for you.













Are the problems major? With rust under the body should I run away?

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Rust is a bad four letter word when it comes to cars. There's always more than you can see. Water gets between the body schutz/plasticizer material and rust ensues eating away the metal but leaving the plasticizer intact
giving the false impression of a solid body panel. I say run from rust.
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Look nice but "why"?

Not roadworthy and $4000 asking? You've got to be fucking nuts.

Crack free dash? What's that in the picture? Just a scrap station in the material, not a crack. Right?

Why?

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The early mid 70's look is one I'm really going after. Could a thorough inspection with my mechanic determine how bad the rust issue is? Is any amount of rust a reason to run away? maybe a few repairs could stop it in it's tracks? Still haven't seen pictures of how bad the rust is underneath the body. Soon as I do I'll post em. You should get a kick out of that!

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Ok. So you prefer a w115 diesel. Yeah. Your market is slim. You will pay a big premium over a w123. Rust protection on w114/115 was horrible. Pretty much all east coast w114/115 will have rust. W115 vs w123 is difference between "antique" and "tank". At least that's the way I've heard it. When I was briefly shopping w123 diesels, all info pointed towards a turbo 300d for drivability. My understanding of w115 diesels is that you need to be fine with a 30+ second 0-60 time. Don't ever stop while trying to get on an interstate. God forbid the old person in front of you does. Palisades parkway? Forget it.
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Your right, I am looking for practicality too. Even with the 5 cylinders it has a tough time huh? As far as location I've realized I might have to travel a little farther than New England . Seriously if you find any great 115's in rust free great condition under $7k message me! Even if it is on the west coast. Am always on the lookout.

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I like looking at specs on automobile-catalog.com

I think you can get a feel for how long different models take to get from 0-60.

Have you driven any of these old diesels yet? I suggest trying an uphill on ramp to see how you would feel daily driving one.
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Looking at those pictures, don't they seem all airbrushed like a 70's Penthouse magazine?
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I am in PNW and there is rust galore on our /8 cars. We do not salt the roads, so it is all due to organic matter getting trapped in body panels and water leakage into trunk and cabin, where it sits in the carpet and mats. On this model, any rust is bad news. The sheet metal guys do not make panels, so you have to hand fab and weld it at great cost. Any bondo is an indication that rust is winning the war. Heck, these cars will rust out in the humidity of the tropics. A fellow I knew in Indonesia spent $1200 on a hand built repair of his floors. He had the shop working on it over four months. Imagine the cost for your local body shop to weld up a few custom sheets in the cabin and trunk.
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