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As far as the power steering pump goes the filter probably hasn't been changed for years! I'll go ahead and flush it, crossing my fingers it hasn't started leaking. Anyone know what brand power steering fluid is okay to use on my model? Generic?

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I don't remember seeing that "pedal" on my 115 cars, but it might just be a "dead pedal", i.e. a rest for your left foot. The little round mushroom button above it is the windshield washer pump. The rubber bellows on these are mostly perforated by now, hence the leaking
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Here's my 82 300d, original paint survivor car, second owner since 1989....... only 106 K on the speedo. Last pic is it's little brother hiding in the dark
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Okay what would you suggest guys? I branch off my questions on to new threads or keep it all on here. I figure if someone is having the same problems on their W115 they'll be able to search out each question when searching for threads vs keeping it all on here getting lost in a tangled mess. What do you think?

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Okay what would you suggest guys? I branch off my questions on to new threads or keep it all on here. I figure if someone is having the same problems on their W115 they'll be able to search out each question when searching for threads vs keeping it all on here getting lost in a tangled mess. What do you think?
Definitely threads for each, if they are not related or part of the same system like brakes, suspension, painting, etc. That's what I do at least hehe
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There are no NEW ignitions. No longer made or available anywhere in the world. Best to have a reputable locksmith clean and rebuild your original set.

I have a nice glovebox door as well as head liner I can offer you. I have some working lock parts for this model. I am tearing apart a 300D to make it a racing vehicle.

The leaking "frog" washer fluid thing is simple to resolve. Use a 10mm socket to remove it from the firewall. Empty it of debris and watery stuff. Use some ShoeGoo to patch the crack in the rubber bulb. The frogs are NLA, so you need to fix it or find a good one on flea bay.



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Okay here are the not so pretty close ups of the problems on this car.

Body:

Yep that's a cracked windshield. My insurance will cover that.



Golf ball sized dent towards left side of the trunk



The left parking light is blown and right fog light is blown. Left fog light is cracked. Both reverse lights are blown.



Interior:

As far as the dashboard and wood panel goes there is some peeling on the wood panel and a tiny crack in the left corner of the dashboard. Some cracks on the front passenger side door.







Correct me if I'm wrong but is that a clutch? It almost seems this automatic car is a conversion which I can't understand why anyone would do that. The bigger problem though is the pedal above the "clutch" which I believe is to spray windshield wiper fluid out of the nozzles. When I try it windshield wiper fluid leaks out of the pedal and on to the floor. Of coarse could be totally wrong for what it's supposed to do.



Left window lock is stuck in the up position making the left passenger window switch inoperable. Right window lock is stuck in the down position so the right passenger window switch still works.



Managed to pull the seat covers off although I am having a difficult time finding a way to remove the head rests. Drivers seat has a small tear, elbow rest has large tear, passenger seat has large tear.










Some other minor problems are the temperature controls are very hard to move. Want to get a new ignition. 40 Years going of putting the key in and out is bound to cause a lot of wear. The key I was given is pretty worn too. Already had copies made. Now, not sure if this is normal or if it's a problem with the key. If I stick the key in all the way it locks up. I have to slightly pull the key out a little to be able to start the car. It get's stuck a lot. Again definitely should get a new ignition.

Mechanical Problems:

As of right now the car needs some mechanical work before it can go out on the road. These problems I was not informed of.

The car has a really difficult time turning and makes a screeching sound. The power steering belts are tight as can be so that's not the problem. I suspect it is the power steering pump that needs fixing.

Starting the car takes awhile, let's hope its just in need of a new battery.

The car is leaking something. It's either the engine oil pan or transmission oil pan

As you can see this car has it's fair share of problems. Well I'll be picking through the junkyard for seats, a better ignition. Some of the parts I can definitely find online. The title and bill of sale is on it's way through the mail. I got what I was looking for though. A W115 body that wasn't completely rusted out for under $3k. It sure isn't close a cherry but when I'm done with it it'll be close.
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There are no NEW ignitions. No longer made or available anywhere in the world. Best to have a reputable locksmith clean and rebuild your original set.

I have a nice glovebox door as well as head liner I can offer you. I have some working lock parts for this model. I am tearing apart a 300D to make it a racing vehicle.

The leaking "frog" washer fluid thing is simple to resolve. Use a 10mm socket to remove it from the firewall. Empty it of debris and watery stuff. Use some ShoeGoo to patch the crack in the rubber bulb. The frogs are NLA, so you need to fix it or find a good one on flea bay.
300D Race Car, That ought to be something! Yeah would love the glovebox door and head liner. PM me some pics and what lock parts you have.

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You release the headrests by pushing a button at the top of the seat back. The button can be hard to locate, but just look/feel for a small half inch round depression in the seat back below one of the metal posts. You've got your work cut out for you, but it looks redeemable
man o man, been looking for a couple days, do you see it? I'm tempted to cut these dirty old seat covers off.








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You are looking in the wrong spot. The flat back of the seat. Feel around. You should feel either a bump, or possibly just a hole in the back panel under the vinyl. I think it is on the drivers side post but could be wrong. It might be the passenger side. I would say it's about 8 inches down from the top of the seat.

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Use your hand to follow the line of those chromed metal posts down until you feel a hole behind the vinyl. Push on the hidden button, while pulling up on the headrest.
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