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My goal is similar. The point, you can make money on some old Mercedes, but it's nearly impossible to make money on w114/115 cars IMO, especially selling parts.
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Hey there are no mistakes only lessons. I didn't get into W115's for the money I know they aren't worth much. That's the beauty of em. Someone like me who doesn't have $20k to spend on a classic can get into the W115. Maybe in a few decades they will be worth something.

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Maybe in a few decades they will be worth something.

Maybe, but certainly don't count on it.
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So tell me what are the advantages of joining MBCA? Checked my local club thinking it would be a bunch of great classic Mercedes car shows. The way they have it set up its basically clicking cocktail glasses, going on boat trips, shows to the opera, and not strictly classic Mercedes. Haha be honest now. not throwing them under the bus, just don't know.

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Yes, a lot of them are mostly social. The Mile High section is mostly social, with a few good road trips and one car show. A bunch of fun older people that like to eat. you do get a discount on parts (dealer participation may vary) and a good magazine each month.

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So tell me what are the advantages of joining MBCA? Checked my local club thinking it would be a bunch of great classic Mercedes car shows. The way they have it set up its basically clicking cocktail glasses, going on boat trips, shows to the opera, and not strictly classic Mercedes. Haha be honest now. not throwing them under the bus, just don't know.
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the 240D at my garage getting fully examined inside and out. After they come up with the complete list of what's wrong I'll be able to determine what I can tackle myself.


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Okay, this 240D of mine I've been driving around the past couple of weeks and it is one fine vehicle. The interior is spotless and exterior. Majority of the things that are wrong with the car is mechanical. Here's what's been found!

Complete Vehicle Check Over:

Check oil leaks = valve cover gasket is leaking significantly. Would need to start by replacing valve cover gasket, and clean down entire area of leak to see if there are other leaks that need to be addressed (possibly oil pan, but would need to address oil leaks from the top of the engine down)

Checked brakes:

Front- 2-3mm left on pads (3-5k), calipers seem OK
RearL 3-4mm left on pads (5-7k) L/Rear caliper is seized, R/Rear caliper is new
Recommend: Replace Front Pads and Rotors
Needs: Replace Rear Pads, Rotors, and L/Rear Caliper

Checked clunk in rear of vehicle = Left and right side subframe bushings are worn out, and the left and right side control arm bushings are worn out. Technician also noticed that the front subframe bushings are worn out as well.

Check lighting = technician found that the fuse for the brake lights is blown
Needs: Replace Fuse and recheck operation

Rear muffler is rotted and leaking.
Needs: Replace Muffler

Technician noticed that the dash lights/fuel level gauge are inspirational. Technician would need additional time to diagnose issue causing dash light/fuel level gauge to be in-operational.

Checked Air, does not turn on = technician believes there may be a wiring issue or possibly that the blower motor might have failed. When dash components are removed to check lighting issues, we can inspect HVAC issues @ same time.

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To top it all off (should of done this before buying) pulled up trunk rug and found a boat load of rust, only surface might I add. My friend works at a body shop and could easily help me weld on a new trunk panel. Couldn't I weld off the trunk panel out of my '75 300D and use that in the 240D? For the rotted muffler I could also take the muffler off my 300D.


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If you have nothing nice to say please refrain. I want your honest opinion, I am being up front with you all. Based on everything I just described is it worth restoring this 240D or would you recommend I sell it and go look for a better example once again?

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Your mechanic's list sound very doable by yourself, get your tools out and tackle them.

as far as rust in trunk (and rebuild engine) you seem to over react / over think everything. surface rust does not equal weld in new panels. slow down. there are plenty of rust removing chemicals and coatings like POR15 that will easily fix that issue. leaking valve cover gasket does not equal rebuild engine. neither of these cars are worth the expense of rebuilding the engines.

used mufflers are a waste of time, just get a new one.

Just start fixing and enjoying both of your cars. This is where you will learn a lot. Restoring is maybe to strong of word. You're just fixing broken stuff. You own 2 cars that will never be worth anything other than the enjoyment you get out of them. just do your best to improve each of them as you can.


"dash lights/fuel level gauge are inspirational." That's good to hear, hopefully they will inspire you to fix everything up nice!
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