Mercedes Adventures: The Search for the Cherry Diesel - Page 23 - Mercedes-Benz Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #221 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 08:56 AM
w108,107 Parts Hoarder
 
Fonzi's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: 4Keep:450slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500seAMG 2sell:500sl92 380se83 300se86 350sl4sp 75slc MorInSig
Location: Philadelphia Area
Posts: 18,783
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Quoted: 1625 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
Garage
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.
Shakedown Street likes this.

.

My signature:
Click for list of my 32 MB since 2010. If, you want 70's-80's Mercedes tuner wheels, let me know.
Fonzi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #222 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Member
 
Shakedown Street's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2015
Vehicle: 74' 240D, 75' 300D
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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.

Call me Ben! Formally "Mercedes Lover"
Shakedown Street is offline  
post #223 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 12:41 PM
w108,107 Parts Hoarder
 
Fonzi's Avatar
 
Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: 4Keep:450slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500seAMG 2sell:500sl92 380se83 300se86 350sl4sp 75slc MorInSig
Location: Philadelphia Area
Posts: 18,783
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Quoted: 1625 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mercedes Lover View Post
Maybe in a few decades they will be worth something.

Maybe, but certainly don't count on it.
Shakedown Street likes this.

.

My signature:
Click for list of my 32 MB since 2010. If, you want 70's-80's Mercedes tuner wheels, let me know.
Fonzi is offline  
post #224 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-18-2015, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Member
 
Shakedown Street's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2015
Vehicle: 74' 240D, 75' 300D
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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.

Call me Ben! Formally "Mercedes Lover"

Last edited by Shakedown Street; 07-18-2015 at 06:41 PM.
Shakedown Street is offline  
post #225 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-19-2015, 07:46 AM
BenzWorld Elite
 
rumb's Avatar
 
Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1968 250S, 1991 300se, 1998 SL500, 1977 450SEL 6.9. Past MB's; 300SD, 300E, 300TE, 190E, ML420
Location: Colorado
Posts: 2,357
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Quoted: 425 Post(s)
Garage
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.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mercedes Lover View Post
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.
rumb is offline  
post #226 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-20-2015, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Member
 
Shakedown Street's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2015
Vehicle: 74' 240D, 75' 300D
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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.


Call me Ben! Formally "Mercedes Lover"

Last edited by Shakedown Street; 07-20-2015 at 11:12 PM.
Shakedown Street is offline  
post #227 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-23-2015, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Member
 
Shakedown Street's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2015
Vehicle: 74' 240D, 75' 300D
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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.

Call me Ben! Formally "Mercedes Lover"

Last edited by Shakedown Street; 07-23-2015 at 04:18 AM.
Shakedown Street is offline  
post #228 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-23-2015, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Member
 
Shakedown Street's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2015
Vehicle: 74' 240D, 75' 300D
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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.


Call me Ben! Formally "Mercedes Lover"

Last edited by Shakedown Street; 07-23-2015 at 04:27 AM.
Shakedown Street is offline  
post #229 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-23-2015, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Member
 
Shakedown Street's Avatar
 
Date registered: Feb 2015
Vehicle: 74' 240D, 75' 300D
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Quoted: 90 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
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?

Call me Ben! Formally "Mercedes Lover"

Last edited by Shakedown Street; 07-23-2015 at 04:26 AM.
Shakedown Street is offline  
post #230 of 285 (permalink) Old 07-23-2015, 05:48 AM
BenzWorld Elite
 
rumb's Avatar
 
Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 1968 250S, 1991 300se, 1998 SL500, 1977 450SEL 6.9. Past MB's; 300SD, 300E, 300TE, 190E, ML420
Location: Colorado
Posts: 2,357
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Quoted: 425 Post(s)
Garage
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!
Fonzi likes this.
rumb is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Vintage Mercedes-Benz

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome