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Potential beater and eventual parts car for whatever you end up getting:

Mercedes Benz 230 1976 4 door 895

http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/ctd/4962491276.html

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Maybe match up that beater with this and turn it back to stock. This one is a stick shift diesel:

1976 mercedes benz 240D diesel 3500

http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/4938648348.html

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Stick shift. Gen1. Diesel. Cherry??? $5500. Looking pretty darn good to me. Shouldn't be too expensive to fly to FT. Lauderdale for this one:

Selling a 1971 Mercedes Benz 220 Diesel

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And another, but slightly higher price and gen2:

Mercedes benz 6750

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Stick shift. Gen1. Diesel. Cherry??? $5500. Looking pretty darn good to me. Shouldn't be too expensive to fly to FT. Lauderdale for this one:

Selling a 1971 Mercedes Benz 220 Diesel

Selling a 1971 Mercedes Benz 220 Diesel
That's really sweet. The only thing I'd want to add to that one, would be power steering. My '73 had PS, and it made a big difference relative to the other /8 models I've driven without.
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Love your suggestions guys, there's lots of 200 series Mercedes around here would love to have. Only problem is I've heard there almost dangerous on the highway where I would need to be driving; speeds up to 75mph. I find the 300 series W115's the hardest to find but would give me the extra power I need. Petrol mercedes are another option I'd consider later on if I have no luck but bio diesel just sounds so enticing. Know I'm being pickey, but good things come to those who wait ;P. Searchin everyday.

There is actually this 300D at a used car dealership up in vermont I was going to track down this Saturday. Well, until I found out it went to auction labeled as a red light car.

Red Light: Sold subject to ALL defects, including possible engine, frame and transmission defects. Implies vehicle may be unsafe for the road. Not guaranteed to run, drive or pass any kind of inspection. Vehicles with branded title and/or TMU (true mileage unknown) will be sold as red light vehicles. NO TEST DRIVE. AS IS.

Yeah I'll stay away from that and good thing it went to auction saving me from a 7 hour trip. (Not that I wouldn't of enjoyed it )

Anyways I'll keep this thread updated if I find anything. Ciao!

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Trying to source a Cherry example of a W115 is not inexpensive. A no troubles car in the condition OP specifies is going to run to five figures. And it would be worth every penny. There are just too many issues with these cars for them to be inexpensive to get into that condition. The other really sticky point to me is using BioD in a Cherry condition car. Making the stuff at home is a recipe for destruction. Commercial producers have a hard time getting all the methanol out of the fuel, a home brewer will have even less luck.

The /8 that does not have issue with the blower motor, rust, suspension, window motors, motor leaks, A/C, sun roof, functional Becker, aged interior and seats is rarer than a four leaf clover or honest politician. The Classic Center in Irvine could source one for $30k.

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So you would say a W115 under $7k is a recipee for disaster?
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So you would say a W115 under $7k is a recipee for disaster?

Read more carefully. Your home brew biodiesel is the recipe for disaster. Take a "cherry" 40+ year old car and start running it on crap. Maybe do that with a cheap w123, but seems like a sin for a Cherry w115.

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