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laughing out loud the hypothetical is real,

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Already scheduled to drive the '83 300D in Dartmouth Mass, Next will be the '82 240D Somerville, and you know will just have to check out that 108 in Cambridge. The 5 Speed 108's are probably the hardest to find.

Ha! That's one that I dismissed for you (and didn't report to you) because a PPI isn't going to likely be very easy, and I assumed you would want to stay away from a modified car due to all you history asking about the correct tire size and all, even looking at bias ply tires for your daily driver. LOL.
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Ha! That's one that I dismissed for you (and didn't report to you) because a PPI isn't going to likely be very easy, and I assumed you would want to stay away from a modified car due to all you history asking about the correct tire size and all, even looking at bias ply tires for your daily driver. LOL.
Haha! Yeah should probably stay away from that. I don't mind a rebuilt car just as long as original parts are used in restoration. Just want it to look as stock as possible.

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Then there's this 300D I found. Think I can get the asking price down a bit. The motor has been "overhauled" whatever that means. Have been trying to contact him the past few days but no reply. Looks alright at first but after seeing what can happen at that Maine fiasco do not want to take any chances. At least it's probably rust free being in Texas.

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overhauled = rebuilt. but ask how thorough.

faded exterior marker lenses from texas sun, worn driver carpet, but rest of interior looks pretty good.

sunroof needs lubed, Steering could be steering box. Assume worst case when negotiating.
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Then there's this 300D I found. Think I can get the asking price down a bit. The motor has been "overhauled" whatever that means. Have been trying to contact him the past few days but no reply. Looks alright at first but after seeing what can happen at that Maine fiasco do not want to take any chances. At least it's probably rust free being in Texas.

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Hi, if you are thinking about buying an old mercedes you should really look for hiden rust, that's the most common problem. You don't wanna have to replace every pannel after some time or weld them cuz it would cost a fortune. I myself have that problem, even rust holes appeared from nowhere, the difference is that mine was a gift so I didn't spend any money buying it, I'm just spending a lot on fixing it lol. I do the job myself so labor is on me, that way I reduce costs.
If you want to know which spots to look at, I recommend you watch these videos of Kent Bergsma, I think they are quite helpful:


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Notice the coffee mug. It will not fall off, no matter how you stomp on the go fast pedal.
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Thanks, I've got to catch up on his videos!

Anyways, got a reply back from the guy in Austin. Don't have must experience to judge this damage but doesn't look too bad and think I can lower he price down to $2500. It appears all W115's will have a smidge of rust under the carpets and if not will go for big dollars. This definitely is not as bad as "my" Maine car.


Rust bubbles forming on reardriver side panel:



Rust starting to form under carpet only on drivers side:





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Other than that the stiff power steering, gas gage stoped working, and ac needs to be charged. I'll be sure to ask him how much of the engine was overhauled. I'm in the process of contacting two other W115 owners so I will see which one turns out to be the best. Would love to know your thoughts because as you know I have no experience with these cars. I am learning fast though.

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That's an interesting video. Kent basically says if it's non structural rust than you should mask over it with fiber glass and miracle paint. He even goes as far as to say you don't have to scrape all of the rust off. Why does that sound like an iffy fix. Is the paint really a miracle?

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It appears all W115's will have a smidge of rust under the carpets and if not will go for big dollars.
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Although both my w114 coupes have/had rusty floors, the first w114/115 I bought, a w114 sedan originally from Southern California, had zero floor rust. But the rockers and fenders and quarter panels and trunk pan all had significant rust/rot. Very strange. I bought it for $500 and sold it for $750 (to a guy that was supposed to just store it for me, but after sitting at his house for only 2 days after I drove it there, he started making me offers. I kept saying, "nothing less than $800!". I finally gave. I couldn't bear the conversation anymore over $50.

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So not ALL cheap w114/115 have rusty floors, but I will agree that all cheap w114/115 do have some rust.
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And rust repair it seems is definitely worth doing. Yourself as those hourly wages can really burn a hole you in your pockets. I've heard fiberglass is the "cheap" way to go but is cheap necessarily good?

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