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That also looks like more oil on the valve cover than I would expect from a low miles car. Oil there is probably from blow by that is not properly feeding into the intake via the air cleaner.
That oil on the valve cover is from me. It wasn't there before I sprayed some carb cleaner and hit it with some compressed air (it splashing onto the cover). Before I cleaned up, there was very little evidence of blow by.

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I might argue that your brake pedal has more wear than my car with 128,000 miles. I was comparing the two pictures and it seems to me that yours has more wear. So I would be very surprised if your car has less than 100k miles on it.
I can't agree. I'm looking at your pedal and mine, and your tread overall is worn down closer to the base rubber. Mine seems to have more of a "third dimension." I still believe I have a low mileage car here.

I believe the owner's back story. They were his grandparent's cars. I bought two other cars from him along with this one ('77 300D & '79 300TD). I immediately sold the two others to two of my buddies. Everything the owner reported seems valid so far across all three cars. He has documented histories for me for all three cars. He asked for more time to sort them out, since his grandparents had personal information mixed in. Perhaps the docs will further support what he purports.

I paid $300 per car. I didn't think I could lose. The 300D is already on the road with another offer on it for $3000.

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...there was a link posted here yesterday about those carbs, great post that shows where everything goes...
Oh? Do you remember which thread it was in?

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Dumb question, what's a brake pedal going to report. It's kinda like looking at the sole of a shoe to determine how the shoe has been walked in or how well his/ her legs worked. I personally changed quite a few pedal pads in my life.
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Dumb question, what's a brake pedal going to report.
I suspect Fonzi was pointing to just one indicator in a list of many that may, in aggregate, support or oppose there being an additional 100k miles on the car.
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You do the basics if your concerned like compression test etc and most important drive it and if it puts a smile on your face then it's all good. When you buy a new car you are to a degree buying the corporate concept of what it should be but when your doing your own thing you simply make it what you want it to be...... sweet
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Whatever miles it truly has, at that price is was a steal nomatter what.

It is likely that a low miles single owner car would have records and some things like my single owner 1972 came with, including the service log book. Before computers became so common, I think these books were like bibles.

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On a car this old, what matters much more than mileage is the condition.

So get it running, and enjoy it!

How's the oil look?

Made any attempts to spin the motor?

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I sure filled out a bunch of those books, they were treated as a record of the vehicles history starting at the time of sale.
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I love the car. I hope you get it on the road and drive it for years. You made a heck of a deal.
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Thanks, all. I'm stoked about it.

I will attempt to spin the motor soon. For now, I'm soaking the cylinders with WD40 through the spark plug openings. I really don't want to take the radiator out to get to the crank bolt. Maybe I can get to it from underneath. Any best practices out there?

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