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Good luck with the sales Fonzi. I know how it feels to have too many projects. I just can't seem to let go of anything though. Maybe I can borrow sone motivation from you.
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Doesn't sound like I'm getting any "I see a problem here..." Which is very nice to hear.
That's to be expected, looks like a solid, if tired, example.

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Actually, maybe it's time I sent Mike's wife some love notes! Hubba, hubba... I only have four cars and they all run!
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Actually, maybe it's time I sent Mike's wife some love notes! Hubba, hubba... I only have four cars and they all run!

This one would bump it up to five MB (that all run), and two Hondas. Two MB and two Hondas is my ideal number of cars. Addiction and good deals prevent me from living with the ideal scenario.
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Good luck with the sales Fonzi. I know how it feels to have too many projects. I just can't seem to let go of anything though. Maybe I can borrow sone motivation from you.

It seems the potential to "move on up" has forced me to unload every time. Speaking of which, Ramon in Bethlehem just called me in a US Spec 6.9 that's just become available. Apparently it needs some work like a windshield, a starter, and some rust in the cowl. Apparently the guy was bringing it back and verified the suspension was good, and lost steam when the starter went on him. I asked if it was a Euro or a US Spec with the Chrysler climate control, and so "no thanks" when I heard US spec. The last thing I need is two cars with that crap. The car does have extra euro bumpers though.
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Well it looks better than mine
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I regret not buying the 6.9 a friend offered me awhile back, but another friend, who shall remain nameless, recommended against it. He asked me, "Will it make your life better?" It wouldn't have and my friend was right to caution me against it.
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Well it looks better than mine

Sorry to hear that. I only jumped on this because I think I know the engine trans system on this car already, having owned three 1972-1973 4.5 d-jet SL cars, parting one out and still having LOTs of the engine parts leftover still. I did sell the d-jet parts, but still have heads, pistons, intake manifold, etc. That's one thing, but the other is the big one, no rot. If it wasn't for that I would not be buying it. I have learned about rust on a few cars, and the rusty ones have all seemed to be the cars I get running but never REALLY drive, and with every one, I've collected parts for the repairs including the welding equipment, but never actually done it. I think that takes a clear slate and not a pile of other cars that all need little things here or there. I'm using that as my excuse for never starting the welding on my 280slc 4-speed. A better car came along first. So... I know what everyone says... Avoid rust at all costs. But I've seen some nice work done and thought I would enjoy welding. So I ignored that and bought about 7 REALLY rusty cars. None of them ended up on my "keeper" list:
1) 1981 280slc 4-speed (3rd MB purchased, bumped from the "keeper" list by 1985 280sl 5-speed)
2) 1971 250 - rusty, figured I'd learn to weld on it before touching above 280slc, but sold it because I bought 250c cars below.
3) 1970 250c - sold it because I gave up on making it run right.
4) 1972 250c - decided its time to let go with a w108 filling the antique desire.
5) 1972 350sl 4.5 part out - was too rusty to ever consider anything else.
6) 1979 280sl - bought as parts car, but turned out to be a good car, but didn't fulfill any of my desires being automatic, and definitely not pristine.
7) 1973 450sl - bought as parts car but turned out to be good enough to be a driver.

I think I'm going to always want to be improving something, and when there's a massive task of rust repair lying underneath it all, I just don't know if I will ever be able to devote that kind of time to a car. It would have to be "really something", which was almost the case with the 1972 250c I have posted for sale.
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I thought a great running stick shift SLC was really something too though:
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Sight unseen w108 purchase

Pleasant surprises:
- 5.5x14 alloy wheels
- some hubcaps included albeit green and having regular steelie clips
- hood ornament just removed as preventative measure
- drove right up onto the trailer
- all the wood seems to be there


Let downs, but appropriate given the price:
- lots of cracks
- no carpets
- some trunk rot on each side
- shift indicator not working
- passenger window doesn't go all the way up itself (if at all).
- little more paint damage than I'd remembered seeing in the pics, but I wasn't looking too hard.
- about 1.5-2 hours after driving it up on the trailer, it wouldn't move when I put it in gear and was smoking profusely on the passenger side manifold, and smelled like tranny fluid. There must be a leak on the passenger side somewhere. Can the torque converter spew trans fluid while spinning? It's not a drip down as far as I can see. I put fluid in and it drove off the trailer and around the parking lot at my mechanic's.
- some smoke from the rear after running a bit, but it really felt like it wasn't running on all cylinders.
- Allison unit instead of stock ignition. Neither plus nor minus really, but I'm a "stock" guy.

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Not sure when I will get to it, but it's at my mechanic's for now.

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^^ pics of sunroof from driver side. Seller said it bumps and makes noises when you open it. I haven't tried.

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^^ never knew w108 only had one wiper fluid jet. I wonder if the extra stainless wiper blades I have will fit. I guess I should start with some measurements of each. Hmm... Maybe test wipers too LOL.

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^^ sunroof from passenger side

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^^ this paint will never be perfect. I smell a repaint, but haven't looked very closely yet.

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^^ rear bumper is going to take a LOT of chrome polish. LOL. Maybe some nice bumper stickers will work well there for rust prevention.

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^^ some tiny rot in front of driver side of trunk well.

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