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YIKES ! Not to piss in your punch bowl, but where's the closest car crusher . Seriously, If you put $ 15,000.00 in that poor thing, you'll have a serious $ 6,000.00 car ! Walk back toward the light young Jedi. Leave the dark side behind !
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^^ can't recall if that is the driver or passenger side of trunk, but there are holes on both sides.

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^^ pulled up the covering to discover a larger hole in passenger side of trunk.

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^^ seems like that ought to be lined up a little better in front driver side of trunk.

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^^ Since I'm sure it will be a long while before I get to the interior of this car, I figured I might as well start putting the console back in. Later I put in the piece in front of the console under the radio.

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^^ the wood could be a lot worse, but it does need to be stripped.

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^^ I wonder what solutions are available for the dash cracks.

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^^^ and for cracked door sills.

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^^^ well... At least the wood is apparently all there.

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^^ driver door sill too.

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^^ I need to take a few minutes to properly install what's left of the back seat.

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^^^ well, this thing sure as hell doesn't have just 12,000 miles on it!

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^^ forgot. There's only one ignition key out of the three I got. So I must assume the cylinder has been changed. The gear indicator doesn't work either.

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^^ None of my other cars continued to read temps after the car was off. Is this how the w108 works? Or is there something wrong here?

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You can always sell it to Mercedes Lover. If he thinks a 270K-mile 115 is fixing to be a work of art, he ought to think that car is going into the Guggenheim ere long.

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I think I will swap in either a set of bundts, or more likely the 5.5x14 steelies from one of my w114 coupes. That plus the Becker radio will likely make this whole thing worth while as a w108 learning experience. However, it gets me thinking maybe I ought to keep my 250c coupe as my oldie-classic. It has more rust than this one, but it seems to be mechanically much better.

Still I think I will probably grab a rag and the bottle of "color back" to see how well I can polish this turd.

Really having solid metal everywhere other than the trunk, you've got to remember that rule #1 in classic car restoration is no-rust. This rust looks easy enough to fix, but there's a lot of other stuff going on. I like to have 2 of these three when putting effort into a car:
1) mechanically sound and roadworthy
2) cosmetically pretty
3) minimal/no rust.

If the transmission leak is an easy fix, then maybe I get 1 and 3 pretty easily. Who knows, maybe it polishes up, and I'm left with just interior work. The components under the car, like all the suspension and brakes have clearly been recently done. Lots of shiny metal nuts and bolts under there. The tranny leak is the big issue right now.

Owning the car for only a few hours is not enough time to tell.

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You can always sell it to Mercedes Lover. If he thinks a 270K-mile 115 is fixing to be a work of art, he ought to think that car is going into the Guggenheim ere long.

He would not consider anything but a diesel. I tried to get him to open up to considering gasoline cars, but there was no changing the opinion of @Mercedes Lover

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This could be a fun project, provided that you had spare bits and a transmission squirreled away

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This could be a fun project, provided that you had spare bits and a transmission squirreled away



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That one does look like a very good one, but I think we East Coasters need to go out west to find rust free ones. Heck, even this one came from California.

I sold a good 4.5 transmission for only $80 a few months ago. I parted the good running 4.5 and dumped the block, but have all the other parts except the d-jet goodies.

I talked to Ramon from Used Auto Services about getting what I want off this car and selling the running car. Fortunately he suggested to me a likely cause of trans fluid spraying. Hopefully it is the trans cooler line. That would be nice. I can't wait to check it out.

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ahh that will just buff out.......


the shift indicator has a little wire that runs it. look up under dash, it may have just disconnected at the end of the wire.mp guage


the temp gauge is mechanical bulb type.

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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.
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=251968843065

I thought a great running stick shift SLC was really something too though:
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=251968861407
Fonzi, you seem to have the common case of plain desire to have something and I don't blame you, those cars are beautiful. But maybe you should really dedicate yourself to a car and fully restore it, you might find it really rewarding at the end. Is like you are creating something new, that's why I'm dedicating myself to one car only to completely restore it. That and I don't have the money to buy other cars lol but I've had the urge to do so. There's a 450 SLC left to die and I'm guessing for several years now, I see it everytime I pass through an avenue close to my girlfriend's workplace. It makes me sad to see it like that all rusted and looks like someone tried to get in cuz the handle is all bended. Also the exhaust system has dropped to the floor, it's that bad. I managed to get the name of the person who owns that car from the registry system here in Peru but first I need to restore mine. That 350 SLC would look so good with me
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