Hey Buddy, just had a chance to look at all the posts on this poor beast. Not to be a johnny rain cloud, but doesn't this car validate the "Rule of Three" ? It has bad mechanicals, bad paint and bad interior ! Just the bill to re-chrome all that stuff would be $ 5k. Another 5K minimum for paint and probably at least a $ 3k for interior ! That assumes the drive train can be resurrected without a tranny rebuild. You sure you want to go down this rabbit hole ? You ditched a 107 that was similar to this thing. I do understand you get a kick out of charging up the defibrillator and shocking some of this stuff back to life, I get that. Are you planning a restoration of this or just get it rolling and make it some other poor bastard's problem ?
Yes. You got it right. You know about rust though, don't you Tracy? The lack of rot on this car is the real value in it.
The aluminum wheels will be mine. The car will look better with at the very least the interior put together, and maybe a polish and some touch up paint. I might weld metal into the trunk side panels to eliminate all rust. Maybe I even take the Becker radio out of it for profit if/when I sell the car.
As for ME restoring this car to its glory? I'm 95% sure that's not going to happen.
Tom Hanson says I should get the key for $35 overnighted to arrive Wednesday. So I will know a lot more when that package arrives. Either way, I think this car is coming home when the 280slc departs. That way I'm a net decrease in vehicles over the last few weeks. I sold the 1972 250c rusty rare car a few days ago. The same buyer wants the 280slc at $1600 ($1500 plus the $100 he shorted me on the 250c I delivered to him). My wife knows about the "sell two cars, bring one home", but I'm sure she wouldn't be happy about the "one out, one in". Plus, with no keys, moving the car isn't even an option. Oil smoke clouds at the mechanic's lot are far more acceptable than in my neighborhood too. It would be good if I can get the smoke worked out a bit while it's there.
And oh...as for the transmission, it seems like it may be a non-issue. I'm not sure yet, but I will find out. It may have just been from excessive sitting. My 1973 450sl did that once.
So for now, it sits and waits.
Are you planning a restoration of this or just get it rolling and make it some other poor bastard's problem ?
The latter. Do you know any intelligent people that try to "restore" a car they bought for $750?