Date registered: May 2017
Vehicle: 1983 380 SL
Location: Long Island, New York USA
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Some time before 1999 I parked my excellent condition and good running 1983 380sl for what I thought would be a few weeks at most while I figured out how to remove an ignition switch that wouldn't turn (I knew nothing). As life intervened, those few weeks became 20 years.
Nearly 2 years ago (March 2017) I finally got around to working on the ignition switch removal, and boy was I in for a shock. No need to go into detail but suffice it to say it may be the unfortunate reality that few parts, be they mechanical, electrical or structural, in that wreck I saw at the beginning of this thread will have survived and be either usable or recoverable.
If you enjoy working on hopeless causes for the sheer exhilaration of doing so I applaud your zest for adventure, but must you start with such a hopeless cause? Can't you find one that at least has a chance of being worth the effort?
To this day it remains that reaching the summit of Mt. Everest is the crowning achievement of mountain climbing adventurers world-wide (few make it) and I'd estimate the odds of bringing that Mercedes back to useful life at only a little better. However, should you decide to go forward with this restoration project, you can count on the support of virtually every member of this august forum.
Nobody gets out of this life alive.