Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: 450slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500seAMG +250seStkW108 350sl4spdX3 500secEuro
Location: Philadelphia Area
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A thought for came over me today. The red beater is in my driveway, with multiple rust issues. I bought it for next to nothing and wonder if my 12 year old daughter would enjoy learning how to fix it up. Even this pile won’t take 4 years to fix up though. I will have to talk this one over with the wife. The thing I have the hardest time with is:
- got this cool 280sl 5-speed in the garage, sucking up valuable project space. I wish I could store it in a barn until I need the space less. I guess I could maybe find another some day.
- got a 1978 450slc 5.0 custom convertible doing the same. Never going to find another one of those.
- got a cool w108 that lives outside but needs work. I don’t want to sell it because I’m afraid I won’t ever find a reasonably priced ow as good as this.
Maybe some day I will be able to have them all fixed up to the level where they are protected well enough to drive every day and keep them outside. Until then I wish I lived on a farm with a barn for storage.
Talk about a “first world” type of problem. “Hoarding” sounds like the real problem I have. Another beater will surely come along. I will keep fixing this beater up to either sell this summer or buy out my project partner on the deal. Maybe I will sell the 280sl instead. I think my wife honestly can’t tell the difference between it and my 280sl. In her defense, aside from headlights, bumpers and wheels (and shifter), they look pretty similar, and I’ve been known to change all those on these cars. Oh... the radio works in the beater, but not my 280sl. I still haven’t gotten to that project. LOL.
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