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After family, a nice place to call home and the necessary things needed in life I never had enough money left over to worry about a show car. So mine are all daily/weekender cars.
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Haha sh0rtlife, I like your labels! Sounds like I'm a daily and a weekender person, and hoping one day to operate a survivor
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those labels have been floating around for many many years, and still hold true, obviously theres a couple more like museum piece and concourse but imo those fall nicely under trailer queen...typicaly the "under construction but driven" fall under resto mod or daily then youve also got stages of race car as well but falls back to restomod/weekender/trailered

its an insult to call someones car a beater unless its seriously just a clapped out pile that barely functions

project, basket case and rust bucket come to mind as well i just left them out as those are more reserved for something we dragged home and how solid it is before we start

most car guys end up somewhere in the daily to resto mod as they give us the most joy
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True that, but in Europe, for example, trailer queen has a slightly different meaning - it is reserved for cars that cannot be relied on as they're always broken down... I'm not going to mention any brands not to offend anyone, in case there's some non-MB cats amongst us 😉
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If my 107 was an 'investment', I couldn't afford it. My 'investment' is in driving a car you don't see every day, enjoying a top down drive under a blue Wisconsin sky, working to keep it running and preventing any more rust.
My 'investment' is--currently--about 20k in a car I paid half that for, and is now worth about 4K. Still, I keep the 'investment'. It's too much fun not to keep.
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Amen!
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All my cars are kept clean and polished, inside and out. I have no problem with a nice patina; in fact, I usually spend more time looking at preserved originals over the restored beauties. Never been a fan of a real beater though. I wind up spending time and money trying to make anything I drive presentable.

As to my 280SL's, since they are only occasional use cars I really work to keep them looking sharp. I think I polished the '84 prior to every time I had it out last year.

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Restorod is the way I'm going.

When I told my SO I was going to restore a car for her, she told me she absolutely did NOT want it to be a show car - she wanted to be able to drive it, go away for weekends in it and enjoy the car (I also have a Jag that I enter in shows, and occasionally wins class awards, but she won't drive it)

So - I've tried to make it standout on the road and at the gas station - nice paint, straight body and trim, but it's never going to win any awards (especially for originality). It's a mixture of parts from the lifespan of the R107 - early bumpers (stainless repo); 560SL front spoiler and brake light; LED lighting inside and out (except headlamps), original Becker (for period looks), but with MP3 & handsfree bluetooth for tunes, practicality and safety. Reliability and safety are the most important - next on the list is replacing every component in the braking system and every bush/joint/shock in the suspension and steering.

Currently going too and fro on the wheels. It came with bundts, but I have a restored set of 15" 560SL wheels in the basement - but now I'm thinking of going more retro, with early steel wheels and hub caps....

It's cost far more than I planned, and more than it will ever be worth. However, I've enjoyed building it far more than I imagined I would -I hope my wife enjoys driving it as much as I've enjoyed building it. Cars are made to be driven!
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Looks good the Fixer, your approach sounds like fusion cuisine which I'm a big fan of

I've just updated my running cost breakdown structure and realized my baby's costing more than I had planned - the total cost of parts over 4 years since I got the 107 is just over €8k... Just parts, not labour, as luckily I do most of the tinkering myself or get preferred treatment from a buddy mechanic with whom we're in the favour for a favour business
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Looks good the Fixer, your approach sounds like fusion cuisine which I'm a big fan of

I've just updated my running cost breakdown structure and realized my baby's costing more than I had planned - the total cost of parts over 4 years since I got the 107 is just over €8k... Just parts, not labour, as luckily I do most of the tinkering myself or get preferred treatment from a buddy mechanic with whom we're in the favour for a favour business
I keep a spreadsheet about the money I spend on mine. Had the car now 3 1/2 years and drove it about 20k miles.
1st year I spent about $2000 on repair parts and about $200 on “upgrades”
2nd year was new tires, an AC charge (R12) and misc. items including refurbishing the Becker Radio and a speaker upgrade.
Last year all the car needed was 2 oil changes and I spent about $2000 on “upgrades” (Euro bumpers and 16” wheels and tires and misc. parts).
This year looks like a repeat of last year (paint treatment, Sway bars, Euro lights so far).
The interesting part is that the car turned out to be extremely reliable once the initial gremlins were worked out.
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