I am saddened to realize that my 1982 500sec euro coupe should probably be parted since it has what I believe are so many valuable parts.
I am going to be parting a black 1985 280se 4-speed that has rocker rust and a bad water pump. It could be turned into a real beater, but has over 250,000 miles and plenty of rust being from Buffalo, NY. Here it is:
The interior is one of the best parts, honestly made me consider the concept of making it a beater, but you can see it makes most sense to part it. It does currently run and drive, but with a clogged fuel strainer, it wonít rev beyond 2500 rpms without immediately stalling afterwards.
Itís got a usable good and fenders (now that Iíve replaced the driver side with one saved from a black 1989 300se I previously parted out). I have plenty of sedan headlights to use, and other good grills, plus either euro or US front bumpers.
So I will have the parts to do this, and I assume that if I use a US front bumper, the parts value ~$0.00.
So WHY put these parts on a coupe?
The coupe is probably not worth restoring, but on the other hand, it makes me so sad to part it. Here are the pros the car has going for it (beyond the value of front end parts):
- always a good runner, with cold AC.
- nice interior besides a cracked dash
- euro 5.0 that appears to have been loved most of its life.
Now why not restore it:
- rust holes under the front jack points, rust spots on each of the two rear arches, and other small rust issues.
- death wobble that use to start at 45 mph due to a bad ball join on driver side. Now car is smooth as butter until you hit a bump at lets say anywhere from 45+, like maybe going 80 mph, and then death wobble commences seemingly out of nowhere which is scary as all hell. Before it came on slowly as you passed 45 mph. So the front end needs to be totally rebuilt. Maybe this is a reason to just part the whole car out.
- exhaust leak right behind the aftermarket cats (fed by aftermarket air pump).
- driver door window regulator acting up
- cracks in dash
- grill is cracked
- most importantly, the car is shedding clearcoat everywhere behind the fenders: top of car, trunk lid, quarters, etc. it needs to be sanded down and repainted, the whole car. If I knew how much of an effort it is to prep the car, I might consider maaco.
So, if it were you, would you turn this thing into some mad-max hellion, or just part it, or sell it on eBay as is.
Will the sedan fenders, hood, headlights, and bumper just bolt on for the most part? Will the coupe doors line up properly with the sedan fenders?
If so, I could rattle can the black parts silver to make them ďmatchĒ the rest of the car.
Iím in no rush. Just talking concepts here.
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