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General Information

Year
1985
Make
Mercedes-Benz
Model
300TD
Color
Classic White (737)
Packages
Third facing rear seat (844), Mechanical sliding steel roof (411), Heated front seats (873)
History
Panzer came into my life in the summer of 2004. My uncle owned it and proceeded to run the engine out of oil. So we spent the summer "rebuilding" the engine so I could finally have a car again (way too many miles put on my bicycle)! It too most of the summer before I could finally buy it for the steep price of a Diamondback Outlook mountain bike. I drove Panzer for 3 years through my senior year of high school, UTI / Mercedes-Benz ELITE, and the first year of my new career before the engine called it quits (80,000 miles later). So that "rebuild" was about as wrong as it could get! Crankshaft was from a non-turbo motor and I had no clue about internal or external balancing at the time, so the bearings eventually just gave out, again 80k miles still passed! So began the 5 year frame up restoration...
1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TD (Classic White (737))

Modifications

Drivetrain
Eliminated the Trap Oxidizer and EGR system. Installed non-EGR manifolds from a 1978 300SD, but kept the California emission air box that mounts behind the passenger headlamp. Converted A/C to a Sanden compressor.
Interior
Black plastic trim on center console, custom center console cupholder
Exterior
Factory euro headlights w/ vacum adjustment, euro bumpers, rear fog lamp
Audio
Replaced the Becker 612 with a rebuild Becker 754. Rebuilt by Becker Auto Sound with auxiliary input. Retrosound 4" speakers for front and rear power by a hidden Alpine Powerpack amplifier.
Suspension
Euro specification front springs (A123-321-36-04) with 2 burl spring isolators (A123-321-14-84). Rear springs have USA springs (A123-324-06-04) with upfitted spring isolator (A115-325-24-44) and a "LANG" rear sway bar all set up for towing.
Wheel and Tire
15x7 W126 steel wheels with new 15" hubcaps. 205/55/16 Michelin Premier A/S tires.

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