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I'm torn, so I'd like some other owners input. Should I store my 67 w108 during the wintertime, Or drive it and not worry too much about it. My neighborhood has almost and inch of salt on the roads. I am lucky enough to have a Mercedes (84 300d) for a work car. I don't mind driving the 300d on salt or even putting chains on the tires. But I miss rolling the w108. But one day I want to give it to my daughter without major rust (15 years from now).
What do you guys do when there is salt all over the road and you get the itch to drive your vintage benz.
 

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curb the urge

Honestly now, 40 plus years has caused every metal on metal contact surface to bear itself and the salt will destroy it. Perhaps the new X box 360 has a virtual-reality vintage car driving program?
 

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Drive the diesel and keep the 108 in better condition. Come to think of it, diesels are criminally slow/underpowered... Tough choice, to be sure

Hell with it - drive the diesel into the ground, keep the 108.
 

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I store mine for the winter. Rust is only one issue. Other crazy drivers are another. It also makes me appreciate more when I take it out in the spring - it's almost like it's new again!
 

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Store: 3 Roll: 0

Thanks, I just needed some one to confirm. And thats the whole reason I own the diesel is to serve and protect the w108. It just hard for me to park long.
 

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No way I'm taking my '66 fintail out in the salt. When it's above freezing I'll pull the cover and start it up and listen to the sweet sounds of the m180. Right now I imagine I can hear Mitch Miller singing Christmas Carols.

My daily driver is a 1981 300 TD and I cringe when I have to drive it in the salt. I try to wait until the roads are somewhat dry and even then I weave around the slush piles.

It's almost a physical pain.:eek:
 

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Store it!

I'm from Norway and here is it always a tick layer of salt on the roads from around october to early may. I Alway store my 280s these months. Yes, it can be hard not to be able to drive it for almost half a year. But on the other side, that is some of what makes it so fun when i actually can go for a ride! Lets face it, salt on these cars are no wishing situation. So please be reasonable and store it until the spring arrives again!

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Thanks again. I guess the biggest problem is that the place I wanted to put my car this season is about 5 miles away. I have never towed a perfectly good car before. The price I must pay for waiting till the last minute.
My other problem is the w123 doesn't like to start in single digits. Last week it left me rolling a pt cruiser.

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Not sure where you are located but I am assuming that you are in the lower 48s. In that case, drive it on nice dry days for short distances and if that is not possible just start it every week and let it fast idle until the engine reaches operating temperature. If it is an automatic, cycle the shifter through the gate to keep the bands and pistons lubricated.
 
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