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I just traded my old Coleman camper for what I believe to be a pretty decent '85 380sl. I am looking for a good place to possibly buy some engine parts. My car runs and drives but has a lot of miles, 334,xxx, and it smokes. I'm trying to decide if I want to rebuild the engine or replace it. I am also interested in whether or not I can replace the current 3.8 v8 with a larger v8 from a different model MB. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Alright, you guys have so far been a big help.
First, I will get my profile filled out so you know more about me.
Second, I don't know if it has ever had a valve job. I have a lot of service records for the car but they all seem to be from a later owner since they start in the early 2000's. One of the receipts does say it needed valve seals and should be running 20w-50.
Third, this is going to be a weekend toy for my wife and me, not a daily driver.

I am mechanically inclined (I actually own a tool repair business and have rebuilt one other engine in the past) so I think I could handle valve seals. I know a decent machine shop in my area and I'm sure they could do guides for me. I just want to get a little advice before I spend that money.

I did add a quart of Bardahl engine oil treatment and it cut the smoking down pretty good. Any more advice would be greatly appreciated.:)
Took the 380 to the muffler shop to have the hacked up exhaust system repaired. Now it is much quieter. Someone before me had done a terrible job of "fixing" the exhaust.

Once I got it home I was able to get a better look at the car and check out all the little intricacies of the car. I noticed the sun visors are missing (weird), the door locks don't want to lock, and the round chrome over the trunk lock button is missing. Now I can't open the trunk! Any ideas of how get it open? The tumbler is still there but I can't get the key to go in far enough to actually turn it.

Also, in the instrument cluster there is a dial that has a 0,1,2, and 3 on it right above the oil gauge. What does this tell me?

Thanks guys! Your being very helpful and I appreciate your patience.
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