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I found an 85 300SD. Has a bad rod in cylinder 1.The body and interior are lovely. The engine in my 300D is in pretty good shape. The body on my 300D isn't great. It isn't rusty or anything. Just had a hard life. Replaced doors, replaced hood, some damaged metal that isn't completely straight. The paint doesn't totally match, you have to look close to notice though. Interior is worn.

Husband was wondering if we just kept the 300d as is and rebuild the existing engine in the SD - redo the crankshaft and stuff.

What would you do? Rebuild or replace? The engine in the SD was supposed to be good until the rod went bad. Not sure if they ran it out of oil or what.
 

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I found an 85 300SD. Has a bad rod in cylinder 1.The body and interior are lovely. The engine in my 300D is in pretty good shape. The body on my 300D isn't great. It isn't rusty or anything. Just had a hard life. Replaced doors, replaced hood, some damaged metal that isn't completely straight. The paint doesn't totally match, you have to look close to notice though. Interior is worn.

Husband was wondering if we just kept the 300d as is and rebuild the existing engine in the SD - redo the crankshaft and stuff.

What would you do? Rebuild or replace? The engine in the SD was supposed to be good until the rod went bad. Not sure if they ran it out of oil or what.
Rebuilding the engine is going to be more expensive and time consuming as compared to replacing the engine. So replace the engine.

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Husband would tackle rebuilding himself if that was decided. He has our diesel tractor engine to rebuild - neighbors borrowed it and ran it out of oil and locked it up...bastards. Anway... (no, I am not bitter)

on the other hand, how many hours does it approximately take to yank out the engine in my car and drop it in the SD. Also what parts would you need to get besides replace motor mounts and some seals I am assuming. My engine has new belts hoses and seals already.

Then, what do I do with the shell of the other car? It kinda makes me sad to think of her not having an engine. :( Part her out?
 

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So I shouldn't be sentimental about the old girl. I can try doing that.

Other question. Trans on my car is great. Do they have the same transmission?
 

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Get a grip Schweebs ...
You said:

"The body on my 300D isn't great. It isn't rusty or anything. Just had a hard life. Replaced doors, replaced hood, some damaged metal that isn't completely straight. The paint doesn't totally match, you have to look close to notice though. Interior is worn."

I mean it ain't a PERSON or anything.

Just stick ol' "whats-her-face" out in the west 40, then you can go on out there and take a look at her every once in a while.

Pertty soon she(he) won't be lookin quite so good........
 

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Nitro, I wasn't disagreeing with you. I was agreeing. I actually chuckled when I read your post. Not a big deal. I think I have a grip. Thanks! I just like the car is all, eventhough she isn't perfect.
 

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I know, I know.... I was jus' teasin.

(Actually, I was pokin fun at a lot of other guys around here who give their cars names......
but don't tell 'em I said so.)


I got 4 of these puppies. Really need to get rid of 2 of them...... jus' can't do it yet.)
 

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Well hell. Wish you were in Texas. I want and SD so freaking bad!!!! I just haven't found the right one. And I don't really give up my D. Pretty pathetic, I know. The husband thinks I have lost my mind. He wanted me to have a new car and I chose an old diesel benz instead. HA! Now I want 2...

The D is actually good for me since we live in the sticks on gravel roads and such. I am not worried about the body getting dinged up. But it sure is a pita to strap a kid in a carseat in that bugger. Would like an SD for longer road trips instead of driving a dually and getting 12 mpg. So I keep telling husband in the long run it will be cheaper. Hope that line of reasoning works on him. I guess I should just look for a running SD.
 

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Buy one of Nitro's and I'll deliver it for expenses. I'm itching for another MB road trip.....

BTW I name my cars, Trucks, Motor homes, dogs, horses, birds.\, cats, kids..er..don't have any of the latter.

I think it just gives them character. Of course mine has character every time I'm behind the wheel......

Rebuild the SD IF there is no internal damage by the rod when it blew.
PSST Then you will have two diesels......
 

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Rebuild it. If your husband has the know how, it won't be terribly expensive and you'll have an engine that will last as long as you want it to; just don't let your neighbors borrow it. ;)
 

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Well, you're going to pull the engine out of the SD no matter what, so you might as well pull it apart and determine wether or not it's worth a rebuild. Hopefully it won't be too bad!
 

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Shweebs,

Just do what I did, ..... keep buying them until you get one (or, two...) you like. (Actually, mine are 500s, 420 and 560SELs, not much of a diesel guy.) Tell HD (Hubby Dear) they're about the safest cars ever built and he might even go get some himself. Check Craig's List, ebay, and classifieds here. Take your time, goods ones are out there. I have two that are practically showroom quality, cause I took my time. Got them all for good prices, too. Paid $4k for '89 560SEL, $5,900 for '91 420SEL. $2,100 for '84 500SEL and $1,000 another '84 500SEL.

Don't buy a new(er) Mercedes, they're just super over-complicated and are not built with the same care, regard and quality these old ones were. If you have time, spend it reading some of the old posts on this site, they really give insight as well as good advice..... based on experiences.

Then when the kids are grown maybe you and HD will have cars for each of them...

Isn't THAT a great idea!
 

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Buy one of Nitro's and I'll deliver it for expenses. I'm itching for another MB road trip.....

BTW I name my cars, Trucks, Motor homes, dogs, horses, birds.\, cats, kids..er..don't have any of the latter.

I think it just gives them character. Of course mine has character every time I'm behind the wheel......Rebuild the SD IF there is no internal damage by the rod when it blew.
PSST Then you will have two diesels......
Bwahahahaha! I kinda feel the same way when I get in one of our vehicles. And the thought of two diesels makes me giddy.

Rebuild it. If your husband has the know how, it won't be terribly expensive and you'll have an engine that will last as long as you want it to; just don't let your neighbors borrow it. ;)
Ain't that the flippin' truth.

Shweebs,

Just do what I did, ..... keep buying them until you get one (or, two...) you like. (Actually, mine are 500s, 420 and 560SELs, not much of a diesel guy.) Tell HD (Hubby Dear) they're about the safest cars ever built and he might even go get some himself. Check Craig's List, ebay, and classifieds here. Take your time, goods ones are out there. I have two that are practically showroom quality, cause I took my time. Got them all for good prices, too. Paid $4k for '89 560SEL, $5,900 for '91 420SEL. $2,100 for '84 500SEL and $1,000 another '84 500SEL.

Don't buy a new(er) Mercedes, they're just super over-complicated and are not built with the same care, regard and quality these old ones were. If you have time, spend it reading some of the old posts on this site, they really give insight as well as good advice..... based on experiences.

Then when the kids are grown maybe you and HD will have cars for each of them...

Isn't THAT a great idea!
Good advice. Thanks! Problem is we may end up with bunches of these cars. But that sound like a good problem to me. :thumbsup:

I will let the hubs decide what he wants to do, since it will be him doing the work. He isn't opposed to these cars, but isn't thrilled yet. He is a truck guy plain and simple. But I hope he can catch the bug.

And I have no interest in the newer mercedes. I don't really like newer cars period. I'd love to have a 70s lincoln cont or town car, but can't afford the gas for that thirsty gal (and don't want to fool with the constant oil leaks either). I just like older cars.
 

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Hey Shweebz, here's something that might interest HD. Not exactly the same as your car but it's a start. Don't know where all the text is but those photos are worth something. Good luck
 

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Hey Shweebz, here's something that might interest HD. Not exactly the same as your car but it's a start. Don't know where all the text is but those photos are worth something. Good luck
I see nuthing. Am I supposed to see something here? Benz porn maybe? :D
 
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