Hello all, I inherited a 1982 380SL (approx 153000 miles on the odometer, but it had stopped working a year previous, so closer to 162000) two years ago. Before my father-in-law passed, I had known that there was some upcoming work needed to keep it in good repair on the engine side, but later found out it seems to be more serious than I thought. I used the car for about a year, trying to keep it strictly local driving, not much over a 15 mile radius, after taking it to be serviced at the shop it was normally taken to. There I found out that the exhaust system is toast, rotted and rusted out, and needs to be replaced. The shop owner went through most of the engine problems that need to be adressed, from the fuel management to the exhaust. Starting with the fuel management, I was told that the entire thing needed to be rebuilt, and a story about no one local to socal does it anymore, and a dealer build would cost 2k. Going into the engine, there was an oil consumption problem, possible to do issues with the piston rings, but short of pulling the heads off, just a guess. Gradually, the engine started smoking, and most of the time it was minimal, but before I started just storing it, got bad. Further inspection showed that the fuel management was dumping fuel to the #7 piston, and it was wearing out, as well the fuel management being frozen? The shop offered me a better deal than I have been able to find elsewhere, with an estimate of 6-6500 to get into the pistons and change out the fuel management, and replace the exhaust out with a dual pipe replacement(on this one, I have been told by specialty shops as well as the original mechanic that to switch to the single pipe setup can lead to a failure again of the catalytic converter and failed smogs after a few years.) At this point, not having the funds to go through a shop, I am at a loss of what to start on or where to go for help. I know that I cant get into the exhaust until the fuel management and pistons are fixed, but honestly wouldn't know where to begin. Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated.