Good advice -fad,
Lesse -- in '84 MB switched to a double-row timing chain, so Sam, make sure you go with that year or later (you probably know that
). Converting from single -> double is a couple grand proposition.
If you have the money, how about a nice 450SLC? ($4-7 grand) They're not too expensive, you have decent performance and 2 doors.
Ya, I know, as a student, "messing around" with car issues is not a top priority... Been there, done it (and doing it again as an adult student.)
Again, good luck and let us know what transires...