I bought a 1983 380 SL last Feb. that was almost a basket case mechanically. Found this forum and all the great people here and with all their help and advice and directions I have gotten through most of the mechanical problems myself and believe me I am not a mechanic of any sort. New shocks, new exhaust, new brakes and rotors, idle problem sorted out, heater problem sorted out, valve stem seals and today a new fuel pump and now I've got a fairly nice SL that I can drive everyday. Will continue with some cosmetics when money allows. Am I bragging, you had better believe it, about all the help that I was able to get from this forum and some new friends as well.