When you jack up the left side, take a look at the condition of the subframe mount. When the weight is off the mount it will let the subframe hang down a little, unless if it is shot, then the frame will hang down a lot and you'll likely see lots of dead rubber. You might even find you lateral stabilizer broken (mine was), it attaches from the center of the sub frame to the right side mount for the steering damper.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.