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Old 07-05-2006, 10:53 PM
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Am I crazy?

A girl I've known for years owns a 79 240D. manual everything cept tranny.. its been sitting for 3 years in her driveway.. its been vandalized but the interior is immaculate down to the original first aid kit sticker. its a tobbaco color. the engine hasnt been started in 3 years. i think.. the bad thing.. its got cancer.. bad.. the rockers, and main beams underneath are just shot. and other spots..

here is what i want to do and so does she she loves the mercede's diesels.. ive got a buddy with a W123 with a good body bad engine and tranny.

should we buy the 300D off him and swap everything thats good from her 240D including manual AC and the lot to the rust free shell?
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:00 PM
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Provided you have a place to do the work, the time to do it, and the skills, or at least the willingness to learn them, yes you should do it.

I learned a great deal about cars from a project car I had in my late teens and early twenties. It wasnt' a Benz, though. I bought a '63 Dodge Dart with no engine or trans and swapped in a '79 360 V8 with a '73 A904 Torqeflite transmission. It took me several years and the help of a few friends to get it all to work together, but I had a great time working on that car.
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:01 PM
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I'd say go for it. I'm doing the same with my '85s. I found a good body with a seized motor for the good motor in my car that was hit in the rear, badly. The good body has a trashed interior but the interior on the rear-ended car is absolutely gorgeous. The good motor needs a little work so I'm going to pull it out soon, I hope, and try to get it purring nicely before school. Its been a lot of fun so far and I don't even have the motors out yet.
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Old 07-05-2006, 11:06 PM
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Do it. I am in the midst of an entire interior replacement and still have some rust to care for as well as a bit of mechanical work. If you have the time give it a try.
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1979 Yamaha Chappy LB50 (Awating new points) -- 1411.6 miles

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Old 07-06-2006, 12:01 AM
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Is she hot?
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:08 AM
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I'm glad we got to the important stuff already.
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Old 07-06-2006, 06:02 AM
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switching the evap unit is a big job. the rest isnt too bad.

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Boardmonger,

Your picture is just like the Sunday paper section for kids.

Pick the car that doesn't belong........



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Old 07-06-2006, 12:32 PM
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That car totally belonged there. It was our leader
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1983 300d Turbo (Daily Drive) -- 243,000 miles
1979 280ce AMG (Beginning extreme restoration) -- 141,410 miles
1979 Yamaha Chappy LB50 (Awating new points) -- 1411.6 miles

1981 300d Euro 4 speed -- 188,421 km -- SOLD
1979 300d Euro 4 speed (Sold to Brother) -- 257,000 miles

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Old 07-06-2006, 12:37 PM
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You're wondering whether you should endeavor to do some serious car work and we're the people you ask if you should do it or not? Lol, it sounds like the decision is already 90% made!

Good luck!
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Old 07-06-2006, 12:38 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDon
A girl I've known for years owns a 79 240D. manual everything cept tranny.. its been sitting for 3 years in her driveway.. its been vandalized but the interior is immaculate down to the original first aid kit sticker. its a tobbaco color. the engine hasnt been started in 3 years. i think.. the bad thing.. its got cancer.. bad.. the rockers, and main beams underneath are just shot. and other spots..

here is what i want to do and so does she she loves the mercede's diesels.. ive got a buddy with a W123 with a good body bad engine and tranny.

should we buy the 300D off him and swap everything thats good from her 240D including manual AC and the lot to the rust free shell?
You love them both don't you?
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:00 PM
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You love them both don't you?
possibly.. plus i like working on the w123
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:03 PM
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I'll bet that 300D still has a decent motor and tranny. Probably just the rear-end is bad.
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:05 PM
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Awww.....



Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 07-06-2006, 01:12 PM
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I'll bet that 300D still has a decent motor and tranny. Probably just the rear-end is bad.
yea.. i bet countdown 8 days
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