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Old 12-12-2008, 12:58 AM
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Hella air horns in place of driver's side stock horn
Cibie headlights with Silverstar H4s
Door mounted cupholders
Blaupunkt radio, JL audio speakers, XM, iPod
Keyless entry
trunk triangle (actually stock on mine - German delivery)

1985 300D cali 190K
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:17 AM
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I chopped off the front of a 240d and welded it onto my wagon....?

can I be the treasurer?

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Old 12-12-2008, 09:27 AM
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I have a long list as I get my car closer to my liking.

4-speed manual with short shift arm
2.47 rear from a 380SEL
Vogtland lowering springs
2nd gen SEC vented rotors and SEC calipers in front
225/45/17 fronts and 245/45/17 rears on MB funnel spokes
euro bumpers front and rear to compliment euro lights from PO
headlight wipers
ashtray boost guage
AMG steering wheel
clear lense turn signals

Future mods:
color change to silver blue metallic
blackout all chrome
SEC front seats
AMG ground effects
AMG trunk spoiler
5-speed manual with 3.07 rear
vacuum adjust
clear rear lights

1982 300CD Turbo (Otis, "ups & downs") parts for sale
2003 TJ with Hemi (to go anywhere, quickly) sold
2001 Excursion Powerstroke (to go dependably)
1970 Mustang 428SCJ (to go fast)
1962 Corvette LS1 (to go in style)
2001 Schwinn Grape Krate 10spd (if all else fails)

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Old 12-12-2008, 09:45 AM
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GT2056 turbo, w115 intake
4sp conversion, custom shift knob
Ashtray gauges
This isn't modification, but:
Rebuilt suspension front and rear
rust repair,panel replacement
prep and paint
engine rebuild

to do:
5spd (someday)
pump mods
For Sale: 1982 MB 300TD
1995 Chevrolet Suburban 6.5TD

Sold: 1980 IH Scout Traveler- Nissan SD33T Diesel
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:03 PM
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Euro headlights w/vac adjusters
Re wire driving lights to work independent of headlights
Modify & reupholster rear package shelf to install 6 x 9 speakers
Aftermarket CD/stereo
Install recirc switch to manually control fresh/recirc air supply for HVAC
Larger OEM aux fan
Extra brake lights in tail lights assys
Euro gauge cluster w/trimpot speedo calibration & modify "economy" gauge for boost pressure
15" 15 hole wheels
Bypass windshield heater (not too much ice in Fl)
Replace front dome with reading/dome light
Euro seat backs w/o ugly nets
Convex pass side mirror
82 300SD 202K
82 300SD 233K
83 300TD 340K
82 300TD 98k euro (parts on the hoof)
85 300TD 282K
83 300TD 197K

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Old 12-12-2008, 12:23 PM
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1999 E300 Turbo-Diesel,
Speedtuning Level 2 Chip
Eisenmann Race Exhaust
Power Folding Blinking Mirrors w/ Euro Convex Lenses
Ventilated/Heated Seats
Multifunction steering wheel
Multifunction Instrument Cluster
Euro Comand 2.0
Comand Controllable DVD Player
Argos Bluetooth Kit
Ashtray Delete
H&R Springs
AMG Multi-Spoke Wheels
AMG Body Kit
Carlsson Side Skirts
2005 SL65
1999 E300
1995 E300
1994 SL320
1988 560SL
1987 300TD
1982 300D
1955 300SL
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:57 PM
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mods to 80 240D

Removed Mercedes grill and propeller, installed 84 Thunderbird grill, making it a "Mersey-bird" or a "Thunder-Benz". (hood was stuck closed when I bought it, I wanted more access to the latch in case it happens again. Didn't break the grill with the hammer & screwdriver, but came close)
Removed hubcaps for more of that South African farmer look.
Installed goldenrod 1 quart fuel filter because I had to change the primary filter 3 times on trip to Chalma,NM. Right side near AC freon canister.
Installed Fomoco heater core, didn't feel like pulling the dash out to install Mcd core from the back of the box. Anybody want an unused $350 Mercedes W123 80 heater core?
Replaced ashtray with dual power panel to use dual electric heaters to defrost windshield and drive home after work (7AM) before the engine heats up.
Looking for rear oversize springs, taking all my tools out to the country property makes the rear end sag. That's why I bought the car, I have 2 diesel tractor/lawnmowers out there that don't run right now.
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by MTUpower View Post
Nothing to do with OBK. No need to take offense.
I'm only having fun ... lol

I've done some mods to my car as well

Euro lights
Euro interior
(used to have 15" wheels and miss them)
upped the boost
4 channel sound system with two 10" JL's in the trunk for added thump

Originally Posted by IndianaJo View Post
Removed Mercedes grill and propeller, installed 84 Thunderbird grill, making it a "Mersey-bird" or a "Thunder-Benz". (hood was stuck closed when I bought it, I wanted more access to the latch in case it happens again. Didn't break the grill with the hammer & screwdriver, but came close).

wow... I have no words to describe that
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:59 PM
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Location: Cleveland, NY
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Will the modding ever stop?

85 300D
Trunk triangle
Painted grille
Euro lights/clear corners
Alpine CD player
15" bundts
Zebrano shift knob
126 outside temp display
05 Mustang GT Vert (3) 101k
12 TSX Wagon Tech (66k) (93k)
03 CL Type S manual (157k) 163k
06 Subaru Outback base (135k) 153k
95 Del Sol (93k) 290k
93 Stealth ES (167k) 169k
18 Silverado 2500 LTZ Midnight (212) 4700
90 350SDL 253k

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Old 12-12-2008, 01:02 PM
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on my '81 coupe.......

- A/C deleted. Permanently.
- Monovalve bypass
- Neat wide-angle right side mirror I got at a McParts place. Looks like it came off a '64 Ford Galaxy but it's actually very functional.
- Almost straight-thru exhaust. I have a rear muffler but no center resonator. Probably added a whopping 1.5-2HP.
- Aftermarket tranny cooler the size for a Greyhound bus, mounted in front of radiator.
- Halogen headlights
- Fender turn signals. Amber. (probably my favorite mod. I'm a big believer in them, especially if you have to change lanes on the Garden State Parkway a lot)
'81 300CD - 180K, cannot be killed by any conventional means
'99 Ford Escort - good MPG
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:08 PM
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81 300SD

Color change from faded chalky blue to Metallic dark gunmetal grey and high gloss black
Change interior from torn up and ratty gray to a very nice Saffron interior
16" wheels
Tinted windows
Aftermarket CD player with new 4x6's up front, 6x9's on the rear shelf and a 15" punch in the trunk(nothing ricer about having tunes that sound like 2008 instead of 1981)
Heated mirrors(were they even an option in 81?)
Wired in passenger door solenoid so my all my doors unlock when I unlock the passenger side(what year was this standard? not 81)
Alda tweak
EGR disabled
Of course the laundry list of repairs, rebuild trans, heater vacuum issues, bowden cable, oil cooler lines, thermostat, monovalve.

Future mods
Keyless entry with remote start
Modify & reupholster rear package shelf to make my 6x9's fit nicer
Black out the grille
18" wheels
H&R lowering springs
Better flowing, non leaking exhaust.

Only had this car since april so I am just getting started.

81 300SD daily driver/project
86 420SEL (sold)
85 380SE(in the graveyard)

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Old 12-12-2008, 03:21 PM
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Well lets see.Made a copper bushing for shifter,2 inch lift at rear,for heavy sons,and luggage,extra trans cooler,coolant heater,line heaters,2 micron water seperator filter,converted to run multi oils,Blacked,bundts,grille,bumpers,siding,siruis radio,pioneer cd,12" sub,14 psi electric fuel pump to push all fuels,raised boost to stock,upgraded glow regulator,94 Cobra Mustang intake for true cold air.
don't judge me, till you lost a daughter to a sorry man, causing her death
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Old 12-12-2008, 04:57 PM
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Location: Royse City Tx
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Euro headlights
Warning triangle
3-2 valve bypass
Stanadyne FM100
After market radio and speakers--want powerd subs...
Tinted Windows
Car was painted current color, not dark blue, by the PO

Still to come:

2.88 diff and speedo intall.
New horns

70's SPM #5608 Fairmont A-4 MOW car

06 VW Jetta TDI 290K miles

91 W124 300D Turbo replaced. 188K

90 Dodge D250 5.9 Cummins/5 speed. 400K
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:30 PM
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Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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90 560SEL

Warning triangle in trunk
OEM Euro headlights and sidemarkers.
Becker 4601 CD player radio.
Chrome rear view mirror covers.

84 280SL

Ronal R-9s.
Nardi steering wheel.
Sony radio and CD jukebox.
OEM Euro headlights.

83 300D

OEM Euro headlights and sidemarkers.
Blaupundt radio, w/ 1/8" input for Sirius radio.
Custom oak 2 hole drink holder in console.

71 250C

OEM Euro headlights.
Alpine radio and amp and speakers.
Electric antenna.
BBS basketweave wheels

The two wagons are stock.....

14 E250 BlueTEC black. 45k miles
95 E320 Cabriolet Emerald green 66k miles
94 E320 Cabriolet Emerald green 152k miles
85 300TD 4 spd man, euro bumpers and lights, 15" Pentas dark blue 274k miles
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:41 PM
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No one wants to admit to any, *ahem*, emissions mods?

1992 300D 2.5T
1980 Euro 300D (sadly, sold)
1998 Jetta TDI, 132K "Rudy"
1974 Triumph TR6
1999 Saab 9-5 wagon (wife's)
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