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View Poll Results: How many 1987 300TD's are still around?
1300 to 1500 14 26.42%
1100 to 1299 8 15.09%
900 to 1099 11 20.75%
less than 900 20 37.74%
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:30 PM
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I have one of the white/blue wagons that might well have been a service vehicle.

It has been a complete labor of love but the vehicle runs and drives great now. Major shout out to vstech without whom this would have never happened.

Just a short list of the things I have done to it:
- new a/c compressor
- upgraded alternator and wiring from 90s 124 gasser
- radiator and condenser (PO had rear ended someone before I got it)
- OM606 plastic fan and clutch
- vacuum plumbing cleanup and replaced vacuum hoses under hood
- EGR delete, waiting on roll guy's plate to arrive then I need to clean out the intake manifold
- greazzer rebuilt injectors
- new hard line clips and pads
- new plastic fuel lines
- new oil pressure sensor
- rebuilt fuel heater valve
- replaced wiper and climate blower from the same 90s 124 gasser donor
- rebuilt front suspension - new ball joints and tie rods
- new pads and rotors on front brakes
- replaced dashboard with a crack free blue one from an 89 300TE
- replaced steering wheel
- upgraded OAT display to 5-pin type, hooked in VSS reference, installed sensor in front bumper
- Replaced drivers upper seat back pad
- reversed PO's hacked up stereo install, installed refurbished Becker 780 with aux input
- fixed cruise control
- replaced instrument needles with un-faded orange ones from donor cluster instruments
- replaced speedometer - when I got the car it had a gas speedo with broken odometer. I have no clue how many original miles, I suspect somewhere in the high 200s. SC does not care about odometer readings on cars >10 years old so I had no problems registering it.
- installed keyless entry system
- replaced differential
- rebuilt rear axles
- rebuilt rear suspension, links, bushings, subframe mounts, the whole works
- rebuilt parking brake
- replaced 3rd brake light with pristine unit from eBay
- replaced rear tail lights with eBay finds
- fixed rear defroster wiring that broke at hinge point
- replaced door lock actuator in passenger door

Things I need to do yet:
- track down small leaks up front so I stop leaving spots in the garage
- small dents on sides need attention, may try paintless dent removal
- paint needs a serious buffing/clay bar/help - loads of oxidation especially on the roof
- repair key lock in tail gate, it is jammed, button works to open hatch but you cannot insert the key

My kids drive this car so everything has to be in good working order. I find it to be the go to car when we have to haul supplies from the home center, it has more room inside than the ML with the seats down.

It starts right up every time, gets mid-20s MPG and is definitely the most unusual car at the high school parking lot.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:12 AM
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I have one of the white/blue wagons that might well have been a service vehicle.


It starts right up every time, gets mid-20s MPG and is definitely the most unusual car at the high school parking lot.
Wow, I consider myself lucky! I got through most of this new to me wagon yesterday. Nothing on your scale though. I fit the new tires and took her for a drive and she is rather quick with the turbo. Brakes are phenomenal, much better than my old Volvo. It id take some time to flush the old fluid out to nice clear new, my daughter said her leg was getting tired of pumping and holding.

I have zero heat/interior fan to look after and a window short on the passenger side, fuel gauge isn't working and then the non working tach to figure out.
I removed the fuse box and cleaned it up, mouse turds, mouse turds every where. The corrosion was light but the droppings were causing issue's.
I swapped out all of the filters and went with synthetic oil as there are no leaks or seeps on the engine.

My suspension is all tight, nothing loose, missing, cracked or broken.

Off to study door panel removal, another full day and she should be road trip ready.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:13 PM
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Wow, I consider myself lucky! I got through most of this new to me wagon yesterday. Nothing on your scale though. I fit the new tires and took her for a drive and she is rather quick with the turbo. Brakes are phenomenal, much better than my old Volvo. It id take some time to flush the old fluid out to nice clear new, my daughter said her leg was getting tired of pumping and holding.

I have zero heat/interior fan to look after and a window short on the passenger side, fuel gauge isn't working and then the non working tach to figure out.
I removed the fuse box and cleaned it up, mouse turds, mouse turds every where. The corrosion was light but the droppings were causing issue's.
I swapped out all of the filters and went with synthetic oil as there are no leaks or seeps on the engine.

My suspension is all tight, nothing loose, missing, cracked or broken.

Off to study door panel removal, another full day and she should be road trip ready.
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1987 190D 2.5Turbo
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:32 PM
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I think my daughter is a bit cheaper...
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:44 PM
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I think my daughter is a bit cheaper...
agreed... but this is MUCH easier, and prevents damage of the master cylinder from excessive travel wear.

also, you can make your own for about $25 from any hardware store pump sprayer...
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John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5-5SPEED!!!

1987 300TD
1987 300TD
1994GMC 2500 6.5Turbo truck... I had to put the ladder somewhere!
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:29 PM
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Last year I bought an 87TDT from a fellow member and recently acquired a very rare wagon, Its a 1991 300Td 5spd Manual. This car is awsome it is an original sportline model with a saddle brown leather recaro interior. It has the om603 but without the Turbo. In comparison it is much slower then the turbo version. In canada I am able to see the 124 wagon from time to time.

I am also a younger guy(27) driving and most of my friends cant see the beauty in these old wagons. But every time i get into it it puts a smile on my face ))
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:23 PM
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Last year I bought an 87TDT from a fellow member and recently acquired a very rare wagon, Its a 1991 300Td 5spd Manual. This car is awsome it is an original sportline model with a saddle brown leather recaro interior. It has the om603 but without the Turbo. In comparison it is much slower then the turbo version. In canada I am able to see the 124 wagon from time to time.

I am also a younger guy(27) driving and most of my friends cant see the beauty in these old wagons. But every time i get into it it puts a smile on my face ))
That '91 sounds insane!!! Do you have like a picture of it or something?
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:19 PM
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Here is some photos. That is when I bought it. I removed that grill and those chrome covers and put back the original grill.
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Old 04-23-2015, 05:47 PM
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Here is some more photos i just took today for you guys. Another cool feature it has is a locking rear diff so in the snow this thing is amazing
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:40 PM
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Wow I want your car!
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John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5-5SPEED!!!

1987 300TD
1987 300TD
1994GMC 2500 6.5Turbo truck... I had to put the ladder somewhere!
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:58 PM
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5-speed... diesel... Sportline... Euro... Recaro interior... wagon... LSD... what an amazing car!

If you ever get sick of it, let us know first .
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1982 300SD -- 211k, Texas car, tranny issues ____ 1979 240D 4-speed 234k -- turbo and tuned IP, third world taxi hot rod

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Old 04-24-2015, 05:08 AM
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5-speed... diesel... Sportline... Euro... Recaro interior... wagon... LSD... what an amazing car!

If you ever get sick of it, let us know first .
If only it was brown...
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:34 AM
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Add the 4matic 300TD that they made also, ...
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Old 05-05-2015, 05:01 PM
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I am not planning on selling it for a long time. I am actually going to fully restore it If I do decide to sell it I will post it here first
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