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Old 02-01-2012, 08:24 PM
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SL Converted to Diesel

Check out this 1981 Mercedes Benz 300 Turbo Diesel Roadster. It was converted from a 380 SL - installed with a 1987 300 turbo diesel... Mercedes-Benz : 300-Series Mercedes-Benz : 300-Series - eBay (item 220943976003 end time Feb-03-12 11:09:59 PST)

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If it would have been my conversion, I would have started with a better body so it would possibly last longer (body is too rusty) . Also the front end looks just a little low. Gosh do you think the engine is a tad heavier than the original one that was in the 380SL? It's probably a nice combination though.

Anyone else done a conversion like this?
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:29 PM
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Ebay listing is not there anymore.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:37 PM
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Forum didn't like the URL. Try this - Mercedes-Benz : 300-Series Mercedes-Benz : 300-Series | eBay

That's the VIN from an 87 300D, not an 81 380SL.

Interesting AC controls. Can you turn on all modes at the same time?

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Old 02-01-2012, 08:40 PM
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Looks interesting. I bet the underside looks scary rusty.
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Almost posted this myself! I think this is awesome. I always wanted a w113 with a period correct diesel engine. Or would this be sacrilegious? Guess if I had enough money in the first place, I wouldn't care...
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:26 PM
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I love the way the valve cover looks. I might do that on my car.

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:36 PM
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Anyone else done a conversion like this?
Got one in progress... does that count?

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The odometer shows 000000 miles. I guess this car has been born again.
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When the listing is expired and pictures are no longer available, here are some from the ad so readers will know what is being discussed...







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Old 02-02-2012, 12:57 AM
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Got one in progress... does that count?
He gets more points for relocating the battery and the custom AC controls. Not to mention the vacuum gauge!

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No doubt that there is an interesting story behind that installation. Too bad about the rust. Having become quite familiar with the R107 SL over the years I can tell you that is about 10% of the total rust that car will have hidden everywhere.

Oh, and I really like the scratched in "300 SLD" moniker on the idiot lite panel.
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If those "switches" were in a straight line, he would get a point from me. I do like the valve cover.

I don't like SL's.... but kudos for the 603 and not 617
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Since 107s are relatively cheap now you could buy this one with all the conversion details worked out and a nice rust free 380 with a bad cam chain and swap in the drive train.

What is the asking price?
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If those "switches" were in a straight line, he would get a point from me. I do like the valve cover.

I don't like SL's.... but kudos for the 603 and not 617
The SL was one of my dream cars growing up. a 603 with a 5 speed behind it, I'm guessing thats pretty peppy.

Agree that you could buy this one and swap drivetrain to better body and have other bits left over for parts.
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603's with 5spd's ARE pretty peppy
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