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Old 01-31-2014, 04:10 PM
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Reviving my 1983 euro 300D....

Its a long story on how he got like this, that I would rather not go to deep in...I will summarize it...

Over a year ago, the car was vandalized at my house, I ended up going into a hospital....the landlord took it upon herself to donate it to charity...so she said..

I was browsing through sfbay craigslist and found it being parted out by a german auto garage...I was like omg how did he get it...I called him and said that it is my car! He said he has the title...gave him my name and it was on the title....sent a friend the keys and a copy of my id....so he said of course I could have the car back..

It took me over a month to find someone to bring the car to me, in the middle of no where.

The glass and two tires were done by my friend...what has happen to it by the garage is..

Broke tail light out to get into the trunk to take everything I had in there...all the locking mechanism is missing....smashed my sunroof sun shade...tore the passenger knee panel and kick panel off...removed the bango bolts, blots, crush washer from the fuel filter housing, dented in the spare tire well, stole my triangle, stole the vacuum elements, attempted to steal the headlights, removed the exhaust hangers, took the battery.

As you can see I have a lot of work on my hands, that I will be tackling when I have the funds.

I will need two tires, front/rear windshields, drivers window, passenger front/rear window, new headliner, new parcel shelf, all the parts that were removed, and a lot of cleaning!

After I got it here...I transferred the missing parts to it from my other car, turned the engine by hand till the cams had oil on them, one glow cycle and he popped right off! Turned it around and covered it..

I will keep this thread updated as I go along, if anyone has any parts to donate to the cause...it would be awesome!



Here's some old photos when he was at the garage.

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Old 01-31-2014, 04:12 PM
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Old 02-01-2014, 03:25 PM
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That sucks, but try to look on the bright side: first, what were the odds you would find it, let alone in another state? Second, you are lucky those clean-looking euro bumpers didn't vanish somewhere along the way. Pretty rare.

What you need now is a PnP having a "$25 for all you can carry" day.

PS: stole the exhaust hangers??? Very trailer park.

PPS: you may want to edit your post, the content repeats....
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Old 02-01-2014, 03:34 PM
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Wow, that's a shame! If someone took it upon themselves to get rid of my car, they'd be having a long talk with the cops. But at least you got it back in the end. When all that restoration work and the bills associated with it start getting you down, just remember that the efforts you're going to will bring a rare model back to roadworthy condition and keep it out of the junkyard where it was headed. The w123 community thanks you, sir!
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Old 02-01-2014, 03:36 PM
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Amazing to me that this car didn't lose any of the special euro equipment when it was being scavenged, but instead things from any us spec 123, lik windows and interior bits. Should be able to revive from yard parts! I would have had money on the lights and bumpers being the first to go

What's going on with the rear seat, did someone skin it? Looks like padding
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:43 PM
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Hmm that post got all messed up, no idea how that happened...all fixed now!

I soooo do need to find that all I can carry day I believe I can get everything for a face lift for a 0 added onto that amount.

Just found out yesterday when I attempted to push the turn signal lens back in....that both all all broke up in the back....its like someone tried to pop them out with a screw diver!

I know why they didn't take the light and bumpers...the front bumper is pushed over a bit and one headlight has a rock chip in it....but how the transmission is still there is beyond me....

Oh the reason the back seat looks so bad, is the car came from san ramon in California...so the sun bleached everything...I would like to keep the seats cloth, but seeing how hard it is to find cloth skins...I may switch to mbtex...
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:00 AM
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Bought my first parts for the ol boy.....euro amber turn signal lenses....someone attempted to pry my yellow us versions out and broke all the connectors..
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Old 02-06-2014, 01:18 AM
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What a strange story - I hope you're making the necessary adjustments to your land lady's rent
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:26 PM
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Started the clean up..

engine bay is still completely besides the missing fuel stuff





Battery tray area is a lot worse then I remember



Front windshield removed



rear windshield removed...look at that no rust at all!



trunk has a bit of rust..


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Old 02-10-2014, 03:55 PM
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Wow. What a mess. Do you still have the rear bench?
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:09 PM
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I bet if you vacuumed-up and washed up and general scrubbing ... the ol'e girl won't look that bad.
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Old 02-10-2014, 05:33 PM
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Wow. What a mess. Do you still have the rear bench?
Well considering what's happened I thinking "that's not too bad"

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I bet if you vacuumed-up and washed up and general scrubbing ... the ol'e girl won't look that bad.
I agree - that'll buff out
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:20 PM
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What I don't get is how the heck your landlord could donate the car without your consent - especially since you had an extenuating circumstance being that you were hospitalized. You shoudl find out their policy for dealing with abandoned cars that was in effect during that time period (assuming they even had one). IMO, you have a good case for being made whole by them. What she did is technically theft.
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Wow. What a mess. Do you still have the rear bench?
Nope i wish....it was in the garage....I will be needing to keep an eye open for some euro cloth seat skins.
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Old 02-11-2014, 02:56 AM
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Well today, I progressed a little and feel pretty happy!

New fuel lines



Found a shop with two good 14" tires...mounted and balance 60$ they have nice tread...but they are 180/70r14....so i put them on the front.



Moved the battery over from my other car.....started up right away....drove him around our parking area and then down the street to remove some of the rust on the discs....everything seems to be working...bugs need working out...but he is drivable...let him get up to operating temperate too.

Short video of him idling....not to bad with him having almost 2 year old fuel and two leaky injectors....look at that blowby! he had nothing before, just very minimal now....few oil changes and some hard driving it should clear up

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