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Old 11-20-2003, 04:35 PM
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Near-dead 350SDL in CT - anybody want it?

Hello, wonderful forum!

I have been driving my father's 1991 350 SDL for 6 years since he died and I have decided I am done with fixing it. This forum is the only thing that kept me going this long. It is a wonderful car but the dealer has just declared the engine dead at 267,000 miles.

Last week the oil pressure gage was going a bit wacko - 3 bar at idle and at 3000 rpm but 1 bar at 2000 rpm. I drove it about a mile like that and parked it in my driveway. I decided that it might be the oil pressure sender so I ordered a new one, installed it and changed the oil and filter. It seemed much better for 2 or 3 miles but then the pressure went to zero. I was about a quarter mile from home so I pretty much just idled it until I got there. I noticed immediately that the front seal was shot (stripe of oil up the street) and had it towed to the dealer. The dealer confirmed the seal damage and said he was having trouble getting it to turn over. He will gladly do as much work on it as I want to pay for but he thinks the bearings are shot.

I'd hate to send it to the junkyard. The body and interior are in excellent shape (Silver Smoke and Palomino MBTex). Transmission seems pretty good (slight lag going into reverse). Maybe it isn't dead. Any ideas?

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Old 11-20-2003, 05:32 PM
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Hmmmm...

If only I weren't here in western Canada. I'd seriously take you up on your car. How much do you want for it?
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Old 11-20-2003, 05:38 PM
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...actually...

I may still have an interest. Do you want something for it?
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Old 11-20-2003, 06:31 PM
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What do you want for it?
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Old 11-20-2003, 08:57 PM
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i'm also interested, how much? steve
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Old 11-20-2003, 09:50 PM
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Ditto on what the last three said.
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Old 11-20-2003, 10:39 PM
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ME TOO!!!!
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:41 PM
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I have a car-dolly...... c'mon, make me an offer I can't refuse. Would like to look at it and I am in nearby RI. RT
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Old 11-21-2003, 10:26 AM
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Hi

Sorry to be away so long - just back from paying off the dealer and trying to start it - it is indeed locked up.

I don't know what it's worth - the 5 wheels alone are worth at least $500 - running 350SDLs on Ebay are like $3,500 - what do you all think? I'm already getting calls from people the dealer notified but a happy home is important, too.
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Old 11-21-2003, 11:12 AM
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Well, being that I'm so far away I'll opt out. I do have a relative in Conn. but there are some eager people that live nearby that will get her up and functional much faster than I.

If anyone knows of a good SDL in the NW of USA, running or not I'd surely be interested.
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Old 11-24-2003, 09:54 AM
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Nobody interested? $500?
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Old 11-24-2003, 04:02 PM
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Come on someone buy it, don't let it be crushed and turned into a Honda. I would if I had the room. Do you think the engine could be fixed for 5K?
Where are you in CT?
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Old 11-24-2003, 04:29 PM
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Hamden - I-91 Exit 10 - I've got a local guy coming to look at it on Friday - I think he wants to put a, dare I say it, gasoline engine in it.
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Old 11-24-2003, 04:41 PM
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I'm looking for a project car and I'm willing to meet your price.

Send me an email with your location and response.

ejzus@comcast.net
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Old 11-24-2003, 06:35 PM
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I can come look at it Wednesday. You can email me or call me at 908 451 4332.
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