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Old 03-09-2008, 01:19 AM
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new to me 380SL 1981

i just this very day bought a 1981 380SL from a little old lady who hated it!! i am probably going to turn it around and sell it, she said the battery kept going dead and she just stopped driving it, it had junk motorcraft battery which was way too small and alt was not charging. first thing i noticed new servo!!! it has excellent paint and interior, has new michelins and wire wheels, i really don't care for the wheels but the car looks great. i will likely get anything needed up to par that it needs. but for $1,000.00 i think i got an excellent deal!!

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Old 03-09-2008, 03:22 AM
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Let's see a picture of it.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:24 AM
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2004 C230 K
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:34 AM
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You're right about the wire wheels. They gotta go.

But they paint looks great.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:49 AM
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i am gonna leave the wheels, the tires are new michelins. hopefully whomever buys the car will like the wheels. i started fixing it today, it was running like crap, all the secondary ignition items were way sub par plugs were autolite platinums lol, replaced them and it runs much better. still a work in progress, one cool thing that was in the car is it has a shifter lock, it is a metal piece that attaches to the shift gate and locks with a key, when it is in place the shifter can not move from park.
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1986 280SL
1986 500 SEL euro
1986 190E 2.3
1990 300 SE
2003 C230 K
2004 C230 K
1987 560SEL
1987 300SDL now in canada
2005 C230
1998 C43 AMG Sold to DON
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300TD Former daily driver Totaled
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Ram 2500 Cummins
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:53 AM
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well congrats....like her...I have a thing for those wires though. I had a 1978 450 SL red with those years ago and I just do not know why I think they look hot....how much for the car i can alsways use another one LOL And the little old lady did you a solid.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:17 PM
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Your right, for $1000 you can't go wrong. As far as I'm concerned it's a great deal and a beautiful car. As for the wire wheels, I'm mainly into older british sports cars that regularly came with wire wheels. I love the look of a sporty looking car with wire wheels. If you decide to take them off or want to work out a deal for them with the stock chrome rims in trade, let me know.
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:49 AM
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Is that a lapis blue one?

It looks sweeeeeet!!!!!
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Old 03-11-2008, 01:56 AM
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when i am finished it will be forsale, so if anyone wants to make offer let me know.
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1967 280SE
1968 250S
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1973 220
1974 280 S
1975 450 SEL
1976 220 D
1979 300SD
1983 300 SD
1985 230 TE euro
1986 280SL
1986 500 SEL euro
1986 190E 2.3
1990 300 SE
2003 C230 K
2004 C230 K
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1987 300SDL now in canada
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1998 C43 AMG Sold to DON
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:10 AM
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Looks very similar to my 1980. I have wire wheels on mine but they are completely different. I love how they look on my car & would never get rid of them but as I said, they don't look like yours.

What's the interior color? Mine is blue w/tan interior, great color combo, in my opinion.
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Old 03-11-2008, 10:21 AM
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A grand for that!? Where are all those little old ladies around my neck of the woods? Great score.
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How does the timing chain look in this bad boy?

Does it have a single or double row chain?
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:54 PM
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How does the timing chain look in this bad boy?

Does it have a single or double row chain?

it has double row, what was even better new rails and chain!!, pulled valve covers to inspect,
also after a brief general inspection i also noted:
new smog pump
new front calipers and rotors
new master cylinder
new power steering pump
new rear muffler (can be seen in picture)
new climate control servo
new michelins
and likely much more
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1967 250 S
1967 280SE
1968 250S
1971 280 SE
1973 220
1974 280 S
1975 450 SEL
1976 220 D
1979 300SD
1983 300 SD
1985 230 TE euro
1986 280SL
1986 500 SEL euro
1986 190E 2.3
1990 300 SE
2003 C230 K
2004 C230 K
1987 560SEL
1987 300SDL now in canada
2005 C230
1998 C43 AMG Sold to DON
1993 190E 2.6
300TD Former daily driver Totaled
current:
R320 CDI
Ram 2500 Cummins
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:55 PM
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Looks very similar to my 1980. I have wire wheels on mine but they are completely different. I love how they look on my car & would never get rid of them but as I said, they don't look like yours.

What's the interior color? Mine is blue w/tan interior, great color combo, in my opinion.
interior is gray, overall in good shape, drivers seat seems to have been restuffed
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1967 250 S
1967 280SE
1968 250S
1971 280 SE
1973 220
1974 280 S
1975 450 SEL
1976 220 D
1979 300SD
1983 300 SD
1985 230 TE euro
1986 280SL
1986 500 SEL euro
1986 190E 2.3
1990 300 SE
2003 C230 K
2004 C230 K
1987 560SEL
1987 300SDL now in canada
2005 C230
1998 C43 AMG Sold to DON
1993 190E 2.6
300TD Former daily driver Totaled
current:
R320 CDI
Ram 2500 Cummins
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:01 PM
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Well, SOMEBODY still likes wire wheels. I got a set with my 380SL, and they hadn't been maintained very well. After some rather extreme cleaning involving paint remover (!) and replacing the slightly beat-up caps/curb feelers with fake spinners, they look good from a foot away. My wife likes them and she may be doing some driving this summer. Mine are Daytons, supposedly the best. They may be leaking a little so I'm going to have a shop put some sealant on the rims this spring. Dayton doesn't make this exact style anymore, rechroming wires is impossible without complete disassembly/cutting/rewiring, and on new ones, they went to more wires, and they would be a cool $2K for a set of 4.

What I don't like about them is - 14". You can barely get a decent 14" tire anymore.

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