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Old 10-22-2008, 03:10 PM
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Found a 77 450SEL 6.9

So if you found a 1977 450 SEL 6.9, that doesnt run, for $1200, would you consider buying it?

Here's the kicker, it appears to be a Euro car. Has the headlights, bumpers, and what appears to some sort of cloth interior.

Seller does not mention, and probably doesn't know why the car isnt running. I have yet to go look at the car, just found it for sale last night. What kind of model specific issues should I look for, and what are your thoughts on why it isn't running? My Benz experience is with diesels, so I'm a bit out of my element here.

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The saying goes "there's nothing more costly than a cheap mercedes" should be "there's really nothing more costly than a cheap mercedes 6.9"

Seriously, if the body is solid you can always offer $500 for it and get that back from a junkyard in scrap but I would say if it doesn't run there's probably a very expensive reason for it.
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:55 PM
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The saying goes "there's nothing more costly than a cheap mercedes" should be "there's really nothing more costly than a cheap mercedes 6.9"

Seriously, if the body is solid you can always offer $500 for it and get that back from a junkyard in scrap but I would say if it doesn't run there's probably a very expensive reason for it.

Ditto on this advice, with the following:

The for scrap cars has tanked in the last few months, about 25-30% of what was being paid this summer.

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So if you found a 1977 450 SEL 6.9, that doesnt run, for $1200, would you consider buying it?

Here's the kicker, it appears to be a Euro car. Has the headlights, bumpers, and what appears to some sort of cloth interior.

Seller does not mention, and probably doesn't know why the car isnt running. I have yet to go look at the car, just found it for sale last night. What kind of model specific issues should I look for, and what are your thoughts on why it isn't running? My Benz experience is with diesels, so I'm a bit out of my element here.

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The head gasket is gone on that one. It's been listed for months.
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$400-$500 tops and as scrap ,it's worthless. Scrap for cars world wide has gone ,in two weeks, from $250 -300 to less than $20 and that folks IS world wide.

It's worth buying as a parts car especially the lower end with it's flat top pistons ( 9-1).A blown head gasket is a minor problem but requires a lot of heavy lifting.
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The principal question in regards to a non-running 6.9 is - what are going to do with it? Obviously you're not going to fix it up and drive it around like a car. So you have to come up with an alternative use - e.g. storing things in the trunk and back seat, or shooting at it with an assault rifle.
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The principal question in regards to a non-running 6.9 is - what are going to do with it? Obviously you're not going to fix it up and drive it around like a car. So you have to come up with an alternative use - e.g. storing things in the trunk and back seat, or shooting at it with an assault rifle.
Shooting an AR-15 won't make an M-100 run....or ANY car for that matter. Shooting $100 bills at it will however...
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Blown head gasket! Nevermind.
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If you can pull it for parts, that trans if in good shape would be valuable as well as the LSD which would be good to use in another car.
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Does it have 15" bundts? They're worth something.
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head gaskets are easy, provided you know what you're doing and the chassis is without rust.

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