Just got back from my first major trip with the car, 1000+km to go camping up on Manitoulin Island, car performed flawlessly except for a broken speedometer cable.
Been working on the car alot lately, cleaned up the trunk and have been just doing misc maintenance things. My girlfriends got me going to shows now, and a few weeks ago I took first in my class! *
Anyways, some recent pictures, more to come!
Got sick of all the burnt out bulbs and loose glass in the instrument cluster, so I took it apart, replaced all the bulbs, cleaned and secured the glass, replaced the non functioning clock with a good one and bypassed the dimmer rheostat since it was failing. Also carpeted the trunk, cleaned up all the wiring for the air ride, re-mounted the tank and compressor and picked up a tire for the spare, and replaced the broken window switch trim panel.
And the newest addition to the fleet
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SS RE-5 up front and RE-6 out back. The skidplate has yet to make it on, my brand new oilpan is pretty dinged up. I should stop being lazy. Thanks for the compliments!
A couple pics of the future wheels
The cat approves
From this past weekend at Berlin Klassik, met someone with a 240D on bags, was great seeing another one!
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For some reason i really like the way it looks with the hubcaps off.
Apparently you like classic automobiles, and you seem to be living by the advice my dad once bestowed upon me. His words were, "Son, if you're going to drive an old car, you need two old cars."
He's got a '72 Volvo 1800 and a '74 2002.
I also own a Volvo, a 2 owner '93 240 wagon with 685,000km on it. Original owners had it from 93-2011, second owner bought it as a winter beater and put 15k on it, and now i have it. Been working on it the last few weeks getting it ready for the road, as of next Monday my girlfriend will be using it as her daily. The plan is to try and take it to a million...
They're indestructable cars, especially the real Volvos...prior to Ford buying them.
My college commuter car was a 1996 Volvo 850..5 cylinder non-turbo with a manual trans. It had something like 250k easily on it when i sold it. Super reliable and every power option still worked on it. I love those cars.
A turbo 240 would be a pretty fun little car, i've always thought.
Took a 900km round trip up north yesterday to pull everything out of a '76 240D for a four speed manual conversion. Don't know when it will be taking place since funds are tight at the moment, but hopefully next spring/summer
Girlfriend and the cars owner counterbalancing the tractor while trying to lift the car up. Ended up pushing it in the shop with our Volvo and took the tranny out on a lift.
Everything back home
You live in waterdown?? i'm from flamborough
I knew this car was out in Kitchener previously and had seen it out there a few years ago but I have never seen you around waterdown area before...?
What a beauty benz, and awesome that you're doing the 4 speed manual swap, the 900km commitment is great!
Keep up the great work, hope to see this beauty around town sometime!
a really awesome car... love these color combi.. and i know about the black Euro Car Owner..he is called Sladdy Deluxe in the tuning Scene here in Germany. its a awesome builder here..(i dont know if someone knows about the red right handdrive MK1 Gti Golf?? he is the same owner
and these cars here in Germany not sold under 5000 Euro.. used in all conditions.. really rare ons...
i cant belive that you get one for 500 Bucks...unbeliveable man.
hope to see more of your green mamba
^ Thanks for the compliments. And yes, I'm living in the waterdown area now. Had the car out many times around town in the summer, and a few times to the Canadian tire cruise night. If you see me come say hello!
And my Fleamarket find of the day, I plan to strip it and paint it up like mine
First show this year. Just finishing up my girlfriends car this week, then the Benz can get over into the working bay for some much needed love before the summer time. In usual Canadian fashion, the day after this it rained, hailed and snowed...
So, my Jetta had been off the road for last month due to an ignition switch failure that I had no real desire to fix. I've been using the mercedes as my daily driver. Since I got the Jetta back on the road yesterday, figured it was time for some maintenance on the green bastard.
Changed the rear brakes, old ones had pretty much nothing left
Changed the transmission mount and topped up the diff
On the to-do list...
Change broken speedo cable
Fix trip odo
Tidy engine bay
Install Becker head unit
Fix broken wire to transmission kickdown switch
Replace shifter bushings
However, something potentially game changing happened last week. While out doing my daily tasks, the car started running rough at stop lights and smoking badly. A cylinder cut out test found cylinder #3 not firing properly. I checked the valve adjustment and adjusted the valves back to spec as they were tight. Did not help.
Buddy of mine borrowed the injector pop tester from his work and we checked the injector. Was cracking at the correct pressure and the spray pattern was great. While blow by had never been an issue with engine, we did the usual unscrew the oil fill cap and set it on the valve cover. Blew the cap off immediately. Pulled the #3 glow plug and it was covered in fuel.
I Confirmed tonight after getting my hands on a compression tester that cylinder 3 is toast with only 85psi compression.
So, this puts me at a point where I don't really know what to do. Rebuild the stock engine? Do the 617 turbo/4 speed manual swap I've been dreaming about? Or start on the full restoration I've been wanting to do? As it sits, the car runs normally at highway speeds, it only misses around town and smokes terribly (even for a 70's mercedes diesel)
So, thoughts? Opinions?
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'00 Beetle, 1.8t T3S60, Brute Rods, Supertech Valve train (stock cam shafts for now), port and polished small port head, custom FMIC (pain in the a** on a Bug!), Bosch 440cc injectors, 3.5FPR, Catch Can, 2.0 Coils with Iridiums, Wilwood BBK, too much other stuff to list, too much $$ spent.
Where do you see this car in the up coming years? Something you'll keep for many years to come? If yes, then start the restore with engine swap. If no, fix what you have and put your time money into something new. At the same time, figure whats cheaper, fix what you have or your swap.
If you're keeping the car, and pulling the engine for repair, then just get the restore going. Its a great, unique car. I'd start the restore, even if you just do the front end and get the engine in, then tackle the rest at a more suitable time.
The plan from the beginning was to keep this car the rest of my life. I had planned to get our Bel air on the road before I started tearing the Benz down this winter. However, with the Benz engine on the way out now, and thanks to things beyond my control (landlords selling the farm we live on) we may be losing our house and our shop in the next couple months, so starting a tear down is probably not a good idea at the moment. I'm also going to have to find storage for 4 cars if we do end up losing our place.
Anyways, Found these while browsing tonight. I've seen both before. I'd really like to know more about the turbo setup on the yellow one, it appears he has turbo'd the stock engine...
Hey man, sorry about your recent troubles, I just came across your thread, its great to see some W114/115 love. The car is awesome! Ive got a 71 250 myself. Good luck with it, you seem to be making good calls so far, whatever you choose will be the best thing for sure
BTW Im jealous of your Becker! its on my short list
Found this W123 turbo diesel while I was out driving today. Rotted to nothing, but has the engine I'm after. No one answered the door, so I'm heading back to leave a note this afternoon...
Edit: talked to the owner on the phone, went and looked at the car, wouldn't start. Pulled $400 out of my wallet and told him it was most I'd go. He turned it down, said he had a guy offer him $500 a couple weeks ago and he'd rather wait and see if he would show back up than take $400 right now and have the car off his property in a day. He's not hurting for money either...
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