I think I've gone a bit nuts. I've bought a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 240D
with 118K miles on it. 4-speed manual transmission. 30 MPG, manual
windows and locks, and doesn't burn oil, so I -think- I've picked a
winner. But as a first-time MB owner, I've got a few questions about
it that the previous owner (guy in Columbus Ohio named Pete) said to
pose to this newsgroup:
1) I feel I have a very thin floor, due to rusting. (How) should I
weld steel plates to the car to reinforce the floor? Should I (can I)
remove the front seats first to weld plates under the seats?
2) Shifting quickly from 1 to 2 makes a horrible sound, like the
tranny wants to jump out of the car. But if I shift slowly and
double-clutch, it shifts without complaint. Is this a sign of worn
synchros, and is there anything I can do about it short of a
3) I want a passenger side exterior mirror. Does a mirror I buy
-have- to be from a 115 Benz, or can it be one from a 123?
4) Horsehair is falling out all over the place. How do I go about
restuffing the front seats? Is there a documented or best way to do
5) Does MB have a lifetime warranty on safety equipment (safety
belts, etc)? Because I have a rear seatbelt whose metal male end has
broken off from the plastic housing, and the female end has completely
I know that I've asked a lot of questions, but I'd REALLY appreciate
any advuce you all could give me. Thanks.