1977 mb 300d advice

It is possible that I may pick up a 1977 300d non turbo.
125,000 miles
said drag link may need replacing or tightening.
any advice on what to look for in inspecting it prior to sale.
j.
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HOW MUCH ?
IS IT A NORTHERN CAR OR SOUTHERN
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IF YOU CAN'T SWIM DON'T JUMP IN wrote:

Car is in Oklahoma (southern, no salt on roads)
something less than $1000.
jerry
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Re: 1977 mb 300d advice Group: alt.auto.mercedes Date: Sat, Nov 22, 2003, 4:54am (EST+5) From: snipped-for-privacy@nospam.net (SaynottheStrugglenoughtAvaileth) IF YOU CAN'T SWIM DON'T JUMP IN wrote: HOW MUCH ? IS IT A NORTHERN CAR OR SOUTHERN case the case, minus a few cans! Car is in Oklahoma (southern, no salt on roads) something less than $1000. jerry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx see if they will let you drive it for an hour and drive it like a sports car. make sore the temp stays around 80 to 100C. ck the oil and check the tranny fluid if its an auto. for under a grand you can't expect the world. better yet spend a hundred bucks and get a guy who only works on MBs to check it out . GOOD LUCK
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Hey Case, that's not a good advise, first the temperature reading on a 77 300D is in farenheit, so 175F is more suitable.
2nd, the tranmission, on a old '77 model 300D were solid as a rock, if the tranny moves and shifts alright at the time of test drive, than most likely it will do so for another 10 years without any service regardless of what the tranny fluid looks like, that's the nature of the beast
3rd you said "check the oil" common Case, what could be wrong?,low, or pitch black?, both apply naturally even if it was just changed. The Real advise, is to check the heating and climate control system....big problems there, and expensive. Also, rust, again, northern or southern cars that old, 123 cars rust big time. So the only advise I agree with you on is your last advise, spend $ 100 with a guy who works only on MB's. Cheers. Martin. Autobahn Auto
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Re: 1977 mb 300d advice Group: alt.auto.mercedes Date: Mon, Nov 24, 2003, 2:03am (EST+5) From: snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Bnzmn600) make sore the temp stays around 80 to 100C. ck the oil and check the tranny fluid if its an auto. for under a grand you can't expect the world. Hey Case, that's not a good advise, first the temperature reading on a 77 300D is in farenheit, so 175F is more suitable. 2nd, the tranmission, on a old '77 model 300D were solid as a rock, if the tranny moves and shifts alright at the time of test drive, than most likely it will do so for another 10 years without any service regardless of what the tranny fluid looks like, that's the nature of the beast 3rd you said "check the oil" common Case, what could be wrong?,low, or pitch black?, both apply naturally even if it was just changed. The Real advise, is to check the heating and climate control system....big problems there, and expensive. Also, rust, again, northern or southern cars that old, 123 cars rust big time. So the only advise I agree with you on is your last advise, spend $ 100 with a guy who works only on MB's. Cheers. Martin. Autobahn Auto xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Martin, guess i will take the ass chewing. did not know they had a temp with US readings, as for the oil it was the level i was talking about. it turns black in a day and if it don't you forgot to start it;=) the tranny i plead no contest.
and the climate control well i thought every one knew that GM was the only maker of a good system.
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LOL no problem Case, we're here to learn from each other. Martin
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It will be a 26 year old miracle car if the "drag link" a/k/a "idler arm" is the only thing wrong.
The steering will be sloppy if the idler arm's bushings are worn; a repair kit is sold for about $35 to fix this - a simple, DIY job - all brawn, no brains required.
Otherwise, look for RUST on the body and behind the firewall mounted battery.
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