I'm about to embark on a project that I have not done before. I Mercedes
have always been 123 or 126 bodies, and I have had little or no rust.
I now have a 115 240D that I am restoring and bingo--driver's side floorplan
rusted through near the rail. Oddly, there is little rust on the rest of the
Any and all suggestions for the best way to deal with this will be most
Your previous posts implied that this car also needs an engine overhaul.
Perhaps its time to reassess restoring the car and rather spend your
time on more profitable things. This sounds hard but at the end of all
your work and $$ you'll own a 30 year old car, period. These were not
wonderful cars 30 years ago so why do it?
A 280SL or something rare would be another matter but a 240D? Doesn't
Well, I see your point, certainly. But this car is so good in every other
respect (the overhaul issue pertained to another car) that I'm tempted to do
at least a partial restoration . I just love the Mercedes diesels, and all
Benzs, really. I have had several non-turbo'd and turbo-charged 123s; I
owned and loved a wonderful 300SD, and will probably have another one.
I'm not sure I understand your comment about the 240Ds not being wonderful
30 years ago. Were you refering to the 115s? I think that the 123s were far
better, at least in my experience.
Right, 123 is the better machine, by far.
I've owned a '80 300SD since new; its gone 108K miles and looks nearly
new so I'm qualified to agree about diesels.
My point about old cars is simply that everyone has limited time and
limited $ and that these resources shouldn't be allocated to dead end
cars - cars that have earned no particular merit in the eyes of the world.
I think the 115 300D was one of the all time great cars in the US
as it was the only one you could get with power nothinbg (windows,
locks etc) and non-turbo. The ultimate low maintenance car.
You should be able tio find a cheap motor in a wrecked or rusted
car. I've seen enough guys getthese for free or $1 that I'd
say it's a reasonable thing to look for.
You need to properly assess the rust damage though. If it's in the rails
you're screwed. Floor pans are easy but a rail would replacement would
be more than finding another equal or better car IMO.
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That's what's odd about this one. In the past, when I've seen neglected 115s
that were rusty, they were rusty everywhere--shot. But this one has that one
pan, and the rest of the pans, frame members, everything has escaped rust,
except a fender, which needs replacing anyway, and for which I have a spare
new OEM fender.
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