These things are infectious. Last night the lovely wife pointed out a cheap W116 advertised locally that may have been suitable as a parts car. So I called he guy this morning and went to have a look.
When I arrived, there she was sitting out the front and she didn't look too bad. In the driveway was a W107, W126 and a W201. This guy was obviously another Merc nut.
She started up straight away, ran smoothly and ran at temp. She was a bit slow to drop into reverse but better to drop into drive. The interior was a bit tired but still some salvageable parts. Panels are all straight, chrome looks reasonable, SLS was working fine, and looks pretty well rust free other than a little in the sill under he rear passenger door. Electrically seem to work, all mother dash was functioning and it still has the original Becker Mexico installed. I didn't try it so don't know if it is operational.
She has been a daily drive until recently and is roadworthy, but she had to go to make room for the W107 restoration. So for the sum of $200 she is on her way to my place. Don't quite know how a four car garage is going to work with five cars but that's something to sort out over the weekend
I will post a couple of pics when photo bucket is working for me. She is a W116.024 9/79 280SE and will make a nice stable mate for my 9/76 450SE. She is most likely going to be a parts car...probably, possibly as long as I don't get attached to it. She arrives on Monday so will have more pics then