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Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« on: 27 January 2016, 03:01 PM »
Kent picked up a wrecked SD and is going to do a series on getting is back together. Should be great.

Here's the intro:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfn4CXbghtI





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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #1 on: 27 January 2016, 03:19 PM »
Very nice colour combo.
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #2 on: 27 January 2016, 04:50 PM »
That's exactly what happened to my 300SD, but it crumpled the radiator support and shifted it and the fender on the opposite side over a few millimeters. So at some point I'll have to replace the core support and have the inner fenders pulled back. I wonder what that will cost...

Kent speaks of not seeing a single door ding down the left side of the car. Mine is atrocious. It seems there is not a square inch without a door ding on it. I really hope they aren't hard to remove as I probably have hundreds of them.
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #3 on: 27 January 2016, 09:05 PM »
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #4 on: 28 January 2016, 07:54 AM »
Always interesting to see how someone else would do it but all the reasons he has for passing on it. Most of us don't really have that luxury or want the car so much that we are blind to most faults. I wonder if I would have passed on mine had I known that the head gasket had gone probably not as I was really keen on having the 116.
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #5 on: 28 January 2016, 09:31 AM »
The damage to that car is nothing. It would be a no-brainer for me. It's still exponentially nicer than my own car. Heck, mine had a bad body, rust, crash damage, missing parts, a completely destroyed interior, bad brakes, bad wheels and tires, bad transmission, and almost nothing worked on it. I'm lucky I even got it home.

It's interesting that many times totally pristine rust-free examples go to wrecking yards because of one small problem (like small crash damage or a bad engine) or get parted out--and then the parts get put on rusty beaters, which is the best some of us can afford.

It seems like every time I've bought used parts for cars I've owned, the cars the parts were coming off of were in much better condition than my own. I would think, "Something is wrong with this picture".

Like JasonP says, "When you are poor, you can't afford to make good financial decisions." It would be great to find a nice example that looks showroom new and has no problems with it, but a lot of us can't afford it. So we buy beaters and make do. I once bought a W116 that had already been parted out and stripped of many parts (including the wire harness). But I pieced it back together and used it as a daily driver. I was still into it less than $1,000 by the time it was all done.
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #6 on: 28 January 2016, 02:37 PM »
Not sure why he would discount the car based on suspension damage. It's not like it's a 6.9 needing new struts :o
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #7 on: 28 January 2016, 03:47 PM »
No immediately apparent structural or engine damage and mostly just a a smashed wing and a bit of hood drama, with a mint interior.
If it were me, I wouldn't even think twice about fixing it. I bet he's made the same call already, just plays for time.
And good luck to him, gotta keep the business going.

But if he decides to part it out after all, I'll be first in line for that interior :D
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #8 on: 28 January 2016, 07:32 PM »
 Kenth's videos always makes me feel I am back in my schooltime, second grade. Mixed emotions, there.

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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #10 on: 29 January 2016, 03:15 PM »
I like verifying the mileage by the wear on the steering wheel. I have often seen people look at the brake and gas pedals.
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #11 on: 30 January 2016, 08:27 AM »
Part 3: Inspecting it for Rust.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftWtwIkSDaM
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #12 on: 30 January 2016, 09:42 AM »
I like verifying the mileage by the wear on the steering wheel.

IMO, nothing beats verifiable documentation - service invoices, road worthiness certs etc.
My 350 was almost 2x the mileage of the 450 (112k v 60k miles when I bought them), both very well documented and there was no visible difference between their steering wheels (both original).
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #13 on: 30 January 2016, 10:56 AM »
Agree 100% good service records trump these visual cues any day.
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Re: Kent at MercedesSource new 116 project
« Reply #14 on: 31 January 2016, 09:01 AM »
Part 4: Body Damage Close Inspection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96UCnQ0cJH8
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