I took pitty on this old girl, saw it in the classifieds, thinking it was a daggy old bargain I rang the owner, asked a few questions, haggled on the price, got a realistic price for transporting it from Bundaberg to Warwick....got a phone call at 7:30am this morning saying there was an old Merc being delivered to their place and did I know anything about it? WHOPS forgot to tell the parents that they were getting a delivery...never mind its all done now...Their verdict? Father drove it up the drive and proceeded to walk around it saying how good it was, the Mother unit fell maddly in love with it untill it decided it was going no further and blocked the driveway (small hitch there...it did get moved again under its own power, just very low on fuel). And yes the star was on the passenger seat along with a fat wad of recipts for work done on the car since about 1982, and a 2 dollar coin.
Theres a few fix it things that need to be done, like tie rods, some paint and some rusty looking spots that need doing (there isnt a huge amount of rust in it at all, the front firewall under the pedals looks pretty clear and clean) the interior has copped the usual sun abuse, other than that...the whole project sans trucking fees was under $600. A far cry from a 450SE that had some of the interior in pieces, and had missing power window motors (that was the deal killer, the seller couldnt find them hence a refund) and the more I investigated it, the more sus it sounded even though getting the all clear from a mechanic engine/ box wise. Give it time and I think I'll have a rather sound cruiser-mobile!
The only downer of the day was having to put our 7 yr old Cattle dog to sleep, poor bugger had been suffering from cancer, he approved of the car though..piddled on all 4 wheels before he went to the vet.