This Mercedes daily driver has set on the back lot behind my shop for the better part of a year. I’m just now to the place where I’m enjoying with some anticipation the notion of digging into this instructional project.
The very first lesson from this mercedes daily driver: never spend more on an Internet purchase than you are willing to lose in Vegas. The previous owner of this car bought this 1987 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-16 online and quickly found that a pre-purchase inspection kinda loses its value after the vehicle has been paid for.
After an hour in my stall I informed the customer about how much it would cost again to make this Mercedes a daily driver. The actual cost was about twice what I quoted.
The long and short of it was that he decided to bail on the daily driver dream, and he asked what it would be worth parting out on the Internet. I offered him a few hundred and he left me with the car and a strange sinking feeling.
At cost, I shouldn’t get hurt too badly financially and (oh God) it would make a “good daily driver.” So this is the first post in what might be a series describing the process.
The original owner typically mishandled the ratcheting timing chain tensioner, but we caught it before it ground through the rail and jumped time. The rear suspension pressure pump is disconnected, but the car doesn’t squat. Hmmmm. The right rear wheel bearing is so bad the swing arm may need to be replaced, the steering links are on the edge of separation, and the driveline damper is flapping in the breeze. The list goes on and on.