This is my old girl, a 1977 300D. I won this at auction on ebay in 2015 without actually inspecting it in person first! Flew down to Canberra to pick it up and drove all the way home to Brisbane no worries at all. I really wanted an OM617 and this one hasn't dissapointed me.
In an earlier life, this was the vehicle of former ACT RSL president, Ronald Metcalfe OAM. He was a WWII veteran and passed away in 2105 at 95 years of age. He purchased this car brand new when he was over in the UK working for the Australian High Commission. I got a whole lot of paperwork history with it, including some service documents from when it was being driven in the UK and the shipping slip to bring it out to Australia by sea.
The body is no glamour, but mechanically it seems pretty good. It has quite a few battle scars and has had dings at the front and rear which have not been repaired very well in regards to the panel-beating. Looks good from a distance, but don't get too close! I use to care about that sort of stuff, and I still do to a degree, but i think driving around in a 40 year old survivor wearing all it's scars is a-ok.
Work done so far:
-All filters changed and fluids flushed and replaced,
-Valve clearances adjusted,
-Glow plugs replaced,
-Injectors rebuilt with Monark nozzles,
-AC system repaired (old york reciprocating compressor still working),
-Thermostat replaced and coolant flushed,
-New engine belts,
-New viscous fan hub fitted,
-New windscreen washer pump and hoses fitted,
-Idle-up cable cable replaced,
-Seperated, cleaned and greased all linkages.
-Check/replace brake pads,
-Replace engine mounts and engine shock absorber,
-Repair vacuum leaks,
-Get SLS system working correctly,
-Get drivers seat base repaired,
-Replace under bonnet lining
I plan to keep it all stock, chip away at cleaning it up and just drive it. My daughters are fascinated by the winding windows and they have discovered the W123 Hazard light switch, which they keep getting in trouble for touching, haha!
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