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    Wanted- 80's Mercedes/bmw

    Hi all,
    on the hunt for an 80's Mercedes w126/w124/c124 if anyone knows of any nice ones about. Would love a Bmw but very little in my budget, looking to spend 4k or so. As a left field choice I've a bit of a fondness for a Volvo 740/760.

    Thanks

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    Good luck. You still in the motor trade? I'd a family member grow tired of looking for a W126 last year. Most in Ireland had rot issues, and some expensive mechanical issues, despite all looking extremely well presented inside and out. So they moved to C124's in an effort to avoid the rot. Which didn't work for them either. Any C124's they looked at were rotten in the floors or the sills. They ended up with a very nice W201 2.0 auto which has been very well minded and maintained which they're happy with.
    They just gave up all hope on 126s and 124s after going through nearly 20 cars, privately and at dealers.

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    There asking big money for rusty cars it seems in that case.

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    Indeed, 8-10k in many cases. For extremely well presented cars hiding some horror beneath the sheen.
    One example, which was priced just below 9k in a specialist dealer and came with a current NCT;
    IMG-20190823-WA0002.jpg

    Anyhow, not to derail the thread - just a case of eyes wide open etc
    Sound 126s and 124s seem to be scarce.

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    @deltona yes still in the 'trade' for my sins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltona View Post
    Indeed, 8-10k in many cases. For extremely well presented cars hiding some horror beneath the sheen.
    One example, which was priced just below 9k in a specialist dealer and came with a current NCT;
    IMG-20190823-WA0002.jpg

    Anyhow, not to derail the thread - just a case of eyes wide open etc
    Sound 126s and 124s seem to be scarce.
    What exactly are we looking at? Is their common places they rot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny_Limerick View Post
    What exactly are we looking at? Is their common places they rot?
    That specific pic is a C124 with the jack point cover open. There should be a sill in there. The circular piece is the support point for the jack. Suffice to say the sill was gone and the rot had spread into the floor.

    Wings and quarter panels, inner wings, any metal beneath a window seal, sills, jack points, floors, cross-section running from c-pillar to c-pillar (hidden beneath the parcel shelf). They're the first places to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltona View Post
    That specific pic is a C124 with the jack point cover open. There should be a sill in there. The circular piece is the support point for the jack. Suffice to say the sill was gone and the rot had spread into the floor.

    Wings and quarter panels, inner wings, any metal beneath a window seal, sills, jack points, floors, cross-section running from c-pillar to c-pillar (hidden beneath the parcel shelf). They're the first places to start.
    Blimey. . a Jack point cover.. thats sound like something that could easily pick up rust.

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    Yeah the while idea may be a bit ambitious.. hoping for a hidden gem.
    Am also allowing some funds for repairs as I know it'll need something.
    Don't want to end up traipsing all over the country to see rotten ones!

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    If you are looking for a 124 then go for the prefacelift as they have better metal and paint.
    Deadly Dave

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